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April 18, 2022

An Indo-Pacific Game of Balance: Convergence of Indo-US Strategic Interests in Countering China

The fourth 2+2 Dialogue Summit, a cornerstone in Indo-US bilateral cooperation, ended in Washington last week, discussing deeper security and defence cooperation, especially in the Indo-Pacific (IP), a point of convergence in interests of the two countries. Indo-Pacific as a […]
April 9, 2022

Indo- Australia Relations: Navigating the Ukraine Crisis as a Foreign Policy Strategy

India-Australia relations accelerated to multisectoral engagements in the recent years with a focus to cement cooperation through tangible commitments. This partnership is crucial in the regional security and stability architecture of the Indo-Pacific as well as to counter China’s overtures […]
March 30, 2022

Why the State Government Needs to Demonopolise Alcohol Retail in Kerala?

The Kerala government has often emphasised its preference and commitment to empower women. The state has been at the forefront of various struggles against socio-cultural and patriarchal bonds that inhibit women’s freedom. Budgetary commitments to strengthen these struggles is a […]
March 27, 2022

Kerala Budget 2022: Missing Links in Building Knowledge-Economy

With the slew of initiatives under the Knowledge Economy Mission, the State through its recent Budget 2022-23, firmly established its aim in transitioning to a knowledge economy – an economy that creates, consumes and disseminates knowledge to enhance growth and […]
March 26, 2022

Prohibition | Bihar’s alcohol ban is not working. It’s time a better policy was in place

Consumption of liquor, even in small quantities, may have dire health consequences but prohibition has never been an effective strategy to reduce consumption. Historically, prohibition has never worked, and was often found to have created negative externalities which in turn […]
March 24, 2022

Kerala Budget 2022: State Big on Being a Provider than a Facilitator

Kerala has consistently topped the charts with a near hundred percent literacy rate among all Indian States. Even with this favourable statistic, the standards of teaching, quality of education, absence of academy-industry-linkages, etc. have been concerns to address in the […]
March 24, 2022

Bigger Concerns of Big Government

The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered many economies towards ‘Big Government’, triggering a populist surge with large expenditure and borrowing, coupled with unprecedented power to meet contingencies. With Kerala, this has been a decadal trend regardless of the political parties coming […]
March 22, 2022

What should prevail instead of K-Rail?

The debate on the utility and feasibility of K-Rail continues in Kerala. The arguments range from the environmental to the geographical divide for those who do not favour the proposed project, whereas the supporters of the project pitch for the […]
March 18, 2022

Palliative care for the future

In the middle of the COVID-induced global landscape of death, on 31 January 2022, the ‘Report of the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death’ put forth the need for reassessing the future of palliative and end of life care.[1] […]
March 14, 2022

National Maritime Security Coordinator’s tasks are clearly cut out

It took nearly a decade and half for India to appoint a National Maritime Security Coordinator (NMSC). Vice Admiral Ashok Kumar, formerly the Vice Chief of the Indian Navy, has now formally taken over the newly created position and would […]
March 9, 2022

The Goan brand of precarity – a closer look at unstable constituencies

By: Devahuti Sarkar Goan Legislative Assembly elections have been termed as the “politics of shifting sand” because of its history of numerous defections, changing alliances, and last-minute uncertainties among voters. Despite being a small state with merely 40 constituencies, it […]
March 9, 2022

Punjab Assembly elections- a moment of churning or missed opportunity?

By: Devahuti Sarkar Punjab, like many other states in India, is undergoing a moment of churning. There has been an undercurrent of dissatisfaction among the people of Punjab, some key defections, infighting within the Congress, shifting caste representation – in […]
March 9, 2022

Can Devbhoomi witness the emergence of an alternative political force?

The Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, known as “Devbhoomi”, was carved out of the hilly districts of the state of Uttar Pradesh in the year 2000. The hilly state, comprising of the two major regions of Garhwal and Kumaon, has voted […]
March 8, 2022

Is Manipur heading towards another cliffhanger?

By Arun Regi Chacko The north-eastern state of Manipur that went to the polls along with the likes of India’s most populous states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa – might spring surprises once again if the two-phase assembly […]
March 7, 2022

Kerala Budget 2022: Why major reforms need not be expected

Rahul V Kumar & Dr D Dhanuraj Off budget borrowings through KIIFB, CAG reports and finally the acceptance of the state government indicates the dire financial situation of the Government of Kerala. The Government is desperate to generate revenue to […]