March 12, 2021

Vietnam practices deft diplomacy amid strategic dilemmas

US President Biden signed the interim National Security Guidance early this month which notes that Russia “remains determined to enhance its global influence and play a disruptive role on the world stage”, and identifies China as “the only competitor potentially […]
March 10, 2021

Success of Rahul Gandhi’s campaign will decide Congress’ future in Kerala

Rahul Gandhi’s extensive focus on Kerala and Tamil Nadu is a good opportunity for him to resurrect his political career by leading from the front — this will not only help the Congress in the south, but will also give […]
February 25, 2021

Biden Administration’s Policy on South China Sea and Engagement with Vietnam

The South China Sea issue will remain a high priority for the Biden Administration and there is low likelihood of any letup by the US military. Despite Chinese assertiveness, Vietnam is unlikely to gravitate towards the US to counter China, […]
February 24, 2021

Private sector can give government’s COVID-19 vaccination drive a shot in the arm

While vaccination is a public good and bestows a greater responsibility on the government, the greater the availability of the vaccine in a deregulated space, the closer we get to the intended outcomes Dr D Dhanuraj and Sam Thomas After […]
February 17, 2021

The Conundrum of Minorities in Kerala Politics

Goutham KA and Bhavya Bhardwaj The oft-touted “Kerala model of politics” has largely been seen as a deviation from the Indian mainstream politics for a number of reasons. It is the last standing bastion of Left politics in India. The […]
February 15, 2021

Teaching and Learning Economics in Kerala

Dr D Dhanuraj and Rahul V Kumar Introduction Most often, what we teach in Economics classes do not get reflected in the policy realm. How and why this disjuncture occurred is worth understanding. Economic theories taught without practical implications often […]
February 9, 2021

Biodigester: An Antidote to Cities’ Septage Management Challenges

Studies have projected that India’s vantage point in the coming decades would be cities full of people, which means immense human potential, opportunities and capital resources. There is a huge scope to improve the current conditions of cities in India, […]
February 2, 2021

Complexities of China-Australia Relations

For China-Australia relations, year 2020 was the year when things went from bad to worse and the prevailing situation suggests 2021 may not be much brighter either. The article highlights various developments in the region having an impact on China-Australia […]
February 1, 2021

Budget 2021 | Feel-good factor that would nudge consumption is missing

The Budget does not have any big-bang announcements and the message that goes out is that one should be conservative in spending in the immediate future as well. Tabled in the backdrop of a crisis-struck economy, the Union Budget 2021-22 attempted to nurse […]
February 1, 2021

Budget 2021 | Reviving ailing economy through infrastructure sector?

Nirmala Sitharaman’s investment push for the sector will yield results only with timely and effective implementation. The efficiency and effectiveness of these investments will be closely watched Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the first ‘paperless’ Budget a few hours ago. The […]
January 22, 2021

The Confused Finance Minister and His Miraculous Budget: Why Should It Bother You and Me?

By D Dhanuraj with Ananthitha Anandan You cannot expect anything short of a ‘magical populist budget’ from a two-term ‘Finance Minister’, especially when presenting his last budget supposedly. Therefore, it was not entirely surprising when Dr Thomas Issac presented Kerala […]
January 16, 2021

Kerala Budget 2021-22: Promises and Perils

Nissy Solomon & Praseeda Mukundan Kerala Budget 2021-22, presented by Finance Minister Dr Thomas Isaac, comes in the backdrop of an ailing economy. All the hopes were pinned on the Budget to set the economy on the right course, especially […]
January 8, 2021

Update laws to keep India’s health system future-ready

As the economy and healthcare systems try to emerge from the crisis, there is a need to reconsider how to build a system that is ready and responsive in order to prevent and protect the public from emerging threats Nissy […]
January 6, 2021

Revival of Quad and India’s Outreach

Varshini Sridhar and Gazi Hassan With fighter jets operating in full swing over the Northern Arabian Sea, the world is watching with excitement, doubt and apprehensions. It is the second time in a month that four democracies led by India […]
January 1, 2021

Political Crisis in Nepal and its Geopolitical Implications

The article discusses the current political crisis in Nepal and how the geopolitical and strategic factors and the dominating influence of China in Nepal will affect India. It also highlights Nepal’s role in India’s internal security architecture and the need […]