Articles

August 3, 2021

COVID-19 in BRICS: Pandemic Management

Introduction The grouping of the BRICS countries by Goldman Sachs economist, Jim O’ Neill for their rapid economic development has become an important forum connecting the economies of four continents since 2001. Its member countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China […]
August 2, 2021

Covid-19 & South Asia’s Lockdown Generation: Case for South Asia’s Cooperative Regionalism

INTRODUCTION Housing a quarter of the world’s population, South Asia (comprising Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka) is the most densely populated region of the world. Huge young labour force availability, low cost of business operations […]
July 29, 2021

സഹകരണ ബാങ്കുകൾ നിക്ഷേപകരെ അകറ്റുമോ?

കേരളത്തിലെ സഹകരണ പ്രസ്ഥാനത്തിനു പൊതുവിലും സഹകരണ ബാങ്കുകൾക്ക് പ്രത്യേകിച്ചും വലിയ പാരമ്പര്യം അവകാശപ്പെടാനുണ്ട്. സ്വാഭാവികമായും വാദ പ്രതിവാദങ്ങൾ സഹജം. ഇപ്പോൾ കരുവന്നൂർ സഹകരണ ബാങ്കിലെ നൂറു കോടി വിവാദവും (1000 കോടി വരെയാകാം), കേന്ദ്രത്തിന്റെ പുതിയ സഹകരണ വകുപ്പ് സൃഷ്ടിയും വിവാദത്തിനു പുതിയ നിറവും രുചിയും നൽകിയിരിക്കുന്നു. രണ്ടിടത്തും പ്രതിസ്ഥാനത്തു ഭരണകൂടവുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ടവർ തന്നെയാണ്. കേന്ദ്രത്തിന്റേതു […]
July 28, 2021

Analog AI 2: Towards POWER Sustainability and Sovereignty

Conventional AI/Machine Learning systems consume staggering amounts of power owing to their inefficient digital architectures. Sustainability of AI development and a sovereign presence on the AI engagement field will require a shift to intelligent analog solutions. The AI enterprise of […]
July 27, 2021

While India’s Nuclear Submarine Deterrent Accelerates, Australia’s Remains Unformulated

While India’s plan to construct six nuclear-powered attack submarines is the result of decades-long perseverance in the face of ridicule and a lack of funding, Australia remains ideologically constrained. A recent report stated that India’s second nuclear-powered ballistic submarine (SSBN) […]
July 27, 2021

World order and India: Negotiating Thucydides trap & great convergence

Harvard Professor Graham Alison’s ‘Thucydides Trap’ and Geneva School of Economics Professor Richard Baldwin’s ‘Great Convergence’ are two dominant geopolitical perspectives today that guide and capture current global geopolitical transitions and turbulence of our times. Thucydides Trap and Great Convergence […]
July 26, 2021

The New Development Bank Turns Six: Evaluating Successes, Failures and Challenges

The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) completes six years since its inception in July 2021. Considered as the most successful initiative of the BRICS grouping so far, the NDB was proposed at the fourth BRICS summit 2012 in New Delhi, […]
July 24, 2021

US Navy is Building a Ghost Fleet

The US Navy is building a Ghost Fleet comprising unmanned surface combatants. In 2019, it announced that ten new unmanned corvette-sized ships measuring 200-300 feet length and displacing about 2,000 tons will be ordered over the next five years. These […]
July 23, 2021

Analog AI 1: Towards DATA Sovereignty and Sustainability

Current machine learning and other AI systems rely on unsustainably large quantities of data owing to inefficient digital architectures. A shift towards upcoming intelligent analog solutions can help reduce external storage dependencies, ensuring a sustainable and sovereign AI industry.  The […]
July 19, 2021

What a mid-pandemic reshuffle has in its fold ?

It had been quite a while that the hints of a cabinet reshuffle of the second Narendra Modi government were going round in the national political circles, and what we witnessed is a massive overhaul of his cabinet by the […]
July 19, 2021

COVID-19 and other pandemics in history: Lessons and findings

Introduction Since it began in 2019, Covid-19 pandemic has rendered people, economies and countries critically vulnerable. As warnings and preparations for a third wave are underway, it is  pertinent to look at the prominent pandemics in history for possible lessons […]
July 15, 2021

Mapping COVID-19 casualties in G7 countries: Lessons from Japan

Introduction G-7 countries are the most advanced industrial democracies of the world. Member countries are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US. Ever since their formation in 1975, G-7 countries functioned like the global elders to guide […]
July 13, 2021

Afghanistan as the Final Flank of a Chakravyuha

History repeats itself in Afghanistan more often than in other countries. Nobody has conquered that country and one super power after another met their waterloo in Afghanistan. The tribal chiefs and warlords battled for supremacy and influence, and the Soviet […]
July 8, 2021

Kitex controversy is a sign Kerala is yet to shake off its anti-industry image

The apathy towards business and investments in Kerala is once again in the limelight with the recent remarks by Sabu M Jacob, Chairman of Kitex Garments. Kitex is a leading garments manufacturer with a significant export market share in the […]
July 8, 2021

New dispensations in Israel and Iran amid ongoing rivalry

The past few weeks witnessed drastic change of governments in Israel and Iran amid the ongoing cold war between the two countries. The election in Iran shows signs of further entrenchment of the conservatives in Iran’s political landscape and denial […]