December 31, 2020

Resurgence of Protectionism in India: Why it is a Worrying Signal?

India’s shift towards protectionism is increasingly evident with tariffs being deployed as a policy instrument to boost domestic manufacturing capabilities. However, scant attention has been given to the policy’s viability. The article examines the claim of rising protectionism in India […]
December 26, 2020

Beyond Chalk and Talk: The tech boom in Indian education and the challenges to meet

NISSY SOLOMON & AKANKSHA BORAWAKE The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of technology in the education sector. India is the second largest market for e-learning in the world after the US. The EdTech industry was expanding even before the […]
December 23, 2020

A New Face, A New Hope, A New Era – Bihar Welcomes Tejashwi Yadav

The 2020 Assembly elections of Bihar was nothing short of a rollercoaster journey, as the Nation witnessed the first State going to polls in the midst of a prevailing global pandemic. This article focuses on addressing the rise of Tejashwi […]
December 19, 2020

Modi’s Saffron Party Steers the ‘Double Engine Sarkar’ to Victory in Bihar

In what was seen as a nail-biter of an election in Bihar, several narratives received spotlight, several legacies altered and most importantly, the rarity and significance of Assembly elections in India being reinstated. This article addresses the National Democratic Alliance’s […]
December 18, 2020

Innovative Technology Enabling Effective Solid Waste Management in Tamil Nadu

The article discusses how an innovative incineration technology has been used in processing tonnes of solid waste in the State of Tamil Nadu to zero waste without pollution and creating byproducts with tangible economic values. It also points out at […]
December 10, 2020

ASEAN Chairmanship: From Vietnam to Brunei Darussalam

In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented challenges, Vietnam handed over Chairmanship of the ASEAN for 2020 to Brunei Darussalam. The South China Sea contestations will remain a high priority for leaders in Brunei.  The year 2020 has perhaps […]
December 5, 2020

Is Metro the solution to the public transport issues of Kochi city?

An in-depth analysis of the financial situation of Kochi Metro is called for, where on one side huge losses have accrued while on the other extensions are being planned. Amidst the pandemic, phase 1 of Kochi Metro became fully operational […]
December 4, 2020

Private Buses: A Major Mode of Public Transportation in Kerala

Private buses have played a very crucial role in the social and economic development of Kerala. The State had, in the past, a unique and enterprising model in providing public transport services. But unfavourable policy decisions taken by the government […]
November 28, 2020

Dissecting Madhya Pradesh’s Political Climate Part II – The Election Narrative

With the Congress being completely dominated by the BJP in most of the 28 constituencies that went to by-polls in Madhya Pradesh, hopes of the party returning to power in the next Assembly elections have certainly diminished by a large […]
November 27, 2020

Dissecting Madhya Pradesh’s Political Climate Part I – The Defection Narrative

Madhya Pradesh’s political crisis has been at its peak since early 2020 with the dramatic political defection by Jyotiraditya Scindia and 25 MLAs from the Indian National Congress (INC) to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that led to the fall […]
November 25, 2020

ആശങ്കയുണർത്തി കേരളത്തിന്‍റെ പൊതുകടം

ആശങ്കയുണർത്തി കേരളത്തിന്‍റെ പൊതുകടം (Kerala’s Public Debt a Serious Concern) വർധിപ്പിക്കേണ്ടത് പൊതുവിഭവ സമാഹരണം (State should increase public resource mobilisation) This two part article published in Deepika Malayalam Newspaper, written by Dr Jose Sebastian Senior Fellow (Finance), CPPR; highlights the issue of […]
November 21, 2020

Afghanistan’s Stability Hinges on Regional Consensus on Peace Process

The article gives a brief introduction about the Afghan peace talks held in Doha and the resultant Intra-Afghan dialogue and the agreement over withdrawal of the US troops by April 2021. It also discusses the potential obstacles to peace due to […]
November 18, 2020

Winds of Change: Pakistan’s Play with Fire

Pakistan’s democratic institutions have been historically intertwined with its military. With the recent political unrest, inflation and economic crisis, Pakistan is witnessing a milestone in its history as a democratic republic. Political rivals have now become allies to rescue democracy […]
November 18, 2020

Amendment to Kerala Police Act and its Implications on Free Speech

This article comments on the proposed amendment to the Kerala Police Act, 2011 which seeks to penalise threatening or defamatory speech. The broad and vague wording of the provision  makes it susceptible to be used for muzzling dissent and free […]
November 17, 2020

Production Linked Scheme | The objectives and objections

Nissy Solomon and Dr D Dhanuraj Ahead of the festival season, the Union Finance Minister announced the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme worth Rs 1.45 lakh-crore to 10 key sectors with the objective to attract investments, drive domestic manufacturing, create […]