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June 5, 2021

Climate Change: The Many Victories in the Dutch Court’s Ruling Against Shell

In a landmark ruling rendered last week, a Dutch court ordered the Royal Dutch Corporation, and all other entities jointly forming the Shell group, to cut their carbon dioxide emissions by a net 45% by the end of 2030, compared […]
June 3, 2021

India: a (responsible) global Covid19 response leader?

The year 2020 began in a flux. Almost every major country of the world had reported cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid19). This outbreak quickly metamorphosised into a pandemic that has gripped the world for over a year now and […]
June 2, 2021

Is it time for India to hop on the ‘cannabis legalisation’ train?

Cannabis has a vibrant history in India, as a plant that has been used for spiritual, recreational and even medicinal purposes for millenia. It earned its legitimacy as a medicinal ingredient due to its active use in many Ayurvedic formulations […]
May 27, 2021

The WhatsApp move to sue the Indian government is a red herring

WhatsApp’s move to challenge the constitutional validity of the government’s requirement that online messaging platforms trace chats in order to locate the ‘originator’ of messages heralds the impending struggle between states and AI corporations who stand to wield an unprecedented […]
May 27, 2021

Bright Future for Vietnam-US Relations under Joe Biden

It is now four months since President Joe Biden assumed office as the 46th President of the United States and his Administration has taken keen interest in improving bilateral relations with Vietnam. On their part, the Vietnamese side has conveyed […]
May 25, 2021

Moment of Reckoning’ for UDF and Congress in Kerala

The first session of 15th Kerala Legislative Assembly has started on Monday. With the appointment of VD Satheeshan as the new opposition leader, Congress- led UDF hopes to regain the trust of their voter base that was dented in the […]
May 22, 2021

The Israeli-Palestinian Ceasefire: End to Hostilities or Merely a Respite Before the Next Round?

The most recent clashes between the Israelis and Palestinians have ended with an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire ending eleven days of fighting with both sides claiming victory. While the immediate causes for the most recent conflagration including the attempts to evict Palestinians […]
May 21, 2021

Pinarayi 2.0 | Kerala Cabinet formation reflects CPI(M) decision-making

There is a political message Pinarayi Vijayan gives to the public and his opponents by choosing a team of freshers for the Cabinet in the second term. He is consolidating his position in the party and is becoming the ultimate […]
May 20, 2021

Data Royalties – A Win-Win for Both AI Developers and Consumers

Consumers are essentially experimental subjects and must be compensated for their data according to the formal protocols of ethical experimental research.  Present day consumers of products and services have their behaviour recorded with ever increasing frequency and with increasing minuteness. […]
May 18, 2021

Some thoughts on the legality and legitimacy of the caretaker government in Kerala

The present government in the state of Kerala has been operating in a caretaker mode since the general elections’ results have been duly notified. The incumbent coalition government has recently secured an undisputed majority to continue in power, and the […]
May 18, 2021

Cities need to adopt a bundle of fundamentals: Case study of Erode in Tamil Nadu

The developmental pedals of a country or state or even a city depends upon its people’s democratic exercise of the bundle of fundamentals or the desire to fulfil their objectives in life and work. When the matters pertaining to the […]
May 10, 2021

The Other Pinarayi

For decades, Kerala has been known for the adverse political climate it creates for development projects and especially ent­repreneurial initiatives. Pinarayi kept up the traditional focus on education and basic infrastructure, but also tried to come out of the traditional […]
May 4, 2021

Challenges ahead for Pinarayi Vijayan in his second term

During his first term, Pinarayi Vijayan converted every crisis into an opportunity. Now, he has the unique chance to open a new path to governance and economic reforms Most of the pollsters who observed Kerala assessed that the campaign trail […]
May 1, 2021

Post-Poll Survey | Kerala voters made up their mind much in advance

A voter survey conducted by the Centre for Public Policy Research showed that about 60 percent of the voters made up their mind on whom to vote for well before the election campaign started  By Goutham KA and D Dhanuraj […]
May 1, 2021

Twenty20: Unravelling the corporate contender for democracy

Goutham K A & Rebecca Varghese The most intriguing development in the elections to Local Self Government (LSG) bodies in the state of Kerala in 2020 was the political mileage gained by Twenty20; a corporate-backed organisation that emerged in Kizhakkambalam […]