February 9, 2024

Chennai’s new bus terminal at Kilambakkam creates more problems than it solves

The decision to relocate southbound buses from the Koyambedu bus stand to Kilambakkam, situated almost 35 km from Chennai city, has raised concerns about the practicality and efficiency of the newly established bus terminal. The recent inauguration of the Kalaignar […]
February 6, 2024

Kerala Budget: Not quite up to expectations

Among the announcement, Kerala’s plan to become a care hub for people from around the world for retirees could give a significant fillip to the economy. A crisis is an opportunity, and the context of Kerala’s budget for 2024 was […]
February 5, 2024

Union Budget 2024-25: Infrastructure Allocation and Economic Corridors in Focus

The focus of the budget has been on the continued thrust on visibility outcomes, which are mostly infrastructure in nature. The interim budget, as anticipated, did not have any major announcements or surprises, yet it effectively lays the groundwork for […]
February 1, 2024

Interim budget focuses on capex. Will that address lacklustre demand?

The budget is not populist, but aims at fiscal consolidation and strengthening of the economy with a lot more fiscal prudence — something that is not expected in a budget so close to the general elections. The interim budget on February […]
January 17, 2024

The Impact of a Probable Iran-Israel War on the Maritime Security of West Asia and the Indo-Pacific Region

The October 7 Hamas attack on southern Israel led to the death of 1400 Israelis and other nationals, and the kidnapping of 229 people. This resulted in a sustained bombing campaign of the Gaza Strip by the Israel Defence Forces […]
January 16, 2024

The Impact of a Probable Iran-Israel War on the Maritime Security of the Eastern Mediterranean, Red Sea and the Persian Gulf Region – Part 2

The Persian Gulf region, more specifically the Gulf of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz are maritime areas on the Iranian coast over which Iran has considerable naval influence. The Strait of Hormuz is around 155 kilometres long and 34 […]
January 16, 2024

Netanyahu at Crossroads: Navigating Crisis and Dissent in Israeli Politics

The recent Hamas attack on Israel has raised criticism of the domestic political leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The damage from the security breach and the recent judicial overhaul has been considered a failure of Netanyahu’s leadership. The attack […]
January 15, 2024

Transit-oriented development is the way forward for Bengaluru

In a railway project like the circular rail system, it’s crucial to ask what equity and stake local governments have in regional development, which integrates land seamlessly with infrastructure and market forces. Indian cities serve as growth engines, contributing significantly […]
January 10, 2024

It’s Time for Kerala to Decriminalise its Business Laws

There are approximately 113 state laws that affect businesses in Kerala, of which 74 have imprisonment clauses that provide jail terms for non-compliance with procedures or trivial acts/omissions. Kerala’s Business Environment Kerala has unveiled its Industrial Policy for 2023, which […]
January 9, 2024

Assembly Elections 2023 | Semi-finals over? Who will win the Finals?

Key Takeaways The article, while analysing the major trends of the elections in 5 states from the prognostic angle of the 2024 LS polls, unfolds:  The results of the elections to 5 states are out; the Lotus has blossomed in […]
December 28, 2023

Bolstering People-to-People Connectivity: A cornerstone for India-Maldives Relations

With the recent meeting of PM Modi with President Mohammed Muizzu on the sidelines of COP 28 in the UAE, the hard times have seemed to be getting better between both nations, with discussions revolving around diverse sectors, including the […]
December 19, 2023

Urban Flooding in India: A Consequence of Poor Implementation, Not Inadequacy of Guidelines

Policymakers and planners should recognise that minimising runoff from built-up areas onto roads is the best method to decrease city waterlogging. When we talk about the monsoon today, the first image that typically comes to mind is waterlogged urban roads. […]
December 19, 2023

Threads of Change: Empowering Women in Kerala’s Coir Industry

Kerala, popularly known as God’s own country, accounts for 61% of total coconut production and 85% of total coir products. Coir has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the state of Kerala, centuries ago. Today, it is […]
December 13, 2023

പൊതു ഗതാഗതത്തിന് ചില പുതിയ റൂട്ടുകൾ

(പൊതുഗതാഗതം പോയ പോക്ക് എന്ന തലക്കെട്ടിൽ തിങ്കളാഴ്ച പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിച്ച ലേഖനത്തിന്റെ അവസാന ഭാഗം)​ കേരളത്തിലെ പൊതുഗതാഗത വ്യവസായം ഇന്ത്യയിൽത്തന്നെ സമാനതകളില്ലാത്ത വിധം സ്വകാര്യ മേഖലയെക്കൂടി പങ്കാളിയാക്കിക്കൊണ്ടുള്ളതായിരുന്നു. ഈ രീതിയിലുള്ള പൊതുഗതാഗത സംവിധാനം കേരളത്തിന്റെ വികസന മാതൃകയിൽ വഹിച്ച പങ്ക് തള്ളിക്കളയാനാവുകയുമില്ല. വൈദ്യുതീകൃത ബസുകളും എൽ.എൻ.ജി എഥനോൾ ഹൈബ്രിഡ് ബസുകളും കൂടുതലായി നിരത്തിലിറക്കി ഓടിക്കാൻ സ്വകാര്യ സംരംഭകരെ […]
December 12, 2023

Chennai is a symbol and symptom of disasters our cities are facing

A city’s resilience is an important factor in ensuring its sustainability, the well-being of its citizens, and the security of investments made Locals retrieve their belongings at Kamatchi Amman Nagar area inundated with floodwater after heavy rainfall in the aftermath […]