Articles

September 11, 2018

How Floods Uncovered the Truly Liberal Spirit of Keralites

Kerala has witnessed a disaster of an unprecedented nature in a century. The timely action and response in the aftermath of the floods has helped to arrest the death toll. The state government machinery geared up their coordination activities to […]
August 29, 2018

Paving the way for the para-transit sector

There is a growing need to pave way for the Intermediate Public Transport (IPT) sector in India, starting with recognising, legalising and integrating it as a part of our transport system. This will enhance the first and last-mile connectivity and […]
August 13, 2018

Should the world be worried about a war in the Strait of Hormuz?

The US sanction against Iran and the Iranian rhetoric in response, have sparked another tension in the Middle East. An Iranian blockade at the strategically positioned Strait of Hormuz will prompt a war in the Gulf waters that will undoubtedly […]
August 10, 2018

Foreign Liquor in Kerala: A Story of Deceit?

The liquor trade in Kerala has always remained politically directed with little or no choice for consumers. Political decisions have shaped the trade for several decades. Business can thrive only when entrepreneurs are free to decide what benefits them most. […]
August 2, 2018

The Curious Case of the Missing Feeder Systems

With the rapidly changing service industries inculcating innovation and flexibility, a crucial segment that has been sidelined, almost rendered invisible by policy makers has been the feeder services sector. Read more on ‘The Curious Case of the Missing Feeder Systems‘, […]
June 22, 2018

Will Kerala’s Draft Labour Policy be beneficial for the State or will it turn out to be counterproductive; കരട് തൊഴില്‍ നയത്തില്‍ തൊഴിലാളികള്‍ക്ക് അമിത പ്രാധാന്യം; ഇത് കേരളത്തിനു ഗുണകരമോ?

The state government has cleared the draft Labour Policy of 2017 which aims to build a healthy employer-employee relation ensuring the prosperity of the labourers, business community and the overall development of the state. Will the proposals of the policy […]
June 14, 2018
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Muraleedharan Nair, CPPR Senior Research Fellow comments about the historic Trump-Kim summit

Muraleedharan Nair, CPPR Senior Research Fellow comments about the historic Trump-Kim summit in his oped “Uchakoodiyudae Bhavi” published in Mathrubhumi Newspaper on 13th June.
May 17, 2018

China’s African Foothold – Djibouti & Beyond

In February 2018, the small African country of Djibouti terminated a deal with Dubai Ports World, one of the world’s largest port and container terminal operators,that was struck in 2006 to operate the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) at the Port […]
May 10, 2018

Smart-moving Kochi: Enabling Intelligent Transportation Systems

Cities are powerhouses of growth, markets, innovation, and humanity. Cities are also complex organisms that evolve, thrive or perish with the collective actions of their occupants. An anthropological answer to human beings’ quest to build and live together, the way […]
April 12, 2018

Gender-sensitive Public Transport: Time to Walk the Talk

Public transport forms the backbone of an efficient urban mobility system of a city, spearheading its development and modernisation. The creation of economic opportunities and improved access to markets and services can be achieved through efficient mobility within a city. […]
April 5, 2018

Taxing Private Buses will do no Good for the Cause of Public Transport in Kerala – പൊതുഗതാഗതം; ഇനിയും ഇടപെട്ടില്ലെങ്കില്‍ സംസ്ഥാനത്തെ കാത്തിരിക്കുന്നത് വന്‍ ദുരന്തം

Public transport is an inevitable part of a city’s development and private sector plays a pivotal role in ensuring the efficiency of public transport. But governmental regulations have taken a toll on the operations of private players in Kerala. What […]
March 28, 2018

Hard Road Ahead – Reforming Telecom

The Indian telecom sector has witnessed immense growth since market liberalisation in the late 1990s. It is the second largest in the world by number of telephone and internet subscribers. However, the industry is grappling with rising NPAs, sky-high debt […]
March 22, 2018

Gorakhpur: When the Elephant and Cycle Trampled the Lotus

A year after its spectacular success in the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has been dealt a double blow in the by-elections in Gorakhpur and Phulpur. The loss of Gorakhpur is of great significance for the BJP, as […]
February 27, 2018

What Happened to Attappadi?

The gruesome lynching of Madhu, a 27-year-old Adivasi youth of Chindakki in the Attappadi area of Palakkad district once again demonstrated how political parties and successive governments have neglected this area for decades. In fact, Attappadi had garnered national attention […]
February 13, 2018

Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board: A Frankenstein’s monster or economy’s saviour?

Like the previous budget, the present budget can also be termed a ‘KIIFB budget’, as many of the proposed projects will be routed through KIIFB The Economic Review 2017–18 tabled in the Assembly on February 1, 2018, highlighted the critical […]