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 […]
July 6, 2021

For an Inclusive Approach to Mental Health in Tennis

For an Inclusive Approach to Mental Health in Tennis  On May 31, 2021, tennis star Naomi Osaka tweeted her decision to withdraw from the then ongoing French Open. She revealed her struggle with mental health. A few weeks later, she […]
July 6, 2021

Choosing the Chief

Case studies in the selection of Police Chiefs in India The State of Kerala as well as the Union Territory of Delhi has new police chiefs who took over their duties on the last day of June 2021. An attempt […]
July 1, 2021

Pakistan’s long tryst with the FATF

The Financial Action Taskforce (FATF), the global anti-terrorist financing and anti-money laundering watch dog, during its plenary session on June 25, 2021 reviewed the progress Pakistan has made on compliance with its standards and decided to retain it on the […]
June 28, 2021

പെട്രോൾ വില സർക്കാറിന്റെ കൊള്ള, പ്രത്യാഘാതം അടുക്കളയിലേക്കും

കേരളം ഉൾപ്പടെയുള്ള ചില സംസ്ഥാനങ്ങളിലെ തിരഞ്ഞടുപ്പിനു ശേഷം 31തവണയാണ് ഇന്ധന വില ഉയർത്തിയത്. ഇതിനെ ‘പകൽ കൊള്ളയെന്നോ’, ‘തീവെട്ടിക്കൊള്ളയെന്നോ’ തന്നെ വിളിക്കാം.  ജൂൺ മാസം ഇരുപത്തേഴാം തിയതി വരെ 15 തവണയാണ് ഇന്ധന വില വർധിച്ചത്. തലസ്ഥാനം ഉൾപ്പടെ പല ജില്ലകളിലും ഒരു ലിറ്റർ പെട്രോളിന്റെ വില 100 രൂപ കടന്നു. ക്രൂഡ് ഓയിലിനെ അടിസ്ഥാനമാക്കിയുള്ള […]
June 25, 2021

Food Security | Doorstep ration delivery can be promising once all crucial gaps are plugged

On February 20, the Delhi government published a notification detailing the features of its ‘Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana’ (MMGGRY). The MMGGRY envisaged doorstep delivery of wheat flour, rice and sugar under the Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS). About […]