Articles

January 9, 2018

Mission MG Road Makeover – How about Night Shopping?

Kochi is in a transitional phase. The commencement of the Kochi Metro, increasing rate of urbanisation, and being chosen as one of the 20 cities for the Smart Cities Mission have pressurised and animated this urban conglomeration. The Kochi Metro […]
January 4, 2018

How Successive Governments Destroyed the Agriculture Sector in Kerala?

Dr Lekshmi R Nair (Research Consultant, CPPR) explains in an article published in ‘Azhimukham’ how excessive government intervention in the marketing mechanisms in agriculture has disincentivised farmers, ultimately leading to the collapse of agriculture in Kerala. Click here to read […]
January 3, 2018

Small and Medium Enterprises – a Yardstick for Ease of Doing Business

India had much reason to celebrate when the World Bank Group released the Doing Business (DB) 2018 report in October 2017. The report commends India for implementing reforms in a number of areas. In fact, India is the only heavyweight […]
January 2, 2018

Mission 500

China’s aggressive behaviour in the Indo–Pacific has impelled the Americans to look for partners other than their traditional allies in Asia. India, because of its geographical location, territorial size and democratic political system, is the best-suited candidate for the job […]
December 20, 2017

If Women are Ready to Work during Night, why Stop them from doing so?

  In an article published in Azhimukham, Kerala’s unique analysis portal, Sara John (Project Associate, CPPR) questions the rationality of laws that prevent women from working nightshifts in shops and establishments against their wishes. Click here to read the article: […]
December 18, 2017

India and the Quadrilateral

                      The Quadrilateral or Quad, an international grouping of India, Australia, Japan and the US that was in limbo for 10 years, recently met ahead of the East Asia Summit in Manila […]
December 11, 2017

India and the Developing Africa

India–Africa relations are as old as the civilisations of the Nile and the Indus Valley. The earlier known contact between India and countries in Africa dates back to pre-historic times. Trade, people-to-people contact and cultural ties have remained significant for […]
November 30, 2017

India and the Changing Security Architecture of Indo-Pacific

The rising Chinese assertiveness is altering the geopolitics and regional security architecture of Southeast and East Asia. The ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) intended to link major sea lanes with roadways spread across the Eurasian landmass is taking its […]
November 28, 2017

India’s leap in Ease of Doing Business rankings obscures the full picture

The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) ranking for 2018 offers some respite to India. It comes at a time when its economy is mired in the after-effects of demonetisation and hasty implementation of the Goods and Services Tax […]
November 18, 2017

Recap Bonds To Save Ailing Banks – A Recap Of The Failed Saga From The 1990s?

The banking sector in India is passing through a tricky phase, with non-performing assets (NPAs) of banks registering a staggering Rs 8 lakh crore. The growing NPAs have deteriorated the capital base of banks, affecting their lending capacity, even at […]
October 27, 2017

Xi Jinping Emerges as the New Mao of China: How he did it and what it means for India?

The 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) held in Beijing from October 18 to 24, 2017, and attended by over 2000 delegates has re-elected Xi Jinping for the second term as the party’s General Secretary. Xi, who […]
October 25, 2017

Improving Business Climate: Why It Has Become Economic As Well As Political Necessity For Kerala

Two congruent yet distinctive studies on Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) reveal that despite its high ranks in social development indices, Kerala lags far behind other states in providing the right kind of ecosystem to do business. What does this […]
October 19, 2017

The Curious Case of Crèches: Whose Responsibility is it?

At the core of the argument for crèches,lie the notion of a child’s vulnerability and the shared responsibility of the parents and the State to ensure his/her protection. But how far have we managed to bring this argument to fruition? […]
October 12, 2017

Kerala Wants To Revive Its Failing Economy By Infrastructure Investment Fund Board. This Will Do More Harm Than Good

Kerala is known for its achievements in the fields of healthcare and education. With its health and education indicators on a par with the developed economies, the Kerala model of development has been acclaimed across quarters. The key aspect of […]
October 11, 2017

Reforms Fall Wide of the Mark: Time for a Retrospect of Laws

Governmental regulations are inevitable policy tools purported to prevent or deal with problems that markets do not manage well. However, the limits of regulation have often been contended and are perceived to be the result of skewed judgment on the […]