June 8, 2023

India Emerges as an Exporter of Blue Economy

The Trade and Environment Review 2023 “Building a Sustainable and Resilient Ocean Economy beyond 2030” published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) notes that the year 2022 was a “super year” for the oceans and was […]
May 16, 2023

A Green Growth for India: Special Focus on Mangrove Protection 

Green growth was featured as a key priority in the Union Budget 2023-24 with a focused allocation for augmenting mangrove vegetation as important carbon reservoirs. Along with other initiatives such as Green credit programme, PM-PRANAM, Gobardhan Scheme and Amrit Darohar, […]
May 16, 2023

Extended Metro Lines –  An Unsustainable Approach in Tier 2 Cities?

With the metro fever spreading from city to city, there has been a shift from providing efficient intermodal connectivity through the public transport system to investing in projects that can be seen as a ‘symbol’ of development in the city.  […]
May 10, 2023

India’s Value For The US Goes Beyond Its Capacity To Wage War

Post-pandemic America, engaged in a virtual conflict with Russia and in confrontation with China, has become increasingly conditional and transactional in international relations. It has begun to evaluate relations of allies and friends in the context of their usefulness in […]
April 27, 2023

Modi’s visit | BJP is customising itself for Kerala

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kerala is seen as a strategic attempt to expand the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s presence in the state, which has been historically a hard carapace to crack for the national party. Modi’s two-day visit […]
April 24, 2023

The Joshimath Plight: A Call for Conserving the Dwindling Third Pole

The towering mountains of the Hindu Kush – Himalayas that formed 50 million years ago, host legacies from the birth of Buddha and the invasion of Alexander the Great. They also represent the geographical identity of South Asia housing some […]
April 18, 2023

Spearheading Digital Futures for Sustainable Development: The G20 Agenda

Inclusive growth relies heavily on the degree of digital penetration, making digital futures and sustainable development deeply interconnected. Development in the digital sphere is crucial to attaining SDG targets through resilient Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) in which India is a […]
April 13, 2023

Embedding EdTech in Higher Education Institutions

The pandemic posed several challenges to the education sector. Despite these, the whole education sector carried on unscathed, thanks to educational technologies and digital facilities. Educational technologies offer myriad benefits to all stakeholders and enhance the overall capacity of higher […]
April 13, 2023

Vietnam Drives Energy Transition in Mekong

Vietnam has taken a major step forward towards its 2050 Net Zero Commitment. In December 2022, it joined the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) with the International Partners Group (IPG) comprising the EU, the UK, the United States, France, Germany, […]
March 24, 2023

Kochi fire must be an eye-opener for cities, state governments

Waste management systems are often failing in India, the latest example being the land dump at Brahmapuram in Ernakulam District, Kerala. The land dump of Kochi Municipal Corporation (KMC) located at Brahampuram, about 20 km away from the city, caught […]
March 20, 2023

State of Kerala State Budget for 2023-24

The Kerala Budget for the year 2023-24 aims to “improve the standard of living of the people and create a sustainable and modern ‘Nava Kerala’ (New Kerala).” The state says that in the past year, more than one lakh new […]
March 15, 2023

New Guidelines bets on APJ Abdul Kalam’s Bio-Digester Technologies for decentralised solutions to manage sewage wastewater in Tamil Nadu

The changing public policies related to waste management has been widespread across states in India including Tamil Nadu. The government authorities were always urged to recognise the increasing pollution issues and diseases caused by it to find effective technological solutions. […]
March 13, 2023

Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC): Prospects and Challenges

The Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) has been languishing since the last two decades, and ASEAN Member States have not been able to extract a legally binding document from China. Consequently there is widespread pessimism among […]
March 1, 2023

Language Models and Training Data: A Mutual Learning Partnership

Chatbots such as Bard and ChatGPT have been hogging the attentional bandwidth of people of all ages. From helping students complete assignments to answering questions about nearly anything under the sun, these chat tools provide responses that suggest human-like understanding of the nuances […]
February 28, 2023

Regulating that Third Arm: Pointers from the tech past and present

Regulating AI technology has proved to be highly challenging for a variety of reasons including the sheer speed of its development, differing viewpoints within the tech stakeholder ecosystem and a notable non-uniformity in its deployment context, owing to the immense […]