Event - Reports

July 22, 2024

An Analysis of Past Gender Budgets in India

Gender responsive budgeting (GRB), started in 2005-06, is a step in the direction of promoting equitable distribution of public resources for a historically silenced, abused and neglected population. Even though not legally mandated, a separate gender budget statement has been […]
July 3, 2024

Cloudburst in Kochi Exposes Urgent Need for Effective Stormwater Management

Kerala faces significant challenges in collecting accurate rainfall data due to a shortage of rain gauges, adversely affecting the design of stormwater infrastructure. Key Takeaways On May 28, the city of Kochi experienced an intense cloudburst, resulting in over 100 […]
June 24, 2024

India’s Ambitions in Chabahar: Securing the Project Amidst Financial and Regional Hurdles

In May 2024, India Ports Global Ltd. (IPGL) and the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran (PMO) inked a 10-year contract to develop and operate the Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar. The stalled deal eventually materialised with the effective work […]
June 7, 2024

All is not lost for the BJP: Lotus Bloom in Kerala

While the BJP suffered an unexpected setback in the Hindi heartland, notably in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, and Haryana, they succeeded in making an inroad into the south Indian state of Kerala, where it failed miserably in opening an account […]
June 5, 2024

India General Election 2024: Key Takeaways and Way Ahead

The 2024 Lok Sabha Election was nothing short of a Bollywood film, filled with emotional dramas, exchange of strong rhetoric on both sides, and blame-gaming, among others. Shortly before the commencement of the general election, the opposition joined hands to […]
June 3, 2024

2024 Lok Sabha Elections in Northeast India: Unravelling the Nuances of Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland

As the ballots are cast and the counting commences, the political landscape of Northeast India unfolds with a tapestry of complexities, alliances, and electoral dynamics. The 2024 Lok Sabha elections in this region offer a captivating narrative of democratic fervour, […]
June 3, 2024

World Bicycle Day: Are NMT policies in Indian cities just on paper?

The United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared June 3 to be observed as World Bicycle Day to recognise the contribution to green and affordable forms of public transportation. Indian cities have lately undertaken various Non Motorised […]
May 20, 2024

Thiruvananthapuram needs a suburban rail network, not a metro service

The potential of building a suburban railway network surpasses that of metro systems, offering a broader opportunity for integration and connectivity. Recent media reports hint at the potential introduction of a metro rail or light metro rail system in Kerala’s capital, […]
May 17, 2024

BJP Manifesto 2024 Lacks Major Structural Reforms

The major political parties’ election manifesto provides their approach, thinking, and understanding of the current issues and challenges faced by the economy, society, and geopolitical nexus with national and international scenarios. However, what is apparently missing from both the Congress […]
May 14, 2024

Vision 2030: India’s Potential in Saudi Arabia’s Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Landscape

Key Takeaways: The recent open forum hosted by the World Economic Forum in Riyadh, in partnership with the Ministry of Economy and Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, underscored Saudi Arabia’s ambitious vision for healthcare and tourism, emphasising the […]
May 6, 2024

What is Crime in Business Laws?

Operating a business entails potential consequences if documents requested during an inspection are not provided, potentially leading to imprisonment for up to three months for the employer. This situation is common in the country, which is on its journey to […]
April 30, 2024

Same Old Slogans and Appeasement Politics in Congress Manifesto

The Indian National Congress Party recently released its 48-page manifesto, titled “Nyay Patra,” for the general elections of 2024. As we examine the manifesto, it’s apparent that the party has adhered to traditional formats reminiscent of past manifestos. The Nyay Patra […]
April 29, 2024

Iran and Israel in Open Confrontation

Iran launched a massive attack on Israel on April 14th using attack drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles. After long years of a ‘shadow war’ between the two nations, Iran has directly attacked Israeli territory for the first time. The […]
April 27, 2024

Kerala General Elections 2024 – Low Turnout: Implications and Analysis

The highly anticipated Kerala General Elections of 2024 culminated in a surprising turn of events, with a notably low voter turnout across the state. Despite the fervent campaigning by the political parties, the actual polling figures fell short of expectations, […]
April 26, 2024

Can doing business in Kerala lead to imprisonment?

Kerala, over the past few years, has undertaken various measures to improve its business ecosystem. The government has initiated improvements through legislative modifications, as seen in  the Kerala Investment Promotion Facilitation Act, 2018, amending seven State Acts. Moreover, the enactment […]