June 1, 2020

Need to Rope in Private Sector Hospitals in the Fight against COVID

Unprecedentedly, the world humanity has been at peril since the spread of the Coronavirus, which emerged first in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and it reminds us about the two World Wars and a host of plagues of the past. […]
June 1, 2020

Reading International Law in the Context of COVID-19

The Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) and Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth along with the Study Group on International Law and Relations, Ernakulam organised a webinar involving International Law scholars and public policy makers titled “Reading International Law in the context of […]
May 29, 2020

SAARC Response to COVID: A Silver Lining in Regional Cooperation

SAARC, or the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, is an intergovernmental organisation operating as a geopolitical union of the South Asian nations, with the aim of advancing economic and political integration in the region of South Asia. Despite 18 […]
May 27, 2020

Economic Package or COVID Budget?

The lockdown in India has impacted the movement of goods and people across districts and states. It has adversely affected their income, particularly of the poor, and thereby their purchasing power. The announcement of the 20 lakh crore package made […]
May 21, 2020

Transfer powers of DMs to mayors to solve urban issues

One of the conditions laid down by the Centre for the state governments to increase their borrowing limit is to ‘bring in reforms to streamline the revenue of urban local bodies (ULBs)’. Though this has been in the discussion since […]
May 20, 2020

COVID-19: Kerala changes tack, not to test expats after seven days

Senior Fellow at CPPR Dr Rijo M John, comments in a article published in The New Indian Express on the Kerala testing of returning expatriates. In a change from its earlier stand, Kerala seems to have decided not to test […]
May 20, 2020

Stimulus package falls short of meeting immediate concerns

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced five tranches of economic stimulus under Atmanirbhar Bharat to save the ailing economy. The first tranche was comprehensive, and responsive to the plight of the Micro, Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The sector, contributing over 28 percent […]
May 18, 2020

Is Privacy an Illusion for the Netizens of the 21st Century?

Despite privacy being recognised as a fundamental right by the Constitution of India, the existing legal provisions give several outlets to override the privacy concerns of the public. Should governments have access to sensitive data of citizens which they can […]
May 18, 2020

Preference for private vehicles may put pressure on Kochi traffic

CPPR Chairman Dr D Dhanuraj comments in a news article published in The New Indian Express on the increase in usage of private vehicles once the lockdown is over. He says “Public transport will be rarely used after lockdown. Since […]
May 14, 2020

Prioritising Healthcare over Privacy during a Pandemic: Is it Healthy?

The current pandemic has resulted in unwonted bureaucratic manoeuvres across the world. Among the many state actions that we have seen in the past few months, the increasing reliance on surveillance technology to tackle the virus stands out. From contact […]
May 13, 2020

Economic Package: A Welcome Relief

Keeping in line with a global trend of offering an economic relief package with value close to 10-20% of GDP, Prime Minister announced a 20 lakh crore economic relief package for India. Dr Martin Patrick, Chief Economist, CPPR analyses the […]
May 13, 2020

Remonetise gold to tide over the economic crisis

Nissy Solomon and Dr D Dhanuraj As the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed global economy into an unprecedented scale of low growth and massive employment loss, the resource mobilisation to revive economic activities is reaching a frantic scale and dimension. In […]
May 11, 2020

Environmental Sustainability in a Post-COVID World

Sukanya Nambiar A rainbow was sighted on a rainy evening in Delhi last week, seemingly a sign that better days are round the corner. The beautiful view, complemented by clear skies and fresh air, is a rare sight in a […]
May 6, 2020

A Review of Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 in the Context of Sprinklr Debate

Nithin Ramakrishnan Whether the personal data of the citizens, especially the health data, can be transferred without their consent to foreign companies? Is there a necessity for tender procedures when free services are offered to the government in emergency scenarios? […]
May 6, 2020

Is there a trade-off between life and privacy amid a pandemic?

Dr Harisankar K. Sathyapalan As we grapple with a global pandemic, governments across the world increasingly rely on information technology to advance their fight against the virus. From contact tracing to quarantining selfies, smartphone applications have started determining the course […]