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An Indian agenda for trade and investment reform

India must put in all its reform effort into policies that will increase the international competitiveness of Indian firms and encourage both foreign and domestic investment. The new Indian government led by prime minister Narendra Modi swept...

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A solemn reminder, courtesy Pakistan

Lessons from Pakistan on why we must guard our state from religiosity and our society from majoritarianism. Organised murders and terror strikes stemming from religious fanaticism are unfortunately far too commonplace in the Pakistani society...

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Value capture from infrastructure investments

Given India’s massive urban infrastructure needs, it will have to rely on different options to raise a share of the resources required. The urban planner Donald Shoup has evocatively captured one of the great ironies of development, “Why...

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Make for India, not just in India

The government’s policies have unwittingly tilted the balance in favour of innovating for the world rather than creating conditions that encourage innovations for India’s own needs. With a large engineering workforce and links with the...

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Soft power, hard choices

Substantive policy changes and not speeches alone would determine the success of Narendra Modi’s desire to bolster investment and encourage tourism and manufacturing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to move on several fronts simultaneously...

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An Indian agenda for trade and investment reform

India must put in all its reform effort into policies that will increase the international competitiveness of Indian firms and encourage both...

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Financing smart cities: key requirements

The “smart cities” project represents an opportunity to experiment with organisational and governance structures of the cities, with a view...

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The civil wars

Victories in civil wars are usually pyrrhic and there exists no ‘good’ side. Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island on Sri Lanka’s...

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An Indian agenda for trade and investment reform

India must put in all its reform effort into policies that will increase the international competitiveness of Indian firms and encourage both foreign and domestic investment. The new Indian government led by prime minister Narendra Modi swept into power on a promise of improving economic conditions in India. A critical focus of the reform effort […]

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A solemn reminder, courtesy Pakistan

Lessons from Pakistan on why we must guard our state from religiosity and our society from majoritarianism. Organised murders and terror strikes stemming from religious fanaticism are unfortunately far too commonplace in the Pakistani society today. Even then, two recent incidents have shaken up the conscience of the ordinary Pakistani. The first incident was the […]

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Value capture from infrastructure investments

Given India’s massive urban infrastructure needs, it will have to rely on different options to raise a share of the resources required. The urban planner Donald Shoup has evocatively captured one of the great ironies of development, “Why is it so difficult to finance public infrastructure that increases the value of the serviced land by […]

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Make for India, not just in India

The government’s policies have unwittingly tilted the balance in favour of innovating for the world rather than creating conditions that encourage innovations for India’s own needs. With a large engineering workforce and links with the English language, India already has some natural advantages in providing knowledge workers to global corporations. In addition, government policies that […]

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Soft power, hard choices

Substantive policy changes and not speeches alone would determine the success of Narendra Modi’s desire to bolster investment and encourage tourism and manufacturing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to move on several fronts simultaneously to fulfil expectations he has generated in various constituencies. Through his foreign trips, especially the high-profile U.S. visit, and his interaction […]

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After the visit

Sri Lanka – China relations after Xi Jinping’s visit and the implications for India’s Sri Lanka policy. Within the last month, Sri Lanka has received attention from some prominent Asian visitors. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe travelled to Sri Lanka in early September, marking the first Japanese head-of-state visit in 24 years. In early October, […]

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The civil wars

Victories in civil wars are usually pyrrhic and there exists no ‘good’ side. Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island on Sri Lanka’s recently concluded civil war portrays several people in the aftermath of the war and describes how their lives have been irreparably affected by this war. As Sarah Farooqui in her review of the book states, “In […]

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Addressing inequality in Singapore

Addressing inequality issue in Singapore and studying its implications for India.  The publication of Thomas Piketty’s 2014 book Capital in the Twenty First Century has been a catalyst in bringing the issue of inequality to the forefront of public policy debates in many countries. This is remarkable, given the book’s length (696 pages), intricacies of historical data […]

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The diversionary policies

Schemes such as SAGY and MPLADS are diversionary in nature.  The government has launched the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). Under this scheme, each Member of Parliament will be responsible for developing the infrastructure of three villages by 2019 and eight by 2024.  The guidelines for the scheme indicate that the MP will indentify these […]

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Tackling human trafficking

Karnataka’s work can be used as a model in other states in cases of trafficking. In the last one year, Karnataka has established itself as a leader in addressing human trafficking, especially labour trafficking. It has done this by effectively implementing a statewide policing structure, the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU), under the newly amended section […]

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