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Changing alignments in East Asia

by Pranay Kotasthane (@pranaykotas) Early indications about a Trump Presidency’s impact on partnerships in East Asia Since Woodrow Wilson, the goal of American foreign policy has been to prevent regional hegemony. believes Seth Cropsey, Director of the Centre for American...

The Trumping of Marrakech

The 22nd Conference of Parties (COP) to the UNFCC negotiations at Marrakech have barely been in the mainstream Indian news simply because it is hard to find the media space between the withdrawal of the Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes and...

Politicisation of armed forces to collect funds is deplorable

Recent announcement of donating Rs 5 Cr. to Army welfare fund by bollywood producer-director Karan Johar cannot be repentance for sins of commission and omission by political parties  By Guru Aiyar (@guruaiyar) In one of the most brazen forms of...

To keep the money where you raise it

Tax Increment Financing is amongst the many public financing methods that the cities in India need to explore further. The City of Chicago, the third biggest city in United Sates of America, evidently requires a large revenue source to maintain...

Regulating Fintech: A Proactive Approach

By Nitin Malik (@nitinmalik86) Financial Technology or Fintech sector needs a proactive and stable financial regulation policy environment to grow. Fintech can have a potentially transformative impact on economy in the future, and as such, Indian regulators need to carefully...

Smart or dumb: Cities should be safe

Bhubaneswar emerged as the top candidate among the 20 cities chosen to be part of the Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission. One hopes that the plans of turning the city into a smart one will include strengthening risk resilience,...

GST Bill: A Successful Exercise of Consensus-Building in Democracy

Bhavani Castro is a Fellow of Indian Studies, Getulio Vargas Foundation in São Paulo The first half of 2016 was marked by several setbacks for democratic institutions and liberal values all over the world. From the Turkish government’s repressive response...

Towards 24×7 Electricity Supply in Andhra Pradesh

The emergence of Andhra Pradesh as a power surplus state is a testament to the cooperation between the Union and State governments. By Revendra (@adj_r_squared) The AP Reorganisation Act – 2014 put the state of Andhra Pradesh at a huge disadvantage...

India needs a new refugee policy

India needs an asylum policy to be able to allocate resources appropriately, to monitor the sheltering of  refugees that it hosts, and to disallow unwanted infiltrators from entering its territory.  By Manasa Venkataraman (@nasac) Caught off guard by millions of persecuted Syrians fleeing...

Boycotting Chinese goods: Impractical and harms the national interest

The plan to boycott Chinese imports is neither practical nor is it in the Indian national interest. By Anupam Manur (@anupammanur) There has been many nationalist calls for boycotting Chinese goods as a retaliation against China for blocking India’s bid...
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