Publications

Time to abolish the MRP

The fixed maximum retail price is an archaic and dysfunctional mechanism that hurts both retailers and the consumers it seeks to protect

Maximising the post office

Instead of hamstringing public sector banks with social schemes, it is time to transfer many of these financial tasks to India Post.

The curious case of the policy rate cut

Flexible inflation targeting will bring in transparency, accountability and predictability. The surprise policy rate cut is none of the three

How have RBI’s new rules on ATM usage affected banking?

A look at the result of the curbs on minimum number of free non-home-bank ATM transactions per month

The probability of foul play in Vyapam deaths

Analysis of deaths over the past 5 years shows the number of recent deaths linked to the case is highly unusual

How to buy a rifle

Prepare procurement plans well in advance, and have them cleared by the Cabinet, not just the services and defence ministry

How to buy a rifle

Prepare procurement plans well in advance, and have them cleared by the Cabinet, not just the services and defence ministry

Let the women fight

Given how the armed forces struggle to attract talent, they cannot rule out hiring half the population

When Iran enters the global mainstream

The strategic consequences of a nuclear deal between Iran and the West

How far will Mr Abe go?

Japan's changing military posture presents opportunities for India

Why Sri Lanka’s need for China will continue

Colombo's enduring interests suggest the relationship between the two nations will only strengthen

Mr Modi’s follow-through risks

For India to make the most of Narendra Modi's ambition and energy, he must get New Delhi to keep up

The new Cuba?

A Chinese company with military links is building a canal across Nicaragua

China’s economic horoscope

Though growth in China is unlikely to slow down soon, India should prepare to take advantage of a shifting of gears there

Xi Jinping – $100 bn is coming!

The current moment presents the Modi government with an opportunity to take advantage, but very carefully, of Beijing's inclination to offer economic incentives

MH17 and the ‘non-state actor’ charade

Here's what happened: Russian proxy fighters in the Donetsk region of Ukraine shot down a Malaysia Airlines civilian aircraft - flight MH17, carrying 298 people - by mistake, using a...

Iraq and the outer ring of India’s security

To us in India, news that an Islamist militant group that even Al Qaeda considers too extremist has taken Mosul, Tikrit and other Iraqi cities in a lightning campaign appears...

Confronting a new world order

So intense, so compelling and so all-consuming was the build-up to the recently concluded general election that developments outside India received less-than-usual attention in our public sphere. Yet a lot...

Our foreign policy is 8% growth

The external environment will certainly affect India's internal quest to get back onto the path of high economic growth -- but much of the slack is in domestic policy

MH370 and three worrying ‘ifs’

Kuala Lumpur's delay in roping in India to help track the missing aircraft is an indicator that New Delhi must redouble its diplomacy and capacity demonstration in East Asia

How to assess the vote-on-account

Three principles to make up your mind on the interim Budget

Don’t leave diplomacy to diplomats

The perfunctory management of external affairs has left India's foreign policy establishment largely unprepared to manage the consequences of dramatic international developments

‘Axis of evil’ now a pivot of peace?

The implications of the interim deal between Iran and the world's big powers go far beyond the nuclear programme

The Saudis, the Iranians and us

Further deterioration of the US-Saudi relationship will have geo-economic and geopolitical effects

Leave the Net in US hands

The US Constitution, political system, civil society and media are better guardians of online free speech and privacy than some UN outfit

Three-point alert for J&K

The partisan political din in New Delhi and concerns about the economy elsewhere in the country should not divert our attention from the emergent situation in Jammu and Kashmir. All...

China’s war on rumour

The microblogging service Weibo has proliferated to such an extent that it is straining China's vast censorship infrastructure

National interest and international disaster relief efforts

Going beyond altruism, India’s national power will determine its humanitarian assistance abroad. The earthquake that hit Nepal in April is one of the worst natural disasters to affect the Indian...

Let the women fight

Given how the armed forces struggle to attract talent, they cannot rule out hiring half the population

All Of This Brouhaha Is A Conspiracy Against Maggi, Surely?

Maggi is not just packaged instant noodles. Maggi is an aspiration. Maggi demonstrates India's power over imperialism. It is evidence of India's tactical prowess over Western powers, and its graciousness...
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