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Smart Watches and Privacy Concerns

By Ganesh Chakravarthi (@crg_takshashila) A buzz on my wrist wakes me. I open my smartphone and see the status of my smart band synchronising my sleep schedule. My first cup of coffee and breakfast, the smart band takes readings. I...

Why States Need to be Involved in India’s Foreign Policy

By Ratish Srivastava (@socilia13) The involvement of states in India’s foreign policy making could be vital in launching India onto the next phase of development. The centre holds executive power in all matters related to foreign policy as stipulated in...

Controlling Healthcare Costs in Japan

The Japanese story of achieving low-cost healthcare through price controls By Aneesh Mugulur (@mugulur) Between 1980 and 1992, Japan’s price controls in the healthcare sector led to the decline of physician fees by 19%. In 1991, Japan’s infant mortality rate...

A welcome twist to demonetization

The government’s most recent amendment mandating that wages be paid by cheque or bank transfers is a welcome by-product of the demonetization drive. President Pranab Mukherjee promulgated with immediate effect an ordinance amending the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 on...

Snapshot of 2016 military modernisation in India

By Guru Aiyar (@guruaiyar)  A mixed year of  hits and misses, what is most pertinent for defence policy is military modernization and overdue defence reforms The year that has gone by has been a mixed one as far as defence...

Locating the paradiplomacy of Indian states

Currently, the space for Indian states to play a role in foreign policy is largely in the economic realm. One of the growingly popular frameworks to analyse how sub state actors can play a role in foreign policy is paradiplomacy....

Nadaan Parindey, ghar aaja

Kerala, Gujarat and Punjab show that states can play an important role in diaspora relations. States are maneuvering around foreign policy considerations by reaching out to Non Resident Indians (NRIs). Foreign Policy is considered the domain of the Union Government...

Shopping at Supermarkets in Argentina? No, Thanks!

How the price freeze at supermarkets in Argentina left consumers in an unrelenting dilemma with regard to grocery shopping By Sreetama Sen (@SenSreetama) The Argentinian government, under the presidency of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in 2013, imposed a strict price...

When Economic Policy Saved India from the Mongols

By Anirudh Kanisetti 13th century, an era when the Mongols were considered the Scourge of God, had rulers from Hungary to China quaking in their boots at the mere thought of a Mongol attack. One potentate however was a notable...

A breach notification strategy for cyber attacks is needed

By Sandesh Anand While a strong focus on preventing India’s cyber assets is required, it is a reasonable assumption to make that there will be more cyber attacks in 2017. These attacks will lead to sensitive information leakage, lack of availability of your...
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