Month: January 2017

Innovation and Productivity

Were our forefathers more innovative than us?

Economists across the world are divided on what has caused the productivity-slowdown. Are we innovative enough, or is there a need for reform?

/ January 31, 2017

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The ailing Congress

Congress and its ailing (op)position

The Congress has long been sleeping while the BJP has managed to command a resounding political success. It is time for Congress to actualize its potential as the opposition.

/ January 31, 2017

How does the myth of ‘clean coal’ affect technological investment?

The concept of 'clean coal' continues to have government sanction and financial support. Is investment in this technology dependable?

/ January 31, 2017
moore

Remembering Mary Tyler Moore: The trailblazer of American television

As the world mourns the death of the iconic Mary Tyler Moore, we look back at her views, much of which were way ahead of the times.

/ January 31, 2017
Oscar

The Academy Awards: A white privilege?

An interesting take on how the Oscars are not the most unprejudiced awards.

/ January 31, 2017
Shifting of the US embassy might just spark the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem: A ‘move’ against international peace?

Shifting the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem could shatter any chances of peace between Palestine and Israel.

/ January 31, 2017
Golden Gag Rule

The Global Gag Rule: A misfortune embracing women

Donald Trump's bid to resurrect the Global Gag Rule has left millions reeling. Poor women in many countries will have narrower access to contraceptions and health-care services.

/ January 30, 2017

How a book and a photograph changed the way we look at things

In 1972, the astronauts of the Apollo 17 crew captured one of the most vibrant pictures of the Earth. Decades later, it stands as a symbol of the environmental crusade.

/ January 30, 2017
trump-israel

The ‘two state’ solution in the time of Trump

The relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would automatically imply an inclination to Israel. Whether Trump’s moves are as radical as his views would be confirmed.

/ January 30, 2017
Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Freedom of expression – How far is too far?

Vandalism on the sets of Padmavati has challenged the effectiveness of freedom of speech and expression in art forms.

/ January 30, 2017

Will the Union Budget bring good news for startups?

Startups in India have recently been witnessing a bearish year. Will the budget provide some relief?

/ January 30, 2017
Electricity brightens our lives.

Rural electrification in India needs an upgrade

A uniform supply of electricity is required to facilitate the development of rural India. A recent study dives deep into investigating the state of rural electrification.

/ January 30, 2017
Why are people loyal to groups associated with hazing?

Even though it takes lives, hazing remains alive. Why?

Hazing practices have a deep history and cross-cultural universality, and that is why they are still being endured.

/ January 30, 2017
Right-handedness

Here’s why most people are right-handed

Right-handedness is a common trait in most humans. This mysterious brain development might be solved by studying how our ancestors ate.

/ January 29, 2017
Clash of the Chinese and American economy

Strained ties: Will US-China trade end in a war of economy?

The change in America's administration has brought on what appears to be a trade war with China. It will only be disastrous for both economies, lest it actualizes.

/ January 29, 2017
Authoritarian leaders

What does the rise of strongmen mean to the world?

The election of authoritarian country heads is a threat to democracy.

/ January 29, 2017

India rejects multilateral trade investment pact at WTO

While the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) is considered a standardized mechanism, is it really in India's national interest?

/ January 29, 2017
Sprint

Will Sprint’s acquisition of Tidal ebb and flow?

With Sprint acquiring a stake in the streaming service, Tidal, the prospects for the company and the industry seem better than ever before.

/ January 29, 2017
Repealing TPP is the first thing Trump did after taking the office.

Trump scraps the free trade deal. Will Americans survive this isolation?

The authors explore the implications of America's pull-out from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the globally integrated economic system, with the onset of Trump's era.

/ January 29, 2017
India and the bond economy.

India needs a developed bond market

95% of debt in India consists of bank loans. With a developed bond market, this could all change.

/ January 28, 2017
Ban Ki-moon

Can Ban Ki-moon mutate into a democratic President?

With Ban Ki-moon hinting his interest in running for the presidency and surveys pointing him as the favourite, a political turmoil has bloomed over South Korea.

/ January 28, 2017
To honour our guests – A Republic Day promise

To honour our guests – A Republic Day promise

The hospitality that India has exuded over the years has proven to enhance its cordial relationships with several countries.

/ January 28, 2017
America First – Trump, isolationism and a multipolar world

America First – Trump, Isolationism and a Multipolar world

What does the Trump administration's 'America First' policy mean for an increasingly multi-polar world in which the United States nonetheless has an important role to play?

/ January 28, 2017
Vodafone Dog

Vodafone signs MoU with West Bengal government

Vodafone India plans to expand its services and increase investments in West Bengal. Yet another effort to combat the free services currently being offered by Jio?

/ January 28, 2017
Data privacy goes for a toss

Surveillance laws: Putting human rights in danger?

Surveillance laws across the world have been tightened. Due to this, the basic rights of citizens which entail freedom of speech and right to privacy are in jeopardy.

/ January 28, 2017
RBI

How successful was the MP panel in lifting the haze surrounding demonetisation?

The meeting of the RBI Governor with Parliamentary Committee has not really answered all the questions regarding the impact of demonetisation.

/ January 28, 2017

Will the UN Secretary General’s agenda be dominated by technological and digital transformation?

The current world scenario demands the UN to more effectively address the transformative and disruptive impact of technology on peace and security.

/ January 27, 2017
Budget session approaching

Is the Election Commission right in censoring the Union Budget?

The Union Budget cannot include schemes in any of the states hosting assembly elections. However, the grounds for these limitations may be shaky.

/ January 27, 2017
buying more stuff isn’t always the answer to happiness

The new age of rapacious consumerism

We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.

/ January 27, 2017