Category: Policy


Weeding out the bitter roots of terrorism

De-radicalization aims to change the mindset of radicalised individuals. This might just be the best way to counter terrorism in the long run.

/ February 27, 2017

A ‘BIG’ solution to the big job invader

Artificial Intelligence and preempting backlash: Why tech CEOS are extending their support for universal basic income.

/ February 27, 2017

‘Saathiya’ programme: A slow accommodation of the censured?

Will the Saathiya policy be the refreshing change that the Indian government's outlook needs towards homosexuality, gender stereotypes and mental health?

/ February 24, 2017
voting machines and voter integrity

Government rejects plan to better protect voter integrity

The government decides to reject a voting mechanism that would protect information relating to region-wise voting patterns. What does it mean for electoral democracy in India?

/ February 23, 2017

Are border carbon adjustments the key to a level playing field?

As the world patiently waits for the UN to become decisive, a look at the BCAs tells us that there is still hope. While not perfect, these adjustments surely are...

/ February 22, 2017
Alcohol Prohibition

Bihar’s prohibition laws – To trigger a backlash

The long standing experiments with alcohol prohibition have only proven against its effectiveness. Can its resistance come about with imposition?

/ February 22, 2017
oil truck

The cash-crunch: Demand for oil runs out of fuel

The market for oil in India is one of the most impacted by demonetisation. As stakeholders like OPEC wait to adjust, when will India's oil demand recover?

/ February 21, 2017
The Margao Municipal Corporation waste management project

Wasted efforts: The story of Margao’s attempts at waste management

The Margao Municipal Corporation may resort to outsourcing its waste management process. A chain of errors has led to this.

/ February 16, 2017

Why conservationists can’t prevent the sixth mass extinction

Has a singular focus on climate change diminished our chances of preventing the sixth mass extinction?

/ February 14, 2017
Contract Farming

Contract farming: Moving towards a fairer market

Contract farming can protect farmers' interests and lead towards a more equitable market. However, to fully leverage the concept, educating the farmers remains important.

/ February 12, 2017

De facto carbon tax: Is India’s ‘green’ path too steep?

With the introduction of the new Union budget and the continuity of the de facto carbon tax, what does India's green journey look like?

/ February 12, 2017
DNA- privacy vs state

DNA Database: Citizen’s privacy or State’s weapon?

Can we allow the state to risk the privacy of citizens for the sake of better criminal investigation?

/ February 8, 2017

What makes ‘collapse’ so common in the natural world

While recognizing the stages of collapse in the natural world, it is important to find measures to alleviate the consequences.

/ February 5, 2017

As remonetisation gains pace, will the government reverse the fate of the 1000 rupee note?

Is the government not printing new 1000 rupees notes to erase its liability towards public?

/ February 5, 2017
government and political funding

Why a reduction in political funding might not help

The budget curbed anonymous political cash funding to INR 2000 per donation. Can this change really cleanse the otherwise cloudy image of political funding in India?

/ February 5, 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

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

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

From ‘Obamacare’ to ‘Trump doesn’t care’

Trump is wasting no time in acting on his divisive election rhetoric. What will this mean for the US and global politics?

/ January 27, 2017

Salvaging the Indian healthcare system

Despite being one of the most crucial sectors of any country, what makes the state of the Indian healthcare system in an urgent need for revival?

/ January 26, 2017
How fair was demonetisation for the Indian poor?

Can a digital solution help mitigate the demonetisation backlash?

Due to poor implementation, the demonetisation policy failed to achieve its purpose. A reform in digital infrastructure might make it more inclusive.

/ January 20, 2017
Trump and Pence

Will Donald Trump walk the talk?

As President, Trump has pledged to reset the White House policies on “America First” basis. But will he deliver?

/ January 20, 2017
Turkey's political regimes could undergo a major change if its Parliament passes the new constitutional bill.

Turkey’s new constitution: An end to its democracy?

The new constitutional amendments passed in Erdogan's parliament question the future of democratic rule in Turkey and peace in the Middle East owing to larger political and social currents.

/ January 19, 2017

NGO money mismanagement leaves Supreme Court fuming

30 Lakh NGOs are under scrutiny for mismanagement of funds. Is it time for a new set of rules?

/ January 19, 2017
Solar grids are imperative to India's rising dependence on renewable energy

Solar power target 2022: Optimistic or unrealistic?

Will the 2020 target of generating optimum solar power prove to be just another brick in the wall? ​

/ January 19, 2017

India-Kenya ties: What does the future hold?

The Kenyan President's visit to India is an important step towards realizing India's ambitions to foster strategic ties with African countries.

/ January 19, 2017

Domestic workers need job security too. Will a minimum wage help?

Minimum wage for domestic workers seems enticing, but research raises strong questions over consistency and employment opportunities in the long run.

/ January 18, 2017
Semi-skilled workers bear the brunt of India's contractual labour habits

The cost paradigm of India’s labour

The 'cheaply' available labour, which India relies on, is now struggling with unfair employment contracts which offer neither regularity nor employment benefits.

/ January 13, 2017

Is the Census out of fashion?

Despite the skepticism around census data, social participation is essential to benefit from effective public policy making.

/ January 12, 2017
Poor Man

How politics played a bigger role than economics in demonetisation

An analysis of how the political benefits outweigh the economic factors for the present government.

/ January 10, 2017