Category: Something New


Rwanda’s genocide didn’t make the front page news: An interview with Alfredo Jaar

Rwanda's horrific genocide and the lack of media coverage that surrounded it are discussed with Alfredo Jaar in an interview. Alfredo Jaar is a Chilean-born artist, architect, and filmmaker.

/ January 14, 2017
The filmmakers have captured the essence of showing the audience something that's not there in the first place.

Look closely while watching your next movie. Are the people in the background real?

Filmmakers have tapped laws of perception still unexplored by neuroscience to create a visual feast in the brain and thus they exploit this to their advantage when it comes to...

/ January 14, 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

A not-so-funny mix-up: Kyrgyzstan’s name tarnished in Istanbul attacks

Social Media has again created a mess. The picture of the alleged terrorist, who later turned out to be a meagre trader, was passed around on Twitter for hours.

/ January 13, 2017
Arun Jaitley ready for the budget

Challenges to the Union Budget 2017

The upcoming Union Budget poses some unique challenges for the Finance Minister. Will he choose to ride the wave of populism?

/ 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
Sovereignty is a saleable commodity

Sovereignty up for sale: Terms and conditions subject to circumstances

Sovereignty has always been a saleable commodity for the rulers. It has not been able to free itself from the clutches of sale transactions.

/ January 12, 2017
Robert Lighthizer

Lighting up Trump’s protectionism

Will Lighthizer prove to be Trump's Protectionist in the Silver Armour?

/ January 12, 2017

Human Progress: To GDP and beyond?

Having GDP as the sole source of measuring human developement has led to distorted actions, Now, we're building a more holistic way of measuring progress.

/ January 10, 2017

Is the society moving towards a better tomorrow?

Times are changing and people are making progress in terms of wellbeing.

/ January 10, 2017
Poverty reduction in India

What has been the trend of poverty reduction in India?

Reviewing the past 60 years data makes it possible to delineate the course of poverty reduction that has been adopted in India.

/ January 10, 2017

Apple denied “special status” in India

Denying special status to Apple is a display of the government's intention to prioritize a level playing field in India.

/ January 9, 2017

The cost of war: A bit too steep?

In war, ultimately everyone loses. It's a zero-sum game. But how much cost does the populace of the country, which includes the soldiers, really pay?

/ January 9, 2017

Tax cheating: Living off the shore

A complex web of tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions continues to thrive and slow down the world economy. Will it ever end?

/ January 9, 2017
Censorship in Russia

Russia’s five moments of censorship in 2016

Russia has seen some of the most memorable moments of censorship last year for the most intriguing reasons.

/ January 9, 2017
Bangladesh has witnessed a terror-filled 2016

Bangladesh’s tryst with terror

The previous year in Bangladesh saw the aggravation of violence by extremist groups against citizens defending civil liberties and human rights through their freedom of speech.

/ January 9, 2017
Poor man's pension

NPS forces the aged to annuitise 40% of their pension wealth. Time for a change?

What is the draw-down policy of retirement, and why it needs to be revised?

/ January 8, 2017
Om Puri: An unconventional actor

Om Puri: Breaking the barriers of conventionality

The sad demise of veteran actor Om Puri came as a shock to the nation. Find out how his unconventional approach revolutionised Indian cinema.

/ January 8, 2017

Conspired by Nazis, inspired by Americans

How did American legislation shape the backbone of the Nazi movement in Germany?

/ January 8, 2017
The effect of slow courts on economic outcomes in India

‘Until courts can be sped up, India´s industries will run slowly too’

Slow courts in India indeed hamper the efficiency of the judicial system. How do they end up adversely affecting the economic growth as well?

/ January 8, 2017

Sultan Khan: The Ramanujan of chess

The not-so-known master of chess, Sultan Khan, draws a life story parallel to that of Ramanujan's life and his excellence.

/ January 8, 2017
Taimur Lang

What’s wrong with the name ‘Taimur’? History might answer

"History is written by winners" is a well-known phrase. How does this come to play in Saif-Kareena's son Taimur's name controversy?

/ January 7, 2017
Insolvency and Bankuptcy Code

The complicated relationship of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code with banks

Now that IBC is in motion, we need to ask how much of a difference it will make to the banking crisis and how it will effect existing banks.

/ January 7, 2017
Volcker rule

Volcker’s rule helped US emerge from the 2008 crisis. Why is it in trouble now?

The Volcker's rule never impressed the banks. They have now found a supporter in Trump. What will this mean for the future of the rule?

/ January 7, 2017
This is what perpetual beta is leading on to in addition to converting careers to consumables.

Perpetual beta: Turning careers into consumables?

In an age of perpetual beta, careers are managed like consumables as we witness that degrees no longer assure the employability of a graduate and every skill is available for...

/ January 7, 2017

Education brings tolerance? Think again

It’s often said that a person’s tolerance rises with their education level. But pragmatic observations of the social trends around the world say otherwise.

/ January 6, 2017
Growth in cities

The era of ‘zero growth’ is here

Six graphs depicting different economic indicators illustrate why no growth rather than low growth seems to have become the norm for developed nations.

/ January 6, 2017
China and policy talk

How the power of Xi defined Chinese politics as we know it

Ever since his election, the Chinese President Xi Jinping signaled a new theme in Chinese policy. It remains to be seen if he shall be able to ruffle any feathers.

/ January 6, 2017

Is cash the only thing you need to buy food?

Can the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme effectively replace the Public Distribution System?

/ January 6, 2017

Competition: An impetus for trade and development?

A robust competition policy can act as a check and prevent unfair arrangements thereby leveling the field for all participants in the global economy pushing business towards development.

/ January 6, 2017