Insights into Editorial: India must directly engage with Taliban 2.0

  Context: With the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan in process, Indian government has decided to ramp down its civilian presence in the war-torn country, bracing for a full-blown civil war. India has ‘temporarily’ closed its consulate in Kandahar and evacuated its diplomats and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel stationed there. This follows …

Insights into Editorial: Moving towards regional value chains

    Introduction: The principal measure of cross-border investment activities on multinational enterprises (MNEs) is foreign direct investment flows (FDI). The three key dimensions of technology policy trends in recent times are: The degree of fragmentation and the length of value chains, The geographical spread of value-adds, and The governance choices of MNEs that determine …

Insights into Editorial: Spy in hand: On Pegasus spyware issue

      Context: As per reports of some national and international news agencies there appeared on a leaked list of “potential” or actual targets for spying by the Israeli company NSO’s Pegasus spyware. Recently, it has been reported that Pegasus, the malicious software, has allegedly been used to secretly monitor and spy on an …

Insights into Editorial: The challenge of skilling India

  Context: Speaking on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day last week, Prime Minister yet again underscored the importance of a skilled workforce for achieving the goal of becoming Atmanirbhar Bharat. In today’s world, only those individuals and countries would grow which are skilled. PM Modi referred to the schemes and programmes run …

Insights into Editorial: India needs a renewed health-care system

      Context: India has a new Union Health Minister after the recent cabinet reshuffle. So, what does the new Health Minister need to learn from previous experience, and what unfinished tasks need to be taken forward? As citizens, how should we expect the Government to perform better on the public health front, given …

Insights into Editorial: When were Tilak and Gandhi tried under the sedition law?

    Context: As many as three benches in the Supreme Court have recently underscored the need to review Section 124A (sedition) in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), making it pertinent to examine how the penal law has evolved since the pre-Independence era and the interpretations rendered to it by the constitutional courts in the …

Insights into Editorial: Growth matters but income levels matter more

  Introduction: The provisional estimates of annual national income (2020-21), released on May 31 by the National Statistical Office, did not have any surprises, but for one, that is, there is nothing encouraging in the numbers. India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted 7.3% in 2020-21, as per provisional National Income estimates released by the National …

Insights into Editorial: A Kerala model for an anti-discrimination law

    Introduction: A couple turned down for a home they wish to rent, because they are Muslim. A qualified professional rejected for a job because he uses a wheelchair. A pair of students denied facilities on campus because of their caste or ethnicity. An air hostess dismissed for being above the weight deemed desirable, …

Insights into Editorial: Shaping a trilateral as Rome looks to the Indo-Pacific

    Introduction: One of the signs of India’s growing centrality in the Indo-Pacific strategic architecture is its burgeoning engagement with key western nations. Even countries which have been lackadaisical in their regional outreach so far have begun to approach the Indo-Pacific with a new seriousness and have been reaching out to India. The growth …

Insights into Editorial: Why a Cooperation Ministry

    Context: The government announced the formation of a separate Union Ministry of Cooperation, a subject that till date was looked after by the Ministry of Agriculture. The Central Government for realizing the vision of ‘Sahkar se Samriddhi’ (Prosperity through Cooperation) and to give a new push to the cooperative movement. The Government has …

Insights into Editorial: Fresh stirrings on federalism as a new politics

  Introduction: Federalism in India has always had political relevance, but except for the States Reorganisation Act, federalism has rarely been an axis of political mobilisation. This was true even in the days of coalition politics when State politics mattered to national electoral outcomes. Recently, several states have complained about the growing crisis of Indian …

Insights into Editorial: Crafting a unique partnership with Africa

  ` Introduction: India has a long history of partnership with Africa, with solidarity and political affinity going back to the early 1920s when both regions were fighting against colonial rule and oppression. India’s freedom movement had an internationalist outlook; many Indian nationalists viewed the struggle for independence as part of the worldwide movement against …

Insights into Editorial: Rural power solutions even other States can emulate

    Context: A recent ruling by Rajasthan’s power regulator points to this yawning gap, but also suggests solutions that other States could emulate. The Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) has ordered the State’s three power distribution companies, or DISCOMS (the Jaipur, Ajmet and Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited) to solarise unelectrified public schools. This …

Insights into Editorial: Will food follow fuel and become costlier?

    Context: Brent crude prices crossed the $75-per-barrel psychological level last week and closed at $76.18, the highest since October 29, 2018. While the increase in international oil prices, Brent was trading at just over $41/barrel a year ago is being fully passed on to Indian consumers, it raises a related question: Will food …