Engaging the Taliban

Synopsis: India and regional powers should ensure that the Afghan rulers respect their people’s rights. Introduction Recently India participated in a meeting with Afghanistan along with 10 other nations in Moscow. The signing of a joint statement indicates a new shift in India’s policy towards Islamist groups. Why engagement with the Taliban is vital for India?… Continue reading Engaging the Taliban

Towards zero hunger

Source: This post is based on the article “Towards zero hunger” published in Business Standard on 21st October 2021. Syllabus: GS2 – Issues relating to Poverty and Hunger. Relevance: Food & Nutritional security Synopsis: Food programmes must focus on nutrition Introduction The Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 places India at a lowly 101st position among… Continue reading Towards zero hunger

Why India needs an international development cooperation agency

Synopsis: Development assistance provided to other countries is an important component of India’s soft power. But there is an urgent need to restructure and institutionalize it. Introduction India, right from its inception, has assisted many small and developing nations on their path towards development. This has earned India tremendous goodwill. Providing monetary assistance as part… Continue reading Why India needs an international development cooperation agency

Geo-Economics Of Two Quads

Synopsis: Both Quads offer tremendous opportunities to India. But India has to be cautious and maintain its relations with non Quad countries in the region. Introduction Recently, the US, India, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) decided to launch a new Quadrilateral Economic Forum to have shared interests in West Asia. India is already a… Continue reading Geo-Economics Of Two Quads

What is PLI for?

Synopsis: The Production-Linked Incentive scheme must drive learning to compete, not manufacture. Introduction The Production-Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme has arose fresh interest in investing in domestic manufacturing. The scheme goes together with tariffs, on the finished product and often on the components involved. For example, Mobile phones have over the last three years been subject… Continue reading What is PLI for?

The decline of the Budget school

Synopsis: The private budget school ecosystem is collapsing, which is a threat to millions of children who rely on it. Introduction The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is visible in almost all the sectors, and the schools are no exception to it. Today, most private budget schools are facing the problem of financial crunch and… Continue reading The decline of the Budget school

Explained: IMF outlook and status of jobs

Synopsis: The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook has underlined that employment growth is likely to lag output recovery after the pandemic. Why has job growth been slow, and what are the concerns for India? Introduction Last week, the IMF unveiled its 2nd World Economic Outlook (WEO). The IMO comes out with the report twice every… Continue reading Explained: IMF outlook and status of jobs

One Nation One Ration Card: Good intention but implementation may be difficult

Synopsis: The One Nation One Ration Card scheme has many benefits, but it also has a few practical challenges that need to be addressed. Introduction Many welfare schemes are designed with good intentions but encounter many (expected and unexpected) hurdles at the time of their implementation. One such scheme is the One Nation One Ration… Continue reading One Nation One Ration Card: Good intention but implementation may be difficult

Is the Indian foreign-policy ship changing course?: About India-Afghanistan relations

Synopsis: India announced hosting a summit on Afghanistan. This opens up many opportunities and new dimensions to India’s foreign policy. Introduction Recently, India announced an international conference on Afghanistan in the second week of November. While India kept its relationship with the Taliban or Afghanistan under the wraps, this is certainly an unconventional step from… Continue reading Is the Indian foreign-policy ship changing course?: About India-Afghanistan relations