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Human capital: Where does India stand?

The skew in India towards younger generations highlights the disconnect between today’s education system and the skills required in the labour market. Upon analysis of the Human Capital Report – 2015, released recently by the World Economic Forum (WEF), it is clear that for India to tread on the path of long-term economic success, the […]

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The eightfold path to India’s nuclear fuel supply security

The eightfold path presents eight principles which will help India secure its nuclear energy infrastructure. Energy security will continue to remain a critical determinant for India’s growth story. If India expects to resuscitate its economy, the domain of energy security will need immediate and dedicated focus. Moreover, within a few years, 24×7 electricity will become […]

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The return of the tantrum

India has seen improvements in its macroeconomic fundamentals since 2013, and is better suited to face the global financial market tantrum predicted later this year. Every macroeconomist worth his salt has an opinion on when the Federal Reserve is going to increase the interest rates. Speculations about rate hikes have intensified in 2015, making it the most anticipated and feared […]

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A theory of censorship

A ban must be understood through a framework that takes into account the reason for the ban, the stakeholders involved and its impact on the stakeholders. Censorship and bans are as old as the civilised world. Although the two terms are different, the meaning they convey is often similar. The instances of censorship or bans […]

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Taxi marketplaces and competitive regulation

With the coming of players such as Uber and Ola into the local transportation markets, we are effectively seeing “competitive regulation” in the sector. App-based taxi matching companies such as Uber, Lyft and Ola have never had it easy with regulators. Uber, for example, is banned in a few states in the USA and in […]

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Farmer suicides: A global phenomenon

Beyond the poverty and inequality debate, farmer suicides is a sensitive matter and needs to be analysed in much more detail. Farmer suicides were back in the limelight after the recent suicide of Gajendra Singh, who was left penniless, after a rainstorm destroyed all his crops. Even though the main issue sidetracked into becoming a […]

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The last stumbling block

A breakthrough in the Iran-P5+1 nuclear deal negotiations is the last step in clearing the path for India and Iran to help Afghanistan in its quest for strategic autonomy Negotiators from the P5+1 nations and Iran are working to reach a political agreement on the nuclear deal by March 31st 2015. These talks that will […]

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Leading by E'ixample

The 100 smart cities project can learn a lot from the European model, with respect to infrastructure and design. As the Indian government gears up to launch its pet “100 smart cities” project, an important factor is to get the architecture of the cities right. The trick is to get the density precisely right – […]

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Education in Pakistan

Pakistan needs schools, teachers, secular curriculum and an efficient system to replace the madrasas. On December 16th, 2015, 6 militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban group gained access to the Army school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and murdered 145 people including 132 children. The attack was said to be retaliation and revenge for the Zarb-e-Azb operation […]

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Pakistan’s depiction in Homeland: sign of a deeper malaise

The caricatured depiction of Islamabad in the TV series is a pointer to the social, political and economic damages borne by the average Pakistani. Islamabad, a purpose built capital designed by Greek architects, is set on the northern edge of the Potohar plateau, at the foot of the scenic forested Margalla hills. It has much […]

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