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Environment- India’s Solar Dilemma !!!

2017-11-08T00:54:32+05:30

Parties to the historic Paris Accord on climate change signed in 2015 meet in Bonn next week, and their discussions will inevitably veer toward the Donald Trump-led US administration’s decision to exit the Accord. US is the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, in per capita terms as well as in absolute volumes. The upcoming summit takes place amid growing concerns that the US move may encourage other countries to abdicate their responsibility to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. […]

Environment- India’s Solar Dilemma !!!2017-11-08T00:54:32+05:30

Policy-Bharatmala revival and India’s capex cycle !!!

2017-11-08T00:49:36+05:30

Last week, the government relaunched the Bharatmala Pariyojana (BMP)—an initiative to add 35,000km of new highways (subsuming existing plans to add 10,000km of national highways) with an outlay of Rs5.35 trillion over the next five years—to raise investments in infrastructure, and boost economic growth. An additional Rs1.57 trillion is set to be used in existing projects. Thus, overall the Union government is set to spend around Rs6.92 trillion on roads over the next five years. […]

Policy-Bharatmala revival and India’s capex cycle !!!2017-11-08T00:49:36+05:30

Geopolitics-India’s policy choices in Afghanistan- “My Enemy’s Enemy: India In Afghanistan From The Soviet Invasion To The US Withdrawal” 

2017-11-08T00:37:33+05:30

In 1878, Robert Bulwer-Lytton, the viceroy of India, was convinced that the Afghan amir Sher Ali Khan was getting too close to the Russians. A team of British diplomats sent to meet Khan was turned away at the Khyber Pass. The result was the Second Anglo-Afghan War and the signing of the Treaty of Gandamak, which made Afghanistan surrender its foreign policy to the British government. This also marked the resumption of Britain’s forward Afghan policy, which had earlier been given up in favour of a closed border policy (also known as a strategy of “masterly inactivity”) after the defeat [...]

Geopolitics-India’s policy choices in Afghanistan- “My Enemy’s Enemy: India In Afghanistan From The Soviet Invasion To The US Withdrawal” 2017-11-08T00:37:33+05:30

Polity-Criminalization of Indian politics, Vertical Integration and Scarcity of State Capacity !!!

2017-11-08T00:25:37+05:30

Last week, the Supreme Court asked the government about the status of criminal cases pending against elected ministers, underlining the importance of breaking from the history of law-breakers becoming law-makers. The court recommended setting up fast-track courts to deal with the cases, but that is unlikely to be an effective strategy, unless complemented with reforms to improve governance and bring transparency in campaign financing. […]

Polity-Criminalization of Indian politics, Vertical Integration and Scarcity of State Capacity !!!2017-11-08T00:25:37+05:30

Environment-Climate Change and Antarctic Biodiversity !!!

2017-11-08T00:08:46+05:30

Not being residentially inhabited by human populations and instead being a place where largely scientific research is the mainstay, one would expect Antarctic biodiversity to be more protected than biodiversity in other, more populated regions of the world. However, this may not be the case for Antarctic biodiversity. […]

Environment-Climate Change and Antarctic Biodiversity !!!2017-11-08T00:08:46+05:30