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Himachal Pradesh: Mountains calling for renewable energy Op-Eds

Himachal Pradesh: Mountains calling for renewable energy

Himachal's fragile ecology has been impacted by the surge in tourists visiting Shimla in peak Summer months. As a result, Shimla's rapid and unplanned urbanization is straining the state's natural…

Kerala: Development for a green future Op-Eds

Kerala: Development for a green future

India's leading states on a number of different HDI indicators was jolted by massive floods last year, re-focusing the debate on sustainable development. Kerala needs a viable, green economy model to…

Karnataka: Mysore Pak and Environmental conservation Op-Eds

Karnataka: Mysore Pak and Environmental conservation

Karnataka has seen remarkable progress in all key HDI indicators as well as Economic indices but the major issues which still plague the state are very basic. The lack of Environmental conservation,…

Gujarat: Economic growth over human development? Op-Eds

Gujarat: Economic growth over human development?

India's economic powerhouse has been touted as the model to emulate, but has the state done enough to ensure the holistic development of its people? Gujarat ranks at the top for ease of doing…

Haryana: India's SEZ capital needs holistic development Op-Eds

Haryana: India's SEZ capital needs holistic development

One of South Asia's wealthiest and economically developed regions is gasping for development in the form of medical infrastructure and sustainable agricultural practices. Haryana has been the single…

Jharkhand: Mineral wealth, human poverty Op-Eds

Jharkhand: Mineral wealth, human poverty

Jharkhand represents an interesting mix of development and poverty. The state houses 40% of India's mineral resources but its citizens are one of the most malnourished and suffer from low per capita…

Goa: Golden beaches and unfulfilled promises Op-Eds

Goa: Golden beaches and unfulfilled promises

One of India's smallest states sends only two MPs to Parliament but is an undisputed part of the country. Goa has been a stronghold for the BJP since 2014 and it will be interesting to see if the INC…

Ceasefire in Doha talks: Difficult to agree, more difficult to implement. Op-Eds

Ceasefire in Doha talks: Difficult to agree, more difficult to implement.

Whatever type of ceasefire is negotiated in Doha, it would have two basic ingredients: (i) moratorium on all types of attacks by all parties, here the Government and the Taliban cessation of…

Doha Peace Process - Another Dayton Agreement? Op-Eds

Doha Peace Process - Another Dayton Agreement?

Doha peace talks between the US and the Taliban have progressed but still one should agree with Amb. Zalmay Khalilzad, that ‘nothing is agreed till everything is agreed’. Afghans’ recent conflicts…

People centered intra-Afghan talks lead to convergences Op-Eds

People centered intra-Afghan talks lead to convergences

Constitution is at the intersection of the legal system, the political system and the society in the country. It is the supreme law of the land. Foundation of legal system: rights and duties are…

Chhattisgarh: The mineral hub of India Op-Eds

Chhattisgarh: The mineral hub of India

State Profile Chhattisgarh Key Facts Capital: Raipur Area: 135,191 km2 Population: 25 million GDP: USD 51 billion Literacy Rate: 70% Languages: Chhattisgarhi, Hindi  Largest city: Raipur Statehood:…

Bihar: Caught between development and politics ? Op-Eds

Bihar: Caught between development and politics ?

Key Facts Capital: Patna Area: 94,163 km2 Population: 103 million GDP: USD 46 billion Literacy Rate: 64% Languages: Bhojpuri, Hindi   Largest city: Patna   Statehood: 1950 Background Bihar is an…

Assam: The political battleground of the northeast Op-Eds

Assam: The political battleground of the northeast

State Profile: Assam Key Facts Capital: Dispur Area: 78,438 km2 Population: 31,205,576 GDP: USD 46 billion Literacy Rate: 72% Languages: Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, English   Largest city: Guwahati  …

Arunachal Pradesh: Development at the foothills of the Himalayas Op-Eds

Arunachal Pradesh: Development at the foothills of the Himalayas

State Profile: Arunachal Pradesh Key Facts Capital: Itanagar Area: 83,743 km2 Population: 1.3 million GDP: USD 2 billion Literacy Rate: 66.95% Languages: English  Largest city: Itanagar Statehood:…

Andhra Pradesh - New state, new opportunities Op-Eds

Andhra Pradesh - New state, new opportunities

State Profile: Andhra Pradesh Key Facts Capital: Hyderabad (temporary), Amravati (proposed) Area: 162,970 km2 Population: 49 million GDP: USD 120 billion Literacy Rate: 68% Languages: Telugu Largest…

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Op-Eds

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The accelerated development of artificial intelligence (AI) has brought it into the hands of the masses for everyday uses. AI-connected speakers alone are forecasted to be in 55 per cent of U.S.…

China’s Role in East Asia Op-Eds

China’s Role in East Asia

China’s growing role in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region raises concerns for other APAC countries, as well as for its trade partners. Its growing tensions with the U.S. and increasing flexing of its…

IL&FS and the Indian Economy Op-Eds

IL&FS and the Indian Economy

The infrastructure lender IL&FS has raised concerns about the risk of loan defaults, causing a sharp drop in the benchmark Nifty index. As a major player in India’s non-banking financial sector,…

Will the Gig Economy Dominate? Op-Eds

Will the Gig Economy Dominate?

With the growth of app-based companies like Uber has come the rise of the gig-economy, bringing with it a sundry of concerns and challenges. However, despite public perception, it need not be wholly…

Are Ethical Investments Actually Ethical? Op-Eds

Are Ethical Investments Actually Ethical?

The increasing interest in ethical investments has caused the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) screens on funds offering global stock portfolios, making it easier to create an…