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Campaign Finance: Feeding Democracy Analyses & Assessments

Campaign Finance: Feeding Democracy

Campaign funding legislation has triggered a debate on transparency vs donor privacy. Is there a reasonable compromise to protect the right to privacy?

Taiwan Election- Dignity or Freedom Analyses & Assessments

Taiwan Election- Dignity or Freedom

Re-election of President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan has signalled its determination to pursue a free and democratic way of life. Will this lead to more stress in Taiwan Straits?

US Presidential Elections Analyses & Assessments

US Presidential Elections

As on 13 January 2020, there are still 12 candidates in the fray. Which Presidential candidate is best positioned to beat President Donald Trump?

A Full English Breakfast For Boris Op-Eds

A Full English Breakfast For Boris

Boris Johnson concluded his early morning victory speech like only a journalist gifted with the pen of humour can. “Ladies and gentlemen, so let’s get Brexit done. But first, let’s get breakfast done…

Electoral Bonds: In Search of Transparency Analyses & Assessments

Electoral Bonds: In Search of Transparency

Free and fair elections are quintessential for an effective democracy. Does the Indian electoral bonds scheme supplement or undermine the fundamental tenant of ensuring transparency in the electoral…

The Maharashtra Muddle Op-Eds

The Maharashtra Muddle

The recent political shenanigans in Maharashtra can potentially be an inflection point in the increasingly unipolar politics of India. Since the 2014 general elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata…

Aftermath of Indian Election results 2019 Analyses & Assessments

Aftermath of Indian Election results 2019

India’s Bharatiya Janata Party swept the opposition aside to win a second term in the recent national elections. . Will the sweeping mandate motivate the ruling party to rise above ideological…

Nagaland: North-East's hidden gem Op-Eds

Nagaland: North-East's hidden gem

Nagaland is situated at a crucial junction between India and Myanmar, accentuating its importance as a border state. Despite its geostrategic importance, the state has not experienced the same amount…

Odisha: prepared for the future Op-Eds

Odisha: prepared for the future

Odisha has arguably been the country's most disaster-ready state for the past twenty years, and the rest of the country could learn to emulate its highly effective evacuation strategies. However,…

Manipur: Imphal's development impasse Op-Eds

Manipur: Imphal's development impasse

For decades, Manipur has been fighting active separatist movements which demand succession from the Union of India. In the extensive crossfire, the state has lost crucial revenue generation as well…

Mizoram: distance from development Op-Eds

Mizoram: distance from development

Mizoram has a highly literate population but there is no robust employment generation nor is there any sign of rapid economic development. Carved out of Assam and been subjected to violent…

Meghalaya: Its raining opportunities! Op-Eds

Meghalaya: Its raining opportunities!

Meghalaya receives the country's highest rainfall yet there seems to be a drought of development. Much like how the monsoon rain brings in relief for most of the country, Meghalaya's time in the sun…

Maharashtra: the Sweet smell of success Op-Eds

Maharashtra: the Sweet smell of success

Maharashtra is arguably India's most prosperous state with the highest per capita income and strong performances in key HDI indicators. So, what is a threat to the state? Natural phenomenon arising…

Madhya Pradesh: India's beating heart Op-Eds

Madhya Pradesh: India's beating heart

India's geographic centre is reflective of the many problems the country faces. Despite the sustained, fast-paced economic growth, key human development indicators remain unimpressive and represent a…

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…