India’s Highway Construction Is in the Fast Lane

August 23, 2021

When experts look back at the early 2000s, they will observe that India embarked on a construction spree to develop its transport infrastructure. The country is emulating what the United States and Europe did in the previous century and what China and East Asia have done more recently....

The Indian Shrimp Industry Needs Support to Survive COVID-19

May 26, 2020

Around the world, the news agenda is dominated by the coronavirus and the policy responses to it. Naturally, most of the attention is paid to things like how many people are dying and when the various lockdowns can be lifted. However, in every industry, there is a story to be told about the impact...

Purity and Pollution: From Shoes and Sex to Food and Caste

June 25, 2019

The notion of purity and pollution underpins personal habits, social mores, public health challenges and India’s resilient caste system. This is the last of a three-part series.  This final piece of a three-part series examines the Indian psyche and how it effects society and everyday lives....

Without Fundamental Reforms to the Education System, Indians Will Not Innovate

The education system, with terrible teaching that programs Indians to focus on tests, must change and put a focus on learning instead. In 2018, Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, visited India and made some fascinating observations on the country. He was humble enough to admit he knew little...

India and Pakistan Have a Choice to Make

March 06, 2019

India and Pakistan can either make peace or continue in an endless cycle of violence.  On February 14, a suicide bomber killed more than 40 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir. Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a militant group based in Pakistan, claimed responsibility for the attack....

Indian Politicians Write Off Loans and Farmers Kill Themselves

February 20, 2019

Broken credit markets and the primacy of special interests are putting enormous burdens on Indian taxpayers and farmers. Countries across the world subsidize agriculture. A key reason for this has been food security. Other reasons such as equity, environmental and cultural concerns also inform...

5 Ways to Make Indian Universities World-Class

October 23, 2016

Urgent and comprehensive reforms will enable India to successfully attain its quest for world-class universities. Winds of change may be blowing across India these days. Surgical strikes against Pakistan have raised expectations from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Ministry of Human...

Education in India: Proselytization Poses as Policy

October 22, 2016

Each successive generation of education policymakers has tried to imprint their particular notion of India on the youth by shoving information down their throats and not letting them think. This year, the big education policy event in India is the making of the National Education Policy 2016...

The Ganges is Too Toxic to be Holy Anymore

September 05, 2016

The holy river washing Indians from their sins is itself in dire need of being cleansed from the sins of the people to whom it gives life. The Ganges, India’s river of life, is in imminent danger. One-tenth of the world’s population relies heavily on the Ganges and its tributaries. Yet the...

Does More Trouble Lie Ahead for Indian Startups?

September 04, 2016

Indian startups are contending with devaluations, shutdowns and consolidation in their sectors. Will they make it through the funding crunch? When Jabong, the Indian fashion e-tailer backed by German internet conglomerate Rocket Internet, was acquired in July, it was an expected move. Founded in...

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