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Chasing Unicorns: India’s Dreams of a Digital Economy
India now has 100 unicorns They have generated such a level of enthusiasm that the country’s hopes now seem to rest on dreams of a digital economy. But questions must be raised about the nature and…
The Coming Disruption in Higher Education in India
The New Education Policy does not look to build on existing strengths in higher education. Instead, its aim is total disruption: a drastic modification in the meaning of higher education itself and…
Climate Faultlines: India’s Lessons from the Glasgow COP26 Climate Negotiations
India’s engagement in Glasgow, while storied and multi-faceted, also exposed faultlines in Indian climate politics; the faultlines in framing, policy, institutions, and diplomacy need to be addressed…
Navroz K Dubash
A Looming Crisis in Fertilisers
India needs to urgently take measures to improve fertiliser availability in the short and long term. The absence of major investments since the 1990s, and now the Ukraine war and the Chinese ban on…
M.P. Sukumaran Nair
Hindu Spiritualism for a Neoliberal Age
The rise of tele-gurus signals a Hindu spirituality that resonates with the language of global capitalism, political Hindutva, and cultural consumption.
Surya Prakash Upadhyay
Kashmir: Loss, Memory and a Shared History
‘Is there something in the shared, yet dissimilar, histories of Kashmiris that might yet contain the hope of a more viable future, with all its challenges and difficulties?'
Making Sense of Covid-19 Mortality Estimates for India
The government should not issue bad-faith rebuttals of international Covid-19 mortality estimates that challenge official figures. It should instead release data that could better resolve…
What Went Wrong with the Samajwadi Party and What Should it do Now?
Akhilesh Yadav and the SP have paid the price for going into a shell after the 2017 defeat in the Uttar Pradesh elections. The party needs to be on the streets as it used to earlier and it needs to…
An Indian Green Deal
A Green Deal for India could successfully address the triple crisis the country is now facing: an economic slowdown, poor health services and a high carbon intensity of economic activity.
How a Village in Delhi Influenced Public Healthcare in India
The periurban space of Najafgarh has been a site of continuous experimentations in delivering rural primary healthcare since the 1930s. The model of the health visitor developed there has worked its…
The Many Lives of Rani Gaidinliu
The Sangh Parivar's valorisation of Rani Gaidilniu is a rare instance when a tribal leader from the North East is celebrated as a national icon over and above other — often Christian — leaders…
The End of a Political Model in Uttar Pradesh
The BSP’s strategy of combining a core base with moneyed candidates no longer works in Uttar Pradesh. The BJP has crafted a new winning formula that uses only elements of this old model.