India needs to think about what matters to it both economically and politically. It must be able to turn adversity into opportunity.
The 2017 budget offers a concerted effort to strengthen the structural underpinnings of the digital economy, in order to incentivize a bigger uptake of digital payments.
Budgets can never be made in isolation without thinking of their political benefits.
While the reforms to political finance announced as part of the India’s 2017 Budget are a step in the right direction, they will do little to change the reality of non-transparent political funding.
As the universal basic income discussion evolves, it is imperative that policymakers deliberate upon the research on cash transfers, the administrative muscle required to disburse benefits across the land, and the contextual factors driving the revealed preferences of the poor.
A more inclusive innovation culture is critical for India’s future, considering the massive shifts in industry models and potential job losses along the way.
Despite public knowledge of the crimes he has committed, Anant Singh is a popular politician in India.
If General Raheel Sharif agrees to head the Islamic Military Alliance, it would have major domestic and foreign policy implications for Pakistan.
After retiring as Pakistan’s chief of army staff, Raheel Sharif is taking over as director of a Saudi Arabia-led alliance against terrorism. This will help re-establish goodwill between the countries.
The fact that a small military contingent from the United Arab Emirates will join the military march on Republic Day is a powerful reminder of India’s historic role as a security provider in the region and the opportunity today for reclaiming that role.
In his inauguration speech, Donald Trump described a new, protectionist America. India must prepare for a United States that does not plan to mess around with other people’s affairs.
Trump’s efforts to change America’s trajectory will have huge economic and political consequences for India. Prime Minister Modi must engage in intensive bargaining to close potential deals.
As one of the world’s oldest civilizations whose comprehensive national power has rapidly risen, China has the right to play a leading role in shaping the global order. Beijing’s current unilateralism, however, is likely to limit China’s global possibilities.
Predatory pricing can benefit consumers in the short run. Regulators are however cautious of such pricing strategies because of the ominous possibility that the winner of the pricing wars will eliminate all competition.
Recent developments in Russia-Pakistan relations seem to create a false impression of solid cooperation, which simultaneously irritates a few third countries. This is why Russia needs to rethink not only its policy towards Islamabad, but the region as a whole.
In sectors such as mobility, health care, energy, and agriculture, disruptive solutions are important, but even more important is the consumer need for multiple solutions and fair competition, and respect for privacy and security concerns.
New Delhi must be prepared for a major discontinuity in the way America and Russia deal with each other and Eurasia.
Despite India’s insistence that it shares a political bond with China, the global interests of the two countries are actually very different.
Prime Minister Modi hopes the wider South Asian diaspora will contribute to India’s economic development, act as a bridge to the nations that host them, and help promote broader international goals.
Portugal and India have an opportunity to revive their legacy of cooperation and explore its economic potential in the 21st century and strategically couch their relationship in the context of the Portuguese-speaking countries.