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Issue. 55
The Success of China's Aerospace Industry: Lessons for India
Vishal Nigam
19 November 2014
This Occasional Paper assesses China's vibrant and high-technology aviation sector that is thriving as a mainstay strategic industry by embracing knowledge-intensive activity, innovation and skills. It also provides prescriptions for India's grounded aerospace industry.
Issue. 53
Sanctions and the Ukraine Crisis: How Strong is Europe's Dependence on Russian Gas?
Thomas Elmar Schuppe
15 September 2014
What can and should the Western world do in reaction to Russia's annexation of Crimea, which has been widely condemned as a harsh infringement of international law? While military action has been broadly ruled out, the foremost goal should be to bring all engaged parties back to the table and to try and find a diplomatic solution. However, to increase the pressure some sanctions have already been imposed; a tightening and escalation towards more severe economic sanctions is in the pipeline. Indeed, one of the options is to hit one of Russia's most crucial economic lifelines: gas and oil exports.
Issue. 53
Development and Diplomacy through Lines of Credit Achievements and Lessons Learnt
Asgar Qadri and Rajrishi Singhal
01 September 2014
This study analyses India's development cooperation conducted through the instrument of Lines of Credit. It focusses on what has been achieved so far, what lessons can be learned from the past and what should be done to ensure that LOCs help the recipient countries achieve long-term and sustainable development solutions.
Issue. 51
Look East through Northeast: Challenges and Prospects for India
Subir Bhaumik
25 June 2014
This paper focuses on the considerable hurdles and limitations encountered in carrying forward India's 'Look East' through Northeast policy: problems caused by the nature of physical terrain, the history of violent conflicts in the region, the poor state of transport infrastructure and local industries in Northeast India and Myanmar, through which India has to access other ASEAN countries by land.
Issue. 52
India's Electronics Sector: Policies, Practices and Lessons from China
R. Swaminathan
25 June 2014
This Paper analyses India's approach towards the Electronics Sector over the decades and how it has fared in comparison to China. It argues that the National Policy on Electronics (NPE) 2012 is the most comprehensive policy intervention in post-independent India to boost indigenous production of semiconductor components and chips.
Gender Wage Gap in the Last Ten Years: A Case Study of India
Nayni Gupta
26 March 2014
Gender wage differentials are an important concern in developing countries where, more often than not, women are considered inferior to men and therefore lack access to similar economic opportunities. In this light, the main aim of this paper is to examine changes in the gender wage gap in India between the years 1999-2000 and 2009-2010, and to analyse its determinants.
Issue. 50
India-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement: Gains and Future Prospects
Geethanjali Nataraj and Ashwani
25 February 2014
This paper attempts to analyse the initial impact of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between India and Japan on both trade and investment relations and other areas of cooperation. Even though it is too early to make a thorough impact assessment, the study seeks to bring out some facts related to the effectiveness of the agreement.
Issue. 50
A New Frontier: Boosting India's Military Presence in Outer Space
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan and Arvind K. John
10 February 2014
Even as India continues with a policy of non-weaponisation and peaceful uses of outer space, the growing trend towards weaponisation in its neighbourhood and in the larger global context are beginning to cast influence on India's orientation as well. This paper makes the case for a military space programme for India.
Issue. 49
Infrastructure Challenges in India:The Role of Public-Private Partnerships
Geethanjali Nataraj
10 February 2014
The lack of proper infrastructure pulls down India's GDP growth by 1-2 per cent every year. This Paper gives an overall perspective on the infrastructure challenges facing the country. It argues that public investment will have to be supplemented by private sector investments, in PPPs, to boost the physical infrastructure sector in the country.
Issue. 47
Renewable Energy: Market and Policy Environment in India
Vivan Sharan and Andrea Deisenrieder
12 November 2013
This Paper outlines the potential of renewable energy in addressing India's energy supply and access; it identifies challenges and provide a discursive overview of the various market and policy instruments developed to scale up renewable energy generation.
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