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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.
Issue. 48
Regional Integration in Africa:A Study on the East African community
Kartikeya Khanna
08 November 2013
This paper analyses the initiatives for regional integration in East Africa and the challenges that are being faced in this regard. The paper also examines the development initiatives taken by India in the region.
Issue. 46
Waiting to Explode: Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
P. K. Ghosh
09 October 2013
This paper aims to analyse the reasons for the rise of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, its characteristics, the primary drivers for the growing menace and international responses; it also compares the differences in modus operandi between Gulf of Guinea and Somalian piracy.
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