The Big Picture – Terror attacks: Can India have a standard doctrine?

The Big Picture – Terror attacks: Can India have a standard doctrine? Archives Summary: Four days after the attack on Pathankot airbase by terrorists suspected to have come from across the border the picture is still unclear. The attack and the way it got prolonged have led to many speculations and criticisms on the way …

The Big Picture – State of Agriculture and Rural Economy

The Big Picture – State of Agriculture and Rural Economy Archives Summary: While the government is hopeful of the country being on the road to witness 4% agricultural growth, the challenges are manifold. While the agriculture remains the main occupational sector, rural demand has witnessed a slowdown leading many to point over the simmering agrarian …

The Big Picture – Taking Stock: Defence Sector

The Big Picture – Taking Stock: Defence Sector Summary: India has a land frontier, a coastline and an exclusive economic zone, as well as island territories, vital offshore installations and airspace to defend. The Indian forces, therefore, have to be kept well prepared and well equipped to repel any external threat. India’s defence spending has …

The Big Picture – Developments in Arunachal Pradesh: Row over Governor’s role

The Big Picture – Developments in Arunachal Pradesh: Row over Governor’s role Archives Summary: Arunachal Pradesh is headed for a constitutional crisis, with the governor’s office accused of favouring the Congress’s rebel MLAs and the BJP in the state. According to experts, Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s decision to advance the winter session of the assembly …

The Big Picture – Challenges for ‘Make in India’

  The Big Picture – Challenges for ‘Make in India’ Archives Summary: The government launched “Make In India” initiative which aims at promoting India as an investment destination and to establish India as a global hub for manufacturing, design and innovation. The initiative aims to provide favorable environment to the business community so that they …

India’s World – Renewed attempts to stabilise Afghanistan

India’s World – Renewed attempts to stabilise Afghanistan Archives Summary: Renewed attempts are being made for peace and stability in Afghanistan. Representatives of over two dozen countries met in Islamabad earlier this month as part of the Heart of Asia conference. This process was launched in 2011 to promote Afghan peace efforts. The conference ended …

The Big Picture – Court-monitored CBI probes: Is judiciary overstepping its brief?

The Big Picture – Court-monitored CBI probes: Is judiciary overstepping its brief? Summary: In a significant remark on judiciary’s intervention in CBI investigations, a parliamentary committee has stated that the Supreme Court and High Courts have started performing the functions of the lowest rung of the criminal justice system taking over the role of a …

The Big Picture – Pollution in Metros: Practical options on Pollution

The Big Picture – Pollution in Metros: Practical options on Pollution Archives Summary: The Delhi government recently announced that vehicles with Odd and Even number plates will ply on alternate days in the city from January 1st. This is an effort to curb rising pollution in the national capital. This policy has been tried by …

The Big Picture – Bihar to ban alcohol from April 1, 2016: Has prohibition worked anywhere?

The Big Picture – Bihar to ban alcohol from April 1, 2016: Has prohibition worked anywhere? Summary Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has banned the sale of alcohol in Bihar. The complete prohibition is a very sensitive and complex issue. It has never succeeded anywhere in the world. Even a liberal country like America had imposed …

The Big Picture – Options for government on economic & policy reforms

The Big Picture – Options for government on economic & policy reforms Archives Summary: The union government has planned to bring in slew of reform measures to boost the economy, ensure ease of doing business and deliver its election promise. Among the measures on the cards are – single window clearance for multi storeyed building, …