Ranking 85th of 180 countries, corruption remains one of the key challenges for India

 AGAM: An Initiative for Good Governance, a non-political, independent, non-governmental organizationm which has been working in the field of anti-corruption, transparency and good governance since 2014, has worked out Corruption Perception (CPI) Index-2021. The Index has been released by the Transparency International: An AGAM note: For 2021, Transparency International (TI)’s Corruption Perception Index is released on 25th … Continue reading Ranking 85th of 180 countries, corruption remains one of the key challenges for India

Why the Taliban’s biggest headache is the political elite of Pakistan

By MK Bhadrakumar* Reports of the recent period are indicative of tensions between the Taliban forces and the Pakistani military deployed on their border. On December 22, the Afghan Defence Ministry spokesman disclosed that the Taliban forces had stopped the Pakistani military from erecting an “illegal” border fence along the eastern Nangarhar province. A video … Continue reading Why the Taliban’s biggest headache is the political elite of Pakistan

How plans to develop a Japan-US ‘Island Chain’ will provoke backlash from China and Russia

Preparations for Japan-U.S. joint training at the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Hachinohe air base By MK Bhadrakumar* A Kyodo News agency report has cited Japanese government sources to the effect that Tokyo and Washington have drawn up a draft joint operation plan that would enable the setup of an attack base along the Nansei island chain … Continue reading How plans to develop a Japan-US ‘Island Chain’ will provoke backlash from China and Russia

The state of the Peri-Urban: Lucrative spaces for real estate developers

By Rumi Aijaz The state of the Peri-Urban is evolving by the day in India. Multiple large cities in the country are experiencing a gradual or sudden influx of migrants into their cities or state. This increases the demand for more land to create accommodation for the new inhabitants of the city. In such a … Continue reading The state of the Peri-Urban: Lucrative spaces for real estate developers

Omicron threat: Bring back to full gear Ahmedabad’s 1155 bed VS Hospital to help poor

Joint statement by Jay Sheth, Dr Nishith Shah, Rupa Chinai and Brijesh Chinai, Board Members, Chinai Maternity and Sarabhai General Hospitals, Ahmedabad: We, the independent and permanent members of the Board of Management, Chinai Maternity and Sarabhai General Hospitals (VSH), Ahmedabad, representing the donor families, wish to place the following concerns to the public and media … Continue reading Omicron threat: Bring back to full gear Ahmedabad’s 1155 bed VS Hospital to help poor

From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific: Issues and challenges

Prof. Chintamani Mahapatra By Simi Mehta* For more than ten years, the “Indo-Pacific” has grown in prominence as a geographical and strategic construct in foreign and security policy debate in India, Japan, France, the United States, Australia, and several Southeast Asian countries. Many consider “Indo-Pacific” as a new geo­graphical and geopolitical frame of reference that … Continue reading From Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific: Issues and challenges

Need for integrated urban development in order to usher in healthy cities

By Sudhansu R Das The urban India with around 50 crore people is supposed to develop the intellectual muscles, buy rural products, create proper environment for the pursuit of art, advanced skill, research and new technology etc. Unfortunately, it does not happen mainly due to lack of proper understanding of an India specific urban development … Continue reading Need for integrated urban development in order to usher in healthy cities