Recent Articles

Beyond 75: Transforming International Relations for the New Decade

The Minister of External Affairs for India (EAM Jaishankar, in his recent interviews, has constantly argued for the need to reinstate normalcy and instilling confidence within the people of the world. Even today, during the Global Dialogue Series, the EAM argued for policy decisions which are suited to best serve the society. When it comes [...]
Wed May 5

India Rolls out 5G Trials, Chinese Companies Excluded

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) finally gave the go ahead to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) for conducting trials for 5G technology. The shortlisted service providers include Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone-Idea, and MTNL. The original equipment manufacturers and technology providers approved are Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung and C-DOT. Reliance Jio will be conducting trials using its own technology. [...]
Wed May 5

Examining the Context of Free Vaccine Debate by Congress

After fuelling vaccine hesitancy initially, now the Congress Party is demanding free vaccines for all. Rahul Gandhi has also posted a tweet to that effect. Senior leader Shashi Tharoor has written a column demanding free vaccine for all. However, it must be noted that Congress is demanding free vaccines for all from the Centre. This [...]
Thu Apr 29

The Facts About Pfizer Vaccine That Fiction Writers Like Chetan Bhagat Should Know

Writer Chetan Bhagat on Twitter has asked why did India fail to strike the vaccine deal with Pfizer and procure the vaccine rolled out by the pharmaceutical giant; the same administered in many Western countries. In a series of tweets, he accuses the Government of India for not discussing enough with Pfizer, and also, assumes [...]
Wed Apr 28

“COVAXIN Effective for the 617 Variant of Virus”: How Our Desi Vaccine is Proving Naysayers Wrong

Of the two Made in India vaccines, COVAXIN is not only produced in India but it is indigenously developed in India by our own scientists and researchers. COVAXIN has a come a long way in the past few months. From being pulled into controversy for reasons that were solely political to hesitancy fuelled by Chhattisgarh [...]
Wed Apr 28

Ahead of A Liberal Vaccination Drive, Things You Should Know

Ahead of May 1, when India’s vaccination drive enters into liberalised phase in which all citizens above 18 years of age can register for vaccination, the Government is spearheading a massive awareness drive by onboarding experts and other resources so that any questions about the vaccination gets answered. In one such webinar with Dr Shekhar [...]
Tue Apr 27

Armed Forces at the Forefront as India fights COVID-19

As India fights against the devastating second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, Indian forces have been contributing on many fronts. Here is a brief look. On April 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a discussion with Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat. The CDS briefed the PM that all medical personnel from armed forces who [...]
Tue Apr 27

Why are the Agitating Farmers of Punjab Now Smiling

Rs 8,180 crore have been transferred directly into bank accounts of Punjab farmers – and it is still counting. You may ask what is so special about that? Well, for the first time ever, farmers in Punjab have received payments against the sale of their wheat crop directly into their bank accounts without any delay. [...]
Mon Apr 26

Recent Developments in Medical Oxygen Supply: An All-out Effort

The Government of India has undertaken a mammoth task of coordinating with all the stakeholders, supply chain participants and the end consumer in various States to ensure medical Oxygen is available to patients across the country. The slew of previous efforts is documented here. The country is together making steady progress on a daily basis. [...]
Mon Apr 26

Another Breather: Basic Custom Duty on Oxygen-related Equipment Waived-Off

The anguish over shortage of Oxygen supply is natural. Notwithstanding that section of individuals and groups which is indulging in spreading panic and using the crisis as an opportunity to set political scores, the Union Government, as explained earlier as well, continues to explore all ways and means to alleviate the situation. This approach is [...]
Sat Apr 24

Protecting the Vulnerable: Centre Fights the Second Wave & Supports the Weak

As India collectively fights back the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, slew of measures have been taken by the Centre to protect the vulnerable population. With multiple States trying to break the chain through weekend curfew and partial lockdown, it is notable how the Centre proactively stepped in to take care of the well-being [...]
Sat Apr 24

As Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Plays Pandemic Politics, Tall Claims of AAP Come Back to Haunt

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stirred a controversy by televising his interaction with the Prime Minister; these interactions come under the purview of official protocol which mandates privacy and confidentiality. While all other Chief Ministers in the meeting adhered to the official protocol and rules of the book, Arvind Kejriwal, was caught red-faced when the [...]
Fri Apr 23