India’s waste management problems are piling up

Author: Sudhakar Yedla, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

India’s rapid economic growth has resulted in a substantial increase in solid waste generation in urban centres. Urban areas in India alone generate more than 100,000 metric tonnes of solid waste per day, which is higher than many countries’ total daily waste generation. Large metropoles such as Mumbai and Delhi generate around 9000 metric tonnes and 8300 metric tonnes per day respectively. Read more…

Mapping India in Japan’s infrastructure agenda

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe at a ceremony, in New Delhi, India. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Titli Basu, IDSA

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Partnership for Quality Infrastructure in Asia (PQI) aims to consolidate Japan’s regional clout among the emerging Asian economies. PQI, which is often viewed as a competing formulation vis-à-vis the Chinese mega infrastructure designs, is critical to achieving the goals of Japan’s national growth strategy.

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Indian manufacturing lacks logistics

Kandla, one of India’s busiest ports, looks deserted as containers and cargo await loading onto stranded ships, in western India. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Saurabh Bandyopadhyay, NCAER

The state of India’s manufacturing sector is concerning. Especially when compared to the massive transformation registered in this sector by other Asian countries in similar stages of development. Contributing around 16 per cent of India’s GDP, manufacturing remains far below its potential, which should be at least 25 per cent. Read more…

India’s demographic dividend strait-jacketed by labour regulations

Unemployed Indians stand in a queue to register themselves at the Employment Exchange Office in Allahabad, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on 22 March 2012. India’s outmoded labour regulations are hindering job growth. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Mark Fabian, ANU

One of India’s most promising economic features is its large working-age population. Yet if India doesn’t find jobs for its young people, this boon will quickly turn into a powder-keg, as evinced by the recent agitations of unemployed Jats in Haryana. Read more…

India’s non-alignment ship hasn’t sailed yet

Author: Darshana M. Baruah, Observer Research Foundation

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power, India has developed a distinct maritime outlook in its diplomacy and security policy. For years, there was a lack of political will to look toward India’s maritime interests. Read more…

Cool heads win out in India’s new budget

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley leaves for the Parliament House to present the 2015-16 Union Budget in New Delhi, India. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Mandar Oak, University of Adelaide

On 29 February, Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the National Democratic Alliance government’s third Union Budget. The government, having assumed office a little less than two years ago, is no longer new to the job.

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Fighting insurgency on the India–Myanmar border

An Indian Border Security force soldier patrols in the Indian state of Assam. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Rahul Mishra, ICWA

On 31 March 2016, a tribunal set up by the Indian government upheld a ban on the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) (NSCN(K)) for five years. The case pertains to the 4 June 2015 attacks carried out by NSCN(K) insurgents on Indian military personnel, which claimed the lives of 18 Indian soldiers. Read more…