India-Israel: A renewed confluence?

Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon’s recent offer of defence technology for Prime Minister Modi’s Make in India initiative may signal expanding bilateral relations, and it is an opportune moment for the two countries to consolidate long-term common ground in areas such as counter-intelligence and naval cooperation In February this year,

Persistent, Complex and Unresolved Issues ; Indian Discourse on Mental Ill Health and Homelessness

Download PDF version Challenges in the provision, accessibility and corresponding treatment gaps in mental health services in India and other low- and middle-income countries have been the subject of considerable discussion in recent times. Moving away from frequently acknowledged macro concerns, a few recurring, persistent problems remain insufficiently analysed. This

Smart Transport for Smart Cities

Download PDF version Smart cities need a people-centric, proactive transport planning with public transport as the hub and non-motorised transport as spokes. It is high time we redefine public transport as the transport required by the public and not just publicly-funded transport. Ashwani Kumar (, an Indian Railway Traffic Service

Burden of Infectious Diseases

Download PDF version Diseases like the H1N1 flu pose major challenges because of the continuing neglect of public health. The repeated outbreaks of swine flu (H1N1) over the past decade and deaths due to the Ebola virus in Africa have focused our attention on infectious diseases and their lethal impact

Review of Local Area Banks and Policy Implications for Narrow Banks in India

Download PDF version In the recent past there has been renewed discussion on the possibility of setting up narrow banks to focus on including the population left out of the formal financial sector. Reviewing the experience of local area banks and the landscape of financial inclusion, this paper identifies internal

A ‘Dashboard’ for the Indian Energy Sector

Download PDF version A first approximation of a multidimensional index assessing the energy sector in India would be a dashboard that would measure trends through five summary dimensions. Such a dashboard provides revealing insights, even in their condensed form. Ashok Sreenivas ( and Rakesh K Iyer ( are with Prayas

New Kid on the Economic Policy Block (Inflation Targeting Agreement ,EPW )

Download PDF version The RBI and the government have decided to adopt the discredited policy of inflation targeting. With a missionary zeal, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the government have pushed ahead with inflation targeting as the core of future monetary policy. An agreement on a monetary policy

Modi’s Visit will Herald a New Chapter in India-Sri Lanka Relations

The ongoing political transition in Sri Lanka has generated hope in India about the prospects of an improved bilateral relationship. In view of the coldness exhibited towards India by the previous Rajapaksa government, the relationship had unmistakably taken a dip despite the NDA government’s enthusiasm for fast-tracking its proactive neighbourhood-first

Major Biomes of the World

Major Biomes of the World Have you visited any biomes lately? A biome is a large ecosystem where plants, animals, insects, and people live in a certain type of climate. If you were in northern Alaska, you would be in a frosty biome called the Arctic tundra. If you jumped on a