At the heart of this bilateral stasis is the fact that, despite the best efforts of many well-intended leaders, Indians and South Koreans are failing to touch a mutually meaningful chord of empathy and move closer to each other as people. This is at least in part due to cultural prejudices on both sides, which stands in the way of a relationship based on openness, curiosity and warmth. … [Read more...] about Deepening India-South Korea ties
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By Amit Kapoor & Chirag Yadav In times of natural disasters or global epidemics like the one we are currently facing, a common platitude that is often heard is that of these events being a great equalizer. At first glance, it seems like a convincing argument since they do not discriminate based on the colour of the skin, the community to which one belongs or their accumulated wealth. The Covid-19 pandemic has been seemingly uniform in its devastation crossing borders around the world in a flash and killing millions in its wake. If anything, the richer nations have been relatively more affected until now than their less developed counterparts. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes evident how the most vulnerable sections of society are usually the most affected in times of such crises. But, first, let us back up a little bit. The level of inequality in any society – weather it be social or economic – has a significantly intricate relationship with pandemics. … [Read more...] about View: Inequality and pandemics
In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status. Trump said on Twitter on Friday he was ordering the Treasury Department to re-examine the tax-exempt status of schools that he says provide "radical indoctrination" instead of education. "Too many Universities and School Systems are about Radical Left Indoctrination, not Education," he tweeted. "Therefore, I am telling the Treasury Department to re-examine their Tax-Exempt Status and/or Funding, which will be taken away if this Propaganda or Act Against Public Policy continues. Our children must be Educated, not Indoctrinated!" The Republican president did not explain what prompted the remark or which schools would be reviewed. But the threat is just one more that Trump has issued against schools as he ratchets up pressure to get them to open this fall. Twice this week Trump threatened to cut federal funding for … [Read more...] about Donald Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges
Chinese aggression at the Line of Actual Control in the last two months, and the brutal clash on June 15 which left 20 Indian soldiers dead, have now answered the question. China will be India’s greatest strategic threat in the coming decades. Whether India desires it or not, it will end up as one of the frontline states which will have to step up to contain Chinese power, not because of a third power, but because its own interests are at stake. This will mean India has no choice but to deepen its partnerships with other countries, particularly the US. And it will reduce links with China. But even as there is greater strategic clarity, walking down this path comes with responsibility and costs. It may lead to even greater Chinese aggression, and open up the prospect of an adverse two-front situation. It will mean making difficult trade-offs, since US interests do not always converge with Indian interests. It will also mean building internal economic capabilities, ensuring social … [Read more...] about The great Indian strategic debate
Anupam NarulaThe rapid, global spread of COVID-19 has been the biggest shock to the lives and livelihoods in nearly a century. This pandemic also presents an unforeseen challenge to companies operating in different sectors as they struggle with demand that is either rapidly evaporating or surging well past the supply. Industries grapple with structural changes, and as societies and economies pivot to the “next normal,” These uncertain circumstances have forced companies to adapt their operations by reinventing their marketing business models in order to help reduce the disruption ultimately created by this pandemic.Companies are taking faster decisions and have dropped their innovation cycles from months to days. Remote working, a privilege given to few employees in some organizations earlier has become an imperative for most employees. Companies are laying a greater emphasis on employees’ physical and mental health than ever before, and they have started giving … [Read more...] about Why companies need to reinvent their marketing business models amid and in the post-COVID-19 world?