Gateway Features

India aces rescue ops

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“Even if you are stuck on the Mars, Indian Embassy there will help you,” tweeted SushmaSwaraj, India’s then external affairs minister, on 8 June 2017, to an Indian abroad. Over the last month, the ministry, along with Air India,supplemented by the Indian Air Force, has, under challenging circumstances, evacuated2,981 Indian citizens, stranded in the hotspots of the coronavirus epidemic around the read more

COVID-19 can speed ‘Make High-Tech in India’

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Precision analytical instruments, diagnostic kits, medical equipment, sensors, actuators, optics, semiconductors, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), are the backbone of any civilian and defence Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation (RDTE) activities. Modern practical scientific investigations are incomplete, imperfect, and flawed without these high-end gadgets. Very few countries have the competency read more

Policy dilemmas from the Bombay plague of 1896

Plague 3 Courtesy: Welcome Collection/Capt.C. Moss

All governments will be judged byhow they managed the coronavirus epidemic of 2020. There will be no escaping the final statistics: how many people died and how figures compare with other countries. The four key policy dilemmas with which all governments have been struggling are: how transparent to be with their citizens. The balance is always between avoiding complacency, on the one hand, and causing panic, on the other; read more

The global dynamics of COVID-19

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The Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is an unparalleled global challenge, requiring much more concerted regional and international cooperation than currently evident, says Rajiv Bhatia, Distinguished Fellow, Gateway House. The former ambassador to five countries points out that the Indian government's approach has evolved from monitoring, and learning from, other countries and the strategies they have adopted. read more

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Research

Cyber agenda for India’s digital payments

India has rapidly transitioned from a cash-based economy to one reliant on digital payment systems. This has resulted in financial inclusion and greater transparency, but also expanded the system’s vulnerability to cybercrimes. This paper analyses India’s digital payments industry, maps the potential threat vectors and recommends measures to strengthen the cybersecurity of digital payment systems

Foreign Affairs

The Unwanted Wars

Countries in the Middle East, such as Iran, Israel or Saudi Arabia, do not want a military confrontation. Yet, current circumstances conduce to the breaking out of just such a war

Book Reviews

India’s Eastward Engagement: From Antiquity to Act East Policy

This book offers a bird’s-eye view of India’s strivings to forge close relations with the East, but covering a vast region and swathe of history has inherent drawbacks. The result is a haphazard narrative, focusing more on the contemporary period and lacking in insight or analysis

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