Gateway Features

Globalisation: good-bye to the hype

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For decades, the world has been enamored with globalization, a term that conveys a tapestry of symbols. As noted in the Kent News years ago, supply chains integrated with point of sale technology at check out counters, in-depth news coverage of distant crises, foreign students in American universities, projection of global corporate might, displaced factory workers and damaged manufacturing industries, social media read more

A defence-industrial agenda for India

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On 16 May 2020, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a series of measures to strengthen defence manufacturing in India. These measures include raising the foreign direct investment limit from 49% to 74% in the defence sector under the automatic route, promotion of corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board and a ban on imports of certain weapons and platforms. These are undoubtedly ambitious measures, and if appropriately read more

G20’s role in the COVID-era

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On 26 March 2020, at its first-ever virtual summit, G20 resolved “to do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic” – the Coronavirus dashboard showed a global total of 935,817 confirmed cases and 47,208 deaths. Seven weeks later, as of 20 May 2020, the figures have increased dramatically to 4.89 million cases and 323,221 deaths worldwide. Has G20 failed to deliver? Undoubtedly, G20 began on a slow note. Policy analysts gave the joint statement read more

Digital services across verticals: Jio, Alibaba and Amazon

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Jio has ambitions to be the next digital behemoth with plans to aggressively expand digital services and e-commerce platforms across India. Recent investment by Facebook, and private equity firms Vista Equity Partners and Silver Lake, could well be the infusion of capital and expertise Jio needs to compete with Alibaba and Amazon. The infographic compares the number of services offered by these companies across read more

Research

AI & Machine Learning for the Indian Navy

The Indian Navy needs to develop and assimilate new Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies that are being used by the Indian military and industry. The Navy's goals of transforming into a 200-ship force and maintaining optimal combat capability, are being put to test by diminishing capital and manpower shortages. It needs to leverage the benefits of AI and Machine Learning (ML) to improve organisational efficiencies at various levels. This paper focuses on four Use Cases, viz., Inventory Management, Training, Prescriptive Maintenance, and Security & Surveillance, for implementation in the Indian Navy.

Foreign Affairs

China’s Coming Upheaval

The U.S.-China relationship, which has wavered between cooperation and competition, has, over the past few years, veered more sharply towards confrontation – possibly because of China’s own more assertive stance. Now, Beijing’s confidence is under test, not only by these fractious relations, but also COVID-19 and an economic slowdown. Will these factors reveal its weaknesses?

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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