CogitAsia Podcast: Myanmar on the Brink

In this episode we discuss the complicated political picture in Myanmar for Aung San Suu Kyi after 18 months in office and the humanitarian tragedy in Rakhine state. Former U.S. Ambassador to Myanmar Derek Mitchell joins to dissect what is…

Update on India’s States: September 20, 2017

Haryana, Goa, and Bihar announce IT and startup policies, while Karnataka releases an electric vehicle policy; Rajasthan becomes the latest state to announce a loan waiver; Assam will require government employees to care for parents and disabled siblings; and more.…

Academia is Key to an Innovative India

By Tushar Madan — In November India will host the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad. This piece is the second in an occasional series exploring the climate for entrepreneurship in India, what the Modi government has done to promote…

Update on India’s States: September 13, 2017

Assam passes a critical labor-law reform; MNRE imposes stiff penalties on states seeking to renege on solar PPAs; Karnataka makes many schools free for female students; Rajasthan experiments with privatization of public schools; Nagaland will use DBT for workfare payments;…

Modi & Entrepreneurship: The Story So Far

By Sarah Watson — In November India will host the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad. This piece is the first in an occasional series exploring the climate for entrepreneurship in India, what the Modi government has done to promote…

Update on India’s States: September 6, 2017

State debt is rising rapidly; Tamil Nadu conducts the first ever state wind energy auction; Madhya Pradesh to compensate farmers for distress sales; floods displace thousands in Bihar; Mizoram becomes power surplus; and more. Center–State relations A new report by…

Update on India’s States: August 30, 2017

Haryana shut down by riots over conviction of sect leader and Mumbai shut down by rains; MNRE urges states to honor wind power contracts; Tamil Nadu’s ruling party heals its split; UP threatens maximum penalties against power thieves; Haryana allows…

Update on India’s States: August 23, 2017

The center issues new guidelines for metro projects receiving central funding; West Bengal passes a host of industry-friendly legislation; Andhra Pradesh discoms start accepting mobile money; Rajasthan offers farmers a loan interest waiver; and more. Center–State relations The central government…