Commentaries & Articles
Designing a Foundation for Indian Innovative Ecosystem
Back in 2016, Elon Musk the billionaire Tesla & SpaceX CEO announced that Tesla’s Model 3 would be built in a new fully automated factory. In the most ambitious attempt at automation, Tesla floundered with severe bottlenecks and was plagued with “production hell” recording the worst ever quarterly loss in 2017. The world witnessed an audacious failed attempt at doing away with human intervention which will catch imagination time and again and serve as a target for future innovators. Musk famously tweeted that “Excessive automation was a mistake.
Countering the Dragon: A Perspective on Strategic Space Capabilities
Background
The successive standoffs between India and China on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) have highlighted the requirement of enhancing our strategic space capabilities. Space assets are primary facilitators of a country’s strategic surveillance needs.
Pakistan Puts its Foot into its Mouth
Making a nuisance of yourself is a special art which only a few can master. This often happens when you are blinded by some misplaced priorities and others can see through your game. This is what happened when Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while speaking to ARY, appears to have been carried away.
South Korea’s Success in Manufacturing: Some Pointers for ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’
The people and government of India are striving to achieve national objectives of ‘Make in India’ and raise the contribution of manufacturing in the country’s GDP from the current 16% to 25% by the year 2025. In the context of the debilitating impact of Wuhan Virus Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given the clarion call of ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
Pakistan’s 14th Amendment Act: Forcible Annexation and Hidden Chinese Colonial Project
It seems that the Indian media is either completely oblivious of devastating developments happening in Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, or they hardly seem to bother about it. As one can see, several mainstream media outlets of India ran fabricated stories of brutal violation of human rights by the government of India during the post-370 security and communication lockdown in Kashmir.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi’s Visit to China
The recently concluded 2nd Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Strategic Dialogue has drawn considerable media attention. The Joint Press Statement issued has come a long way from the statement issued in November 2018, when Prime Minister Imran Khan made his first official visit to China. Pakistan has received stronger support on the J&K issue from her ‘iron brother’.
India’s Goods & Services Tax and the Neighbourhood
In July 2017, when the Narendra Modi government introduced goods and services tax (GST), there was strong apprehension among some smaller neighbours that it would act as a barrier to shore up their exports to India. The apprehensions were baseless as GST is a domestic tax. It replaced an archaic source and transaction-based tax system by destination-based taxation, ensuring the same tax for each good and service across the country.
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