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SOUTH CHINA SEA: Territorial Claims and Disputes

Book Summary by Hitendra Boradey, Research Intern, PIC South China Sea: Territorial Claims and Disputes has chapters authored by 17 scholars from various universities who elaborate on the South China Sea (SCS) region, its importance in terms of economy, trade, energy, and the conflicts in the region, particularly the competing territorial claims involving powerful nations, …

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The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind

Book Summary by: Abhinandan Srivastava, Research Intern, PIC, and student, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. Recent years have seen unprecedented economic growth. While nations’ wealth is growing, inequality is rising as well. Why? How can it be fixed? This is where Dr. Raghuram Rajan, the eminent economist and former Governor, Reserve Bank of India, …

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The Comrades and the Mullahs: China, Afghanistan and the New Asian

Book summary by Shweta Suryawanshi, Research Analyst, PIC. The question that motivated journalists Ananth Krishnan and Stanly Johny to write this book is, “What will the 21st century rivalry between the US and China mean for Afghanistan?” The book opens with a description of a famous oil on canvas by Elizabeth Butler. It depicts an exhausted William …

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Fossil Free: Reimagining Clean Energy in a Carbon Constrained World

Book summary by Preeti Ahluwalia, Research Intern, EECC Prospects and pitfalls for India’s race to renewables Energy use and economic growth are inextricably linked. The global climate challenge cannot be addressed without moving from “coal” to “clean” energy. Sumant Sinha, founder of India’s biggest renewable energy company, ReNew Power, provides an optimistic yet grounded picture …

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Social Entrepreneurs must create a great Customer Experience to succeed

In this blog we will talk about just two aspects of this very vast and important subject of Customer Experience. But first we must start with what is Customer Experience. While there are many definitions, the one which we think is simple and meaningful is: Customer experience (CX) is the “cumulative impact of multiple touchpoints” …

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India Misinformed: The True Story by Pratik Sinha, Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh and Arjun Sidharth

Book summarised by Preshit Parihar, Research Assistant, PIC, May 2022 The dynamics of misinformation and fake news and its devastating impact on society have been presented in the book ‘India Misinformed: The True Story.’ The authors Pratik Sinha, Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh, Arjun Sidharth and other contributors are co-founders and writers at Alt News, a fact-checking website …

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The Cases that India Forgot – By Chintan Chandrachud

Book review by Abhay Vaidya, Director, PIC The Judiciary is one of the four pillars of the great Indian Democracy along with the Executive, Legislature and the Press. It is a moot questions whether India can meet her destiny without these four pillars functioning diligently and delivering on their promised roles and responsibilities.Conscientious citizens who   …

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A New Cold War: Henry Kissinger and the Rise of China

Book Summary by Aditya Joshi, Research intern, PIC  Indians associate the year 1971 with the decisive Indo-Pak war which led to the birth of Bangladesh, altering the geo-politics of the subcontinent. However, the landmark, secret visit of the then US National Security Advisor, Dr. Henry Kissinger, to People’s Republic of China (PRC) in July, 1971, …

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Fund Raising for Social Entrepreneurs

In this blog article we cover the topic of funding for social entrepreneurs — for-profit or non-profit —  addressing questions social entrepreneurs have, or should have, and point to typical fund raising pitfalls and best practices. Thinking about funding your social enterprise External funding is typically for the growth of the start-up, within their window …

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Book Review for “Travels in Transoxiana-In Lands Over the Hindu-Kush and Across the Amy Daria”

Book reviewed by: Mr. Aditya Joshi, Intern, PIC It is no longer fashionable to use the term ‘Transoxiana,’ the ancient name referring to a region and civilization located in lower Central Asia roughly corresponding to modern-day Uzbekistan and parts of Tajikistan.Geographically, it is the region between the rivers Amu Darya to its south and the …

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