Realising the vision Nirupama Soundararajan and Arindam Goswami consider the huge growth in e-commerce in India and the next steps that policymakers should take to release the potential COVID’s impact on Indian growth and trade The COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted great damage to the global economy. Pravakar Sahoo and Ashwani Bishnoi consider the developmental and policy implications for the Indian economy Is BRICS past its sell-by date? Despite increasing political differences between members, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos sees a continuing role of the BRICS as the global economy rebalances Inequality lockdown The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on domestic workers. Deepanshu Mohan, Kensiya Kennedy, Mansi Singh, Shivani Agarwal write that deep-rooted inequality has been exacerbated A new world order? COVID-19 has exposed global fault lines. Nirupama Soundararajan and Arindam Goswami say it is now the time for India to react economically Digital connectivity in the Bay of Bengal BIMSTEC members comprises some of the fastest-growing global economies. Bipul Chatterjee and Sidharth Narayan consider the Indian perspective to the region Watching out for the third pandemic: a massive debt-crisis... COVID-19 is having a profound affect on the global economy. Deepanshu Mohan considers the consequences of increasing debt on countries such as India India's lockdown The Indian government has ordered a nationwide lockdown. Debraj Ray, Sreenivasan Subramanian and Lore Vandewalle consider what happens when the state cannot provide back-up welfare measures Why India’s tax reforms are big news for international commerce Indirect taxes account for about a third of public revenue. Filippa Jörnstedt examines India's reforms and the use of technology to reduce fraud and increase collection A delicate balancing act The quantum of information that flows across borders has given rise to concerns for national governments. Shagufta Gupta writes that a delicate balancing act is needed to ensure India’s digital sector keeps its global lead Towards a new (agri)culture in India Agriculture is the most important sector of the Indian economy. Deepanshu Mohan, Sakshi Tokas and Lakshita Singh examine how farmers from Aterna in Haryana are turning farming into a profitable vocation Weaponising ODI Nirupama Soundararajan and Dnyanada Palkar examine if India could use overseas direct investment as an economic tool to further its geopolitical goals India at a crossroads The global economy is entering a turbulent phase. Abhijit Mukhopadhyay considers where India sits in an era of bilateral and plurilateral trade agreements India in 2024: Narendra Modi once more, but to what end? India boasts Asia’s fastest growing economy in 2018. Alicia García-Herrero and Trinh Nguyen write that beneath the veneer of impressive GDP expansion, uneasiness about India’s economic model clearly tempers enthusiasm Seamless connectivity A series of measures taken by the Indian government has enabled a seamless connectivity through inland water transport among BBIN countries. Bipul Chatterjee and Veena Vidyadharan consider the effects on the region Ease of doing business in India Nirupama Soundararajan considers the methodology the World Bank uses in the Ease of Doing Business reports, and looks at some of the limitations The current state of India’s development story in ten charts Deepanshu Mohan and Richa Sekhani offer a comprehensive picture of India's development story in ten illustrative charts, highlighting areas that need greater attention from politicians as elections loom The changing enterprise of the news business in India Mainstream journalism is in a state of transition. Deepanshu Mohan examines the affect that the internet is having on the news media in India The GST impact story so far… Aryan Agarwal, Richa Sekhani and Deepanshu Mohan examine the findings of a recent field study on the introduction of the GST, and consider the problems and costs involved Revitalising connectivity through inland waterways Bipul Chatterjee and Saurabh Kumar discuss how India can become a responsible partner in its neighbours’ development through fostering cooperation in regional infrastructure projects The invisible merchant Shivkrit Rai and Deepanshu Mohan analyse street vending in New Delhi and review the Street Vendors Act in protecting the urban vendor The role of TIR Convention in effective implementation of the BBIN MVA Implementation of the TIR Convention holds the promise of boosting regional connectivity, Bipul Chatterjee and Surendar Singh argue In the pursuit of a ‘good’ economy There is a vital need for a morally acceptable, welfare inducing economic system, Deepanshu Mohan writes Pyramid vs. oceanic circles. Facilitating sub-regional trade for sustainable development Bipul Chatterjee and Susan Mathew deliberate on why South Asia needs to adopt an oceanic circle model vis-à-vis pyramid model for facilitating trade Modi 2.0: revisiting relationship capitalism Deepanshu Mohan asks if the government can make a move from relationship capitalism to one where the markets compete freely across sectors Will India be able to achieve and sustain high growth rates? Richa Sekhani and Geethanjali Nataraj write that sustaining the growth rate requires India to take necessary steps to address both supply and demand side bottlenecks TPP: implications for India Geethanjali Nataraj and Pravakar Sahoo examine the likely implications of the TPP on India and set out a roadmap for India to prepare itself Mega regional trade agreements and the Indian economy Bipul Chatterjee and Kyle Cote assess the potential impact of the three mega RTAs on the Indian economy, with particular focus on the TPP and TTIP India's new foreign trade policy: setting its own house in order The new FTP reveals a more calculated, and perhaps long overdue, approach, Bipul Chatterjee and Chenai Mukumba argue Explicating on the need for sub-national activism Tridivesh Singh Maini and Deepanshu Mohan say it is imperative for India to mature as a federation while displaying strong 'cooperative federalism' India-EU FTA: problems and future prospects Geethanjali Nataraj writes that once India’s new foreign trade policy is announced the FTA talks can resume The growing importance of the G20 and the way forward: an Indian perspective India believes it is important that the G20 keeps a watch on changes in composition, nature and distribution of global imbalances and their implications, and to steer work towards their underlying causes, asserts Geethanjali Nataraj Europe should look East to balance the books India is able to provide the economic growth that European exporters need to generate business, Richard Heald argues The Foreign Manufacturers Liability and Accountability Act If the US puts this law into place it will effectively become a non-tariff barrier to accessing US markets, Pritam Banerjee writes India's urbanization: a trade and investment opportunity The firms that move in first will find their investment more than worthwhile says Pritam Banerjee Cyprus joint ventures: flexibility for Russia, CIS and India Cyprus plays a key role in the structuring of overseas investments writes Demetris Loizides India's commitment to equitable, fair, free and sustainable trade Pritam Banerjee says that India's ideal is of having a world where all factors of production can move relatively freely accross borders The giants' advance: China and India in the world economy L Alan Winters and Shahid Yusuf write that the rise of China and India on major trading nations will affect world markets substantially