What’s India Thinking This Week?

The Research & Analysis section of The Dispatch features original ideas, research work, analysis, and commentary on a wide variety of subjects by some of brilliant minds in India’s growing community of strategic thinkers. In this newsletter on Saturdays, we bring to you a range of pieces selected by our Editor from those published across the week.

Lac cultivation: Jammu region must explore its potential, one again

By Prof R.K. Gupta
Since the Jammu region is bestowed with ample of lac host plants, therefore its cultivation can be revived for the benefit of the farming community of the region by scientific cultivation through systematic intervention. Most of the farmers living in the Kandi belt of Jammu and Kashmir hardly secure their livelihood from agriculture due to lack of fertile soil and irrigation. Fortunately, this region is bestowed with plants like Ber, Palas, and Ficus that could be exploited for the cultivation of lac insect, laccifer lacca. [Read the full story here]

Refining Draft Defence Offset Guidelines 2020

By Laxman Kumar Behera

The draft offset guidelines 2020, with revamped features, is a bold attempt by the MoD to attract technology and investment and promote the export of major defence items. However, the guidelines could be further fine-tuned to keep the focus tight on their larger objectives. In particular, the MoD may consider further refining features pertaining to the applicability of offsets to IGA/FMS procurement, quantum and threshold of offsets, specific offsets through the RFP mode, banking provision, negative multiplier, methodology for value addition, the FDI cap and, more importantly, the offset management. [Read the full story here]

Digital healthcare and rising cyber concerns

By Kritika Roy
The outbreak of COVID-19 has not only pushed economies into recession but also brought forth the fragility of healthcare systems in general. Migrating to digital mode has since been a major move across the healthcare sector. Increased digitalisation is expected to help service providers create a robust and critical infrastructure focused on patient’s safety and quality care. The future of digital healthcare appears promising as patients would be more comfortable using digital services for complex and sensitive medical conditions. However, a major downside of going digital is the imminent threat of attacks lingering in the cyberspace. Considering that the healthcare sector is critical infrastructure, patient information and medical reports available online would be a gold trove that could be exploited for various malicious purposes. [Read the full story here]

Trends of radicalisation in Indonesia

By Akash Sahu
Increasing radicalisation in Indonesia has led to multiple terror attacks in the country, mostly targeted against foreign tourists and minorities. The government has taken several measures towards counter-terrorism, but with limited success. In recent years, online platforms and especially social media have become the preferred choice of the radical elements to propagate their ideas among the Indonesian people, who largely follow moderate Islam. The youth are more vulnerable to being conditioned with misinterpretation of Islamic beliefs, often calling for violence in the name of ‘jihad’. An effective counter-narrative against radicalisation, supported by religious scholars, could help fight the challenge. [Read the full story here]


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