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THE WORLD AND THE FUTURE

The Shape of the World to Come – Part III: The Path to a New World Order
The Shape of the World to Come – Part III: The Path to a New World Order

The third part of our series on the Shape of the World to Come attempts to describe the transition to and the shape of the New World Order.  In this undertaking, we examine the opportunity for a peaceful transition to the future and the potential for a violent one.

The Shape of the World to Come – Part II:  The Key Challenges Facing the World
The Shape of the World to Come – Part II: The Key Challenges Facing the World

The second part of our series on the Shape of the World to Come presents the big issues that are driving people to support more extreme positions at the electoral box.  These issues might not only undermine some of the important progress achieved but also set the path for a new world order to emerge from conflict and competition.

The Shape of the World to Come – Part I: How the World is Progressing
The Shape of the World to Come – Part I: How the World is Progressing

In the first of a three part series on the Shape of the World to Come the Sign looks at the key elements of progress made globally.  Despite the challenges facing the world today, we live in a time of unprecedented progress and improving lives across a number of critical dimensions.

The US Election in Context – We Live in Revolutionary Times: The Prelude to the New World Order
The US Election in Context – We Live in Revolutionary Times: The Prelude to the New World Order

Both the Trump and Brexit votes have taken place within the context of revolutionary history. Looking ahead there is the potential for more revolutions to come, with significant implications for the world.

South China Seas: With Greater Power Comes Greater Responsibility
South China Seas: With Greater Power Comes Greater Responsibility

The ruling by the international tribunal in the Hague on the South China Seas dispute between the Philippines and China has significant potential security implications.  If not well handled, the ruling bears wide ranging risks for China on sovereignty disputes with India, Japan and almost all its neighbours and in domestic matters too.

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Featured : Addressing India’s Literacy Challenge A brief discussion with Sourav Banerjee, India Country Director for Room to Read, a global non-profit organisation whose mission is to tackle the problem of childhood literacy across the developing world

Addressing India’s Literacy Challenge

The Sign of the Times has written extensively about the importance of education and skill development for India to fully realise its demographic advantage and thereby achieve economic development. Approximately a quarter of India’s population is illiterate, and by virtue of its sheer size, India has the largest illiterate population in the world, accounting for c.40% of the world’s illiterate population. This is disproportionately skewed towards women and girls, approximately a third of whom lack even basic literacy skills, and has therefore limited women’s ability to choose how they participate in the economy.

Addressing India’s literacy and education challenges, along with the large gender gap, clearly requires transformative solutions. In this context, Greater Pacific Capital talks to Sourav Banerjee, Country Director for Room to Read in India. Room to Read is a global non-profit organisation whose mission is to tackle the problem of childhood literacy across the developing world.

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Revolution and Information Revolution

Revolution and the Information Revolution

A brief discussion with Jon Miller, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Media Group and Chief Digital Officer for News Corporation.

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Reflections on India in the BRICs; Who You Calling a BRIC?

Reflections on India and the BRICS; who you calling a BRIC

Interview with and article by Jim O’Neill, the former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management who coined the term “BRICS”.

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Interpreting Gandhi’s Principles of Non-Violence for Today’s World

Interpreting Gandhi’s Principles of Non-Violence for Today’s World

Lecture by Rajni Bakshi, Gandhi Peace Fellow at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations

Archived Articles

Pointing to the Future in      June 2019

Pointing to the Future

India’s Opportunity to be a Beneficiary of the US-China Trade War.  The trade war between the US and China has dramatically upended global supply chains, throwing open an opportunity for India to play host to a range of export-oriented manufacturing units moving out of China.

U.S.-India Insight: A Growth Agenda for India.  The ongoing U.S.-China trade fight presents a unique opportunity for India to capture more investment as global firms diversify—but with limited time with various crucial reforms demanding immediate attention to get into the deal flow.

US-India Relations at the Crossroads.  Leaders on both sides need to chart out a pragmatic vision of what is achievable over the next half decade, with details of concrete steps to be taken along the way in order to operationalize the vast potential in Indo-U.S. strategic relationship.

Why Trump and Xi Will do a Deal.  The President faces running through 2020 with sharply rising prices on goods from China, no increase in China imports from the United States, an alarmed stock market, and troubles in farm states without a deal with China. These factors are likely to lead to a restart of trade talks between the US and China the coming months.

Moving India to a New Growth Trajectory. With annual economic growth of about 7% has almost become commonplace, the country is now in danger of suffering from a degree of complacency. To eliminate poverty and achieve upper middle-income status by around 2035, India must elevate its growth trajectory to the next level

Modi Government Now Has Political Capital for the Big Reforms.  The prominence accorded to national security during the campaign, has given the Modi government an opportunity to bring about far-reaching reforms in defense policies from reforming the security architecture and structuring the armed forces to strengthening the defense industrial base.

The Promise of Impact Investing in India.  India has a current financing gap of over US$500bn to achieve its 2030 sustainable development goals.  Closing this gap will require not just private capital, but money this is spent well and harnessing private capital for good.

It’s Time for Indian Railways to Take the Reform Track.  To ensure the Indian railways meets the requirements of a soon-to-be US$5tn economy, it needs two types of reform: administrative, to improve services, safety and efficiency; and engineering, to improve cost and environmental effectiveness.

The Edge that Indian Companies Could Wield in Africa.  Given Indian companies’ experience in building profitable enterprises in their home markets, they are more likely to have the imagination to see Africa’s unmet needs as opportunities for growth, and the long-term commitment to build businesses of meaningful scale.