It gives me great pleasure to inform you that August 2021 marks the 40th year of founding of ICRIER. From a humble beginning in a modest office in the corridors of the India International Center to a globally reputed economic think tank in four decades is a matter of pride for all ICRIERians.

To give you a glimpse of our past, in its very first year, ICRIER was engaged in 27 research studies across four thematic areas on external finance, foreign trade, regional economic cooperation, and technological advancement. The external finance project was conceived by two eminent economists and Padma award holders: Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati and Prof. T.N. Srinivasan. Over the years, thematic areas have evolved, keeping in view the changing domestic and international context (see below).

To commemorate ICRIER’s 40th anniversary, we are planning a year-long celebration of events under the theme “ICRIER @40 and India’s Economic Reforms @30.” You’ll hear more on this from me soon.

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Keeping up with India’s development priorities and a changing world, we have restructured our existing eight thrust areas into five strategic themes. This was done after consultation with the Board, faculty members and our key stakeholders. The new themes are future ready, while they also allow us to stay focused on our core research objective and contribute effectively to the policy priorities of India. The new themes are:

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In the month of July, ICRIER organised an event on “Doing Business in India: Regulation & Pricing of Alcoholic Beverages”, and released the Report “Developing Principles for Regulation & Pricing of Alcoholic Beverages Sector in India”. The report gained traction and attracted meaningful policy debate. ICRIER also hosted the ICRIER-KAS Webinar on Tackling COVID-19: Public Health and Socioeconomic Strategies. A Policy Brief was released on the same topic and it was widely disseminated.

ICRIER researchers continued to publish various policy-oriented and analytical pieces in the media. These are organised as per the new themes below.

We hope you take some time to glance through updates from July 2021. We would love to hear back from you.


Published Work:

Report | Developing Principles for Regulation of Alcoholic Beverages Sector in India
Authors: Arpita Mukherjee, Aditya Prakash Rao, Angana Parashar Sarma, Nibha Bharti and Preksha Dugar

ICRIER-KAS Policy Brief | Tackling Covid-19: Public Health and Socioeconomic Strategies
Author: Ali Mehdi


Webinar on “Doing Business in India: Regulation & Pricing of Alcoholic Beverages” and Release of the Report “Developing Principles for Regulation & Pricing of Alcoholic Beverages Sector in India”
Participants: Deepak Mishra,Pramod Bhasin, Arpita Mukherjee, Aditya Prakash Rao, Suhaan Mukerji, Nita Kapoor, Rajiv Mehrishi, Sudipto Mundle, Vinod Giri, Angana Parashar Sarma

ICRIER-KAS Webinar on Tackling COVID-19: Public Health and Socioeconomic Strategies
Participants: Alok Sheel, Peter Rimmele, Ali Mehdi, Sakthivel Selvaraj, Peter Taylor, Juliane Fluck, Rajib Shaw, Praveen Kumar Pathak


PLI for Textile: Why Boosting Production Alone will not go Very Far in Alleviating Exports
Prateek Kukreja | Economic Times | July 31, 2021

Spiritz TV | Bulletin #3 - YouTube
Arpita Mukherjee | July 30, 2021

Global Covid Trends Suggest the Pandemic may be Petering Out
Alok Sheel | Live Mint | July 29, 2021

Alcobev Sector in India Needs a Complete Overhaul
Arpita Mukherjee and Angana Parashar Sarma | Times of India Blog | July 19, 2021

A New Industrial Policy for Building Back Better
Radhicka Kapoor | CII BLOG | July 13, 2021

The Greatest General of the 20th Century
Shankar Acharya | Business Standard | July 8, 2021


Geopolitics of Global Climate Change: Aspects of a Chinese Leadership
Saranya Sircar | ORF-Terra Nova | July 29, 2021


A New Calculation for the Beneficaries of India's Food Security Act
Siraj Hussain and Jugal Mohapatra | The WIRE | July 28, 2021

What the new Ministry of Cooperation Needs to Achieve
Ashok Gulati | Indian Express | July 19, 2021

Control, Competition & Cooperation: Ministry of Cooperation must Iron out Distortions Arising out of State Subsidies
Ashok Gulati | Financial Express | July 19, 2021

How did Union, State Govts Fare on SC's Order Providing Safety Net for Migrant Labour?
Siraj Hussain and Jugal Mohapatra | The WIRE | July 15, 2021

Amit Shah’s New Portfolio: More Aggressive Regulation of Coops Ahead?
Siraj Hussain | The India Cable | July 13, 2021

Pulses Stock Limit Order Delivers a Rude Surprise
Siraj Hussain & Jugal Mohapatra | Bloomberg | July 8, 2021

WAGES OF FEAR: Extend Guaranteed Employment to 150 days to Prevent Rural Distress from Aggravating
Siraj Hussain & Jugal Mohapatra | Article-Down to Earth | July 1-15, 2021

Why Food, not Fuel Inflation is the Primary Concern; Former Agri Secy Weighs in
Siraj Hussain | CNBC 18 | July 5, 2021

From Plate to Plough: A Land of Milk and Money
Ashok Gulati and Ayushi Khurana | Financial Express | July 5, 2021

Why the Dairy Sector needs more Private Players
Ashok Gulati and Ayushi Khurana | Indian Express | July 5, 2021

India wants to use Food Grain Stock for Ethanol. That’s a Problem in a Hungry Country
Siraj Hussain | The Print | July 1, 2021


Where’s The Exit?
Somit Dasgupta | Financial Express | July 9, 2021

Kerala: How COVID, Gulf Returnees Adversely Impacted Migrant Construction Workers
Malay Kotal | The WIRE | July 6, 2021

Atmanirbhar Bharat: Is PLI Scheme for advanced Chemistry Cell Battery Enough?
Tarun | Hindu BusinessLine | July 6, 2021

Addressing Climate Change Requires Discarding the Business as usual Approach
Tarun | Indian Express | July 3, 2021

Circular Economy and India’s Electric Mobility Initiative
Kumar Gaurav | TOI Blog | July 1, 2021
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