Policy Papers

  1. Dr. Arpita Mukherjee and Shouvik K Majumdar, G20 and India: Decision Support System (DSS) for Pandemic COVID-19

DSS Framework for COVID-19

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In this paper, the authors conceptualize a Decision Support System (DSS) as part of a policy recommendation to harmonize efforts of the G-20 member states against the COVID-19 pandemic.

WhatsApp Image 2020-04-02 at 4.17.00 PMDr. Arpita Mukherjee is a Professor at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), with over 20 years experience in policy-oriented research, working closely with policy makers in Government of India, EU, USA, ASEAN, APAC, WTO and G20 in areas like e-commerce, logistics and supply chain, ICT, trade & services. She has conducted over 50 studies for these organizations and has over 70 publications. She is a PhD in Economics from the University of Portsmouth, UK.

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Shouvik K Majumdar is a technology professional, with over 30 years experience in leadership roles,  developing technology capabilities for MNCs like British Telecom, American Express, Tata Consultancy Services, Royal Bank of Scotland and SSP Worldwide. Shouvik has developed technology roadmaps for governments and private enterprises across USA, UK, Europe and India.  He is qualified in Strategy & Service Excellence from Harvard Business School.


2. Padmini Baruah, Zan aur Zameen: A Comparative Analysis of Muslim Women’s Right to Inherit Land in India and Pakistan

Zan aur Zameen

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In this paper, the author has chosen to focus on the question of how women acquire land through inheritance under Islamic law. An attempt has been made to compare the state of affairs in the two major players of the region, namely India and Pakistan. This analysis hopes to reveal differences between a state which is dominated by Hindus and has an ostensibly secular state policy, and a state which is constitutionally defined as an Islamic republic . Women are a minority in both these countries, but Muslims are only a minority in India. Thus, through this paper, the author seeks to understand the trajectories that both countries took around the question of Muslim women’s right to inherit after the end of colonialism in 1947.



The author is a Robert F. Meaghar Fellow at the The Fletcher School, Tufts University. She graduated from the National Law School of India University in 2016.  Her areas of interest include gender studies, political Islam, digital inclusion and migration.

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