Shreerupa Mitra

Shreerupa Mitra


Towards a world free from nukes

The UN adopts first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons. Disarmament advocates see hope although N-armed nations are unhappy

Governance Now / July 2017

India’s halls of shame

The country’s human rights record came up for periodic scrutiny by the UN's highest rights body. The review was not as searing as it could have been

Governance Now / May 2017

Of being impoverished and diseased

WHO and partners make fresh commitments to end neglected tropical diseases. India, battling leprosy, dengue and chikungunya, has high stakes

Governance Now / April 2017

The great Syrian war game

A chemical attack, allegedly by the Syrian government, and the US missile attack on Shayrat air base. Countries react to the upturn in the conflict

Governance Now / April 2017

WTO in the age of protectionism

The world trade body cannot be wished away soon but it faces “a lot of uncertainty ahead”

Governance Now / March 2017

India makes strong case for cheap meds

A report on WHO executive board meeting: India tries to discuss access to medicine, next chief’s selection makes progress and Gates Foundation faces flak

Governance Now / February 2017

US use of anti-dumping measures at WTO impacts India

Since 1995, the US has initiated six dispute cases against India while India has initiated ten cases against the US. However, there are only two active US-initiated cases against India

Governance Now / January 2017

Rich man’s bitter pill

Access to affordable medicines is not an exclusive concern of the poorer countries. The US, Europe too find it tough to keep essential drugs reasonably priced.

Governance Now / December 2016

The lost youth of Arab states

A UN human development report reveals the extent of unemployment, among other problems, which plague young people in many Arab states

Governance Now / December 2016

Weapons of blind destruction

Anti-personnel landmines continue to kill innocent civilians long after the conflict. India, among its largest stockpilers, should rethink its strategy

Governance Now / December 2016

India at WTO

Takes strong stand to save generic drugs industry, calls for transparent health assessment

Firstpost / November 2016

The India-Pakistan face-off at the UN

The United Nations has become the new platform for a shrill spat between the neighbours on human rights violations in Kashmir and Balochistan

Governance Now / September 2016

WTO appellate body rejects India's appeal in solar case with US

India lost an appeal on Friday against a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling that it has violated global trade rules by discriminating against foreign products in imposing a “domestic content requirement (DCR)” on Indian solar power developers.

Firstpost / September 2016

Cluster munitions are very much here

Many nations are pledging to stop the use, production and support of cluster bombs. But change can come only when key players including Russia carry the same intent

Governance Now / September 2016

New guidelines by WHO for treatment of STIs

Strains of multidrug-resistant gonorrhoea that do not respond to any available antibiotics have been detected, World Health Organisation (WHO) said , as it urged national health authorities for updating their treatment for this common sexually transmitted

Governance Now / September 2016

Kashmir unrest

UN rights chief seeks 'full and unhindered' access to Valley, PoK

Firstpost / August 2016

L’affaire Crimea

Why crisis diplomacy is urgently needed between Russia and the West to temper down the heat building up in the Black Sea peninsula

Governance Now / August 2016

Six Indian pharma companies get new licences to supply generic drugs

The UN-backed Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) announced on 7 July new generic manufacturing licensing, for antiretrovirals (ARVs) and direct acting anti-viral (DAA) for treating hepatitis C, with seven pharmaceutical companies, six of which are Indian

Firstpost / July 2016

India hits eight-year high in FDI inflows: UN

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) jumped to $1.76 trillion in 2015 while foreign investment inflows to India reached a high of $44 billion almost touching record levels of 2008

Firstpost / June 2016

Modi’s Swiss sojourn

Reviews ties, negotiates for a 'yes' on inclusion into NSG, and broaches black money issue

Governance Now / June 2016

Swiss support India’s bid to enter NSG

Thanks to Switzerland’s backing, India got its first fillip for its effort to be a member of the exclusive Nuclear Suppliers Group

Governance Now / June 2016

Modi in Geneva

Switzerland to back India's entry into elite nuclear club

Firstpost / June 2016

No safe zones

Will countries adhere to International Humanitarian Law after UNSC adopts another resolution?

Governance Now / May 2016

Selecting for the top UN job

The process of selecting United Nations secretary-general has often been questioned and criticised. Will this year see some transparency in selection?

Governance Now / May 2016

Brussels attacks

No quick fixes to Europe's confrontation with the enemy within and the enemy without

First Post / March 2016

Together for centuries

Syrian envoy rubbishes possibility of Kurds declaring separate federal region

First Post / March 2016

Falling afoul of IPR?

Giant corporations suing poor farmers from developing countries, says UN report

First Post / March 2016

The tumultuous road to freedom for Assange

A UN panel terms the restriction on the whistleblower’s movement as arbitrary, but the governments of Sweden and the UK are in no mood to let him breathe easy

Governance Now / February 2016

UN-sponsored peace talks on Syria to start on Friday

The UN-sponsored talks, earlier scheduled to start today were re-scheduled after disagreements among the 17-nation International Syria Support Group (ISSG) on who should represent the Syrian opposition.

Press Trust of India / January 2016

WHO declares West Africa Ebola-free

Liberia has passed the 42-day incubation period but residual risks continue across the three West African nations

Press Trust of India / January 2016

No refuge from despair yet

Refugees and asylum seekers are in limbo as Europe battles its own demons

Governance Now / January 2016

Guinea declared Ebola free

The deadliest outbreak of the virus killed more than 11,000 people in two years in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Press Trust of India / December 2015

Happiness lessons from Switzerland

In spite of the wide socio-economic disparities, India can learn a thing or two from Switzerland, the happiest country on the planet

Governance Now / August 2015

Stage set for climate deal

Talks in Geneva ended with the adoption of a draft negotiating text for Paris

Governance Now / March 2015

India, US disagree at WTO

India rejects the concept of differentiation introduced by the US at WTO

Press Trust of India / February 2015

Qui est Charlie?

An analysis in the aftermath of the Paris attacks

Governance Now / February 2015

A matter of conviction

Book reviews of Arun Ferreira’s Colours of the Cage and Leila Seth’s Talking of Justice

Governance Now / November 2014

Undone by India

Book review of Damon Galgut’s 'Arctic Summer'

Governance Now / June 2014

India in their mind

Book review of Sam Miller’s 'A Strange Kind of Paradise'

Governance Now / May 2014

War and Peace

What to expect in diplomacy if Modi becomes the PM

Governance Now / April 2014

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