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  • Asia Dialogue - Adversity turned to advantage: The exciting ‘mumpreneur’ segment in India’s small cities

    Adversity turned to advantage: The exciting ‘mumpreneur’ segment in India’s small cities

    Mukta Naik

    Worldwide, women face several invisible barriers in being able to get to work. In India, where women’s workplace participation is a dismal 24% and women earn only about 62% of a male counterpart’s salary, the female gender struggles with a patriarchal social structure, in which women are expected to prioritise caregiving responsibilities for children and other family members with little regard for their own needs or aspirations. In cities, lack of safety and poor infrastructure like broken pavements, inadequate public toilets and unreliable public transport make it even tougher for women to get out of the home and earn a living. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - First steps towards youth citizenship, a vital ingredient in India’s future

    First steps towards youth citizenship, a vital ingredient in India’s future

    Mukta Naik

    In the Indian city of Indore, located 570 kms from Mumbai, Mohan spends his day attending classes at an engineering college and his evenings with his friends. His father owns a small business and he is the first in his family to go to college. His family expects him to get a well-paid job when he graduates. Mohan, aware of how tough the job market is, resents his family’s unreasonable expectations and is desperately seeking a sense of direction. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Secondary cities across Asia are neglecting their online presence

    Secondary cities across Asia are neglecting their online presence

    Rowan Fraser

    Google often receives take-down requests from local governments scattered across the world. A take-down request is a request from an organization or individual for Google to remove content from the internet (or just the link to the content) which the organization or individual believes to be wrong or damaging in some way. Google rarely complies. But this points to three things:

    1. that local governments recognize the need to manage how the public views them;

    2. that local governments see the internet as contributing to their public image;

    3. that local governments seek to manipulate their online images. READ MORE

  • Asia Dialogue - Spotlight on citizenship: Hope lives in India’s secondary cities

    Spotlight on citizenship: Hope lives in India’s secondary cities

    Mukta Naik

    The recently concluded 2014 Indian national polls were the largest exercise in democracy in the world. However, while franchise is a well-exercised right in the country of 1.2 billion people and over 800 million voters—60% was the voter turnout in 2009—this doesn’t translate into active citizenship. Nor does it ensure citizens access to basic rights enshrined in the Constitution.

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  • Asia Dialogue - Building Character: The Role of Branding in Growing a City

    Building Character: The Role of Branding in Growing a City

    Mukta Naik

    Across the world, cities are fiercely competitive in the race to attract human resource and capital. In Asia, secondary cities are engaged in a restless and constant search for strategies to compete with larger cities that have traditionally been more successful in attracting investors and ensuring higher incomes and better opportunities for their citizens. READ MORE