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'Memogate' raises questions over civilian government
Dec 15, 2011

'Memogate' raises questions over civilian government

Pakistan's "memogate" controversy has raised questions about the strength of the country's civilian government. This has been admitted even by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

'One year after 26/11'
Nov 28, 2009

'One year after 26/11'

Proceedings of the weekly interaction in the Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation

'Party-ing' against corruption: too little, too early?
Oct 04, 2012

'Party-ing' against corruption: too little, too early?

The IAC is at the cross-roads now. That it has also been the fate of most such organisations over the past years in various parts of the country should not also be lost sight of. Many have come and gone, but very few have remained as an electorally successful political outfit.

'Tamil Diaspora' tag can cut many ways
Nov 28, 2013

'Tamil Diaspora' tag can cut many ways

The 'multiple identities' of the Tamil-speaking people in the country have suddenly acquired an urgent need for mutual understanding between the State and the citizen. There are contextualised circumstances, which may not provide for a yard-stick to measure 'national interests' or prioritise them.

'Telangana' by default?
Oct 10, 2011

'Telangana' by default?

Today, the Government(s) should not be looking into questions like 'Why Telangana?'. It has lost the luxury of thought process already. Instead, it should be looking at the when and how of it.

'Trilateral Maritime Security Initiative' has potential for future
Jul 29, 2013

'Trilateral Maritime Security Initiative' has potential for future

The trilateral maritime cooperation initiative by India, Maldives and Sri Lanka, and the Outcome Document signed recently by the NSAs of the three countries, has the potential for further improving naval ties in the shared Indian Ocean Neighbourhood.

'यंग इंडिया' ला श्रीलंकेबद्दल काय वाटते?
Mar 18, 2024

'यंग इंडिया' ला श्रीलंकेबद्दल काय वाटते?

पंतप्रधान नरेंद्र मोदी आणि श्रीलंकेचे अध्यक्ष विक्रमसिंघे यांनी UPI सेवांचे उद्घाटन केले.

10 yrs of Indo-US civil nuclear deal: Transformation of bilateral relationship is the real big deal
Jul 20, 2015

10 yrs of Indo-US civil nuclear deal: Transformation of bilateral relationship is the real big deal

The real objective of the historic Indo-US civil nuclear initiative was to end decades of alienation between the world's largest democracies and build a genuine strategic partnership. Delhi and Washington knew that there could be no real partnership without resolving differences on non-proliferation that had so severely poisoned the bilateral relations from the early 1970s.

11--M: FROM MADRID
Mar 14, 2005

11--M: FROM MADRID

9/11 and 11-M (11th March). Two traumatic experiences ---one for the Americans and the other for the Spanish.

130 riots in Uttar Pradesh in the past 18 months, says senior BSP leader
Aug 29, 2013

130 riots in Uttar Pradesh in the past 18 months, says senior BSP leader

Senior leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Mr Satish Chandra Misra, has claimed that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's (VHP) Ayodhya Yatra in Uttar Pradesh, supported by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is an attempt to communalise the political atmosphere in the State.

1971 war history: Some overlooked issues
Dec 27, 2011

1971 war history: Some overlooked issues

While enough has come out with regard to the 1971 India-Pakistan conflict, it is imperative to ensure that the humane side of 1971 is brought to the fore, though this may not have any bearing on policy making and future geo-political developments.

1971: When Delhi and Moscow came together
Aug 16, 2021

1971: When Delhi and Moscow came together

The 1971 Indo-Soviet Treaty of Peace, Friendship and Cooperation was probably the most seminal foreign policy arrangement entered into by India in the 20th century. It had a profound effect on the politics and geography of South Asia, cementing what many thought was the pre-eminence of India in the region

2+2 बैठक : नये अवसर तलाश रहे हैं दिल्ली और वाशिंगटन
Jul 31, 2023

2+2 बैठक : नये अवसर तलाश रहे हैं दिल्ली और वाशिंगटन

इस आपसी संलग्नता की गहराई बेजोड़ है और इस साझेदारी के चाल�

2-G spectrum: Allotments should be cancelled
May 06, 2011

2-G spectrum: Allotments should be cancelled

Because of the confusioni created by different agencies in calcuating the loss to the national exchequer caused by the 2-G scam, it is imperative that the exact figure and dimensions of the scam should be arrived at by an expert body.

20 years of WTO: What next?
May 19, 2015

20 years of WTO: What next?

The US is currently training various African economies on how to meet common value systems standards, and India along with other economies, needs to press for a more inclusive system where countries "pressurise on how to manage concerns and reach viable solutions."

2003 : Jihadi Terrorism in Central Asia
Jan 27, 2004

2003 : Jihadi Terrorism in Central Asia

While the year 2003 saw many acts of terrorism in South, South-East and West Asia, as well as in Chechnya in Russia, very few major acts of terrorism were reported from Central Asia. In fact, ever since the US-led coalition went into action against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Central Asian Republics (CARs) have remained largely free of major acts of terrorism

2003: Jihadi Terrorism in S. E. Asia
Jan 17, 2004

2003: Jihadi Terrorism in S. E. Asia

Twelve innocent civilians, 11 of them Indonesian nationals, were killed in an explosion on August 5, 2003, in the US-franchised JW Marriott hotel in Jakarta. The Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) was suspected. If the JI is ultimately established to have been responsible, it would be the second major post-9/11 terrorist strike organised by it

2004 : State of Jihadi Terrorism
Jan 02, 2004

2004 : State of Jihadi Terrorism

There has been no credible evidence so far of any mastermind having orchestrated the various serious acts of jihadi terrorism reported during 2003, whether from Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iraq or Turkey. The available evidence indicates that all these incidents were planned and executed by local elements, which share the pan-Islamic ideology of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda and the International Islamic Front (IIF), b

2011: Mixed returns for US
Jan 02, 2012

2011: Mixed returns for US

While the United States suffered some strategic reverses, it has also made a few gains. It is not yet time to write off the United States of America.

2012: Look back in anger!
Jan 21, 2013

2012: Look back in anger!

The best thing we can say about 2012, from the nation's point of view, is that it has ended. We don't know what surprises Dr. Manmohan Singh will spring upon us in 2013? Till then ignorance is bliss.

2013 could be beginning of watershed moment in China's history
Jan 21, 2014

2013 could be beginning of watershed moment in China's history

The distinction between individual aspirations and a national dream is clear to the Chinese government where there are contradictions between the political system and the consumerism-driven economy, according to US university professor Dr. Tansen Sen.

2014 Australia-India Roundtable: OUTCOMES STATEMENT
Feb 03, 2014

2014 Australia-India Roundtable: OUTCOMES STATEMENT

Relations between India and Australia have reached a new maturity, based on deepening connections between their societies, economies, education sectors and policy establishments. This positions these two democracies well to work together to advance their interests in a shared Indo-Pacific region.

2014 Union Budget addresses IT needs
Aug 11, 2014

2014 Union Budget addresses IT needs

The focus on broadband expansion in the Union Budget is timely to take the IT revolution to the next level: social inclusion, e-commerce, media, and distance education for India?s small towns and rural pockets.

2014-15 Budget: A look through graphs
Jul 10, 2014

2014-15 Budget: A look through graphs

Here is a look at the 2014-15 Budget, presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, through a series of graphs on allocations to various key sectors from the time of the previous NDA government.

2014: The year of the Lokpal?
Jan 07, 2014

2014: The year of the Lokpal?

What India needs to understand is that legislation or institutions by themselves do not bring about social change. Countries of Europe or the United States, too, had a history of political corruption. But over the years they have cleaned up their act considerably because of popular sentiment, as well as institutions and laws.

2015 NPT Review Conference ends without an Outcome Document
May 26, 2015

2015 NPT Review Conference ends without an Outcome Document

The recently concluded NPT review conference ended without a consensus document. While there is need for the NPT member states to resolve their differences sooner rather than later, the impact of the absence of a final document need not be overstated.

2015: Bringing in 'Achche Din' is not going to be easy
Jan 07, 2015

2015: Bringing in 'Achche Din' is not going to be easy

The year 2015 is likely to be rosy for India. There is no more doomsday scenario awaiting the country on the economic front in the year. There will be problems but India will remain a global giant with its huge, mostly young, population, a big market and vast resources.

2020 in the Middle East: An assassination, a blast, and peace with the enemy
Jan 03, 2021

2020 in the Middle East: An assassination, a blast, and peace with the enemy

The year 2020 was a bad year for the world, owing to Covid-19 pandemic, but for the Middle East, it was even worse.

3rd Plenum of 18th CCCPC: Tweaking policies without a radical menu
Nov 15, 2013

3rd Plenum of 18th CCCPC: Tweaking policies without a radical menu

The bottom line assessment of the third Plenum of the 18th CCCPC is that the Plenum outcome keeps Chinese economic and political developments on an evolutionary path, rather than a revolutionary one. In other words, it has sought to tweak policies, rather than offer up a radical menu.

4th BRICS Academic Forum to meet in New Delhi
Mar 06, 2012

4th BRICS Academic Forum to meet in New Delhi

The 4th BRICS Academic Forum has urged Summit Leaders meeting later this month in New Delhi to consider studying the establishment of financial institutions such as a Development Bank and an Investment Fund that can assist in the development of BRICS and other developing countries.

58 million vaccine doses exported and 23 million for domestic use: This week may see drastic changes for India
Mar 10, 2021

58 million vaccine doses exported and 23 million for domestic use: This week may see drastic changes for India

After the initial lukewarm response, India’s daily inoculations observed a much-needed boost.

5th BRICS Academic Forum Recommendations
Mar 11, 2013

5th BRICS Academic Forum Recommendations

The 5th BRICS Academic Forum, comprising experts and scholars from the research and academic institutions of India, China, Brazil, Russia and South Africa, met on the 11th and 12th of March 2013 in Durban and has come up with a 5-point recommendations.

8 windows to view India’s economic reforms: Past, present and future
Jul 24, 2021

8 windows to view India’s economic reforms: Past, present and future

Even though Socialism as a failed philosophy stares us in the face, India’s Constitution continues to Preamble all Articles through it. Perhaps, tha