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Does prudence belie reality?
Mar 19, 2010

Does prudence belie reality?

The moment finance minister Pranab Mukherjee announced a mere 4% nominal increase in defence budget pegged at Rs 1,47,344 crore for 2010-11, members of Indian strategic community started showing their frustrations.

Does South Asia exist?
Jun 19, 2008

Does South Asia exist?

The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) of Stanford University and the Observer Research Foundation, had co-sponsored a conference entitled "Does South Asia exist? - Prospects for Regionalism in South Asia." As the title suggests there was considerable and intense debate on this subject during the two-day conference.

Does the Navy need separate platforms for each capability requirement?
Apr 15, 2015

Does the Navy need separate platforms for each capability requirement?

Why is the Navy procuring three different helicopters to fulfil three ends of the same capability spectrum? The Navy would be better off with a single platform to leverage engine and systems commonality reducing costs in the form of maintenance, acquisition of spares and the training of pilots and maintenance crews.

Does the UN matter?
Nov 30, 2004

Does the UN matter?

Does the United Nations really matter when it comes to war and peace in the 21st century? To ask this question when long promised reform of the UN seems at hand ¿ the report of the High Level Panel appointed by Secretary General Kofi Annan will be out on Thursday ¿ and India is stepping up its efforts to become a part of an expanded UN Security Council sounds heretical.

Does the War on Terror Strengthen the Idea of Pakhtoonistan?
Mar 15, 2008

Does the War on Terror Strengthen the Idea of Pakhtoonistan?

On the eve of the February 18 elections, no two people in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi were agreed on the certainty of elections taking place. Elections cannot take place, it was argued then, because the establishment will not risk an open-ended process which might produce inconvenient results. In the Pakistani context, the establishment has always meant the Army, the bureaucracy, big landlords and the United States.

Doesn't G20 need a Secretariat?
Sep 06, 2013

Doesn't G20 need a Secretariat?

With the IMF being viewed by developing countries with skepticism, the G8 unrepresentative of current global realities and the UN too large, the G20 has done well to fill the gap in an effective global governance model. And the effectiveness of the G20 as an international body would be greatly determined by the structure it chooses to pursue.

Dogfight over the MMRCA
May 07, 2011

Dogfight over the MMRCA

If the selection for MMRCA so far has shown emphases on technicalities, the final selection should primarily be based on more concrete benefits that either company offers. The final MMRCA award would also reflect the abilities of the MoD in processing such complex contracts in the future.

Don't blame it on China
Oct 17, 2013

Don't blame it on China

India has many reasons to nurse a nuclear grievance against China. For, Beijing's decision to arm Pakistan with nuclear weapons has given Rawalpindi the impunity to pursue cross-border terrorism against India. But Delhi has no reason at all to blame Beijing for its own failures on the nuclear policy front.

Don't count on emotion to boost ties with Dhaka
Jan 13, 2010

Don't count on emotion to boost ties with Dhaka

To explain the causes of the present unsatisfactory situation many in India would argue that a self-absorbed India has neglected its neighbourhood

Don't hyphenate Israel
Jun 15, 2015

Don't hyphenate Israel

Israel being India's most trusted ally in West Asia and among the three or four closest friends in the world, Prime Minister Modi's visit to Israel needs to be a standalone, a single country trip. The India-Israel relationship is important enough, even sacred enough, to merit that respect.

Don't leave spies out in the cold
May 01, 2013

Don't leave spies out in the cold

At first sight, it would appear that Sarabjit Singh's case, which dates to 1990, may fall in the category of Indian involvement. But other evidence suggests the case against him is weak. There are also reasons to believe that Sarabjit's was a case of mistaken identity

Dotcom bubble, version 2.0
Oct 17, 2015

Dotcom bubble, version 2.0

Is the digital economy about digitising the real economy, society and governance - or is it simply a valuation game? The question is particularly valid as a series of digital and e-commerce companies have totted up impressive funding without knowing how to build a sustainable business model.

Double-talk on development?
Dec 14, 2011

Double-talk on development?

Controversies over the safety of the Mullaperiyar dam in Kerala and Koodamkulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu, development issues regarding Sangur and Nandigram in West Bengal have exposed the political double talk on the excuse of people's concerns.

Doubting Delhi
Jan 08, 2013

Doubting Delhi

From America to Bangladesh and Australia to Europe, those who bet on big breakthroughs with India in the last few years can't hide their disappointment at its seeming inability to seize the opportunities at hand. It is up to Delhi to prove that the concerns of its friends and partners around the world are misplaced.

Doubts over a successful security transition
Feb 09, 2012

Doubts over a successful security transition

Recent announcements detailing the probability of an early NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan are not realistic, given the ground realities in the country. Lt-Col Daniel Davis in his article 'Truth lies and Afghanistan' speaks of a misleading picture presented by US leaders.

Dr Jagdish Sheth predicts New Asian currency
Jul 21, 2008

Dr Jagdish Sheth predicts New Asian currency

World renowned management professor and author, Dr. Jagdish Sheth, delivered a lecture on "The Tectonic Shift: The New Geoeconomic Reality" at Observer Research Foundation. Dr. Sheth, Professor of Marketing in the Goizueta Business School, Atlanta, USA, and the author of 'Chindia Rising: How China and India will benefit your business' forecast a new geo-economic reality in the world driven by markets of emerging nations.

Dr. S. Jaishankar’s Inaugural Address at BRICS Academic Forum 2021
Aug 04, 2021

Dr. S. Jaishankar’s Inaugural Address at BRICS Academic Forum 2021

Address by External Affairs Minister at the inaugural session of BRICS Academic Forum 2021.

Dravidian 'social justice' has no answers yet to casteism
Jul 10, 2013

Dravidian 'social justice' has no answers yet to casteism

The 'Elavarasan episode' in Tamil Nadu is a product of an electoral malady for which the political class would only offer words, not pro-active solutions. With greater educational opportunities and industrialisation nearer home rewriting the face of caste equations, the problem has worsened.

Drawing lines in the water
Jul 14, 2014

Drawing lines in the water

There are unlimited possibilities for strengthening maritime cooperation with Bangladesh and Myanmar - ranging from joint scientific research to environmental monitoring and from major trans-border projects to trilateral naval exercises. If Delhi decides to play for small stakes in the Bay of Bengal, it will deal itself out of the emerging great game in the east.

Drawing the boundaries: Ideal ingredients of a Space Code
Jan 04, 2013

Drawing the boundaries: Ideal ingredients of a Space Code

Given the enormity of challenges, there is a need for all the space-faring powers to unite in this exercise. It is important for India and others to debate and decide on what it thinks the norms should be and what sort of future it wants to achieve in space.

Drilling deep for success
May 04, 2013

Drilling deep for success

Difficult basins with poor prospects like the kind in India will never be explored or developed under fair-returns-cost-plus regimes. Successes such as those of Lundin in Norway or Cairn in Barmer do not come to the faint-hearted.

Driving the G20’s Climate Agenda: Priorities for India’s Presidency
May 01, 2023

Driving the G20’s Climate Agenda: Priorities for India’s Presidency

India has assumed the G20 presidency at a critical and opportune time in history, even as the half-yearly report card indicates that consensus-building in the grouping has been more difficult than India may have expected. This brief identifies six areas where India can manifest its capability to lead the building of an effective and plausible climate action plan. Globally, championing the tracking of per-capita emissions and fossil fuel-b

Drones are welcome, but where's the policy framework?
Jan 15, 2015

Drones are welcome, but where's the policy framework?

The Delhi police proposal to use drones for day-to-day law and order activities is bound to fail unless it is accompanied by a regulatory and manufacturing ecosystem for unmanned aerial vehicles

Droning on; but miss the real source of terror
Jun 27, 2012

Droning on; but miss the real source of terror

Neither the drone attacks - a significant technological innovation in air power - nor direct cross-border military raids address the ultimate source of terror, the Pakistan army. They merely target the manifestation of the problem.

DU-ORF summer workshop on contemporary challenges and the making of public policies
May 17, 2010

DU-ORF summer workshop on contemporary challenges and the making of public policies

Observer Research Foundation in collaboration with the Delhi University conducted the third summer workshop for undergraduate students of Delhi University from 17 May to 2 June. The theme of this year's workshop was "Contemporary Challenges and the Making of Public Policies".

Duflo, Lynas highlight existential crisis of Indian activism
Jan 28, 2013

Duflo, Lynas highlight existential crisis of Indian activism

Mark Lynas is right. Completely divorced from research and data Indian activism today is a cesspool of myths and misconceptions

Eagle in the Dragon's Shadow
Jul 07, 2005

Eagle in the Dragon's Shadow

The unsolicited US$ 18.5 billion bid for acquisition of the petroleum major Unocal by China National Offshore Oil Company (Cnooc), the Honk-Kong based subsidiary of China's third largest oil company, has sent the business, and political, world into a tizzy.

Ease conditions for fuel retailing?
Jul 14, 2010

Ease conditions for fuel retailing?

Anyone driving to the hills on the mandatory pilgrimage trail cannot but notice the ubiquitous drum or two in front of roadside stalls - its presence advertising fuels in a way that no pure-for-sure campaign can match.

Ease of doing business and Arbitration Amendment Bill
Feb 09, 2015

Ease of doing business and Arbitration Amendment Bill

India's ranking in the World Bank's ease of doing business index is 134. Ease of doing business has ease of settling commercial disputes at its centre. With the Arbitration and Conciliation (amendment) Bill coming in place, India could play a greater role in shaping the way forward.

East China Sea: Disputed islands to disputed airSpace
Nov 29, 2013

East China Sea: Disputed islands to disputed airSpace

The recent developments in East China Sea carry a high risk of confrontation and miscalculation in the already volatile region. Beijing's unilateral move to extend its authority and control in the region runs against its policy to change its image amongst its neighbours.

Eastern promise: The power shifts in EU politics
Mar 04, 2023

Eastern promise: The power shifts in EU politics

Central and Eastern Europe have activated the geopolitical dimension of the EU and showcased their importance in shaping the EU’s future

Eastern Promises, Western Fears
Jan 25, 2011

Eastern Promises, Western Fears

Indians may be suspicious of China and the Chinese of India. But it is the West which does not want to accept the strategic consequences of a rising Asia.

Economic challenges before Modi government 2.0
Jun 01, 2019

Economic challenges before Modi government 2.0

More capital needs to be pumped into government ventures.

Economic crisis cripples Nepal
Aug 28, 2010

Economic crisis cripples Nepal

As political stalemate characterises present-day Nepal, analysts are worried over the impending economic fallout of the same in the erstwhile Himalayan kingdom. Already struggling with eight-hour power shortage which at times stretches up to 16 hours a day, the country is faced with a severe economic crisis.

Economic crisis on the rise in Nepal
May 18, 2023

Economic crisis on the rise in Nepal

If the current economic crisis in Nepal continues, it could lead to a Sri Lanka-like crisis

Economic forces driving US, India closer, say senators
Nov 06, 2015

Economic forces driving US, India closer, say senators

The Indian diaspora in the US has been instrumental in deepening and strengthening India-US relations and will continue to do so in the future, says State Senator Ellen Roberts from Colorado Legislature and Minnesota State Representative Paul Thissen.

Economic fusion in South Asia
Jan 20, 2015

Economic fusion in South Asia

South Asia is one of the most populous region in the world, representing about 24 per cent of the world's population. Most countries in the region are in various stages of economic development, and aspire for regional economic integration.

Economic outlook remains cloudy
Aug 21, 2017

Economic outlook remains cloudy

Behind the hype of high economic growth today is a tale of average performance in various economic sectors.

Economic outlook to be better
Jan 13, 2014

Economic outlook to be better

India's agricultural growth had not been at the targeted level of 4 per cent in the past few years, but it was 4.6 per cent in the last quarter. Due to a good monsoon, the agricultural growth rate is likely to be higher at around 4.9 per cent. It will lead to higher demand for goods and is likely to give a fillip to industry this year.