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India's Central Asian diplomacy can find common ground with China
Jan 09, 2014

India's Central Asian diplomacy can find common ground with China

Central Asia, which is seen by India as a potential region to explore its wider energy options in the form of hydrocarbons, hydro-electric power and uranium reserves, is apparently slipping out of its hands largely due to the energy stance of other countries.

India's Changing Gas Scenario: The New Imperative
Nov 29, 2007

India's Changing Gas Scenario: The New Imperative

India's Natural Gas sector is at the crossroads. Production from newly discovered fields is set to match and eventually exceed production from mature and declining fields posing a challenge for the Administered Price Mechanism [APM] which has hitherto subsidised the cost structure of gas consuming segments in India.

India's changing relationship with East Africa
May 06, 2009

India's changing relationship with East Africa

East Africa is the fastest growing region in the resource-rich continent. India has a long-standing relationship with the region and an enterprising and successful diaspora has been living there for over a century

India's climate change strategy: Expanding differentiated responsibility
Oct 07, 2014

India's climate change strategy: Expanding differentiated responsibility

For Lima and Paris climate change negotiations to succeed in achieving consensus, the issue of equitable response to the climate crisis must be creatively reimagined. And, to negotiate action on climate change despite many challenges, India should promote a more fine-tuned form of differentiated responsibility -- not just between countries, but within them as well.

India's cyber and space security policies
Jan 02, 2015

India's cyber and space security policies

While many countries still regard cyber security and space security as 'future challenges', or issues that will need to be dealt with in the coming years, India is already tackling them today.

India's Demographic Dividend: Where are the jobs?
Apr 11, 2013

India's Demographic Dividend: Where are the jobs?

With the labour force participation rate expected to rise significantly in the coming years in India, it is imperative that the government formulates a common policy on business development and regulation. India's high economic growth story cannot be taken for granted.

India's development cooperation in a changing global environment
Mar 05, 2013

India's development cooperation in a changing global environment

While aid has inherent political angles, India's development cooperation aid is not, and cannot be, solely political in purpose, says MEA Additional Secretary P.S. Raghavan. He says development projects will be objectively aimed at capacity building.

India's disinterest in Asian defence diplomacy continues
May 26, 2015

India's disinterest in Asian defence diplomacy continues

As the annual Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore begins this week, Indian Defence Minister will not be present for the meeting suggesting that the tone of disinterest in Asian defence diplomacy set by the previous government appears to continue.

India's economic interest in the South China Sea
Jun 03, 2013

India's economic interest in the South China Sea

India may have a geopolitical interest in the South China Sea area, but it is driven by an economic need. India must make its presence felt and pursue its engagements in the area. This in turn will involve a continued effort to cooperate and collaborate with the Southeast Asian nations.

India's economic reforms: A flashback
Jul 27, 2015

India's economic reforms: A flashback

India launched its economic reforms 25 years back. Looking back, it seems if Dr Manmohan Singh's dream team had continued with the reforms during Singh's premiership, India would not have to lose a decade. Then India would have reaped the breakthrough benefit.

India's economic relations with Bangladesh and Nepal
Nov 11, 2013

India's economic relations with Bangladesh and Nepal

Noting that India, Bangladesh and Nepal are transiting poor economies, Jayshree Sengupta, Senior Fellow, ORF, says there is an urgent need to focus on holistic development in these countries and enhanced connectivity between them to improve economic relations.

India's evolving maritime strategy
Dec 14, 2015

India's evolving maritime strategy

The security architecture in maritime Asia along with the rise of China is compelling India to define its strategic interests and review its maritime policy. And it is only a matter of time before New Delhi acknowledged the changing dynamics within its area of maritime interests.

India's Expanding Gas Markets
Oct 01, 2008

India's Expanding Gas Markets

As a country committed to social objectives, Indian policy makers consider the allocation of commercial forms of energy too important to be left entirely to the market. India¿s mistrust of the market arises from social and commercial concerns that are entirely justifiable, but the multitude of administrative mechanisms introduced to replace the market mechanism often work at cross-purposes.

India's FDI dreams
Oct 17, 2014

India's FDI dreams

Billions of dollars in FDI have been assured to India thanks to Prime Minister Modi's successful foreign tours. However, there also has to be real technology transfer that spills over to the local economy. Only then, Modi's dream of FDI as 'First Development India' can be fulfilled.

India's foreign policy set to undergo sea change: Former NSA
Feb 02, 2015

India's foreign policy set to undergo sea change: Former NSA

India's former National Security Advisor M K Narayanan thinks that the country's external relations are set to undergo a sea change. "The first half of the 21st Century will be a soft period, but as time progresses, things will not be so smooth," he cautions.

India's Foreign Policy: Favouring the US?
Oct 05, 2005

India's Foreign Policy: Favouring the US?

The defining moment in India's international relations did not occur when Delhi voted with the US and its allies on Iran on the IAEA board. The real watershed in India's foreign policy occurred in May 1998,

India's Foreign Policy: Past, Present and the Future
Jul 30, 2015

India's Foreign Policy: Past, Present and the Future

The foreign policy of the Modi government is the continuation of the foreign policies introduced by the Manmohan Singh government, whose hallmark was the concrete decision to link India's economic transformation and growth of India with its foreign policy approach and objectives, says Dr. Shashi Tharoor.

India's Foreign Policy: The Challenges Ahead
Jun 05, 2007

India's Foreign Policy: The Challenges Ahead

The primary task of India's foreign policy is to ensure an external environment that is conducive to the country's transformation and development.What are the issues and what kind of foreign policy would enable us to eradicate poverty, to grow at 8-10 percent and to transform India into a moderately well off State where our people can realize their potential? You can question the goal, but if you accept these as the goals, you end up with three c

India's global strategic outlook and US foreign policy
Aug 01, 2011

India's global strategic outlook and US foreign policy

An increasingly global strategic outlook from India will impact U.S. foreign policy in significant ways. A conference co-hosted by ORF and the Heritage Foundation examined the issues involved and the interplay between India's economic path and its global strategic outlook.

India's growing trade deficit with China: What can be done?
Apr 19, 2014

India's growing trade deficit with China: What can be done?

Despite China becoming India's biggest trading partner in 2011, the bilateral trade has seen a downward trend since then, with 2013 registering a 1.5% decline. The current trade deficit with China stands at $ 31.42bn. Alarming levels of deficit has now cast a shadow on the once flourishing trade.

India's GSLV launch: A major milestone for ISRO
Jan 01, 2014

India's GSLV launch: A major milestone for ISRO

India's GSLV launch is significant both from the commercial and strategic perspectives. In addition to the large number of domestic satellites ready to be launched using the heavier launch vehicle, a successful launch will also mean India's ability to cash in on the large lucrative foreign satellite launch market.

India's heath sector in trouble
Oct 28, 2015

India's heath sector in trouble

Not having a focused national health policy and leaving it to the states to take care of this serious issue is not going to improve India's health profile or indicators. This is already evident in the growing number of diseases that make seasonal rounds in all cities and towns.

India's Indian Ocean paradox
Sep 08, 2017

India's Indian Ocean paradox

Political rhetoric on India's leadership in the Indian Ocean isn't matched by the facts on the ground.

India's interest in the South China Sea: Freedom of Navigation
May 04, 2013

India's interest in the South China Sea: Freedom of Navigation

New Delhi must stand committed to its rhetoric on the Freedom of Navigation (FON) and to defend its interests should the need arise. This in turn would involve deepening naval cooperation with the key countries of the ASEAN and major powers sharing India's interest in defending the principle of FON.

India's lack of respect for liberty could pave the way to another Emergency
Jun 22, 2015

India's lack of respect for liberty could pave the way to another Emergency

Advani's most memorable quote: "You were asked only to bend, but you crawled" holds good today, as much as it did in 1975. Through the UPA regime, it was manifested in the absence of criticism of Sonia Gandhi, and now it is in the free ride that Narendra Modi gets.

India's Military Space Efforts and Regional Security Considerations
Jan 19, 2011

India's Military Space Efforts and Regional Security Considerations

Following up with the SIPRI-ORF-SWF seminar in New Delhi earlier this year, the Secure World Foundation organised a panel discussion in Washington on "India's Military Space Efforts and Regional Security Considerations".

India's MMRCA Decision: A Strategic Blunder?
Apr 30, 2011

India's MMRCA Decision: A Strategic Blunder?

India's decision to go for the European option in the 42000 crores MMRCA deal is going to hurt India in politico-strategic terms compared to any possible significant gains. Not just numerical superiority and costs but more importantly the strategic benefits should have been the guiding factors in making the decision on MMRCA.

India's MMRCA decision: Strategic implications
Feb 04, 2012

India's MMRCA decision: Strategic implications

For India's current administration, beset with corruption scandals, letting technical merits alone determine the MMRCA decision was probably the politically easiest choice. But its strategic merits are somewhat less clear.

India's Navy offers bright spots in a sea of failure
Aug 14, 2013

India's Navy offers bright spots in a sea of failure

Behind the Navy's success is project management. The managing directors of all the key shipyard are retired navy officers. Some, but not all, of these officers are engineers. Indeed, it is not their engineering skills that matter in the job they are doing, but their managerial abilities.Having served the Navy for a long time, they have considerable knowledge of the user's requirements, as well as the ability to manage large work teams.

India's new politics
Jan 23, 2014

India's new politics

At moments like this in Delhi, of political surrealism and bizarre events, it is worth turning to Robert Greene's "The 48 Laws of Power". Greene describes how politicians and leaders elsewhere in the world and, in history, had conducted themselves.

India's NSG membership questions NSG-NPT relationship
Oct 04, 2014

India's NSG membership questions NSG-NPT relationship

The talk on India's participation at the Nuclear Suppliers Group has initiated a discourse on the future of the Group, with particular reference to the Group's relationship with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

India's nuclear imposture
May 12, 2014

India's nuclear imposture

India's diluted version of the 'No First Use' nuclear doctrine makes an already dangerous security situation in South Asia more dangerous still. Everyone would be better off if the government did away with it.The problem is that no political group currently has the wherewithal to try to fix these ambiguities.

India's nuclear option largely unaffected
Apr 28, 2011

India's nuclear option largely unaffected

MoEF, on the one hand, abruptly enforces the 'no-go' rule on 203 coal blocks with a potential output of 660 million tonne of coal per annum, jeopardising power generation, while on the other, it talks about developmental needs taking precedence over environmental and safety concerns when it comes to nuclear power plants.

India's obsession with Pakistan putting hurdles in its relations with other neighbours: Bangladesh scholar
Nov 08, 2010

India's obsession with Pakistan putting hurdles in its relations with other neighbours: Bangladesh scholar

India's obsession with Pakistan is making it overlook its relationship with other neighbours, observed Bangladesh scholar Rounaq Jahan during a discussion on Bangladesh at Observer Research Foundation.

India's oil hunt in South China Sea to continue
May 17, 2012

India's oil hunt in South China Sea to continue

While India is preparing to give up one of the blocks it has been drilling in, it has no intention of abandoning its search for oil and natural gas in the South China Sea.

India's One Basket Diplomacy
May 27, 2011

India's One Basket Diplomacy

While India has been mature in assuaging the concerns of Bangladesh on issues like the shooting of Bangladeshis by the BSF, policymakers should still reach out to other political actors so as to ensure that there's a genuine and sustainable improvement in bilateral relations.

India's pitch for NSG membership
Jun 24, 2014

India's pitch for NSG membership

The Indian Government's ratification on June 23 of the IAEA Additional Protocol, which is essentially a component of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, will allow the international nuclear body to monitor India's civilian nuclear programme with ease.

India's quest for place at the UN high table
Jul 20, 2015

India's quest for place at the UN high table

The quest for a permanent seat is another challenge altogether. There is little appetite for UN reform in the international system, and there is no one big driver. Certainly, the US, without the support of which India cannot make it to the high table, has no interest in it right now.

India's race to Mars goes way beyond science
Nov 06, 2013

India's race to Mars goes way beyond science

Though India is yet to demonstrate anti-satellite test capability, as China did in January 2007, the scientific establishment has made it amply clear that they have the technological blocks ready should there be a political decision to do so.

India's Reactive Strategic Culture must Change
Jun 22, 2006

India's Reactive Strategic Culture must Change

Alexander of Greece, the Scythians, Genghis Khan, Mahmud Ghazni (17 times), Mohammed Ghori, Timur the Lame and the Mughals, among others, all invaded India through the Khyber Pass. But, like it is said of the Bourbons of France, though we forgot nothing, we learnt nothing.

India's Reluctance on Multilateral Naval Exercises
Jul 29, 2015

India's Reluctance on Multilateral Naval Exercises

Given the centrality of the Indian Ocean to its national security, it is time for India to leverage existing and emerging multilateral platforms to engage deeply with partner countries and take on a greater leadership role in the Indian Ocean Region.

India's remote sensing programme makes new advances
Mar 28, 2013

India's remote sensing programme makes new advances

If India were able to sustain the launches of remote sensing satellites as per the plans, it would significantly beef up its ability to deliver services, products and other inputs in the field of climate, cartography and agriculture.