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Protests reflect battle of old and new India
Jan 08, 2013

Protests reflect battle of old and new India

The rape of the young medical student in Delhi, who was returning from a movie with a friend, is not only a failure of the law and order system but also traditional India's incapacity to accommodate the 21st century nation.

PTA revokes 'obscene' SMS ban
Nov 25, 2011

PTA revokes 'obscene' SMS ban

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) placed itself in a highly embarrassing situation with its decision to ban the usage of 'obscene' words in text messages. Stiff resistance from users,

Public health concerns and reforms: Perceptions of the civil society
May 01, 2012

Public health concerns and reforms: Perceptions of the civil society

The problem of female foeticide and sex selection was highlighted as a big public health concern at a seminar on 'Public Health Concerns and Reforms' organised by ORF and RLS in Delhi. It was said that India could witness elimination of 9-10% girls in the times to come.

Public protests and policy issues
Oct 14, 2011

Public protests and policy issues

The Centre having addressed issues in terms of suppliers' liability through parliamentary legislation in the case of nuclear power projects, the nation will have to now decide if it wants growth with risks or would be happy with riskless regression.

Public-Private partnership way forward for engineering education
Aug 21, 2008

Public-Private partnership way forward for engineering education

Some of the country's most prominent scientists, academicians, policy makers and industry leaders have pledged to come together to explore ways to strengthen research-oriented higher studies in engineering education in India. At a panel discussion on 'India's Leadership in Manufacturing: Role of Engineering Education' organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India's leading

Pulses: Sustaining the Earth and nourishing communities
Feb 10, 2024

Pulses: Sustaining the Earth and nourishing communities

The World Pulse Day provides an opportunity for various stakeholders to come together and celebrate the significance of pulses in achieving certain SD

Pune exposes policing lapses
Aug 14, 2012

Pune exposes policing lapses

A study done in 2010 by Observer Research Foundation for the Integrated Defence Staff, Government of India, Navigating Near: Non Traditional Security Threats to In dia, 2022', highlighted the huge deficiency that India faces and also recommendations to address some of the gaps

Punjab elections: Some interesting departures
Feb 02, 2012

Punjab elections: Some interesting departures

The results of the Assembly elections in five States, including Punjab, will be out on 6 March. It remains to be seen whether Punjab will stick to history and vote out the incumbent Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)-BJP government or whether history will be made and the latter will be re-elected.

Punjab: Can It Be a Bridge to Peace Between India and Pakistan?
Oct 10, 2011

Punjab: Can It Be a Bridge to Peace Between India and Pakistan?

New Delhi and Islamabad dominated dialogue have failed to come up with any solution to vexed issues like Kashmir. May be sub-regions like Punjab and other border provinces like Rajasthan-Sind.

Puppets on a string
Jul 06, 2006

Puppets on a string

Army and the intelligence agencies have always shaped the political process in Pakistan and things won't be any different after the 2007 general election ---- President Pervez Musharraf is all set for his re-election in 2007. He has already declared his intention to be re-elected by the present set of elected representatives.

Putin gives lessons in world politics
Mar 18, 2014

Putin gives lessons in world politics

The US would be foolish to deepen the new Cold War atmosphere by trying to isolate Russia over Ukraine developments. As for China, that option is simply not open to them any more. The reason is that the Americans need cooperation from Moscow to deal with Syria, Iran and Afghanistan.

Putin's Delhi visit: A new journey of rediscovery
Dec 09, 2014

Putin's Delhi visit: A new journey of rediscovery

Russian President Putin's Eurocentric approach and having a Europeanist as his primary foreign policy advisor seem to be impacting on his policy towards Asia. The clout that the Orientalists and Indologists once had in the Kremlin is well and truly gone, and the relationship is that much weaker for it.

Putting life first: Rethinking the hypocrisy at Addis
Aug 03, 2015

Putting life first: Rethinking the hypocrisy at Addis

When more than a third of the world's population does not live to see 40 on average, it is clear that securing the right to life for these people should be the only priority of global developmental processes. Can there ever be any shared values, if there is no agreement on the fundamental right to life?

Puzzling new GDP data and growing inequality
Feb 11, 2015

Puzzling new GDP data and growing inequality

India's new GDP data speaks of robust growth (6.9%) rather than of policy paralysis and industrial decline in 2013-14. But even Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian is not convinced by the new data. Because, other indicators do not seem to corroborate the high rate of growth, especially when imports actually declined last year.

PWG Firepower Increasing
Aug 22, 2003

PWG Firepower Increasing

Left-wing extremists, Naxalites of the People's War Group (PWG), have traveled a long away from fielding hand-held, traditional farm tools as weapons. Their sagacity is, indeed, amazing. Perhaps, to state in a lighter vein, they would give a complex to India's defence technologists, if not put them to shame.

PWG is looking beyond Andhra
Oct 13, 2003

PWG is looking beyond Andhra

ATTACKING the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, on October 1, 2003, is most spectacular act that Naxalites of the People's War (formerly People's War Group or PWG) have carried out till date. The rebels have not only proved that they have the ability to strike at locations far away from their traditionally known strongholds but also that they were poised to expand their influence beyond the state boundaries.

PWG Naxal -Nepal Maoists Nexus
Nov 21, 2003

PWG Naxal -Nepal Maoists Nexus

Reports from Nepal indicated that a detained Maoist insurgent had admitted on the state-run television on November 17, 2003-nighht that the Maoists insurgents have received training in handling weapons and explosives from the fraternal People¿s War Group Naxalites of India. This is for the first time that such admittance was made in public on the national media. However, such reports of the nexus between the Nepalese Maoists and the PWG have bee

PWG Naxalites: Set-back in the bastion, expansion elsewhere
Jan 17, 2004

PWG Naxalites: Set-back in the bastion, expansion elsewhere

The striking capability and influence of the People¿s War Group (PWG) Naxalites¿ has steadily been declining in their flagship North Telengana Special Zone (NTSZ) area since the past few years. The death of some experienced, capable and important leaders of the NTSZ, especially in the past couple of years, in security force operations has weakened the Naxalites there.

PWG Naxals Gain Newer Presence in Karnataka
Nov 28, 2003

PWG Naxals Gain Newer Presence in Karnataka

Karnataka has emerged as the latest Indian State to witness violence involving the Naxalites, known variously as Left-wing extremists or Maoists at home and abroad. In an encounter with the police on November 17, 2003 a woman Naxalite of the People¿s War Group (PWG) was killed in Bollattu village, near Karkala, Udupi district, on the State¿s western flank close to the coast.

Q1 GDP Growth Estimates: Encouraging but slightly below projections
Sep 19, 2022

Q1 GDP Growth Estimates: Encouraging but slightly below projections

A careful reading of the first quarter estimates of 2022-23 raises quite a few questions about whether the Indian economy is back on the growth path.

Quake Impact on Jihadi Terrorism
Oct 13, 2005

Quake Impact on Jihadi Terrorism

No accurate estimate is as yet available on the human losses and material damage suffered by the Al Qaeda and other jihadi terrorist organisations belonging to Osama bin Laden's International Islamic Front (IIF) as a result of the earthquake, which struck Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan on October 8, 2005.

Quake in Pakistan: Anger against Musharraf
Oct 18, 2005

Quake in Pakistan: Anger against Musharraf

As the total number of fatalities in the earthquake, which struck the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the North-west Frontier Province (NWFP) on October 8, 2005, crosses the 50,000 mark and is inexorably moving higher and higher as more and more dead bodies are recovered under the debris and more and more injured survivors are succumbing to death due to lack of medical facilities and protection against the severe cold which has already set in

Quake in Pakistan: The Sequel
Oct 11, 2005

Quake in Pakistan: The Sequel

The Government and the people of Pakistan have been coping, as best as they can, with the help of a flood of international assistance, with the colossal tragedy which struck them on October 8, 2005, in the form of a massive earthquake which has devastated practically the whole of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and large parts of the district of Manshera and other areas in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Quantity over quality? Towards universal broadband in India
Oct 22, 2021

Quantity over quality? Towards universal broadband in India

Though recent data suggests India is close to achieving universal broadband, poor connectivity remains a critical challenge

Question marks on US training to troops in the region
Jul 11, 2014

Question marks on US training to troops in the region

The speed with which the ISIS initially overran an Iraqi army trained and equipped by the Americans causes some concern about the fate of similar armies trained and equipped by the Americans in the region. For instance, the Afghanistan army and its implications for India.

Questions about the security of Aadhar project's biometric database
Apr 14, 2014

Questions about the security of Aadhar project's biometric database

The Aadhar project remains complex - a herculean task. The UK government shelved its identity card project because it was untested and the technology not secure, and because of the risks to the safety and security of citizens. With India in the midst of an election, it remains to be seen what will happen when a new government is formed,

Quicken the Pace of Ties with Japan
Aug 25, 2010

Quicken the Pace of Ties with Japan

The conclusion on August 21 of the fourth round of the India-Japan strategic dialogue at Foreign Minister level provides the peg to assess the current state of India-Japan relations. These relations are headed in the right direction, but it has taken time to change their compass and the pace has been tardy.

R. K. Mishra Memorial Lecture:  Building Partnerships for Lasting Peace in South Asia
Dec 29, 2011

R. K. Mishra Memorial Lecture: Building Partnerships for Lasting Peace in South Asia

The Third R. K. Mishra Memorial Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Mr. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, on October 5, 2011 in New Delhi. Outlining his vision for a peaceful and stable South Asia, President Karzai stressed that all the regional players would have to work together towards achieving this goal. This is the text of the lecture and proceedings of the event.

Radcliff Line, not Hind Kush, the centre of conflict now
Sep 25, 2015

Radcliff Line, not Hind Kush, the centre of conflict now

The 1857 revolt was not a mutiny for self-rule, instead it was staged with the aim of restoring Mughal rule in Delhi. Once the revolt was suppressed, princes loyal to the Company were allotted lands that were taken from previously annexed kingdoms, according to Rear-Admiral Mohan Raman (Retd).

Radical resurgence in Pakistan: A case study of Jamaat-ud Dawa
May 09, 2008

Radical resurgence in Pakistan: A case study of Jamaat-ud Dawa

Pakistan has not given up the use of terrorist groups like Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) to achieve its foreign policy objectives in India and Afghanistan, a policy which threatens to make Asia, and the world, more unsafe in the years to come. JuD, parent body of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), is a highly organised, trans-national terrorist group based in Pakistan which has links not only with Pakistan Army and its intelligence agency,

Rafale purchase points to India's failed defence indigenisation plans
Apr 27, 2015

Rafale purchase points to India's failed defence indigenisation plans

The chance of an all-out two-front war with nuclear-armed Pakistan and China are near zero; local skirmishes are always possible. The difference between planning for all-out war and a limited one is hundreds of thousands of crores of the taxpayer's precious money .

Rahul Gandhi's CII talk and the hints for policy-makers
Apr 09, 2013

Rahul Gandhi's CII talk and the hints for policy-makers

Rahul Gandhi, during his recent 75-minute talk at the CII, may have left enough hints - and some more pronounced than the rest -on the need for the party to 're-invent' itself and re-visit some of the policies, including those of the 'economic reforms era'.

Rahul Will Wait As President of Ruling Party Or of Opposition?
Nov 11, 2011

Rahul Will Wait As President of Ruling Party Or of Opposition?

A report by a London consultancy firm on the way the cookie might crumble within the Congress Party has caused pundits to carry neatly folded clippings of the document and make appearances at parties with the sort of glint in their eyes which comes from knowledge.

Railway Budget - Innovative and promising
Feb 27, 2015

Railway Budget - Innovative and promising

The Railway Minister's maiden Budget was full of promises and beautiful dreams which if realised will surely make the Indian Railways one of the world?s best. If he can succeed in fulfilling his pledges, Indian railways will have a great turnaround and facelift.

Railway lessons
Feb 25, 2015

Railway lessons

As the Modi Govt presents the rail budget this week, it is worth reflecting on the growing gap between the Indian railway system and that of China. If the British Raj understood the strategic significance of the railways, the rulers of independent India squandered the advantage and have wrecked the system rather than build on it.

Ram to Ramdev, the continuing political void
Jun 06, 2011

Ram to Ramdev, the continuing political void

With the midnight melodrama involving the Delhi Police and Baba Ramdev, the issue of fighting corruption has been over-shadowed by the propriety of the police using excessive force to disrupt the peaceful crowd of people, who were sleeping in those tents after all.

Ramdev, Hazare and JP Movements
Jun 20, 2011

Ramdev, Hazare and JP Movements

The 1974 JP movement was to replace a left lurching Indira Gandhi. Hazare-Ramdev ball is being tossed up for political parties to smash it on a deft and durable Mayawati.

Rand Paul's Libertarian view of the world
Jul 08, 2015

Rand Paul's Libertarian view of the world

Now thanks partly to Paul's bid for the Republican nomination, Libertarianism has become popular in American politics again. Tens of millions of Americans today are fiscally conservative, socially tolerant and sceptical of American military intervention abroad.

Rantissi: Murder most foul
Apr 26, 2004

Rantissi: Murder most foul

An old maxim has it that, you can drive a man to murder, but can't make him think. What President George W. Bush's shameful and imperious encouragement to the unilateral Gaza pullout plan and the land grab that it entails in the West Bank do mean to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is in evidence.