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Beyond the Islamabad declaration
Feb 03, 2004

Beyond the Islamabad declaration

It has been a few weeks since the ¿momentous¿ Islamabad declaration by Indian PM Vajpayee and Pakistani leader Gen.Musharraf. The full effects of the declaration may not be known for a few months at least, but there have been enough clues coming out of South Asia for prognosticators to decipher. But first one must look at the declaration itself.

Beyond US withdrawal: India's Afghan options
May 24, 2012

Beyond US withdrawal: India's Afghan options

The key to a stable future in the Subcontinent might lie in producing the long overdue structural change inside Pakistan and with it the definition of its interests in Afghanistan and India. As it grasps at the slim chance of reordering the relationship with Pakistan, India will need all the support it can get from the US.

Bhagidari Programme of Delhi Government
Oct 04, 2008

Bhagidari Programme of Delhi Government

Observer Research Foundation (ORF) invited Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit on April 10, 2008 to deliver a talk on the 'Bhagidari Programme of Delhi Government' at the New Delhi campus. The event was attended by more than 80 participants

Bharat Ratna For Ghalib; centenary for Madan Mohan Malaviya?
Jan 02, 2012

Bharat Ratna For Ghalib; centenary for Madan Mohan Malaviya?

For a country as self conscious of its past as India, culture and civilization are alluring themes. In recent weeks two themes have surfaced which may attract attention. One idea has been placed in the public square by Justice Markandey Katju.

Bharatiya Janata Party: Prisoners of the past or participants of future?
Feb 04, 2011

Bharatiya Janata Party: Prisoners of the past or participants of future?

Emotion, rather than substance, had been the vehicle of the BJP for spreading its reach. But times are changing and it would have been better if the party was talking of a new vision of India which lays out a roadmap for eliminating poverty and squalor.

Bhullar case verdict and after
Apr 26, 2013

Bhullar case verdict and after

In the 'Bhullar case', the Supreme Court could now be construed to have applied the 'reasonable restriction' theory in the larger application of Article 14 of the Constitution, promising 'equality before law and the equal protection of the laws'.

Bhutan buffer
Jun 28, 2012

Bhutan buffer

Bhutan's reported decision to establish diplomatic relations with China marks an end to the system of buffer states that the British Raj had created in the 19th century to secure the subcontinent against encroachments from external powers.

Bhutan's transitions and coming challenges for India
Jul 11, 2013

Bhutan's transitions and coming challenges for India

Noted author of a book on Bhutan, Omair Ahmad, argued that the way forward for India was to acknowledge that it could no longer insulate Bhutan. In the past, India engaged the monarchy and the elite, and the time has come to broaden the relationship, he said.

Bhutan: 'Himalayan dilemma' on the China front
Jul 13, 2012

Bhutan: 'Himalayan dilemma' on the China front

The announcement on the side-lines of the Rio+20 Summit that Bhutan and China have decided to establish diplomatic relations is not only a reflection on the evolving foreign policy of the Kingdom but it also carries with it broader implications for the political dynamics of Asia.

Bhutan: 'National Happiness', environment and the neighbours
Nov 08, 2012

Bhutan: 'National Happiness', environment and the neighbours

The landlocked Kingdom of Bhutan, which borders two Asian giants--China in the north and India to the south-- is some sort of a misfit in this tightly enclosed geographic space. Its two neighbours when compared to Bhutan are a world apart,

Bhutan: Education hub and beyond
Feb 28, 2014

Bhutan: Education hub and beyond

The Bhutan cabinet's scrapping of the allotment of some 1,000 acres of land proposed for the proposed education city has put the ambitious project based on public-private partnership (PPP) in a limbo.

Bhutan: Education in India
Mar 13, 2015

Bhutan: Education in India

Popularity of India as an education destination for Bhutanese students is a reference-point for close bilateral ties. Today, as many as one third of Bhutan's student population are pursuing higher education in India,

Bhutan: From New Delhi to Tokyo
Jul 04, 2014

Bhutan: From New Delhi to Tokyo

Bhutan has announced its support for Japan's bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council. This was announced by Bhutan's Prime Minister, Tshering Tobgay, who completed his official visit to Japan on July 2.

Bhutan: Lessons in tackling corruption for India?
Aug 21, 2015

Bhutan: Lessons in tackling corruption for India?

A parliamentary delegation from the tiny Himalayan kingdom witnessed the log-jam in Indian Parliament on 10 August. The combined Opposition's Rajya Sabha tirade against the government over allegations of corruption involving ruling BJP's ministers was the main reason for the log-jam in the Indian Parliament.

Bhutan: New leadership has its task cut out
Aug 23, 2013

Bhutan: New leadership has its task cut out

A new leadership has assumed office in Bhutan defying all pre-poll surveys that were predicting an adverse result for the country's opposition party. The People's Democratic Party (PDP), led by Tshering Tobgay won the elections by winning 32 seats out of 47.

Bhutan: Nurturing the entrepreneurship ecosystem
May 20, 2020

Bhutan: Nurturing the entrepreneurship ecosystem

The launching of the Nu. 1.2 billion CSI and startup flagship has been a major initiative undertaken by the present government that has professed the motto of “Narrowing the Gap.”

Bhutan: Pandemic and economic resilience
Apr 20, 2020

Bhutan: Pandemic and economic resilience

Tourism is the worst hit sector in Bhutan. The livelihood of 50,000 citizens depends on this or allied sectors.

Bhutan: Politics without political-divide yet
Jan 18, 2013

Bhutan: Politics without political-divide yet

As Bhutan prepares for its second general elections this year, the political landscape of the nation has yet to undergo significant change from the first one. While being active, democracy in the Himalayan Kingdom is still State-centric,

Bhutan: Prospects of powering the sub-region
Oct 25, 2013

Bhutan: Prospects of powering the sub-region

Bhutan, the tiny South Asian country, is a power-house literally. Power constitutes the country's single largest export item. The Himalayan kingdom is located in one of the fastest growing regions of the world.

Bhutan: Refugees from the 'Dragon Kingdom'
Sep 14, 2012

Bhutan: Refugees from the 'Dragon Kingdom'

Since time immemorial, the land that is now Bhutan has been a nation that has limited its interaction with the outside world and discouraged immigrants. This to some extend could be attributed to the nation's tie and linkages with Tibet.

Bhutan: Regional grouping a must for economic revival
Jan 13, 2021

Bhutan: Regional grouping a must for economic revival

Bhutan must create reliable relationships with other countries that can offer the framework of an international community. One such community can be t

Bhutan: Sub-regional connectivity on cards
Jun 12, 2015

Bhutan: Sub-regional connectivity on cards

Ties of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan with Nepal, Bangladesh and India stand to be boosted. Trade ties with Bangladesh are expected to be intensified with India allowing transit to Bangladesh for trade with Bhutan.

Bhutan: Sustainable development through organic farming
Mar 22, 2013

Bhutan: Sustainable development through organic farming

The small Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, surrounded by two giant regional superpowers, India and China, is showing the world that simple resolve and strong political will can pave way for a huge change.

Bhutan: The new hub for regional cooperation
May 24, 2013

Bhutan: The new hub for regional cooperation

The little Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, owing to its strategic geographic location, is turning out to be the new hub for regional cooperation in South Asia. Bhutan's hydro-power prospects are no secret.

Bhutan: Time to deliver
Dec 27, 2013

Bhutan: Time to deliver

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck's address to the nation on the 106th National Day function held on 17 December 2013 came as a ready-reckoner for the new government at the helm of the Bhutan's affairs, when the king heavily criticised the poor implementation of policies.

Bhutan: Twenty-five years of energy cooperation with India
May 02, 2014

Bhutan: Twenty-five years of energy cooperation with India

The tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan has completed 25 years of energy cooperation with India. The idea was/is for Bhutan to facilitate Indian funding for setting up hydro-power projects in the country,

Bhutan: Where from here, 'all the king's men' ?
Nov 16, 2012

Bhutan: Where from here, 'all the king's men' ?

'Election fever' has descended on the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, but it is not inspired by the political class and the masses but by the State. The notification of the Election Commission on limiting the role of religion.

Bhutan’s goal of a green city: Pathways for a syncretic Indo-Bhutan development
Jan 18, 2024

Bhutan’s goal of a green city: Pathways for a syncretic Indo-Bhutan development

Bhutan’s forthcoming urban expansion will be a great opportunity for Indian urban planners to closely observe an urbanism model rooted in the ethos

Biden-Harris will bring continuity for Delhi but some challenges too
Nov 09, 2020

Biden-Harris will bring continuity for Delhi but some challenges too

As far as India’s domestic affairs go, the Modi government will not get the free ride it has got so far even if the Biden administration will not allow its activist impulses to override US strategic interests.

Big scope for EU countries to set up new tech power plants
Apr 30, 2012

Big scope for EU countries to set up new tech power plants

During a roundtable with a delegation of EU Members of Parliament, the ORF Director pointed out the great chance the international community has today in setting up electricity generating plants in India with green technology.

Bihar elections: A red flag
Nov 09, 2015

Bihar elections: A red flag

Nitish Kumar is already playing with one hand tied behind his back, by the RJD. Till very recently Kumar and the BJP developed Bihar in collaboration. They are, in fact, conjoined brothers in development. Modi must rise above his personal feelings and go all out to support Kumar.

Bihar Elections: Another turning point in country's political history
Nov 29, 2010

Bihar Elections: Another turning point in country's political history

That the Muslims in Bihar turned to Nitish Kumar of Janata Dal (United) despite his alliance with the BJP could well be another turning point in the country's political history. This confirms the extent of Muslim exasperation with the Congress. Nitish Kumar harnessed this disgust deftly.

Bike-sharing’s new life in China after lockdown
Oct 09, 2020

Bike-sharing’s new life in China after lockdown

Because of the pandemic, shared vehicles are edging into the mainstream, slowly overtaking public transport and private cars as the favoured way of tr

Bilateral needs should dictate IOR neighbourhood policy, says ex-diplomat
May 05, 2015

Bilateral needs should dictate IOR neighbourhood policy, says ex-diplomat

Former Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Mr. M Ganapathi, has emphasised the importance of the Indian Ocean in global developments in the 21st Century and the importance now given to the region by the government.

Bilateral vision unfolds amid neighbours' glare
Jun 11, 2015

Bilateral vision unfolds amid neighbours' glare

Bangladesh and India are standing at a take-off stage in their relationship despite anti-Indian groups and political parties trying to find fault with Hasina's moves. The Chinese and Pakistani lobbies are unhappy with this growing engagement.

Bill on Intelligence Agencies Reforms
Mar 29, 2011

Bill on Intelligence Agencies Reforms

Mr. Manish Tewari, Member of Parliament, has introduced a Bill in the Lok Sabha to regulate the functioning and use of power by the Indian intelligence agencies within and outside India and to provide for the coordination, control and oversight of such agencies.

Bills in Parliament: Will the Winter Session stop the Dry Spells?
Nov 24, 2011

Bills in Parliament: Will the Winter Session stop the Dry Spells?

The winter session of the Parliament, which has just commenced, is of critical significance to the country and its economy. While some may link the importance of this session to the much awaited Lokpal bill.

Bin Laden's new Year's Message
Jan 05, 2004

Bin Laden's new Year's Message

An audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden was aired on the Arabic network Al-Jazeera on January 3,2004. This is the third message exclusively relating to Iraq attributed to him since before the US-led invasion of Iraq by the coalition forces. The first, called a special message to the Iraqi people, was aired on February 11,2003, and the second

Bin Laden: The Nemesis Ahead
Oct 19, 2004

Bin Laden: The Nemesis Ahead

There was a massacre of hundreds of Shias of Gilgit in the Northern Areas (NA) of Pakistan (before 1947 called the Northern Areas of Jammu & Kashmir) in 1988 following a demand raised by them for the creation of an autonomous Shia state to be called the Karakoram State, consisting of the Shia majority areas of the NA, Punjab and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP).

Binding Vietnam and India: Joint energy exploration in South China Sea
Dec 17, 2013

Binding Vietnam and India: Joint energy exploration in South China Sea

It is not difficult to imagine that the Chinese will be uncomfortable with the current scenario. China is against any "outside power" being involved in the South China Sea, though its own forces are regularly operating in the Indian Ocean region.

BJP leader's illogic on boundary issue with Bangladesh
Jan 02, 2014

BJP leader's illogic on boundary issue with Bangladesh

If the BJP stands by its leader Arun Jaitley's illogic, it must necessarily oppose any negotiation of India's land boundary disputes with any of its neighbours, including China, Pakistan and Nepal. If this is a considered position of a party that is in striking distance of power, one shudders to think what the foreign policy of a BJP government might look like.

BJP's Beijing
Sep 10, 2014

BJP's Beijing

If Modi is a strong leader who is bringing greater purposefulness to India's China policy, Xi is even more powerful at home. He has conveyed a strong interest in transforming relations with New Delhi and is willing to explore opportunities with Modi.