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National Infrastructure Pipeline: The great Indian dream
Sep 22, 2020

National Infrastructure Pipeline: The great Indian dream

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a major slowdown in India, but its inherent resilience and capabilities will help it transform into a new India with

National stakeholder dialogue on India's 'INDCs
May 07, 2015

National stakeholder dialogue on India's 'INDCs

Only a small trickle of INDCs has been submitted by other countries. So there isn't much by way of international examples for India to consider. The EU has said it will reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by 2030. Mexico has submitted both conditional and unconditional INDCs.

NATO arrives in Kashmir
Oct 28, 2005

NATO arrives in Kashmir

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) announced over the weekend a major airlift of relief supplies for Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.

Naval Aviation: In need of perspective
Apr 07, 2015

Naval Aviation: In need of perspective

In the light of the economic climate and the government's spending capabilities, the Indian Navy needs to comprehensively review the performance of the systems it wants to acquire and its potential trade-offs, rather than accessing each technical requirement or performance need in isolation.

Navigating e-commerce: What Alibaba can teach Indian businesses
Oct 04, 2013

Navigating e-commerce: What Alibaba can teach Indian businesses

To sequence Indian priorities on the FDI question is fairly simple. Consumer-centrism is paramount. Competitive SME sector growth, which will lead to job creation as well as value addition, is a strategic economic priority, which in turn can be aided by a strong e-commerce industry as has been witnessed in China.

Navigating India-Russia trust deficit
Feb 18, 2012

Navigating India-Russia trust deficit

One of the collaterals of the 2G verdict of the Supreme Court, which saw the revocation of 21 of Sistema Shyam Telecom?s 22 licenses, could be the flickering and faint Russian Interest in Indian business opportunity.

Navy accidents: Who is to blame?
Mar 01, 2014

Navy accidents: Who is to blame?

With the building of Scorpene submarine getting delayed to early 2016 and the possibility of the futuristic P 75I project unlikely to fructify, the country must be ready to face serious compromises on the underwater maritime security front.

Naxal menace: Security forces challenged in difficult terrain
Jul 10, 2006

Naxal menace: Security forces challenged in difficult terrain

Travelling by horse back is the fastest mode of communication in the tribal-inhabited remote and interior forest areas of this (East Godavari) district,¿ said my guide during a visit to the Naxalite-Maoist-affected parts of the Andhra-Orissa Border Special Guerrilla Zone (AOBSZ).

Naxalism in Karnataka: Swift remedy needed
Mar 01, 2005

Naxalism in Karnataka: Swift remedy needed

On December 5, 2003, following the November 17- Bollattu encounter, this author wrote in this newspaper (Deccan Herald), Procrastination on the part of the Karnataka Government in dealing with the Naxalite menace will only help the latter to expand and grow in the state.

Naxalites misused peace process
Aug 22, 2005

Naxalites misused peace process

Confusion and vacillation have been the marked features of the Andhra Pradesh government¿s policy towards the Naxalites of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), which it proscribed on August 17, along with seven of its front organisations in the wake of the killing of nine persons,

NDA-II prefers controlling people's lives to changing things for the better
Sep 28, 2015

NDA-II prefers controlling people's lives to changing things for the better

The NDA II government seems to be displaying a controlling streak rather early in its tenure. Across the land, the word 'ban' seems to have become the leitmotif of its governance style and its personnel seem determined to tell the citizen what he must eat and when, what he can watch, hear or study.

Need for a holistic perspective towards India’s migrant workers
Sep 28, 2021

Need for a holistic perspective towards India’s migrant workers

The pandemic exposed and exacerbated the precarious conditions in which migrant workers survive in cities

Need for a neutral, international cyber framework
Feb 23, 2015

Need for a neutral, international cyber framework

A neutral, international framework is needed to manage cross-border requests related to the cyber sphere, says Bertrand de la Chapelle, director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project.

Need for a new model of engagement between India and Nepal
Oct 18, 2011

Need for a new model of engagement between India and Nepal

In a fast-changing world, it is incumbent on the leaders of India and Nepal to start a new era of understanding and cooperation that take cognisance of the changing dynamics of economic and power relations in the region.

Need for a new regional arrangement in South Asia to tap water
Jan 23, 2014

Need for a new regional arrangement in South Asia to tap water

There is a need for a new regional arrangement in South Asia to tap water as it is a regional common issue that should be handled collectively rather than dividing it.

Need for a New Security Architecture in Asia, say East Asian journalists
Sep 28, 2010

Need for a New Security Architecture in Asia, say East Asian journalists

There is a need for a new regional security architecture that reflects the changed geopolitical realities of the region. This suggestion was made during an interaction between senior Japanese and South Korean journalists and Indian scholars at ORF.

Need for a specific ministry to address fishing issues
Jan 13, 2014

Need for a specific ministry to address fishing issues

India needs to restructure the administrative set-up at the Centre and in the States. There is a need for separate Fisheries ministry with an independent minister. In Tamil Nadu, fisheries is a separate ministry with an independent minister, but there is no separate secretary.

Need for austerity measures
Nov 01, 2011

Need for austerity measures

All over Europe, the new mantra is austerity. Though India's exports have been doing well since last month, this may not be sustained in the future if our big trade partners are busy tightening their belts and trade credits dry up.

Need for bold steps towards Japan-ROK reconciliation
Jul 09, 2015

Need for bold steps towards Japan-ROK reconciliation

The Republic of Korea will be carefully scrutinising the up-coming Abe's August statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Koreans expect Abe to come out with a clear statement that expresses Japan's contrition and proposes a new framework for reconciliation.

Need for boosting ecological economics
Oct 07, 2015

Need for boosting ecological economics

Saying ecological knowledge is the demand of the 21st century, Prof. Jayanta Bandyopadhyay of the Jawaharlal Nehru University has called for better ecological knowledge to be put in practice as he felt that ecological economics is facing a dampener due to the weakness in ecological knowledge application.

Need for corrective policies to curb growing economic inequality
Dec 15, 2011

Need for corrective policies to curb growing economic inequality

There is a lot of disturbing news regarding the Indian economy today which is likely to spoil the outlook for 2012. One of them is regarding the rise in inequality.

Need for enhancing security in Rohingya camps
Jan 31, 2022

Need for enhancing security in Rohingya camps

As a proper resolution of the Rohingya crisis is nowhere in sight, adequate measures need to be undertaken to provide Rohingyas with a suitable enviro

Need for foreign investment
May 15, 2015

Need for foreign investment

India is in need of both FIIs and FDIs, to grow at the targeted 7.5 to 8 per cent growth. They go to countries with high growth potential and laws that are flexible and allow greater investor freedom. India is constrained by certain important considerations related to the rights of the people and protection of the poor.

Need for further improving LOCs with African countries
Mar 24, 2014

Need for further improving LOCs with African countries

Considering the importance of Lines of Credits in India's development cooperation programme, ORF has undertaken a study of the system and process of LOCs. Early results point to need for improvements in the system.

Need for more proactive government role to revive economy
Oct 21, 2013

Need for more proactive government role to revive economy

The recent shrinking of the trade deficit to $6.7 billion in September (from $10.9 billion in August) has cheered the UPA government. However, we need to be cautious about favourable signs like a reduction of the trade deficit. Because though it is going to reduce one of the disturbing parameters that are slowing down growth, it could also be indicative of slack industrial activity.

Need for multi-tasked  mechanisms for investigation and prosecution in corruption cases
Dec 18, 2010

Need for multi-tasked mechanisms for investigation and prosecution in corruption cases

Participants at an interaction at ORF Chennai called for a multi-disciplinary task force to investigate scams of the kind of 2G, rather than individual investigating arms of the Government, like the CBI, Enforcement Directorate, Income-tax and other authorities undertaking parallel and separate investigations.

Need for proper structure of PPPs to address specific cyberspace risks
Jul 02, 2015

Need for proper structure of PPPs to address specific cyberspace risks

Experts say mere compliance with an international cyber security standard does not ensure that a product being used in a CII is protected from invasion. Threat analysis, mitigation systems and assessment practices need to be adopted to attain total protection of CII.

Need for public debate on the EU-India FTA
Nov 19, 2011

Need for public debate on the EU-India FTA

With the good news from the 17th SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) meeting in the Maldives about the future effective implementation of the South Asian Free Trade Area agreement, trade relations among member-countries will get a big boost.

Need for re-defining 'bail jurisprudence'
Nov 15, 2011

Need for re-defining 'bail jurisprudence'

The very day a trial court in India, New Delhi to be precise, denied bail to the accused in the 2-G scam case, another in distant London was awarding sentences to three Pakistani cricketers for match-fixing at the end of an equally much-publicised trial.

Need for reforming poll-management
Apr 23, 2014

Need for reforming poll-management

Once the general elections are over in India, it may be time to look inward at the existing processes and revise certain provisions to make them more meaningful and sustainable. If timely cure is not injected, it could damage the firmament of our democratic scheme.

Need for reforms in farm production
Jun 04, 2013

Need for reforms in farm production

Though GDP growth in India may be less than China's, there are not so many problems that the government is facing except perhaps the latest problem of accelerated insurgency by the Maoists. Like China, India should also be worried about reducing the glaring inequality of incomes and balanced development between the rural and urban areas.

Need for reinventing Civil Services
May 02, 2011

Need for reinventing Civil Services

An interaction at ORF Chennai felt that since the all-India services forms an integral part of the country's bureaucratic machinery, it cannot be eliminated. But what needs to be done is its re-invention and the task should be assigned to an independent body like the UPSC.

Need for resolution of the Teesta dispute
Nov 11, 2011

Need for resolution of the Teesta dispute

The demand for quick resolution of the Teesta issue is becoming louder in Bangladesh. The visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in September this year lost its sheen as it failed to conclude a deal on sharing of water of the Teesta River.

Need for revising our sense of the role of civil society amongst the urban poor
Jan 14, 2014

Need for revising our sense of the role of civil society amongst the urban poor

Globally, there is an upsurge of sectarian movements and informal community-based organisations that affect the daily lives of the urban poor in the way they provide for their need of tangible goods and services.

Need for separate regional councils for J-K
Jan 30, 2015

Need for separate regional councils for J-K

At a discussion on "Conversations on Kashmir: Socio-political and economic aspirations of J&K" at ORF, panellists insisted upon the need for truth and reconciliation which, however, can only be possible after the admission of guilt by the parties concerned.

Need for social safety net for jobless and sick
Oct 04, 2013

Need for social safety net for jobless and sick

Even if GDP growth rises in India, there will be growing inequalities unless there are strong policies aimed at the uplift of the vulnerable sections and the rich are taxed in an efficient and judicious manner. There should be some insurance against unemployment and sickness which will enable low income families to live with dignity.

Need for Strategic Border Infrastructure Board
Feb 27, 2015

Need for Strategic Border Infrastructure Board

The military preparedness and security benefits are critical in the North-east region given the long-standing border and territorial issues with China. The government could consider setting up a nodal agency such as a Strategic Border Infrastructure Board under the PMO to oversee projects on a periodic basis.

Need for stronger role of States in ties with neighbours
Feb 28, 2012

Need for stronger role of States in ties with neighbours

Nepal Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, by choosing to go to Bihar, has reinforced the point that States like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are vital for maintaining a cordial Indo-Nepal relation.

Need for the Tamil polity to stay relevant in Sri Lanka
Feb 04, 2011

Need for the Tamil polity to stay relevant in Sri Lanka

It's heartening to note that the two rounds of talks between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Government on finding a political solution to the vexatious ethnic issue have gone off well over the past weeks.

Need of the hour for Asian nations is to stay united
Aug 28, 2014

Need of the hour for Asian nations is to stay united

Given the emerging geo-political tensions in the region, the need of the hour for India, South Korea and other nations is to integrate and stay united, according to Mr. Anil Wadhwa, Secretary, Government of India.

Need of the Hour: Police Reforms
Jan 06, 2007

Need of the Hour: Police Reforms

With the Supreme Court directing the Centre and the State Governments to create a National Police Commission and State Security Commissions to improve and monitor the functioning of the police system, and seeking a time-bound compliance scheme, time is ticking away for the Executive branch. The Supreme Court 'directives' of September 22, 2006 were contained in the judgement in the case of 'Prakash Singh vs Union of India and Others'.

Need to amend RTE Act: Expert
Jun 14, 2014

Need to amend RTE Act: Expert

The Centre's much touted 'Sarva Shiksha Abhyan' Programme has failed to meet its initial ideals because of many reasons, mainly "low teacher-to-pupil ratio in several States and "Minorityism" and "irregular monitoring of the facilities", according to former Vice-Chancellor of Bharatidasan University, Dr S Muthukumaran.

Need to boost industrial growth to get economy on track
Jun 14, 2012

Need to boost industrial growth to get economy on track

To make India an attractive destination for investment for both Indians and foreigners will require quick implementation of all the pending major infrastructure projects and to see that some important Bills are passed in Parliament.

Need to build local capacities in India's North East
Jul 18, 2014

Need to build local capacities in India's North East

Sectors such as oil and gas, non-renewable energy, natural resources, agriculture, etc. hold tremendous potential for cooperation between India's North-East and the BCIM region. There was a need to ensure seamless movement of goods, services and people across borders to promote trade.