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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.

Rajapaksa’s dysfunctional regime in Sri Lanka and its impact on South Asia
Sep 23, 2021

Rajapaksa’s dysfunctional regime in Sri Lanka and its impact on South Asia

How the island nation’s security conundrums will worsen an already threatened South Asia post the reemergence of the Taliban

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.

Rapidly increasing protests in rising China
Aug 23, 2011

Rapidly increasing protests in rising China

As China surges ahead economically, there have been a ten-fold increase in the civil unrests (from 1993 to 2005) which in China is described as "mass incidents". Such incidents hinge on the issues of unemployment, pensions, wages, corruption, tax collection problems, misuse of funds, etc.

Rapprochement express
Jul 01, 2011

Rapprochement express

The cultural and economic synergies between West Bengal, North East and Bangladesh can usher in a new chapter in the relations between the latter and all of India.

Raw deal to special operations
Jun 18, 2015

Raw deal to special operations

For more than a decade now, the Armed Forces, especially the senior hierarchy, finds itself besieged by all manners of unprecedented challenges, both from within the establishment and outside. There is critical shortage of weapoins, ammunition and manpower. The blame for this should be shared by political and military leadership.

RBI surprises all by not further raising the repo rate
Dec 20, 2013

RBI surprises all by not further raising the repo rate

The government is perhaps keen on projecting a welfare-oriented profile in which the poor are looked after. Prices, jobs, higher industrial growth and prospects of rapid economic recovery will remain the most important planks on which the next elections will be fought. The RBI's latest move of not raising the repo rate may also help in economic recovery.

RCEP: The best way forward for Modi's 'Act East' Policy
Jan 06, 2015

RCEP: The best way forward for Modi's 'Act East' Policy

In the light of the fact that India is not a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it is important for the country to forge a deal in RCEP. In the current scenario, there have been increasing attempts by Indo-Pacific region members to voice growing concerns regarding Non Tariff barriers hindering trade prospects in the regional bloc.

Re-imagining Regions through BIMSTEC
Oct 15, 2014

Re-imagining Regions through BIMSTEC

BIMSTEC needs to be brought down to the people from the high governmental meetings. Activate people-centric initiatives to ensure engagement and involvement of the society in projects developed under BIMSTEC. This can start by simply involving people in the borderlands and coastal areas.

Re-opening educational institutions in India: Opportunities and obstacles
Sep 14, 2021

Re-opening educational institutions in India: Opportunities and obstacles

Reopening of schools in India must not follow a one-size-fits-all model but should be based on context

Re-thinking India's monetary policy
Feb 14, 2014

Re-thinking India's monetary policy

Inflation targeting has become a bone of contention in India. While some economists say a certain level of inflation is a necessary evil, others argue RBI's target is very low and would require monetary tightening. What is required is a balance between fiscal and monetary policy.

Re-visiting neighbourhood policy
Apr 10, 2013

Re-visiting neighbourhood policy

For India to be taken seriously by its neighbours, and other friends and adversaries alike, it has to be clear in its mind as to what it is and where it is headed, and where it wants to go - and can actually travel to.

Reach out to the US Through Obama
Oct 13, 2010

Reach out to the US Through Obama

As the US President is scheduled to visit India next month, there is a lesson for both sides in the 1972 Nixon-Mao summit in Beijing. While the Americans and the Chinese exchanged views on everything, the focus was firmly on the big strategic picture.

Reading 10 years of BRI from an African perspective
Oct 19, 2023

Reading 10 years of BRI from an African perspective

The BRI was conceptualised under the ethos of the Chinese proverb, “If you want to get rich, build roads first”; however, China is adapting its ap

Reading tea leaves from China’s Two Sessions: Large monetary and fiscal stimulus and still no growth guarantee
May 30, 2020

Reading tea leaves from China’s Two Sessions: Large monetary and fiscal stimulus and still no growth guarantee

The most obvious solution is to ramp up China’s welfare state to support the workers who will be left out in the process. The rationale for this is

Reading the U.S. Elections
Nov 10, 2004

Reading the U.S. Elections

The current conventional wisdom now being voiced among American analysts is that the 2004 election is evidence of a conservative revolution in American politics. According to this view, the U.S. is now in the midst of a long-term shift to the right and the creation of an enduring Republican majority, akin to the Democratic majority coalition forged during the 1930s and the New Deal by Franklin Roosevelt.

Ready With A  Long Rope - India has not learnt from its mistaken policies towards Pakistan
Aug 18, 2010

Ready With A Long Rope - India has not learnt from its mistaken policies towards Pakistan

The July 15 talks in Islamabad between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan ended badly for many reasons. India has been putting itself at a disadvantage diplomatically by showing too much eagerness to restart the dialogue with Pakistan.

Real touchstone is action on 26/11 accused
May 21, 2013

Real touchstone is action on 26/11 accused

The democratic transition in Pakistan has coincided with the last year of the UPA government's second term in India. As the government battles one controversy after another, the looming elections in 2014 may act as a distraction wherein improving relations with Pakistan may not be a priority for the government at present.

Realising Make-in-India dream
Apr 17, 2015

Realising Make-in-India dream

The Modi government can do a lot to improve the investment climate at home so that both FDI and FIIs are attracted to India in a big way. If domestic manufacturing growth gets slow, foreign investors will get wary.

Reasons for rupee depreciation more complex: Former Revenue Secretary
Jul 06, 2013

Reasons for rupee depreciation more complex: Former Revenue Secretary

Theoretically the rupee cannot be traded because there is no capital account conversion for it. However many countries such as Singapore and the US sell the Indian rupee. This speculation pushes up share markets and plays around with exchange rates, according to a former Revenue Secretary.

Reassessing India's Juvenile Justice System
Oct 24, 2013

Reassessing India's Juvenile Justice System

Participants at a conference on "Reassessing India's Juvenile Justice System" emphasised on the need to fully implement the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 and the need for the State to provide enough manpower and infrastructure to take care of the aftercare programmes.

Reassessing the US Pivot to Asia
Aug 26, 2013

Reassessing the US Pivot to Asia

The US pivot or rebalancing is an attempt of reassurance to its friends and allies in the context of the emerging dynamics in the Asia Pacific region. While China is a major factor in the US pivot strategy, it is only a part of the story.

Reboot ties with Dhaka
Jul 27, 2012

Reboot ties with Dhaka

Considering India's economic standing, a $2.9 billion loan for the Padma Multipurpose Bridge of Bangladesh would not have been a difficult proposition. If India finds this option too difficult, there are many other alternatives for India to help Bangladesh.

Rebooting multilateralism? Lessons still to be learnt
Sep 23, 2020

Rebooting multilateralism? Lessons still to be learnt

There is an urgent need for convincing narratives, backed by data and grounded in fact, that can show people why multilateralism is worth preserving.

Rebooting US-India Strategic Partnership
Jun 02, 2015

Rebooting US-India Strategic Partnership

Carter's commitment to deepening defence cooperation with India and Parrikar's determination to recast India's defence structures set the stage for a rebooting of the India-US strategic partnership.

Recent Trends in India-China Relations
Jul 14, 2003

Recent Trends in India-China Relations

It has been said that any foreign observer who spends a month in China is apt to write a book on the country; if he spends a year in China, he is content to write an article; and if he lives in China for five years, he deems it wise to refrain from making any prediction! I spent three and a half years in China ¿ too long a period for a book but perhaps but perhaps not for a short talk on India-China relations.

Recommendations for the Third BRICS Leaders' Meeting in China
Apr 02, 2011

Recommendations for the Third BRICS Leaders' Meeting in China

Sixty scholars from five BRICS countries, including India, participated in the BRICS Think Tanks Symposium in Beijing recently. It came up many recommendations to be proposed for the consideration of the Third BRICS Leaders Meeting to be held in China in April. A report:

Reconnecting Punjab: Shahbaz Sharif's mixed signals
Dec 16, 2013

Reconnecting Punjab: Shahbaz Sharif's mixed signals

Delhi is aware that the Pak army continues to wield a veto over cooperation with India and the room for manoeuvre is limited for the civilian leaders. Yet India must encourage the leaders of the Punjab to intensify their engagement. Delhi must also strive to improve coordination and consultation with the state leadership in Punjab.

Reconstructing the dialogue
Jul 26, 2010

Reconstructing the dialogue

The day after External Affairs Minister, S.M. Krishna, left for Islamabad front-page headlines in mainstream English language dailies had set their preferred theme: "Krishna to nail Pak using Headley: In Islamabad Foreign Minister says he will harp on Headley revelation of ISI links to 26/11".

Record of Indian arms industry remains one of failure
Apr 11, 2013

Record of Indian arms industry remains one of failure

The demand for cash that all political parties have to contest elections has been the fountainhead that has created a bureaucratic, military and defence decision-making structure which ensures that we keep running at the same place when it comes to creating a vibrant military industry complex in the country.

Red carpet for China's Xinjiang Governor
Oct 11, 2004

Red carpet for China's Xinjiang Governor

When the Indian establishment serenades Governor of China¿s Xinjiang province Ismail Tiliwaldi in the capital next week, it will revive deeply embedded memories from the past¿and hold a promise to a bold new future.

Red flag goes up on Dhaka
Dec 08, 2004

Red flag goes up on Dhaka

It would be folly to treat the threat issued to the Indian cricket team by a terrorist organisation based in Bangladesh as posing danger only to the players. The threat issued by Harkat ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) poses a direct and serious danger to India because, despite denials by the Bangladesh Government, it is clearly an indication that terrorist groups affiliated to the Al Qaeda have made Bangladesh an operational base. The