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What political profit from the Dhule riots?
Jan 21, 2013

What political profit from the Dhule riots?

In a municipality of 55 members in Dhule, 16 are Muslims, affiliated to all the mainstream parties in Mumbai. These councillors are virtual middlemen for state leaders, in whose electoral interest they try to keep the local flock.

What saves India from suicide attacks
Oct 26, 2015

What saves India from suicide attacks

Compared to the increasing suicide attacks the world over, India has, by and large, remained safe from these assaults. The reason is that Indian Muslims have a strong sense of Indian identity. In both their grievances and aspirations they think like their fellow Indian citizens, rather through any religious or sectarian prism.

What Should Muslims Do?
Oct 11, 2010

What Should Muslims Do?

Where is the national leader of sufficient stature who can distil the message from the treaty of Hudaibiya and from Iqbal, and give it contemporary relevance? Or, in a more narrow focus: where is the Muslim leader to manage the post verdict mood? I believe the Congress has two or three but the nation has not seen them in the past week.

What Sushma Swaraj should look out for in Dhaka
Jun 25, 2014

What Sushma Swaraj should look out for in Dhaka

Friendly Indo-Bangla relations will play a major role in securing peace and prosperity in the South Asia and these can be achieved with sincere initiatives by the government in resolving outstanding issues. India's Bangla policy could be a for the new government in dealing with other countries in the Neighbourhood.

What the 2022 US National Defence Strategy reveals about the international security scenario
Nov 01, 2022

What the 2022 US National Defence Strategy reveals about the international security scenario

The US NDS has higher budgets, a focus on the threat from China, and the need for rapid development and deployment of advanced technologies

What the G20 can do for Small Island Developing States
Sep 12, 2023

What the G20 can do for Small Island Developing States

Against the contemporary background of strong systemic shocks to the global economy, the Group of Twenty (G20) must address the stagnation in developmental priorities and spur economic growth. As the current steward of the rotating presidency within the G20, India has acquired a unique podium to spearhead discussions on pivotal global challenges.

What the PM must get right with Nawaz Sharif and Sheikh Hasina
Jun 03, 2013

What the PM must get right with Nawaz Sharif and Sheikh Hasina

While Dr. Manmohan Singh must necessarily wait for Nawaz Sharif to determine the pace at which he might be comfortable moving forward with India, in the case of Bangladesh, the burden is entirely on Delhi to implement the historic agreements it had negotiated with Dhaka.

What this China-Japan friendship means to India and the South China sea conflict
Nov 05, 2018

What this China-Japan friendship means to India and the South China sea conflict

Japan knows India is the best possible regional counter-weight to a rising China. At the same time, it has to work with China to counter global uncertainties.

What to expect at the UN Special Climate Summit
Sep 08, 2014

What to expect at the UN Special Climate Summit

As India, China, US and the European Union grapple with the need for equitable and meaningful climate action, strategies are also needed to address the differing needs and capabilities of the sub-national entities that make up these big players.

What Turkey Can Teach India
Jun 27, 2011

What Turkey Can Teach India

In India, the office of the foreign minister doesn't command nearly the sort of authority it should, or it did in the past. While foreign policy in other countries is influenced by domestic politics, in India it's being completely overshadowed by intra-party and intra-government feuds.

What US and India need to do together in Afghanistan
Apr 18, 2013

What US and India need to do together in Afghanistan

The issues in Afghanistan do not exhaust potential areas for India-US cooperation. For example, combating the drug trade, engaging China, Central Asian nations, Iran, and Russia. Successful coordination and collaboration will go a long way towards creating a post-2014 Afghan scenario amenable to both India and the US.

What will Japan do in the future?
Nov 03, 2008

What will Japan do in the future?

Prof Eiichi Katahara and Prof Marie Izuyama, two distinguished scholars from the National Institute for Defence Studies, Tokyo visited ORF on 11 March 2008 to initiate a seminar which was largely attended by scholars, journalists, diplomats, etc.

What's in a game?
Apr 18, 2011

What's in a game?

Though Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani described his Mohali discussions with Dr. Manmohan Singh as a win-win situation, the Pakistan foreign office spokesperson, Tehmina Janjua, described the situation as one of guarded optimism. So what are the ground realities in this exchange? asks Mr. T.V. Rajeswar.

What's the current situation in Nepal?
Nov 23, 2009

What's the current situation in Nepal?

Eminent Nepalese journalist Mr. Yubaraj Ghimire visited ORF and shared his insights on the situation in Nepal.

What's the hoopla about Budget?
Feb 28, 2013

What's the hoopla about Budget?

A Budget is an imperative or otherwise a government will drift aimlessly, though that often seems to be the case even with the most minutely specific Budget. Having said that, one must wonder why there is such a fuss each year when the Finance Minister of India is about to present the Budget?

Whatever happened to MH370?
Mar 20, 2014

Whatever happened to MH370?

The MH370 incident has occurred very close to our Tri-service Command at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which has three radar stations. Regardless of whether or not MH370 actually flew over or close to the Command, it would doubtless be useful to learn lessons from this and that switching off radars at night is a dangerous way to economise.

Whatever the provocation, the Indian armed forces cannot take recourse to illegal acts
Apr 17, 2017

Whatever the provocation, the Indian armed forces cannot take recourse to illegal acts

The state’s monopoly of violence is accepted only if it follows the rule of law; if it doesn’t, it justifies the breaking of its monopoly by individuals, mobs and insurgents.

When 'safety' becomes a ghetto for women
Mar 20, 2013

When 'safety' becomes a ghetto for women

In the urban-rural stereotyping, the phrase 'city girls' epitomises the impact of urban excesses on the apparent modesty and traditional aspect of femininity. City girls are assumed to be loud, to say the least, and of 'morally inappropriate character' on the extreme. Even within cities, this dilemma of how girls in cities ought to behave persists.

When Arabs Followed The Leadership Of A Hindu They Adored
Feb 27, 2012

When Arabs Followed The Leadership Of A Hindu They Adored

The poem, one of numerous written in that period, expresses admiration for the spell Nehru had cast by his deft navigation of foreign policy between the two blocs not for India alone but a whole group.

When calamity shows the way
Oct 13, 2005

When calamity shows the way

In the earthquake tragedy, India and Pakistan have a rare opportunity to forget past differences and bitterness, at least some of it to begin with, and forge a partnership of peace and development. Both the countries should shed past inhibitions and acrimony, and look for fresh opportunities to work together for a common cause: to rebuild Kashmir.

When democracy is not enough
Dec 17, 2018

When democracy is not enough

If we do not stand up and reclaim the space we have conceded to criminals and other low-life who now sit in judgment over us, it will be our children who will pay the price in the coming years

When in doubt don't write, just speak
Jul 04, 2011

When in doubt don't write, just speak

Telecom companies are stuck with falling ARPUs. Indian researchers from two unlikely companies show them new tricks of the trade

When it comes to internet governance, India is still engaging actively with the UN
Aug 11, 2014

When it comes to internet governance, India is still engaging actively with the UN

A final draft resolution at the United Nations, passed in July 2014, has focused on the UN General Assembly's review process of World Summit on the Information Society outcomes implementation.

When Modi made his moves in the US
Oct 16, 2014

When Modi made his moves in the US

There was more to Narendra Modi's visit to the US than the razzmatazz of Madison Square Garden and Central Park. He had gone to the US after three basic foreign policy initiatives, and was making a statement on the world stage beyond the confines of the UNGA.

When Modi met Xi
Oct 15, 2014

When Modi met Xi

India's relations with China and Pakistan are unlikely to see any major strategic change in the years ahead. It is imperative for India to think afresh without losing old friends especially at a time of international flux. A US-Japan-India partnership in the 21st century would need to be worked out.

When Myanmar opens up
Dec 29, 2011

When Myanmar opens up

The Government of Myanmar, in the past few weeks, has played host to a number of high-ranking foreign officials. These include the likes of the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

When Singh meets Kerry
Jun 26, 2013

When Singh meets Kerry

The construction of the India-US strategic partnership in the 2000s was an entirely unexpected political bonus. Making it work now is an absolute necessity for both Delhi and Washington as they struggle to cope with a challenging environment at home and abroad.

When strategy was technical
Feb 24, 2012

When strategy was technical

Antony figured the French were more likely to part with critical technologies needed to enhance India's defence aviation sector than any other country

Where do the two leading Democratic Party nominees stand on issues?
Aug 04, 2015

Where do the two leading Democratic Party nominees stand on issues?

The Democratic election nomination tussle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is going through an exciting time as Sanders' far-left economic agenda is increasingly becoming more appealing to the party's base.

Where does the US-China relationship stand?
Jul 22, 2014

Where does the US-China relationship stand?

Will the globalization of the economic relationship trump the geo-politics that is being played out in East and South East Asia? For the US, the dilemma is acute, for it cannot ignore the pleas of its allies in the region nor allow an incremental drift to take place in the relationship.

Where from here, after three PC polls?
Jul 24, 2012

Where from here, after three PC polls?

Now that the mood and methods have set in for three Provincial Council polls, the results would determine if the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa would want to go ahead with the process in five others before holding the first-ever elections.

Where from here, anti-graft drive?
Sep 03, 2011

Where from here, anti-graft drive?

The civil society outfits need to remind themselves that the discredited polity that they have sought to replace have their own uses, roles and responsibilities - which the former cannot shoulder unless they themselves convert to being one.

Where Has the Arab Spring Fled?
Aug 06, 2011

Where Has the Arab Spring Fled?

The gentle Arab spring is a long way behind the region which has entered a phase of unprecedented turbulence, conflict and worse. In Libya, some European leaders are about to eat crow, not the best dish in Ramadan.

Where's the other side of story in Mid East?
Feb 04, 2012

Where's the other side of story in Mid East?

One of the great tragedies of our time is the near total decline in the credibility of the Western media. There are some exceptions but only some.

WHISPER IN A TEMPEST: Reflections on the CAG Report and Allocation of Captive Coal Blocks
Oct 03, 2012

WHISPER IN A TEMPEST: Reflections on the CAG Report and Allocation of Captive Coal Blocks

The Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on "Allocation of Captive Coal Blocks and Augmentation of Coal Production" for the year ending March 2012 has, among other things,

Who did Hillary Clinton meet during her East Asia tour?
Feb 24, 2009

Who did Hillary Clinton meet during her East Asia tour?

Hillary Clinton's altered agenda reflected the reshuffled priorities of the US in its dealings with China. Unlike in the past, Human Rights and Tibet did not figure prominently during the talks this time.

Who governs the high seas?
Jun 26, 2012

Who governs the high seas?

Kerala is trying in a civilian court two Italian military men for actions they took in defence of their territories. Imagine trying a serving Indian soldier in a civil court for an incident resulting from discharge of duty in naxal-infested areas, the northeast or Kashmir.