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Delivering on service guarantee: A case of Delhi's e-SLA
Dec 29, 2012

Delivering on service guarantee: A case of Delhi's e-SLA

There is a genuine endeavour in the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi to enhance their public delivery mechanisms. And, its example of harnessing ICT can come handy for other states currently implementing Right to Service Acts.

Demilitarisation of Siachen
Apr 09, 2006

Demilitarisation of Siachen

Indo-Pak rapprochement has been stuck in a rut for some time with Pakistan insisting on tangible progress on Kashmir and India reiterating that it is necessary to first build confidence by resolving relatively less intractable problems.

Demilitarisation of Siachen
Apr 05, 2005

Demilitarisation of Siachen

The Observer Research Foundation¿s (ORF) Institute of Security Studies hosted a roundtable discussion on the ¿Demilitarisation of Siachen¿, on May 4, 2005, at ORF Campus, New Delhi. The discussion was chaired by Gen (Retd) VP Malik, former Chief of the Army Staff.

Democracy and electoral challenges in South Asia
Oct 30, 2015

Democracy and electoral challenges in South Asia

The South Asian region is witnessing some kind of democratic upsurge. For the first time, all the countries in the region have embraced democracy. Yet, democratic transitions in the region are filled with uncertainties and fragility. South Asian countries need to learn from each other's democratic experiences and support each other.

Democracy in Refuge: A Tibet without the Dalai Lama
Jul 22, 2011

Democracy in Refuge: A Tibet without the Dalai Lama

The Indian leadership has been able to earn a lot of goodwill by sheltering the Dalai Lama and his people, but after his life, the 90,000-strong community will become a political and economic burden.

Democracy will prevail in the Arab World, says Tunisian leader
Jul 04, 2015

Democracy will prevail in the Arab World, says Tunisian leader

One of Tunisia's leading politicians, Sheikh Rashid al-Ghannouchi, says the Middle East is not in crisis, but rather at a "crossroads." The Middle East can indeed achieve stability and peace through a process of democratic reconciliation and consensus. But the road will be long and involve building institutions, healing old wounds and forging compromises.

Democratic candidates' surprisingly low focus on foreign policy
Jul 02, 2015

Democratic candidates' surprisingly low focus on foreign policy

Though foreign policy is going to be an important issue in the US Presidential elections next year, the Democrat candidates for the party's nomination have surprisingly devoted little time to this aspect so far. However, as the campaign progresses and the less serious candidates drop out of the race, the issue is likely to gain greater attention.

Democratisation, the Indian Example
Jun 09, 2004

Democratisation, the Indian Example

With Iraq back on the chess-board of international diplomacy, there is Once again the talk of democratizing individual West Asian nations, if not West Asia as a region. Going by the neighbourhood experience in recent times, it has also raised the question if West Asia is ready to be democratized, if it is not through the barrel of the American gun.

Democratising Technology for the Next Six Billion: India’s ‘Digital Public Goods’ Innovation
Nov 16, 2021

Democratising Technology for the Next Six Billion: India’s ‘Digital Public Goods’ Innovation

Access to, and development of indigenous digital platforms and cutting-edge technologies is imperative for robust socio-economic development and national security. In turn, such process needs to be democratised, and undertaken in a sustainable manner. India is a first mover in this novel idea of democratising technology and developing Digital Public Goods. Operationalised in the digital infrastructure called India Stack, India’s strategy aims t

Demographic planning for cities
Sep 08, 2020

Demographic planning for cities

The megacities of India have multiplied their populations way beyond the projections arrived at by population studies undertaken by demographic expert

Deniability a Must for Infidelity: The US-Pak Affair
May 07, 2011

Deniability a Must for Infidelity: The US-Pak Affair

Pakistani establishment would have to be out of its mind to enter Osama bin Laden's Abbotabad hideout on a white charger. Such foolhardiness would swell the ranks of Jihadi outfits in Pakistan. Murderer of Punjab Governor, Salman Taseer would resurface as a model.

Depsang incursion:  Decoding the Chinese signal
May 14, 2013

Depsang incursion: Decoding the Chinese signal

Some voices in India had advocated a tough response to the Chinese. This would be untimely and irresponsible. In retrospect, the handling of the situation which involved a symmetrical non-threatening military response by Indian forces, along with patient diplomacy has paid off.

Design Behind 'Counting' The Poor
Oct 11, 2011

Design Behind 'Counting' The Poor

Though the Planning Commission went by the Tendulkar formula, Rs 32 and Rs 24 look extremely low at today's prices and high inflation, and especially if we take into account that these amounts include other items of daily life like education and health.

Despite Shifts, Japan’s Defence and Security Policy Remains on Pacifist Ground
Aug 14, 2023

Despite Shifts, Japan’s Defence and Security Policy Remains on Pacifist Ground

In the past decade, Japan made certain critical changes in its defence and security policy. These include enhancing the country’s defence capabilities, introducing the right to collective self-defence, abandoning the ban on arms exports, strengthening its alliance with the United States, and promoting its vision of a ‘Free and Open Indo-Pacific’. Japan has introduced these changes incrementally, as a response to changing strategic circumsta

Destination Manila: New Delhi, Moscow and the BrahMos supersonic missile
Nov 28, 2020

Destination Manila: New Delhi, Moscow and the BrahMos supersonic missile

The sale of the missile will be a major development in the context of an often-tense Southeast Asia with misgivings regarding Beijing’s motives and

Deteriorating public healthcare in Mumbai
Jun 22, 2012

Deteriorating public healthcare in Mumbai

Mumbai's public healthcare sector is approaching exhaustion. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), despite its untiring efforts to provide affordable healthcare through its general hospitals and peripheral centres.

Determining India's engagement in Africa
Oct 15, 2014

Determining India's engagement in Africa

The manner in which to determine the relationship between India and Africa is two-fold: micro analysis and macro analysis. This includes focusing on economic and energy diplomacy, political and security engagement and pan-African projects and strategies, says Dr. Arndt Michael of the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Deuba for joint approach with India to exploit Nepal's huge hydro potential
Jun 11, 2013

Deuba for joint approach with India to exploit Nepal's huge hydro potential

Nepal's former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has stressed on the need to develop "a joint approach" with India to exploit the huge hydro power potential of the country. He said Nepal has the potential of generating over one lakh megawatts of power.

Developing a regional Single Window System in the Indian Ocean Region
Jun 02, 2023

Developing a regional Single Window System in the Indian Ocean Region

India and Australia can support the development of a Single Window System in fellow Indian Ocean Region states for trade facilitation at the regional

Developing clean energy alternatives for industries
Jun 02, 2021

Developing clean energy alternatives for industries

There is possibility of active policy interventions. What is needed is international collaboration with an aim to achieve development goals.

Developing the architecture for urban transportation in India
Aug 13, 2018

Developing the architecture for urban transportation in India

Development of a proper and efficient transport network is a science in itself, but the least understood.

Developing towns and cities: China's Maotai case study
Apr 10, 2015

Developing towns and cities: China's Maotai case study

The story of the Maotai town in the Guizhou province in South China is an interesting case study of developmental economics - how a relatively underdeveloped region was turned into a rich town.

Dhaka boundary settlement: Modi bites the bullet
Dec 01, 2014

Dhaka boundary settlement: Modi bites the bullet

Constructing a border of cooperation with Bangladesh should liberate India from one of major geopolitical constraints imposed on it by the Partition of Bengal. When he travels to Dhaka in the near future, Modi is in a position to unveil a genuine strategic partnership with Bangladesh.

Dhaka Global Dialogue 2019 | Welcome address by Major General A.K.M. Abdur Rahman
Nov 11, 2019

Dhaka Global Dialogue 2019 | Welcome address by Major General A.K.M. Abdur Rahman

The Dhaka Global Dialogue will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss and debate the core developmental issues in the Asian century where all nat

Dhaka spillover
Dec 19, 2013

Dhaka spillover

Whatever be the academic arguments, the die has been cast in Dhaka for a definitive contest between the forces of progress and regression. The outcomes are likely to have a lasting impact on the subcontinent's political future and India's regional security environment. It is time Delhi's political classes paid some serious attention to the developments in Bangladesh.

Dialogues required to resolve Asian disputes: 7th Fleet Commander
Apr 04, 2013

Dialogues required to resolve Asian disputes: 7th Fleet Commander

Commander of the US Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Scott H. Swift, feels that dialogues and frank discussions are the best solution to the ongoing disputes in the Indo-Pacific region.

Did Abe-Singh joint statement live up to expectations?
Feb 03, 2014

Did Abe-Singh joint statement live up to expectations?

There is a strong feeling that the signing of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and India has not led to the full utilisation of the potential that exists for larger trade and investment. Further efforts should therefore be undertaken to realise those ends.

Did the UP Govt ban two channels for being too critical?
Jan 20, 2014

Did the UP Govt ban two channels for being too critical?

The reported ban on two television news channels in Uttar Pradesh has exposed the lack of rules when in face-offs between politicians (or perhaps, ruling politicians) and the media. There were earlier reports that the Central government had requested Google to take down posts that criticised it.

Did US achieve its goal with Iraq mission?
Dec 21, 2011

Did US achieve its goal with Iraq mission?

The US's war in Iraq is over but it has ended in a fiasco. Iraq is unstable and Iran is emerging as the strongest force in the region.

Did we achieve anything by PM not being in Colombo?
Dec 06, 2013

Did we achieve anything by PM not being in Colombo?

Elections will not be won or lost because of events in Sri Lanka, but Sri Lanka could be lost because of our electoral politics. Our PM's absence in Colombo at this juncture is akin to a public snub to Sri Lanka and the vacuum that we create and show little intention or urgency to fill, can only be filled by one country - China.

Different Trajectories of 'Terror' An assessment of the terrorism matrix in Chechnya
Mar 16, 2004

Different Trajectories of 'Terror' An assessment of the terrorism matrix in Chechnya

Terrorism in Chechnya has three major trajectories ' first, the terrorist campaign of the Chechens and others who are a part of the international terrorist network and who derive legitimacy from Islamic fundamentalism and whose fight is not just against the alleged oppression of the Russian state, but also to establish Islamic rule in Chechnya and to facilitate its integration with the pan-Islamic world.

DIFFERING STANDARDS - The US must not wink at a Sino-Pak nuclear deal
Aug 11, 2010

DIFFERING STANDARDS - The US must not wink at a Sino-Pak nuclear deal

China's decision to sell two additional nuclear power reactors to Pakistan has dimensions that need to be better understood. China is persisting with its internationally destabilizing proliferation activity.

Digital democracies and virtual frontiers: How do we safeguard democracy in the 4IR?
Dec 10, 2021

Digital democracies and virtual frontiers: How do we safeguard democracy in the 4IR?

Open societies have always defended their borders stoutly and they must also safeguard the new digital frontlines

Digital Dreams, Real Challenges: Key Factors Driving India’s AI Ecosystem
May 08, 2024

Digital Dreams, Real Challenges: Key Factors Driving India’s AI Ecosystem

India, like much of the rest of the world, is faced with the twin but opposing conditions of economic potential and social concerns that need to be negotiated to realise the digital dividends from artificial intelligence (AI) and achieve sustainable and balanced growth. AI systems involve layers of technological dependencies that necessitate and enable social and institutional interdependency between stakeholders, enabling conditions, and resourc

Digital governance: Need for regulating cloud ecosystem
Oct 04, 2014

Digital governance: Need for regulating cloud ecosystem

India will become a digital society. It is also deploying all the right pieces and infrastructure for a digital economy. The foundation for both will be the cloud ecosystem, which, however, needs to be protected through a robust policy and legal framework.

Digital India: Aspirations high in smaller cities than in metros
Oct 20, 2015

Digital India: Aspirations high in smaller cities than in metros

People in smaller cities of India were more hopeful about the prospects of Digital India than the people in big cities which are traditionally thought of as 'tech savvy', according to a survey conducted by Observer Research Foundation.

Digital strategies for disaster management: Lessons from Kashmir
Sep 19, 2014

Digital strategies for disaster management: Lessons from Kashmir

The Kashmir floods have exposed our communication faultlines. Why is there no disaster management plan in the case of a communication blackout? This is perhaps even more pertinent given that the remote corners of India, be they coastal, mountainous or otherwise, are not well connected to modern telecom networks.

Digital Yuan: Is the renminbi ready to take on the dollar?
Jun 27, 2022

Digital Yuan: Is the renminbi ready to take on the dollar?

The development of China's Digital Yuan is another step in the process of internationalising the renminbi. Will this threaten the dollar's internation

Diplomacy reaches higher orbit: ISRO’s success enables India to further its strategic goals
May 08, 2017

Diplomacy reaches higher orbit: ISRO’s success enables India to further its strategic goals

ISRO’s success enables India to further its strategic goals and share the fruits of development with others.