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Selling Arms for buying Peace
Sep 27, 2004

Selling Arms for buying Peace

Pakistan¿s port city of Karachi has been buzzing with military activity beginning September 2004. There have been two important events: first the inauguration by President Musharraf of the third IDEAS-2004 defence exhibition at the Expo Centre, Karachi.

Seminar on Employment and Growth
Aug 17, 2004

Seminar on Employment and Growth

Appropriately designed strategies could promote growth with employment, Mr AB Bardhan, General Secretary of the Communist Party of India, said, while speaking at a seminar on "Employment and Growth",

Senior citizens, cities and city planning
May 22, 2019

Senior citizens, cities and city planning

Cities have not adopted land use, zoning and fiscal policies that encourage and support development tailored to meet the housing and healthcare needs

Separate ministries inhibit a coherent energy policy
Feb 11, 2014

Separate ministries inhibit a coherent energy policy

India having separate ministries for each segment of the energy is inhibiting development of a coherent energy policy, according to experts.

Servicing India-ASEAN trade
Nov 05, 2014

Servicing India-ASEAN trade

Against the backdrop of near failure of the World Trade Organisation's Doha Round, the FTAs with Asean in goods as well as in services and investment is expected to further help the integration of the Indian economy into the global economy. The pact with Asean also presents India with an opportunity to revive its own GDP growth.

Sex Appeal Declines in Indo-Pak Talks
Jul 17, 2010

Sex Appeal Declines in Indo-Pak Talks

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".

SEZs will create 4 million jobs
Jul 23, 2007

SEZs will create 4 million jobs

Observer Research Foundation and ORF Chennai-based business magazine Industrial Economist organised a one-day seminar on 23 July 2007 titled SEZs - Prospects & Challenges.

Shadows in Khan's network
Mar 30, 2005

Shadows in Khan's network

It is amazing how the US investigating agencies have taken more than a year to figure out that Dr AQ Khan could not have set up his network of nuclear smugglers without the help of a whole lot of people than thought earlier. According to recent news leaks appearing in some major US newspapers, the investigating agencies are reportedly discovering missing links in Khan's network.

Shahbagh protests: Will Bangladesh set an example for the region?
Mar 04, 2013

Shahbagh protests: Will Bangladesh set an example for the region?

The Shahbagh protests could become a defining moment in Bangladesh's history, bringing back secularism in to the midst of political debate in the country.

Shake-up time for Sri Lanka
Mar 26, 2012

Shake-up time for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka should understand the nuances of diplomatic existence, survival and self-assertion, appreciate them where possible, accept them where needed. India and others may be blamed for Sri Lanka losing the vote but it should rather shake up Colombo to look into what had gone wrong with its foreign policy strategy, instead.

Shaky Hand at Home Mars External Drive
Dec 29, 2010

Shaky Hand at Home Mars External Drive

India enter the New Year with a somewhat strengthened diplomatic hand with more international responsiveness to our concerns. However, 2011 will not produce any major breakthroughs in resolving our outstanding problems.

Shaping The Mind of The Oslo Killer
Jul 29, 2011

Shaping The Mind of The Oslo Killer

Oslo killer Anders Breivik is the creature of the Murdoch press which has throttled the Murrows of this world. His mind set would synchronize perfectly with Bill O'Reilly's the famous anchor of Fox News. The coverage of American military action in Afghanistan in November 2001 would have been orgasmic for Breivik.

Sharad Pawar's Move:  NCP's Growth or Decline?
Jul 17, 2010

Sharad Pawar's Move: NCP's Growth or Decline?

Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar made two intelligent moves this month. The timing is perfect, but the move can go in any direction. It may either mark the decline of the NCP or contribute to spreading of his party beyond Maharashtra.

Shared Cultures and Heritage for Conflict Resolution A South Asian Perspective
Jul 11, 2012

Shared Cultures and Heritage for Conflict Resolution A South Asian Perspective

This is an edited version of the talk given by Prof. Sudharshan Seneviratne, a well known historian and archaeologist from Sri Lanka, at ORF on April 9, 2012. Prof Seneviratne, currently Professor of Archaeology at the University of Peradeniya, Colombo, has carried out pioneering research in the field of archaeology and is a widely respected speaker on the subject.

Shared values of US, India face profound global challenges, say US Ambassador
Aug 14, 2015

Shared values of US, India face profound global challenges, say US Ambassador

The shared values that the United States and India hold dear face profound challenges in a number of areas that threaten global security and the international order, according to the US Ambassador to India, Mr. Richard Verma.

Shared values of US, India face profound global challenges, say US Ambassador
Aug 14, 2015

Shared values of US, India face profound global challenges, say US Ambassador

The shared values that the United States and India hold dear face profound challenges in a number of areas that threaten global security and the international order, according to the US Ambassador to India, Mr. Richard Verma.

Sharif at ISI HQ
Jul 12, 2013

Sharif at ISI HQ

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to the ISI HQ at Aabpara, Islamabad, on July 11 has raised eyebrows over its timing and content. Sharif and his ministerial colleagues stayed at the ISI HQ for five hours and were briefed by the chiefs of the Army and the ISI.

Sharif has quite a few challenges: Grare
Jun 14, 2013

Sharif has quite a few challenges: Grare

Talking about the challenges confronting the Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan and the implications of the political transition on the region, Dr. Frederic Grare said the problems facing his government are huge, which cannot be resolved overnight and need long-term solutions.

Sharif must strike against ISI fast and hard
May 14, 2013

Sharif must strike against ISI fast and hard

The one thing Nawaz Sharief should do on day one is to issue an order placing the ISI under civilian leadership. This will de-fang the Army of the most potent instrument it uses to distort Pakistani democracy.

Sharif's TTP challenge
Oct 01, 2013

Sharif's TTP challenge

Going by the frequency and nature of the TTP attacks, the militant group seems to be playing a larger game aimed at drawing the armed forces deeper into a protracted conflict in the tribal areas with the US withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan in mind. For the Nawaz Sharif government, and the military, the options are fast running out.

Sharing trans-boundary resources: Fluid lessons
Jul 18, 2012

Sharing trans-boundary resources: Fluid lessons

Powerful private interests will collude with the most powerful state to safeguard their mutual energy interest or the private sector may actually end up suggesting and implementing a joint framework agreement.

Sharp rise in number of terror attacks since 2010
Apr 23, 2015

Sharp rise in number of terror attacks since 2010

Dr. Gary LaFree of the University of Maryland says in his studies of the data gathered by his department, he has noticed that in recent years, terrorist attacks have become deadlier with advances in technological knowhow. However, attacks using high technology, radiological, chemical and biological attacks, made up only a meager percentage of the total number of attacks.

Sheikh Hasina's China visit:  An assessment
Jun 19, 2014

Sheikh Hasina's China visit: An assessment

Despite some setbacks, the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to China and her meetings with top leaders were quite successful and fruitful, underlying the fact that China has become a time tested friend.

Shifting Perceptions of Power: Soft Power and India's Foreign Policy
Dec 15, 2010

Shifting Perceptions of Power: Soft Power and India's Foreign Policy

Soft power's importance has increased in the context of globalisation and the growing disquiet over the use of military power for achieving foreign policy objectives. This paper focuses specifically on soft power in India's foreign policy

Shifting public opinion sees US as the enemy number one
Jul 08, 2013

Shifting public opinion sees US as the enemy number one

In Pakistan, the debate today dominating the military and civilian circles is how to tackle the threat of terrorism, and not India. There is a growing feeling among the military leaders about the gravity of the threats posed by these terrorist groups to Pakistan.

Ship-building policy needs change
Sep 03, 2013

Ship-building policy needs change

A performance audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General in 2010-2011 revealed that while shipyards in the US, France, South Korea and Russia took between 66-84 months from the award of contract to the construction of a ship, in India, it took 116 to 120 months.

Short-sighted Submarine saga
Aug 29, 2013

Short-sighted Submarine saga

The tragic accident of Sindhurakshak should serve as a clarion call for the Navy and the higher defence establishment for introspection over the institutional inadequacies and the need for re-evaluating policy decisions.

Short-sighted submarine saga
Sep 09, 2013

Short-sighted submarine saga

The tragic accident of Sindhurakshak should serve as a clarion call for the Navy and the higher defence establishment for introspection over the institutional inadequacies and the need for re-evaluating policy decisions. A refocused attempt to rectify the growing lack of underwater platforms and warship inventory is the dire need of the hour.

Should death be our final stop?
Aug 04, 2014

Should death be our final stop?

The current debate around euthanasia and assisted death brings in spotlight what technological possibilities of the future may end up achieving for humanity.

Should India be disappointed on US-Pak nuclear deal?
Oct 13, 2015

Should India be disappointed on US-Pak nuclear deal?

A Pakistani nuclear deal would suggest that the US is determined to maintain good ties with both India and Pakistan. Those in India, who expected that Washington's unhappiness with Islamabad would result in undivided attention to New Delhi, will be disappointed. But, the US is following the logic of its geopolitical interests.

Should India be worried about Sino-Pak civil nuclear deal?
Oct 08, 2010

Should India be worried about Sino-Pak civil nuclear deal?

Pakistan is facing an imminent energy crisis. Hydroelectric projects like Kalabagh, or coal-based ones like the Thar have failed to address the nation's growing energy needs adequately.

Should India continue to stay out of ICC?
Nov 24, 2010

Should India continue to stay out of ICC?

Terrorism and the use of nuclear weapons could be taken up for consideration for inclusion in the International Criminal Court's purview. Effective participation by India, even as an observer, could influence the evolution of the ICC in the course of such discussions.

Should India fear China's Navy?
May 19, 2012

Should India fear China's Navy?

If one really wishes to get a better appreciation of how the Indian Navy plans for an upsurge in naval rivalry with Beijing, the best thing to do is to carefully parse the refreshingly sanguine words of India's naval chiefs on the matter.

Should India play cricket with Pak?
Jul 30, 2012

Should India play cricket with Pak?

It is now a well-known fact that how Pakistani terrorists and ISI operatives exploited the visas in plotting terror attacks against India. And, it is a matter of serious concern that there are 7,000 Pakistanis still in India after their visas had expired.

Should Obama go to Sochi Olympics?
Jan 15, 2014

Should Obama go to Sochi Olympics?

US President Barack Obama should go to Sochi and send out the message to the world that despite differences, the two countries are together on the issue of terrorism. This would be a diplomatic win for him and resurrect the position of US in the international arena.

Shuffle the Babu pack on performance basis
Dec 08, 2015

Shuffle the Babu pack on performance basis

New Indian Ambassadors to a host of key countries have recently been appointed. Also a new Permanent Representative to the UN. These appointments reflected the stamp of the Foreign Secretary. Will the government do the same kind of tweaking in the case of domestic bureaucracy too?.

Siachen: National consensus needed
May 30, 2006

Siachen: National consensus needed

Senior opposition leaders, particularly of the BJP, have been sharply critical of the government¿s reported moves to demilitarise Siachen. While their stridency could be put down in part to the need to sound overtly patriotic during election time, it is indeed surprising that none of the leaders of the Congress Party or the UPA alliance thought it fit to respond.