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Sick of Eurozone crisis? Come over to BRICS
Mar 19, 2015

Sick of Eurozone crisis? Come over to BRICS

Greece is having unprecedented economic problems and so is Spain which is seeing the rise of a new party Podemos. France too is in economic trouble and Germany is facing flattening out of exports and slower growth prospects.

Signals from Jalalabad attack
Aug 05, 2013

Signals from Jalalabad attack

After the US withdrawal in 2014, the Taliban, with the help of Pakistan, could plan a low-key but protracted military push towards Kabul. Taliban's attacks in Kabul this year are an indication of this strategy which will push the region towards greater instability in the next one year.

Significance of China's hypersonic missile vehicle test
Jan 24, 2014

Significance of China's hypersonic missile vehicle test

The report of a Chinese hypersonic missile vehicle test is yet another signal that the People's Republic of China intends to contest the hegemony of the United States across the spectrum.

Significance of Chinese investments in Pakistan
Sep 04, 2010

Significance of Chinese investments in Pakistan

China has considerably increased its investments in Pakistan. Given Pakistan's fragile IMF dependent economy, the idea of an economic rationale behind the substantial Chinese investments seems far-fetched.

Significance of the 17th SAARC Summit
Dec 06, 2011

Significance of the 17th SAARC Summit

The most important feature of the 17th SAARC Summit was the one pertaining to the promotion of maritime and rail connectivity among three of the region's eight countries.

Significance of Vajpayee's China Visit
Aug 19, 2003

Significance of Vajpayee's China Visit

China¿s decision in the 1980's to supply to Pakistan nuclear weapons technology and missiles capable of delivering nukes over long distances was intended to bind India down in a south Asian strategic impasse and constrict India's larger role in Asia and the world. China achieved only partial success in that objective.

Significant changes in India-Nepal diplomacy
Aug 05, 2011

Significant changes in India-Nepal diplomacy

There will soon be two important changes in the Nepal and India diplomacy, which are of significant importance to both the countries. Nepal's ambassador to India, Rukma Shumsher Rana, has been recalled while the Indian envoy to Nepal Rakesh Sood will be replaced by another career diplomat.

Silk route to Beijing
Sep 15, 2014

Silk route to Beijing

India needs to develop a vigorous framework for maritime economic activism in the Indian Ocean and beyond. India must collaborate with whoever it can in reconnecting the subcontinent with itself and the neighbouring regions.

Silk routes
Feb 19, 2014

Silk routes

As China reconfigures India's Neighbourhood through its active promotion of new silk routes ?over the Great Himalayas and across the Indian Ocean ?New Delhi must make up its mind on how best to respond.

Similar narratives in India, US elections?
Nov 12, 2015

Similar narratives in India, US elections?

One can draw a range of parallels in the political discourse prevalent in the US and India. In this article, an attempt has been made to find parallels in the narratives that dominated the Indian general election of 2014, with the ones currently dominating the U.S. presidential election in 2016.

Simpl: Platform for simplifying payments and credit wallet
Nov 03, 2020

Simpl: Platform for simplifying payments and credit wallet

India is ahead of the entire world when it comes to fintech. This is an unprecedented time, ripe for entrepreneurship.

Sindh festival
Feb 05, 2014

Sindh festival

The two-week-long Sindh festival, now underway in Pakistan, is significant for multiple reasons. For one, it is about the unfolding leadership transition in the Pakistan People's Party from Asif Ali Zardari, who led it after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.

Sindh is not East Pakistan
Apr 16, 2014

Sindh is not East Pakistan

The shift of the non-PPP Sindhi leadership to other non-Sindhi parties, and their subsequent victories there, though limited, is shows that much of Sindhi society is looking to the rest of the country to bring about change in the Province. Better connecting Sindh to the Pakistani mainstream is now seen by many as a solution to their internal grievances.

Singapore President's visit: A boost to Swaraj's 5s vision
Feb 19, 2015

Singapore President's visit: A boost to Swaraj's 5s vision

The recent New Delhi visit of Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations, was very much fruitful to give a boost to Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's 5s vision and enhance the skill development and cultural ties between the countries.

Singapore’s school management policy during COVID-19
Sep 14, 2021

Singapore’s school management policy during COVID-19

Singapore’s predominantly state-based school system and agile policymaking ensure minimal impact of the pandemic on its children

Singh's Bold Foreign Policy
Oct 10, 2011

Singh's Bold Foreign Policy

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh deserves credit for his determination to push on with engagement that may be difficult, but which is undoubtedly in India's interest. And his boldness isn't confined to Pakistan alone.

Single out spoilers, hold them accountable: Afghan Ambassador
Oct 09, 2013

Single out spoilers, hold them accountable: Afghan Ambassador

Afghanistan thinks that the Istanbul Process, as a mechanism established in November 2011 for regional cooperation to ensure stability in the country, is still under-utilised, says Afghanistan's Ambassador to India Shaida M Abdali.

Sino-Indian Asaphila Patrolling Face-off
Aug 12, 2003

Sino-Indian Asaphila Patrolling Face-off

The recent face-off between Indian and Chinese patrols in Asaphila area on June 26, 2003 evoked considerable media interest and political debate in the country. It overshadowed and almost neutralised the Prime Minister's visit to China, which took place after a decade long gap and, more significantly,

Sino-Indian Border Infrastructure: Issues and Challenges
Jul 31, 2023

Sino-Indian Border Infrastructure: Issues and Challenges

This paper looks at the recent Chinese infrastructural developments along the Sino-Indian border, including building of highways, road links and oil pipelines that have improved the country's force deployment and sustenance capabilities. The paper also assesses India?s infrastructure initiatives on the border front and argues that they are inadequate, especially in light of the Chinese developments.

Sino-Indian Competition in the Indian Ocean Region intensifies
Oct 16, 2020

Sino-Indian Competition in the Indian Ocean Region intensifies

As competition intensifies in the Indian Ocean Region, India loses touch with Sri Lanka and solidifies relations with the Maldives.

Sino-Indian relations: Wuhan spirit under growing strain
Aug 20, 2019

Sino-Indian relations: Wuhan spirit under growing strain

The already tenuous effort by both sides to manage their ties has been further complicated by contemporary developments.

Sino-Myanmar Relations and Impact on the Region
Feb 26, 2011

Sino-Myanmar Relations and Impact on the Region

An interaction on 'Sino-Myanmar Relations and Impact on Region' at ORF Chennai noted that Indian response to the security threat emanating from this strategic relationship was inadequate. And India has not been effectively executing the 'Look East' policy.

Sino-Pak alliance: Naval and nuclear cooperation
May 18, 2013

Sino-Pak alliance: Naval and nuclear cooperation

The unrealistic expectations in India from Li Keqiang's visit to Delhi and Mumbai next week are likely to be tempered when weighed against the Chinese premier's agenda in Pakistan.

Sino-Pak nuke deal and US
Jul 27, 2010

Sino-Pak nuke deal and US

It is ironic that the Obama administration, which has been persistently dogmatic about nuclear proliferation issues, has decided to turn a blind eye to China's attempts to fuel Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme.

Sino-South Korean Relations: Towards improvement?
May 29, 2019

Sino-South Korean Relations: Towards improvement?

No matter how Beijing-Seoul relations develop, South Korea’s economic dependence on China will not change in the near future since China is its larg

Situating South Asia in the US response to transnational threats and Islamic militancy
Aug 26, 2015

Situating South Asia in the US response to transnational threats and Islamic militancy

The rise of Islamic State does pose a strategic threat to South Asia, although the influence might not be direct, according to Prof. Stephen Tankel of American University. He says since the decline of the Al Qaeda senior leadership in Pakistan, the IS has emerged a source of new leadership.

Situation in Afghanistan in the Context of Insurgency and Changing Nature of War
Apr 18, 2008

Situation in Afghanistan in the Context of Insurgency and Changing Nature of War

Lt Gen (retd.) David Barno, Director, Center for North-East and South Asia (NESA) at the National Defense University, Washington, D.C. along with Col (retd.) Jack Gill, also of the same center, visited ORF on 18 April 2008. LTG Barno made a presentation on "Situation in Afghanistan in the Context of Insurgency and Changing Nature of War".

Six months of Modi Government
Dec 12, 2014

Six months of Modi Government

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leading a majority government after a gap of 25 years, took charge of the country on May 26 this year at an impressive swearing-in ceremony.

Six things that go against  ...
Sep 13, 2012

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With every day inching closer to the penultimate battle of 2014, the lines ar e being drawn and rules of the game getting clear. Political leaders are maki ng their preferences clear about PM candidates. And with every announceme nt, any chances of Na-rendra Modi making it to 7RCR are receding.

Skybus Vs Metro: Mumbai Deserves The Best
Aug 11, 2006

Skybus Vs Metro: Mumbai Deserves The Best

The city of Mumbai is almost synonymous with its train network, the backbone of its bustling public life. Mumbai suburban trains are said to be the most efficient railway systems in the world. Its eminence & growing dependency has belittled the high price of human lives, the city is paying. In 2002, the Mumbai suburban railway system claimed 3773 lives, injuring 3,297 from the total 7070 accident cases.

Sleeping with terrorists
Oct 30, 2004

Sleeping with terrorists

A collusive relationship between politicians and Naxalites or the People's War (PW) and Maoist Communist Centre of India (MCCI), which have merged on September 21, 2004, to form the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), is clearly visible in Bihar, as in several other parts of the country.

Sleeping with the enemy
May 29, 2015

Sleeping with the enemy

There are now three strands to Pakistan's strategy. One, to keep the pressure on Afghanistan through increased Taliban terrorist attacks; two, take over the dialogue process with the help of China, and; three, tie all this up with an ISI-NDS deal.

Sliding along on oil
Mar 04, 2010

Sliding along on oil

The shadow boxing being done by UPA's friends and foes for a rollback of "prices" actually lacks a killer punch because what they are demanding is one of taxes meant to collect revenues for the UPA's flagship social sector schemes

SM Krishna's visit to Dhaka: An assessment
Jul 13, 2011

SM Krishna's visit to Dhaka: An assessment

The visit of External Affairs Minister SM Krishna to Dhaka early July underlines the importance of Bangladesh in India's strategic thinking. The visit was also crucial as it laid out the agenda for the all-important visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Bangladesh later this year.

Small countries must together create structures that can defend against global powers
Aug 16, 2019

Small countries must together create structures that can defend against global powers

The talk by Boris Tadić focuses on African issues as they are becoming strategically important for the future of mankind and for the sustainability o

Small Hydro Power Can Fill In Energy Deficit
Jan 07, 2011

Small Hydro Power Can Fill In Energy Deficit

Of all the non-conventional renewable energy sources, small hydro represents highest density resource and stands in the first place in generation of electricity from such sources world-wide. It is also the most cost-effective energy technology to be considered for rural electrification and under the climate change scenarios.

Small steps for big change
Apr 16, 2015

Small steps for big change

While the launch of the MUDRA Bank is a laudable effort on the part of the government, there still persists ambiguity in the nature of the Bank's undertakings. The most pressing concern is in regards to the Bank's role as both a regulator and refinancing agency which will lead to a conflict of interests.

Smart Cities: How serious is the Modi Govt?
Mar 21, 2015

Smart Cities: How serious is the Modi Govt?

Building one hundred smart cities, towns or townships will not change India's urban landscape much. India needs an overall smart, well-discussed, thought-out, and lastly effective and efficiently implemented urban development strategy in a holistic urban policy framework. Now is the time to shape it.

Smart cities: Where India can learn from Chinese experiences
Oct 03, 2015

Smart cities: Where India can learn from Chinese experiences

As India starts moving on its path of making its hundred odd cities 'smart', it could take a few cues from the experience of China, another developing country and India's immediate neighbour. Though in many parameters, the Chinese cities do quite well, they too have shortcomings, when looked from some indicators.

Smart city making in India: Union budget 2020 and the way forward
Mar 04, 2020

Smart city making in India: Union budget 2020 and the way forward

The commitment towards local economic development, sustainable development, ease of living, etc. must be showcased by inviting reputed countries of th

Smashing democracy's license permit raj
Oct 31, 2011

Smashing democracy's license permit raj

Fixers aka political managers abound because they thrive in an artificially scare economy where votes are a premium

Snowden effect
Jun 25, 2013

Snowden effect

It is not often that China defends the rights of whistleblowers against the state and America finds itself defensive about internet freedom. That precisely is what Edward Snowden, the young American who has exposed the expansive cyber espionage activities of the National Security Agency in the United States against its own citizens and the rest of the world, has achieved.

Snubbing Zardari
May 23, 2012

Snubbing Zardari

In treating Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari badly at the NATO summit in Chicago, US President Barack Obama was highlighting the US frustration at Pakistan's reluctance to open up over land access to the international forces in Afghanistan.

So, goodbye until the next blast
Aug 14, 2012

So, goodbye until the next blast

It's pointless to blame Pakistan for successful terrorist strikes. What about the CCTVs that didn't work? The strategy of the new generation of terrorists is to keep the country forever in the terror warp, and they seem to be winning.

Social Evolution & Militancy: Past and Prospects
May 12, 2004

Social Evolution & Militancy: Past and Prospects

The recent US decision to blackball People¿s War (PW) and the Maoist Communist Centre (MCC) may have revived interest in the naxalite movements, nearer home in India. While there can be no two ways about the State and the society fighting militancy, insurgency or terrorism, there is need to study the social causes and implications of such a trend. That way, we can reduce such incidents and instances, if not totally eliminate them.