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Natural Gas Consumption in India: The Tale of Two Sectors
Jun 16, 2022

Natural Gas Consumption in India: The Tale of Two Sectors

Natural gas consumption in India has fallen due to reduction in domestic gas availability.

Navigating Considerations of Global Governance, National Strategies, and Ethics in Biowarfare
Aug 07, 2023

Navigating Considerations of Global Governance, National Strategies, and Ethics in Biowarfare

Biological weapons can come from naturally occurring microbes and viruses; but innovations in genomic editing are opening up new, potentially more threatening avenues for their development. These innovations can cause or spread disease or resist known therapeutic approaches. Addressing such threats of biowarfare requires obtaining reliable and informative taxonomies for the pathogens and timely and effective responses. This, in turn, calls for co

Need for austerity measures
Nov 01, 2011

Need for austerity measures

All over Europe, the new mantra is austerity. Though India's exports have been doing well since last month, this may not be sustained in the future if our big trade partners are busy tightening their belts and trade credits dry up.

Need to change economic structure to sustain high industrial growth
Dec 18, 2012

Need to change economic structure to sustain high industrial growth

To become a major industrial nation by 2030, as predicted by a Washington think-tank recently, India will require many changes in the economic structure of the country in which efficient and viable small and medium enterprises coexist with the big factory-based organised sector and with a middle class bigger than that in the US and Europe combined, to support it with their demand.

Neither warmongers nor wimps
Sep 20, 2014

Neither warmongers nor wimps

Driven by the dramatic events in the Ukraine, a far-reaching process has started, in Germany and in other European countries. For this time, the European Union is on the right path.

Nepal: Reaching the new normal
Nov 18, 2016

Nepal: Reaching the new normal

Mr. Prachanda has been provided with a new found cushion with the restoration of Indo-Neap ties and laid ground for much-needed political room for manoeuvre.

Nepal–India relations in post-COVID-19 period
Jan 10, 2022

Nepal–India relations in post-COVID-19 period

The relations between India and Nepal have reverted to the pre-pandemic period as both countries have reopened borders

New Age Warfare' and 'New World Order
Sep 16, 2004

New Age Warfare' and 'New World Order

It may not mean much in terms of substance. Symbolic as it may seem, the more recent Spanish re-identification with the Franco-German European combine in the post-Iraq War era still has a message for the world. It has sent out fresh signals that multi-polarity is still alive and kicking, and a 'New World Order' may be yet to emerge years after the 'Cold War' ended - and is still going through the inevitable processes.

New Army Chief in Bangladesh
Jul 03, 2012

New Army Chief in Bangladesh

Lieutenant General Iqbal Karim Bhuiyan's appointment as the new Chief of Bangladesh Army on June 25 has evoked a keen interest in India and elsewhere. There are two reasons for this interest in an other-wise routine succession--General Bhuiyan succeeded General Abdul Mobeen on his retirement.

New India's global role
Sep 26, 2005

New India's global role

Since the end of the Cold War, the world order has been in a state of dynamic transition. With unprecedented military, economic and technological preponderance, the US dominates the scene. Europe is reunited, at peace and engaged in consolidating its political unity and economic integration.

New northern sea route could alter equations
Jun 18, 2013

New northern sea route could alter equations

Once the northern sea route from Europe to China becomes active, the strategic balance between the Indian and Arctic Oceans could change. Would this change be enough to mean easier or cheaper availability of oil and gas from West Asia to Europe, China and India? Would it reduce the strategic relevance of the Ocean to the West and mean a direct confrontation there between India and China?

Nirmala Sitharaman’s 2 cuts raise 4 expectations
Sep 20, 2019

Nirmala Sitharaman’s 2 cuts raise 4 expectations

Economic growth is — finally — a priority and the entrepreneur a key participant in that conversation.

Oil trade helps fuel peace engagements
Jul 26, 2012

Oil trade helps fuel peace engagements

Though India and Pakistan have been working on improving bilateral trade, the recent meeting of Experts' Group on Trade in Petroleum and Petrochemical Products come in the wake of the ongoing energy crisis in Pakistan.

Oil, Ethnicity, and Insurgency in Nigeria
Jun 29, 2011

Oil, Ethnicity, and Insurgency in Nigeria

In mid-June, the oil giant Shell was forced to declare force majeure in its Nigeria unit excusing it from liability and contractual obligations due to sabotage by local militias on its oil pipelines.

Oman: How India can benefit in the calm amidst the storm in West Asia
Feb 09, 2018

Oman: How India can benefit in the calm amidst the storm in West Asia

The stability of Oman offers an easier space for India to manoeuvre in.

Optimising Urban Agriculture: A Pathway to Food Security in India
Aug 17, 2023

Optimising Urban Agriculture: A Pathway to Food Security in India

As global and urban populations continue to grow, and climate change threatens food security, it is imperative that cities—often the largest food consumers—contribute to its production through urban agriculture. Urban agriculture comprises food and non-food products grown for self-consumption or sale. Entrepreneurs, non-governmental organisations, and citizens worldwide are adopting new technologies to optimise production amid space c

Organoid Intelligence: Biology and the future of computing
Aug 17, 2023

Organoid Intelligence: Biology and the future of computing

The advantages of biological learning make OI a tempting notion to embrace, however, there are significant ethical and technological hurdles to overco

Pak Army's Second Kargil
Apr 13, 2004

Pak Army's Second Kargil

Waziristan last month ostensibly to hunt down al Qaida and Talibanelements has been a visible failure which could dramatically alterthe already existing fault lines in the force divided betweenloyalty to Musharraf, nation and religion.South Waziristan is one of the seven areas -Khyber, Kurram,Orakzai, Mohmand, Bajaur, North and South Waziristan - which wereclubbed together as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)by the British who wanted

Pakistan cripples SCO’s anti-terror potency
May 20, 2023

Pakistan cripples SCO’s anti-terror potency

Pakistan’s use of terrorism as a foreign policy tool has neutralised the potency of the SCO to effectively tackle this menace at the regional level

Pakistan in the eye of the storm
Apr 15, 2015

Pakistan in the eye of the storm

The 12-point resolution approved by Pakistan's Parliament said that Islamabad must maintain "neutrality" in the Yemen conflict. Pakistan has good reasons to have rejected what could have become a quagmire for its forces. But, it has angered Pakistan's friends, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Emirates.

Pakistan needs to be rescued from its current predicament
Nov 11, 2014

Pakistan needs to be rescued from its current predicament

On November 2, the Wagah border which collects curious crowds on either side of the border gate to witness the interesting manoeuvres of border guards on either side were witness to a gory incident of a terrific explosion on the Pakistani side,

Pakistan: F-16S & after
Apr 05, 2005

Pakistan: F-16S & after

The enthusiasm bordering on euphoria generated by the talks of Ms.Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State, with Indian leaders during her recent visit to New Delhi has been somewhat dissipated by the announcement of the decision of President George Bush to clear the sale of the latest version of the F-16 aircraft to Pakistan.

Pelosi’s visit spurs Chinese discussions on a two-front crisis
Aug 20, 2022

Pelosi’s visit spurs Chinese discussions on a two-front crisis

Once Taiwan is taken over, it is argued, the PLA will have a freer hand to deal with India and even recover other disputed territories.

Pharma conundrums & “bottle of lies”
Jun 11, 2019

Pharma conundrums & “bottle of lies”

The knowledge base, strength and capabilities of the Indian pharma have not been appreciated and image of Indian pharma industry is constantly being m

PM Meloni’s visit signals a progressive future for India-Italy relations
Mar 02, 2023

PM Meloni’s visit signals a progressive future for India-Italy relations

Prime Minister Meloni’s visit to India showcases the robust ties between India and Italy

PM Modi's foreign policy
May 15, 2015

PM Modi's foreign policy

Modi's strategy to navigate the impossible trinity of US, China and Europe-Russia is clear. Engage with the US, Japan and Germany aggressively and integrate into their value chains. Keep expectations low but exchange lofty targets with the Chinese and the Russians.

PM Modi's well-timed visit to Central Asia
Jul 06, 2015

PM Modi's well-timed visit to Central Asia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has begun yet another important foreign visit, this time to all the five Central Asian republics. It is a well-timed visit. India cannot possibly replace or compete with China and Russia, but it can definitely improve its visibility in the region and provide much needed room for strategic manoeuvrability.

Policies that fail to energise the fuel sector
Jun 11, 2013

Policies that fail to energise the fuel sector

Starting with the challenges faced by Indian petroleum sector in its hydrocarbon discoveries, the scenario remains to be unimpressive even after nine rounds of NELP bidding. Out of sedimentary basin area of 3.14 million km2 only 22 per cent has been well explored, while similar percentage is poorly explored.

Political Crisis in UK: क्‍या ख़तरे में है पीएम लिज ट्रस की कुर्सी?
Oct 19, 2022

Political Crisis in UK: क्‍या ख़तरे में है पीएम लिज ट्रस की कुर्सी?

सवाल उठता है कि क्‍या ट्रस की माफी के बाद ब्रिटेन में राजनीतिक संकट खत्‍म हो गया है. ट्रस की मांफी मांगने के पीछे बड़ी वजह क्‍या है. कंजर्वेटिव पार्टी की क्‍या दुविधा है. क्‍�

Political opposition in Russia in 2018: Composition, challenges and prospects
Aug 21, 2023

Political opposition in Russia in 2018: Composition, challenges and prospects

Russia recently witnessed the re-election of its long-serving president. A constitutionally mandated term limit suggests this would be Vladimir Putin’s last presidential term. As Russia enters a period of power transition, it is likely that a number of political actors will become relevant during this phase. This brief looks at the groups that form the opposition—those operating within the formal institutions and the major players outside it�

Pop culture and strategic messaging: How Netflix got caught in the South China Sea dispute
Jan 03, 2022

Pop culture and strategic messaging: How Netflix got caught in the South China Sea dispute

China’s claims over the South China Sea are being pushed forward not just by military intelligence and show strength, but also by soft power

Practising digital osmosis: India’s role in the global splinternet
Feb 07, 2023

Practising digital osmosis: India’s role in the global splinternet

Through digital osmosis, India attempts to balance profits from international engagements with national security considerations

Price-cap is after all just a new price: The case of cardiac stents in India
Apr 27, 2017

Price-cap is after all just a new price: The case of cardiac stents in India

The February 2017 order by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) for fixing the price ceiling for cardiac stents—a device that normalises blood supply to the heart—brings to fore the old debate on the influence of business in healthcare in India. In view of the increasing number of catheterisation laboratories in the country, and the rise in the use of cardiac stents, this article discusses, inter alia:  (a) the role of price

Prosperity through connectivity: ‘Positive transformation’ in India-Sri Lanka ties 
Aug 08, 2023

Prosperity through connectivity: ‘Positive transformation’ in India-Sri Lanka ties 

The recent visit by Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe has opened new opportunities to further consolidate India-Sri Lanka ties

Public Awareness on Antimicrobial Resistance: Results of a Community-Based Survey and Implications for Policy
May 04, 2022

Public Awareness on Antimicrobial Resistance: Results of a Community-Based Survey and Implications for Policy

Knowledge assessment is essential to policymaking, including for health. This report measures awareness of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance, and finds crucial gaps in understanding on many issues. In a survey among visitors to a science museum in Kolkata, the authors found, for example, more than six of every 10 respondents (67 percent) believing that antibiotics can be used to treat viral infections. This report highlights the need to de

Pulwama aftermath: How to curb the ‘conflict ecosystem’ in Kashmir
Mar 08, 2019

Pulwama aftermath: How to curb the ‘conflict ecosystem’ in Kashmir

Over the last thirty years, Kashmir has become a conflict economy, in which conflict entrepreneurs thrive. An entire ecosystem has developed that feeds into and upon this conflict economy. And the Jamaat has been one of the primary drivers and beneficiaries of this ecosystem.

Pulwama suicide attack and the battle of mind space
Feb 25, 2019

Pulwama suicide attack and the battle of mind space

Kinetics help in neutralising certain type of threats. They do not help in the real problem — the battle of mind space.

Putin's Delhi visit: A new journey of rediscovery
Dec 09, 2014

Putin's Delhi visit: A new journey of rediscovery

Russian President Putin's Eurocentric approach and having a Europeanist as his primary foreign policy advisor seem to be impacting on his policy towards Asia. The clout that the Orientalists and Indologists once had in the Kremlin is well and truly gone, and the relationship is that much weaker for it.

Putin’s meeting with Orbán in Beijing: Decoding its significance
Nov 17, 2023

Putin’s meeting with Orbán in Beijing: Decoding its significance

Despite being an active EU member, Hungary intends to continue its existing cooperation with Russia

Putin’s moves are hardly ‘chess thumping’
Feb 26, 2022

Putin’s moves are hardly ‘chess thumping’

The Russian President’s actions this week may yield tactical gains but hardly pass the test for strategic victory

Putin’s Ukraine strategy: Will it be decisive?
Feb 28, 2022

Putin’s Ukraine strategy: Will it be decisive?

Will Russia be able to deftly put an end to the Ukraine war on its own terms or would it get drawn into a protracted war?

Quantum communications: ISRO makes progress, but China is ahead
Apr 03, 2021

Quantum communications: ISRO makes progress, but China is ahead

The only downside for India is whether states in the EU find it to be a sufficiently attractive actor with which to collaborate.