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In the lockdown, a breath of fresh air
May 09, 2020

In the lockdown, a breath of fresh air

An urgent warning comes from a Harvard University study (bit.ly/3dthqiv), which establishes a correlation between long-term exposure to air pollution and Covid-19 mortality. The study finds that people living in polluted cities are more likely to have compromised respiratory, cardiac and other systems — and, therefore, are more vulnerable to Covid-19.

India unlocks with road rage
Sep 02, 2020

India unlocks with road rage

As India gradually opens up after the lockdown, the gains from the MV Act seem to be unravelling as we seem to be going back to our old normal of cong

India-Japan-Australia minilateral: The promise and perils of balancing locally
May 24, 2017

India-Japan-Australia minilateral: The promise and perils of balancing locally

This paper argues that even when the India-Japan-Australia minilateral is inspired by a need to ensure their interests against the current global power transition, it remains limited in its aim: to restrain China from achieving regional hegemony as it may threaten the liberal security order in the region. In the face of China’s rise and the US’ retrenchment, Asia’s regional powers are hedging their bets on a regional security order that is

India’s Seychelles military base roadblock has a China subtext
Mar 23, 2018

India’s Seychelles military base roadblock has a China subtext

China is a new entrant into the Indian Ocean, and there is a lot of concern over its development of ports and infrastructure and links with various countries. India must not overstate China's significance.

Intelligent interlocution
Oct 24, 2017

Intelligent interlocution

Dialogue is rarely easy in Kashmir.

Iran, Pakistan, and the greater Baloch question
Jan 19, 2024

Iran, Pakistan, and the greater Baloch question

The Iran-Pakistan strikes are a prime example of how the absence of counterterrorism cooperation can escalate into a diplomatic and on-ground conflict

Issues in Captive Coal Block Development in India
Mar 05, 2009

Issues in Captive Coal Block Development in India

The Observer Research Foundation (ORF) organised a brainstorming session on 'Issues in Captive Coal Block Development in India' on March 5, 2009 in partnership with CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory Services

It may be time for Bay of Bengal countries to skirt BIMSTEC’s roadblocks
Jan 15, 2021

It may be time for Bay of Bengal countries to skirt BIMSTEC’s roadblocks

It is too easy to imagine that formalising a group of countries into a multilateral organisation with a constitution and a secretariat will give it su

Junctions and roadblocks in Arab politics
May 05, 2005

Junctions and roadblocks in Arab politics

THE DISTURBING aspects of Arab democracy, wrote a columnist in Haaretz recently, "are its implications for Israel." These were listed: advent of democracy in Arab countries would make Israel lose its unique character and the "shared values" with America emanating from it; given the freedom of choice, Arab voters might elect Islamist "extremists"; Arab opinion, as per the most recent Arab Human Development Report

Keep the doors locked and turn on the light: Why less security online does not make us more secure offline
Oct 26, 2016

Keep the doors locked and turn on the light: Why less security online does not make us more secure offline

repeated calls for weakening industry encryption standards raise the question of whether the means employed by governments to protect national and per

Low allocation may hit modernisation plan
Mar 01, 2013

Low allocation may hit modernisation plan

The defence budget had grown by 17% in 2011-12 and 12% in 2012-13. A mere 1.79% of the GDP, it is a far cry from the stated goal of spending 3% of GDP on defence backed by the Parliamentary Committee on Defence.

LTTE: Karuna puts the clock back in more ways than one
Mar 10, 2004

LTTE: Karuna puts the clock back in more ways than one

By rebelling against supremo Prabhakaran in an unprecedented way, ¿Col¿ Karuna, LTTE¿s sacked commander for Sri Lanka¿s Eastern Province, has put the clock back in more ways than one. In a way, it has also put the LTTE at the crossroad all over again as never before, coming as it does after the historic Ceasefire Agreement with the Sri Lankan Government, but how far is too early to determine.

Maldives: Solih meets with allies ahead of local council polls
Jan 21, 2021

Maldives: Solih meets with allies ahead of local council polls

This is possibly the first time that all the coalition leaders are meeting for the first time after their decision to do so at least once every month,

Mobilising to a Victorious Insurgency: Locating Identity, Grievance, and Greed in the Taliban’s Strategy
Aug 11, 2023

Mobilising to a Victorious Insurgency: Locating Identity, Grievance, and Greed in the Taliban’s Strategy

Analysts attribute the fall of Kabul to the Taliban in August 2021 to various factors. These include geopolitical shifts, and the Taliban’s tactics of warfare. However, fewer attempts have been made to understand the Taliban’s victory through internal mobilisation. This brief attempts to fill the gap, and examines the role of identity, grievance, and greed in the Taliban’s mobilisation and its contribution to a successful insurgency. It out

Modi, Rajapaksa revive hopes on dead-locked fishers' talks
May 31, 2014

Modi, Rajapaksa revive hopes on dead-locked fishers' talks

New Indian Prime Minister and Sri Lankan President should attempt to take forward the fishers' talks, promised to be continued/revived by their respective Heads of Government at their Delhi meeting, and then have their officials create the structures and super-structures aimed at implementing those decisions.

Myanmar: Deadlock over the oath
Apr 27, 2012

Myanmar: Deadlock over the oath

Even before the Opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) could celebrate its victory in the recently-concluded by-elections, Myanmar is facing its first test as a nascent and evolving democracy.

National budget 2021-2022 and urban local bodies
Mar 05, 2021

National budget 2021-2022 and urban local bodies

The budget has made some enhanced provisions for the physical and social infrastructure of cities. These will directly contribute to the expansion and

National Budget 2022-23: What is in it for urban local bodies?
Feb 04, 2022

National Budget 2022-23: What is in it for urban local bodies?

Although the Budget pushes for urban planning, will the architecture of Indian federalism continue to limit its execution?

Natural gas in India: From Cinderella to Goldilocks
May 20, 2020

Natural gas in India: From Cinderella to Goldilocks

Natural gas can provide ‘always-on’ power — and in addition — provide quick ramp up and down to meet fluctuating demand at a fraction of the c

Need for further improving LOCs with African countries
Mar 24, 2014

Need for further improving LOCs with African countries

Considering the importance of Lines of Credits in India's development cooperation programme, ORF has undertaken a study of the system and process of LOCs. Early results point to need for improvements in the system.

Need to build local capacities in India's North East
Jul 18, 2014

Need to build local capacities in India's North East

Sectors such as oil and gas, non-renewable energy, natural resources, agriculture, etc. hold tremendous potential for cooperation between India's North-East and the BCIM region. There was a need to ensure seamless movement of goods, services and people across borders to promote trade.

New kids on the bloc
Aug 26, 2023

New kids on the bloc

As BRICS expands to 11 members, the challenge ahead will not be of who else joins BRICS, but what policy decisions are taken and how are they implemen

Of holocausts, past and future
Dec 30, 2005

Of holocausts, past and future

The President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has earned the ire of the world by his much publicised remarks about the Holocaust. His logic is convoluted; his indiscretion has not gone un-noticed in Iran and in the world at large. A debate has also surfaced about the language used, its syntax and context.

On the 70th Anniversary, Abe Govt should rethink US bases relocation plan
Jun 22, 2015

On the 70th Anniversary, Abe Govt should rethink US bases relocation plan

Disregarding opposition from the local population in Okinawa, Tokyo continues to state that it will go ahead with its current base relocation plan to Henoko. Tokyo and Washington should comprehend that when constructing a military base in a democratic country, the popular will and voices of local citizens should be carefully considered and heard.

Outrage over local pollution: Not an elite? Your cries don’t qualify.
Oct 11, 2021

Outrage over local pollution: Not an elite? Your cries don’t qualify.

Immediate policy changes due to public outrage over health and the ill-effects of pollution are seen only because it is the rich who raise these issue

Pace the key for interlocutor’s success in Kashmir
Oct 27, 2017

Pace the key for interlocutor’s success in Kashmir

The Supreme Court is hearing the case against Article 35A. A decision at this juncture against it could once again plunge Kashmir into turmoil.

Pakistan will have to pay a heavy price for Baloch policy and economic corridor with China
Aug 26, 2016

Pakistan will have to pay a heavy price for Baloch policy and economic corridor with China

Dominance in the Baloch region could be passing on to China. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the newest instrument.