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Military-militant nexus in Pakistan and implications for peace with India
Apr 06, 2009

Military-militant nexus in Pakistan and implications for peace with India

On November 26, 2008, 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai undid in less than 60 hours what governments of two sovereign nations had been struggling for over four years to achieve-peace and stability in the region. These terrorists were from Pakistan, recruited, trained and armed by Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), a terrorist group with visible presence across the country.

Missile Antics by India and Pakistan
Mar 22, 2004

Missile Antics by India and Pakistan

On March 9, 2004, Pakistan test fired solid propellant Shaheen-2 ballistic missile, which is supposed to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead upto a range of 2500 kilometers. The aim of the test as stated officially was ¿to ensure the reach of the missile was sufficient to deter aggression and prevent military coercion¿. The speculations -or unstated aims- of the test were

Mob rule ushers anarchy
Jul 24, 2017

Mob rule ushers anarchy

The nature of mob violence, now, is different. It is more seemingly random and anarchic.

Modelling Decarbonisation Pathways for the Indian Economy
Nov 09, 2021

Modelling Decarbonisation Pathways for the Indian Economy

This brief explores four scenarios of climate action for India using a systems dynamics model called the Energy Policy Simulator for India. It investigates policy trade-offs and co-benefits and estimates the costs of climate action. It finds that deep decarbonisation in the Indian economy is possible while also boosting jobs and GDP and avoiding millions of premature deaths due to harmful air pollution. The low-carbon transition will require mass

Modi and the middle powers
Apr 09, 2015

Modi and the middle powers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to France, Germany and Canada beginning Thursday should help New Delhi consolidate three of India's very special relationships -with France, Germany and Canada. Modi's visit to Europe and Canada should help restore some balance to India's international engagement.

Modi and the tale of two terror speeches
Sep 26, 2016

Modi and the tale of two terror speeches

Modi appears to recognise that it is strategic restraint that has brought India to the front rank of economic powers.

Modi faces Putin test amid 'turbulent' Russia ties
May 30, 2017

Modi faces Putin test amid 'turbulent' Russia ties

Earlier this month, India and Russia took stock of the bilateral relationship in a range of sectors, including civil nuclear, trade and investments.

Modi factor in Indian politics
Jun 28, 2013

Modi factor in Indian politics

The Modi factor disturbed the Congress party also to some extent. Though Jairam Ramesh had called Modi as "India's first authentic fascist", his description that Modi might prove a challenge to the Congress in 2014 did not go well with a Congress veteran who went to the extent of saying that if Ramesh felt so, he might as well resign and join Modi.

Modi has a big hand in Obama’s success on the India front
Jan 21, 2017

Modi has a big hand in Obama’s success on the India front

Silencing both critics and skeptics, Modi had categorically stated that “relations between the two countries cannot be determined or be even remotely influenced by incidents related to individuals.”

Modi in Nepal: Religion and diplomacy
Nov 24, 2014

Modi in Nepal: Religion and diplomacy

One hopes that by the time Modi gets to places like Janakpur, Lumbini and Muktinath, India would have taken concrete steps towards the promotion of trans-border connectivity and tourism between the two countries.

Modi must moderate the Sangh
Dec 18, 2014

Modi must moderate the Sangh

Narendra Modi came to power with an unexceptional agenda: push economic growth; transform the infrastructure; bring about a social transformation. But this agenda appears to be in danger of being drowned out by a cacophony of voices from Hindutva organisations.

Modi's Geopolitics
Jul 07, 2015

Modi's Geopolitics

Delhi's foreign policy discourse continues to be dominated by the metaphor of "non-alignment" and the mindset of a weak state. Are there other ways of thinking about India's grand strategy? Delhi could turn to classical geopolitics in understanding the global power shift.

Modi's push on hard power
May 29, 2024

Modi's push on hard power

A decade of far-reaching defence reforms under Modi has transformed the Indian military’s reputation and capabilities

Modi's regionalism
Nov 26, 2014

Modi's regionalism

To improve South Asian regional cooperation, Modi has three options. The first is to focus on a two-speed Saarc. The second is to build on transregional institutions like the BIMSTEC. However, it is the third way -- unilateral action -- that offers Modi the greatest opportunity. For example, Modi has already proposed to build a Saarc satellite for use by its neighbours.

Modifying the district administration
Aug 11, 2014

Modifying the district administration

We need to restructure government and administration in each of India's 568 districts. The District Collector/Deputy Commissioner, like his ICS predecessor, must become the executive head of the district with all branches of government subject to his/her authority and power. This must particularly include the police.

Modi’s Europe trip: Room for accommodating India’s distinct view on Russia
May 11, 2022

Modi’s Europe trip: Room for accommodating India’s distinct view on Russia

Despite India’s stance on the Ukraine crisis, Europe is eager to cooperate with India in different sectors.

Modi’s visit to the US
Jun 17, 2023

Modi’s visit to the US

Prime Minister’s visit to the US could prove to be pivotal as it aims to boost India-US economic and defence ties

Money matters: Discussing the economics of the INSTC
Apr 24, 2017

Money matters: Discussing the economics of the INSTC

India, Iran and Russia have decided to begin using the part-ready International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), a multimodal network of sea, rail and road routes between India, Iran, Central Asia and Russia. As the broader politics in the region undergo new configurations that may put to question the project’s prospects, and the evolving security situation demands continuous appraisal, it is time to refocus discussion on the economics o

More tax, IT reforms needed to make 'Make-in-India' successful
Jul 03, 2015

More tax, IT reforms needed to make 'Make-in-India' successful

PM Modi's 'Make in India' is a grand idea to reboot the ailing manufacturing sector. But the success of this programme will largely depend on creating an enabling ecosystem for manufacturing. This would require serious reforms in taxation.

Much ado about a phone call?
Dec 12, 2016

Much ado about a phone call?

It appears that the phone call was planned well in advance and was facilitated by Bob Dole, a former Republican Senator whose law firm has professiona

Mukherjee’s Middle East Visit: Setting a New Template?
Sep 13, 2023

Mukherjee’s Middle East Visit: Setting a New Template?

President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Jordan, Palestine and Israel in October wasdifferent for its content and long-term implications. A careful analysis of his statements andspeeches in Amman, Ramallah and Jerusalem indicates a new Indian template for itsengagement with the Middle East. While some of his observations were a reiteration of thetraditional Indian positions since the early 20th century, they also signal a more nuancedapproach to the

Mumbai’s capacity-building response to COVID-19 has lessons for all cities
Nov 30, 2021

Mumbai’s capacity-building response to COVID-19 has lessons for all cities

Much can be learnt from the Mumbai model and the critical gaps identified to decentralise decision-making, focus on primary healthcare centres and pre

Musharraf seeks out Ummah
Jul 24, 2003

Musharraf seeks out Ummah

President Pervez Musharraf¿s recent trans-national tour¿four western nations and three African nations¿has significant implications for him, and Pakistan.

Must banks be big to succeed?
Nov 11, 2022

Must banks be big to succeed?

The bulk of the new banking consumers are digital natives and don’t think of branches as an interface for financial transactions

Myanmar can learn A Lot from India, Say Myanmar's Civil Society Groups
May 19, 2011

Myanmar can learn A Lot from India, Say Myanmar's Civil Society Groups

A delegation of Myanmar civil rights groups was of the view that civil society groups could be used as a catalyst for social change in their country. They hoped that the civil society would be able to play a critical role in further transforming the seemingly changing political system of the country.

Myanmar: Tough road ahead for President Thein Sein
Apr 11, 2014

Myanmar: Tough road ahead for President Thein Sein

The country has already seen three years of Thein Sein government, a critical phase in the history of Myanmar, which back then was on the throes of transition to democracy.

Myanmar: Trafficking issues, plight of Rohingyas in Thailand
Jan 21, 2021

Myanmar: Trafficking issues, plight of Rohingyas in Thailand

Thailand has long been a hub for human trafficking networks, transporting displaced Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants to Malaysia and other countries.

Narendra Modi and his soaring popularity
May 28, 2019

Narendra Modi and his soaring popularity

Prime Minister Modi contested the recent parliamentary election with at least half-a-dozen prime ministerial aspirants representing the opposition vyi

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 Infrastructure Pipeline: The great Indian dream
Sep 22, 2020

National Infrastructure Pipeline: The great Indian dream

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a major slowdown in India, but its inherent resilience and capabilities will help it transform into a new India with

Nations make choices based on self-interest, this is true for India and Bangladesh as well
Mar 20, 2019

Nations make choices based on self-interest, this is true for India and Bangladesh as well

Samir Saran, President of ORF, spoke to Dhaka Tribune's Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan about different aspects of the India-Bangladesh bilateral relationship,

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

Navigating India's strategic seas: The evolving role of the Navy
Jun 13, 2024

Navigating India's strategic seas: The evolving role of the Navy

The changing geopolitical realities of the 21st century have warranted the Navy’s rising profile in India’s strategic landscape.

Navigating the chrome age: Jobs, growth and public policy
Dec 19, 2018

Navigating the chrome age: Jobs, growth and public policy

The ability to transform disruption into opportunity will be central in determining who will benefit and who will lose.

Navigating the interlinkage of climate change and malaria in SIDS
Apr 25, 2024

Navigating the interlinkage of climate change and malaria in SIDS

The rising cases of malaria in SIDS need a renewed global response to mitigate climate-induced transmission and re-emergence

Need for a coherent development cooperation strategy to address food insecurity in India and Africa
Jul 31, 2018

Need for a coherent development cooperation strategy to address food insecurity in India and Africa

India’s own experiences and challenges with regard to food security should be the central pillar of India’s development cooperation with Africa.

Need for a migration policy in Thailand
Dec 19, 2022

Need for a migration policy in Thailand

The Thai government needs to put in place a holistic and inclusive migration policy to support the migrants entering and residing in their territory

Need for a neutral, international cyber framework
Feb 23, 2015

Need for a neutral, international cyber framework

A neutral, international framework is needed to manage cross-border requests related to the cyber sphere, says Bertrand de la Chapelle, director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project.

Need for social safety net for jobless and sick
Oct 04, 2013

Need for social safety net for jobless and sick

Even if GDP growth rises in India, there will be growing inequalities unless there are strong policies aimed at the uplift of the vulnerable sections and the rich are taxed in an efficient and judicious manner. There should be some insurance against unemployment and sickness which will enable low income families to live with dignity.

Need of the Hour: Police Reforms
Jan 06, 2007

Need of the Hour: Police Reforms

With the Supreme Court directing the Centre and the State Governments to create a National Police Commission and State Security Commissions to improve and monitor the functioning of the police system, and seeking a time-bound compliance scheme, time is ticking away for the Executive branch. The Supreme Court 'directives' of September 22, 2006 were contained in the judgement in the case of 'Prakash Singh vs Union of India and Others'.

Need to amend RTE Act: Expert
Jun 14, 2014

Need to amend RTE Act: Expert

The Centre's much touted 'Sarva Shiksha Abhyan' Programme has failed to meet its initial ideals because of many reasons, mainly "low teacher-to-pupil ratio in several States and "Minorityism" and "irregular monitoring of the facilities", according to former Vice-Chancellor of Bharatidasan University, Dr S Muthukumaran.

Need to corporatise Indian cricket body
Jun 15, 2013

Need to corporatise Indian cricket body

A former Ranji cricketer and writer has suggested regulation of betting through a comprehensive legislation to clean up fixing-scarred cricket. He has also voiced the need for converting the BCCI into a corporate entity along the lines of Cricket Australia.

Nehru’s Navy: India’s Tryst with Aircraft Carriers
Nov 08, 2022

Nehru’s Navy: India’s Tryst with Aircraft Carriers

The commissioning of the homegrown INS Vikrant in September has revived debates within India’s strategic community and the decision-making elite, on the desirability and viability of aircraft carriers for the Indian Navy. It remains unclear how these debates are settled among the political, bureaucratic, and military classes, and how decisions are made around the Navy's force structures, particularly on the issue of aircraft carriers. This pape