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Political plunge: Did Rajini miss the bus long ago?
Dec 27, 2017

Political plunge: Did Rajini miss the bus long ago?

Rajinikanth is a brand in Tamil films. He rewrote the history of Tamil cinema — the question is if Rajinikanth as a politician would be as successful.

Politics of a bailout: Lessons for Pakistan from the Sri Lankan crisis
Jun 09, 2023

Politics of a bailout: Lessons for Pakistan from the Sri Lankan crisis

Pakistan can draw crucial lessons from Sri Lanka’s success as the former continues to negotiate for a US$ 1.1-billion tranche from the IMF to stabil

Porous borders: The Indo-Bangladesh challenge of human trafficking
Jul 30, 2022

Porous borders: The Indo-Bangladesh challenge of human trafficking

Both India and Bangladesh need to strengthen cross-border mechanisms to combat human trafficking.

Positioning India at the helm of health diplomacy
Dec 22, 2023

Positioning India at the helm of health diplomacy

Incorporation of health diplomacy in the existing training institutions for diplomats and other professionals could add value to position India at the

Post-Budget uncertainty, global cues drives market sell-off
Feb 06, 2018

Post-Budget uncertainty, global cues drives market sell-off

Uncertainty in financial arrangements is crippling and its trauma lingers. The good news is that this sell off is temporary. Stock markets are now back to where they were just two weeks ago.

Post-Election Challenges for the New Government in Kabul
Aug 23, 2023

Post-Election Challenges for the New Government in Kabul

This issue brief explores the prospects and problems for the new government in Afghanistan with respect to: the two new leaders and their respective positions; the Taliban; and the regional countries China, India, Iran and Pakistan.

Post-Fahd Saudi Arabia: Al Qaeda Waiting in the Wings
May 31, 2005

Post-Fahd Saudi Arabia: Al Qaeda Waiting in the Wings

Attention has to be focussed on Saudi Arabia as it enters a period of transition and uncertainty in the wake of reports about a deterioration in the health of King Fahd, who has been admitted in hospital. In the absence of authentic reports on his health, rumours are rife that his end may be near.

Post-triumph, Modi faces grim realities
May 21, 2014

Post-triumph, Modi faces grim realities

The historic election verdict offers Narendra Modi an unprecedented opportunity. A truly transformative election that was fought on the issues of leadership, economy and governance has raised unprecedented hope and expectations among ordinary Indians. This is a verdict for change and Modi represents the face of that change.

Power Sector Management & Growth-Past & Future
Dec 31, 2010

Power Sector Management & Growth-Past & Future

Many people think Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity with his famous kite flying experiments in 1752, but electricity was not discovered all at once. After various developments world over, Italian scientist Alesandro Volta made a great discovery in 1800.

Power sharing holds the Afghan peace balance
Jul 28, 2014

Power sharing holds the Afghan peace balance

The significance of the agreement brought out between rival Afghan presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, should not be overlooked. It has ensured that Afghanistan's democratic transition does not come to a premature halt. A timely resolution of the immediate predicaments could guarantee that it remains a durable one.

Preparing for Rio+20: Emerging Dilemmas
Jun 21, 2012

Preparing for Rio+20: Emerging Dilemmas

With clearly increasing patterns of inequity, social strife and marginalisation, India's policymakers must understand that they cannot continue to articulate its pro poor agenda shamelessly at the global high table, without first enabling visible socio-economic transformation at home.

Preparing Indian Cities for a Shift to E-Mobility
Apr 12, 2021

Preparing Indian Cities for a Shift to E-Mobility

India is driving a transition to e-mobility in a bid to meet its commitments to the Paris climate agreement. Meeting the e-mobility targets will have multiple benefits, including cleaner air, improved health, and a reduced oil import bill. India’s cities will play a key role in achieving the e-mobility transition through planning and the implementation of local policies, but they must first overcome certain challenges. Assistance from the centr

Preventing road accidents on National Highways
Nov 04, 2022

Preventing road accidents on National Highways

Apart from wearing seat belts, equally important are improvements in road quality and better maintenance of national highways

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bangladesh visit boost ties
Apr 05, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bangladesh visit boost ties

The key takeaway of the visit was the assurance of the friendship and recognition of the importance that India and Bangladesh give to the bilateral re

Privacy and security risks of digital payments
May 09, 2017

Privacy and security risks of digital payments

Digital financial services have benefits but pose privacy risks that harm consumers, merchants, markets, and nations alike. Some payments systems in India suffer from vulnerabilities because they were not prospectively designed on the basis of the ‘privacy by design’ principle. At the back-end, the centralised storage of data is risky. At the front-end, faulty capture devices enable data misuse. Across the middle mile, data is transmitted wit

Productivity growth in Indian manufacturing: Policy implications from an econometric analysis
Jan 08, 2018

Productivity growth in Indian manufacturing: Policy implications from an econometric analysis

This paper evaluates the impact of various policy reforms, including the economic reforms of the 1990s, on India’s manufacturing sector. Covering the priority sectors relevant to the government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, the paper analyses the productivity of registered manufacturing units from 1974-75 to 2012-13. It offers empirical evidence on the growth of productivity in the organised manufacturing sector through an inter-tem

Productivity vs. well-being: The promise of tech mediated work and its implications on society
Oct 25, 2019

Productivity vs. well-being: The promise of tech mediated work and its implications on society

It is crucial to better understand the aspirations of people and find opportunities for work that create a space for individuals to find meaning as

Promoting Child Safety Online in the Time of COVID-19: The Indian and Australian Responses
Aug 14, 2023

Promoting Child Safety Online in the Time of COVID-19: The Indian and Australian Responses

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, there has been a surge in cases of online child sexual abuse and exploitation (OCSAE) in many parts of the world. This brief discusses the cases of India and Australia. It examines their efforts to combat the increased incidence of OCSAE resulting from greater use of the internet as movement was restricted in response to the pandemic. The brief focuses on India and Australia as bo

Promoting Efficiency in Power Generation in India: The Role of Imported-Coal-Based Plants
Aug 16, 2023

Promoting Efficiency in Power Generation in India: The Role of Imported-Coal-Based Plants

India is experiencing a surge in power demand owing to an expanding economy. Even as the country has embraced the idea of transitioning to clean renewable energy, its current demand for electricity can only be met by addressing the concerns surrounding coal-fired power plants. The goal of going green might be a medium- to long-term strategy that should be diligently pursued to avoid future crises. In the short term, however, focus should

Protecting Cancer Care through the Covid-19 Crisis and its Aftermath
May 24, 2023

Protecting Cancer Care through the Covid-19 Crisis and its Aftermath

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking an enormous toll on health systems across the world. A growing concern is that efforts to manage the pandemic are undermining care for serious non-Covid illnesses such as cancer. In the UK and US, for example, it is estimated that delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment due to COVID-19 will lead to excess cancer deaths in the range of tens of thousands within a year. In India, where health systems are weak, it is

Public spending: Cut the fat, finance growth enablers
Nov 02, 2022

Public spending: Cut the fat, finance growth enablers

Focusing on outputs and outcomes can push India towards better health indicators

Pushing India’s Small-Scale Industries to the Economic Forefront
Aug 12, 2015

Pushing India’s Small-Scale Industries to the Economic Forefront

India's small-scale industries contribute 15 percent to GDP yet they have been long ignored, receiving little policy support and inadequate infrastructure. As they have the potential to transform the socioeconomic architecture of the country, policy interventions are necessary to make small enterprises more efficient and achieve higher growth rates. This paper describes initiatives to propel India's small-scale industries.

Putin gives lessons in world politics
Mar 18, 2014

Putin gives lessons in world politics

The US would be foolish to deepen the new Cold War atmosphere by trying to isolate Russia over Ukraine developments. As for China, that option is simply not open to them any more. The reason is that the Americans need cooperation from Moscow to deal with Syria, Iran and Afghanistan.

Pyongyang’s military parade: Posing an imminent threat to Seoul
Feb 16, 2023

Pyongyang’s military parade: Posing an imminent threat to Seoul

The mounting threat posed by North Korea might push South Korea to seek enhanced military assurance from the US or expand its own nuclear capabilities

Quantitative Easing variants in Emerging Markets: Magic or madness?
Jan 23, 2021

Quantitative Easing variants in Emerging Markets: Magic or madness?

Often likened to financing fiscal deficits overnight, Quantitative Easing is meant to prevent unwarranted tightening during times of stress.

Quantum Computing: Current Scenario and Future Prospects
May 27, 2024

Quantum Computing: Current Scenario and Future Prospects

Quantum computing (QC) forms one of the cornerstones of emerging technologies as we know them today. The technology has seen rapid progress over the years, but practical hurdles remain. The recent boom in Artificial Intelligence and the corresponding boost it has provided to classical algorithms also presents an additional hurdle for quantum algorithms. Countries like the United States, China, and Canada have made significant strides in QC and ha

Question marks on US training to troops in the region
Jul 11, 2014

Question marks on US training to troops in the region

The speed with which the ISIS initially overran an Iraqi army trained and equipped by the Americans causes some concern about the fate of similar armies trained and equipped by the Americans in the region. For instance, the Afghanistan army and its implications for India.

Radical resurgence in Pakistan: A case study of Jamaat-ud Dawa
May 09, 2008

Radical resurgence in Pakistan: A case study of Jamaat-ud Dawa

Pakistan has not given up the use of terrorist groups like Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) to achieve its foreign policy objectives in India and Afghanistan, a policy which threatens to make Asia, and the world, more unsafe in the years to come. JuD, parent body of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), is a highly organised, trans-national terrorist group based in Pakistan which has links not only with Pakistan Army and its intelligence agency,

Rahul Will Wait As President of Ruling Party Or of Opposition?
Nov 11, 2011

Rahul Will Wait As President of Ruling Party Or of Opposition?

A report by a London consultancy firm on the way the cookie might crumble within the Congress Party has caused pundits to carry neatly folded clippings of the document and make appearances at parties with the sort of glint in their eyes which comes from knowledge.

Raisi in Pakistan and the revival of 'pipe' dreams
May 04, 2024

Raisi in Pakistan and the revival of 'pipe' dreams

Almost two months after ties between the two neighbours plummeted to a new low, the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ebrahim Raisi, was in P

Rajapaksa camp’s increasing India-bashing
Aug 12, 2016

Rajapaksa camp’s increasing India-bashing

India-baiting has become a part and parcel of the Rajapaksa camp-led Joint Opposition’s political attacks and protests against the ruling Maithiri-R

RCEP: The best way forward for Modi's 'Act East' Policy
Jan 06, 2015

RCEP: The best way forward for Modi's 'Act East' Policy

In the light of the fact that India is not a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it is important for the country to forge a deal in RCEP. In the current scenario, there have been increasing attempts by Indo-Pacific region members to voice growing concerns regarding Non Tariff barriers hindering trade prospects in the regional bloc.

Reaching Full Charge: The Need for a Policy Reset for India’s Electric Two-Wheeler Industry
Sep 12, 2023

Reaching Full Charge: The Need for a Policy Reset for India’s Electric Two-Wheeler Industry

The electric two-wheeler segment represents a unique opportunity for India to become a global leader in the green technology space. The growth of this segment in the country is being driven by strong policy support, combined with homegrown engineering and innovation. However, the industry has yet to fully harness the global electric vehicle (EV) opportunity, and policy uncertainties are impeding innovation and investment. This brief makes a case

Reading the Tea Leaves: China’s Perspective on Ties with Pakistan and the CPEC’s Prospects
Sep 06, 2023

Reading the Tea Leaves: China’s Perspective on Ties with Pakistan and the CPEC’s Prospects

This year marks a decade since the announcement of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This brief analyses Chinese-language literature to understand the country’s current stance on Pakistan and the CPEC. Two trends emerge. First, China appears to be facing a dilemma over Pakistan. While the Chinese government wants the CPEC to be successful, China’s strategic community now shows little optimism on the initiative. Second, contrary to

Reading the U.S. Elections
Nov 10, 2004

Reading the U.S. Elections

The current conventional wisdom now being voiced among American analysts is that the 2004 election is evidence of a conservative revolution in American politics. According to this view, the U.S. is now in the midst of a long-term shift to the right and the creation of an enduring Republican majority, akin to the Democratic majority coalition forged during the 1930s and the New Deal by Franklin Roosevelt.

Real touchstone is action on 26/11 accused
May 21, 2013

Real touchstone is action on 26/11 accused

The democratic transition in Pakistan has coincided with the last year of the UPA government's second term in India. As the government battles one controversy after another, the looming elections in 2014 may act as a distraction wherein improving relations with Pakistan may not be a priority for the government at present.

Reassessing the US Pivot to Asia
Aug 26, 2013

Reassessing the US Pivot to Asia

The US pivot or rebalancing is an attempt of reassurance to its friends and allies in the context of the emerging dynamics in the Asia Pacific region. While China is a major factor in the US pivot strategy, it is only a part of the story.

Recent IAS resignations: An appraisal
Sep 10, 2019

Recent IAS resignations: An appraisal

The depletion of the IAS ranks should not be a worry as the Government seems to be moving in the direction of lateral entry — and a fresh infusion o

Recommendations on Arms Procurement Reforms in India
Sep 25, 2012

Recommendations on Arms Procurement Reforms in India

The Observer Research Foundation's programme on Defence Procurement Reforms, following a seminar organised in May, 2012, has now moved to the second stage of identifying initiatives that can be taken in the executive and legislative branches. This Paper presents practical recommendations to improve capacities and decision-making methodologies in India's arms procurement system.