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India’s Coal Transition: A Market Case for Decarbonisation
Nov 11, 2021

India’s Coal Transition: A Market Case for Decarbonisation

There are calls for India to declare a net-zero year and offset its carbon emissions by various processes of absorption and removal of greenhouse gases. For India, such calls are irrational; despite international pressure, it has avoided making pledges or setting hard targets beyond its commitments at the Paris climate conference in 2015. This brief argues that “net zero” is not possible with India’s current levels of reliance on coal. Its

India’s economic rise is not translating into a rise in city liveability
Feb 23, 2023

India’s economic rise is not translating into a rise in city liveability

There are enough indications that the standard of living of Indian people remains the same despite  India’s robust urban economic productivity

India’s Energy Transition in a Climate-Constrained World
Sep 13, 2023

India’s Energy Transition in a Climate-Constrained World

Energy transitions in developing economies like India are complex processesinvolving substantial financial and technological resources as well as appropriate innovation.These transitions are central to the climate debate, where emphasis is placed on increasing theshare of renewables in the energy mix to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change. Thispaper examines the historical attributes of energy transition and finds various critical fact

India’s growing Iran dilemma
Apr 25, 2019

India’s growing Iran dilemma

The Iran sanction waiver issue is just the latest manifestation of New Delhi’s rising challenge in managing ties with Tehran.

India’s Iran conundrum is back
Apr 29, 2019

India’s Iran conundrum is back

The Trump administration’s sanctions hardball puts New Delhi in a tight spot.

India’s Nuclear Revolution, 25 Years after Pokhran
May 12, 2023

India’s Nuclear Revolution, 25 Years after Pokhran

On Pakistan, India should be more willing to use conventional military options and call out Pakistan’s nuclear bluff

India’s options as US announces end of Iran waiver 
Apr 24, 2019

India’s options as US announces end of Iran waiver 

The United States’ decision to end waivers from Iran sanctions for countries dependent on Iranian oil poses tough political and economic questions f

India’s revamped interests defines Chabahar and its relations with Iran
Mar 07, 2020

India’s revamped interests defines Chabahar and its relations with Iran

New Delhi now ought to prove its logistical capabilities in accomplishing the full potential of the port to maintain its credibility in the global con

India’s Shifting Governance Structure:From Charter of Promises to Service Guarantee
Jul 25, 2012

India’s Shifting Governance Structure:From Charter of Promises to Service Guarantee

Once synonymous with inefficiency and slothfulness, India's public service delivery system is finally being overhauled and put on the path of reforms. Ironically, these reforms are being spearheaded by a set of state governments. This paper attempts to capture the key trends of this impressive development which has far reaching consequences for democracy and governance in the country.

India’s ‘Intranational COP’: Spirit of cooperative federalism
Jan 20, 2023

India’s ‘Intranational COP’: Spirit of cooperative federalism

Establishing India’s “Intranational COP” can help thrash out a national consensus on India’s climate goals and the means to achieve them.

Indo-Iranian cooperation in Afghanistan faces challenges
May 08, 2013

Indo-Iranian cooperation in Afghanistan faces challenges

Iran's standoff with neighbouring and Western nations does pose a problem for India which has to balance its relations with Iran against its interest in deepening relations with the US. Collaborating with US initiatives in Afghanistan that exclude Iran might persuade the latter to remove the preferential treatment given to India at Chabahar.

Indo-Iranian stalemate over Farzad B
May 16, 2017

Indo-Iranian stalemate over Farzad B

Iran is not an easy customer, and this has been proven time and again with India’s projects in the country.

Indo-Nepal borderland: The fate of migrant labourers
May 07, 2020

Indo-Nepal borderland: The fate of migrant labourers

The plight of the Nepali migrant labourers stuck in foreign countries like India advertently questions the interest of these labourers to travel abroa

Indo-US ties moving to transformational stage, says ex-diplomat
Nov 01, 2014

Indo-US ties moving to transformational stage, says ex-diplomat

Viewed through the prism of recent difficulties in India-US engagement, the focus of PM Modi?s US visit was in the nature of the leadership of the two nations getting to know each other, as well as aimed at building trust and fostering commitment between them, says former Secretary in the MEA, Mr. M. Ganapathi.

Inequity pandemic: The lost generation of the digital transformation
Nov 29, 2021

Inequity pandemic: The lost generation of the digital transformation

Active work must be done to ensure that those without digital access are not left behind

Informal migrants in maximum city
Apr 21, 2020

Informal migrants in maximum city

Why have the informal workers not been able to form a pressure group, or demand for better rights to housing or living in Mumbai?

INS Vikrant and Maritime Operations
Sep 03, 2022

INS Vikrant and Maritime Operations

The aircraft carrier is key to India’s maritime diplomacy and power projection in the Indian Ocean

Inside an Elusive Mind  Prabhakaran: Some Comments
Mar 08, 2004

Inside an Elusive Mind Prabhakaran: Some Comments

Sri Lanka has remained a fractured country for the major portion of its existence due to the ethnic divide between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils. Today, it is again at the crossroads as it awaits the results of the snap general elections, due on April 2, 2004, following the dissolution of Parliament on February 7, 2004 in the wake of seemingly irreconcilable differences between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister R

Integrating paratransit to address India’s urban transport concerns
Mar 28, 2024

Integrating paratransit to address India’s urban transport concerns

Paratransit services have addressed the deficiency in suitable transportation within urban cities, yet policies to regulate this service are still lac

Integrating the social dimension in climate transition under G20’s Sustainable Finance Working Group
Oct 18, 2022

Integrating the social dimension in climate transition under G20’s Sustainable Finance Working Group

The G20 is well-positioned to create frameworks for just transition that can provide common definitions, understanding and principles to aid internati

International Conference on Iran: 25 Years After the Revolution
Mar 08, 2004

International Conference on Iran: 25 Years After the Revolution

'New' India-'New' Iran must understand one another India and Iran must understand each other in the full range of their political, economic, social and cultural perspectives and put to use this understanding in the context of the changing contours of the international environment, according to Mr. Brajesh Mishra, National Security Advisor and Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India.

Interpreting the unprecedented political transition in Sudan
Sep 18, 2020

Interpreting the unprecedented political transition in Sudan

Political instability in Sudan can affect the entire north and northeast Africa as well as the West Asian region.

Investigating the Impact of Commodity Transaction Tax on India’s Commodity Derivatives Markets
May 11, 2021

Investigating the Impact of Commodity Transaction Tax on India’s Commodity Derivatives Markets

The Commodity Transaction Tax (CTT) was imposed on non-agricultural commodity derivatives trading in India from 1 July 2013. This paper investigates the impact of the CTT on some of the efficiency parameters of the commodity derivative markets in India. The authors analysed daily trading data from January 2006 to December 2019 of Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) of India for five non-agricultural commodities: aluminium, copper, crude oil, gold, and

Iran and India's road to Afghanistan
Oct 27, 2014

Iran and India's road to Afghanistan

Delhi and Tehran must now sit down with the new government in Kabul to negotiate trilateral trade and transit agreements that will ensure an early realisation of all economic and strategic benefits that the Chabahar project promises.

Iran and Pakistan open a new frontier of conflict
Jan 19, 2024

Iran and Pakistan open a new frontier of conflict

Both Iran and Pakistan have their hands full with regional conflicts. Neither would want to escalate it beyond a point as their resources are already

Iran and Pakistan: Another front for an already embattled Islamabad
Jan 19, 2024

Iran and Pakistan: Another front for an already embattled Islamabad

Chances are that the tit-for-tat exchange between Iran and Pakistan will not escalate; neither side wants nor can afford an open conflict

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Pakistan's balancing act
May 05, 2014

Iran and Saudi Arabia: Pakistan's balancing act

Amid growing Saudi concerns about the shifting Middle East balance of power in favour of Iran, Pakistan is walking the tight rope between Riyadh, a close ally, and Tehran, an important neighbour.

Iran and the coalition against the Islamic State
Sep 30, 2014

Iran and the coalition against the Islamic State

At a meeting held in Paris on September 15 to 'build a coalition' against the Islamic State (IS), Iran was left out of the list of participants.

Iran and the U.S.
Jun 27, 2005

Iran and the U.S.

Making his first public speech since being elected President, Mahmoud Ahmadinezad said in Mashhad on July 21 that he would not allow a violation of Iran's legal rights on peaceful use of nuclear technology. He reaffirmed that Iran would never pursue weapons of mass destruction.

Iran and the U.S.
Jul 27, 2005

Iran and the U.S.

Making his first public speech since being elected President, Mahmoud Ahmadinezad said in Mashhad on July 21 that he would not allow a violation of Iran's legal rights on peaceful use of nuclear technology. He reaffirmed that Iran would never pursue weapons of mass destruction.

Iran at the Crossroads
Oct 28, 2004

Iran at the Crossroads

Iranians are political creatures, love to politic, enjoy its uncertainties, and delight in manipulating it. These traits are in evidence as the stage is being set for a presidential election in May 2005 when Mohammad Khatami's second term of office comes to an end. The Iranian Constitution prohibits more than two successive terms.

Iran bargain brings global benefits, but some out in cold
Feb 26, 2014

Iran bargain brings global benefits, but some out in cold

Opening up to Iran would give the US some leverage over Tehran, while also ensuring that its current allies in West Asia do not take it for granted. Meanwhile, once Iranian oil flows into the market, oil and gas will get cheaper, and US companies will get more opportunities to invest in Iran.

Iran calls for "new paradigm" in international relations
Feb 27, 2014

Iran calls for "new paradigm" in international relations

Delivering the 5th RK Mishra Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Iran's Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif called for a "new paradigm" in international relations to usher in an inclusive world where each State played a role.

Iran cautions against trying to make America great again
Dec 05, 2016

Iran cautions against trying to make America great again

Iran Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif delivered a special address on “Fighting against Terrorism and Extremism as a Global Menace” an event report

Iran deal: War games in the Middle East
May 08, 2018

Iran deal: War games in the Middle East

It is yet another unnerving week in the Middle East. What happens if Trump does not give a nod to the deal?

Iran nuclear agreement: Unclear and extremely vague
Apr 04, 2015

Iran nuclear agreement: Unclear and extremely vague

Iran and the major powers have reached a very preliminary and extremely vague agreement on principles for an agreement, released in the form of a brief joint statement of less than 500 words. Whether this 'agreement about an agreement' would lead to an actual deal is anybody's guess, but it's not going to be easy.

Iran Nuclear Deal: A significant step
Apr 04, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal: A significant step

Though Iran and P5+1 negotiators have only agreed upon the parameters for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and the "implementation details" are yet to be worked out, this nevertheless is a significant step.

Iran nuclear deal: Mountain of uncertainties
Jul 17, 2015

Iran nuclear deal: Mountain of uncertainties

From a non-proliferation perspective, the Iran nuclear deal is a good one provided it is complied with. A lot will depend on Iran?s adherence to the commitments under the deal but it is difficult to have much faith in Iranian commitments because of its repeated failures in the past. And, from a regional security perspective, the deal is disastrous.

Iran nuclear deal: The promise and the peril
Jul 20, 2015

Iran nuclear deal: The promise and the peril

The American justification that delaying any possible Iranian nuclear weapon programme is itself a benefit might be short-sighted because the balance of power will have shifted in Iran?s favour by then.

Iran nuclear talks on the verge of collapse
Jun 21, 2022

Iran nuclear talks on the verge of collapse

What will be the future of the Iran–US relationship and Iran's position on the international stage if Iran's nuclear talks reach an impasse?