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Is Sri Lanka transitioning from an economic crisis to recovery?
May 19, 2023

Is Sri Lanka transitioning from an economic crisis to recovery?

Sri Lanka is emerging from its crippling economic crisis through stabilisation efforts of the Wickremasinghe government and Indian aid

Is the Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act 1979, a dead letter?
Apr 21, 2020

Is the Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act 1979, a dead letter?

Where did the States go wrong? Is it not the responsibility of the Central and State government to protect the rights of the migrant workers as enshri

Israel offers all help to make PM's 'Make-in-India' scheme a grand success
Feb 19, 2015

Israel offers all help to make PM's 'Make-in-India' scheme a grand success

Israel's Defence Minister, Mr. Moshe Ya'alon, on Thursday ( February 19) delivered the 6th R.K. Mishra Memorial Lecture, organised by Observer Research Foundation in memory of its Founder-Chairman.

Israel, Iran, and shadowboxing for deterrence
Apr 20, 2024

Israel, Iran, and shadowboxing for deterrence

The chase for strategic one-upmanship by Iran and Israel could lead to an expanded regional war with global, long-term ramifications

IT solutions can transform India's poor PDS delivery mechanism
Oct 05, 2012

IT solutions can transform India's poor PDS delivery mechanism

For the first time in India's history, a common technological platform is available to provide governance services to all Indians through one single smart card.

Jihad as a grand strategy
May 27, 2011

Jihad as a grand strategy

Pakistan has been using Jihad as a grand strategy for various reasons but primarily to influence events in its immediate neighbourhood, according to Dr Paul Kapur of the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Jobs for the Poor 'the Employment Guarantee Scheme
Jan 11, 2005

Jobs for the Poor 'the Employment Guarantee Scheme

In industrial countries , with several times higher per capita incomes than India, an 'unemployment benefit' or dole is given to unemployed citizens. In India, the unemployed are supposed to fall back on their own means for survival. The Employment Guarantee Scheme Act that has been introduced in the Parliament recently is meant to address the basic human need for a job ( though it may be only for 100 days).

Just Transition Declaration: Can it be the way towards achieving universal access to clean cooking fuels and technologies?
Feb 14, 2022

Just Transition Declaration: Can it be the way towards achieving universal access to clean cooking fuels and technologies?

Pursuing a transition to cleaner cooking fuels could help achieve long-term goals of an environmentally sustainable economy, social inclusion, and emp

Just Transition: Low bar for the Low Carbon Transition in India
Mar 22, 2022

Just Transition: Low bar for the Low Carbon Transition in India

The assumption that energy transition will also ensure social transition may prove to be inaccurate in the long-run

Kashmir fallout: The three strands of India’s diplomatic challenge
Aug 19, 2019

Kashmir fallout: The three strands of India’s diplomatic challenge

It has had to navigate the debate on civil liberties, overcome history, and deal with China’s posture

Kashmir saved, and then drowned Imran Khan
Oct 07, 2019

Kashmir saved, and then drowned Imran Khan

The diminishing returns are starting to set in for both Imran Khan and his “selectors”.

Kashmir’s transformation from terrorism to tourism
Sep 21, 2023

Kashmir’s transformation from terrorism to tourism

The recent increase in the number of tourist arrivals in Jammu and Kashmir indicates that peace is returning to the Valley

Keeping Teheran on Tenterhooks
Feb 07, 2005

Keeping Teheran on Tenterhooks

To any intelligence analyst, it should be obvious that the US has already embarked on a psychological warfare (PSYWAR) campaign to keep Iran on tenterhooks in the hope of thereby breaking its will to resist US pressure to agree to the dismantling of its uranium enrichment capability.

La Pérouse - Quad naval exercise and India’s strategic partnership with France
Apr 04, 2021

La Pérouse - Quad naval exercise and India’s strategic partnership with France

The advantages of India’s early prudence on cultivating multiple “strategic alignments” in the Indo-Pacific, are apparent with French proactiven

Leakgate: Govt needs more transparency, not less
Mar 31, 2015

Leakgate: Govt needs more transparency, not less

For a government committed to 'minimum government, maximum governance' it is time that policy making in key economic ministries become far more open and consultative, its acts and actions predictable. In the long run, that is the only way to ensure that policies for the auctions of licenses, processes of tendering and award, and actions to ensure their implementation -- are not subject to capture by select coteries.

Leaving no one behind: Transgender inclusion in India's sustainable development
Nov 28, 2023

Leaving no one behind: Transgender inclusion in India's sustainable development

Implementing inclusive policies aligned with SDGs is crucial to counteract discrimination against transgender in India

Lessons from 2020 — Next steps for the France-India partnership
Dec 19, 2020

Lessons from 2020 — Next steps for the France-India partnership

France and India have shared a common belief in the importance of multilateralism and have a common respect for international rules and regulations. These shared beliefs can form the basis for a cooperation agenda.

Lessons from COVID-19: Promoting Sustainability in Food Production to Limit Zoonotic Transmissions
Mar 19, 2021

Lessons from COVID-19: Promoting Sustainability in Food Production to Limit Zoonotic Transmissions

COVID-19, which is a highly infectious disease of zoonotic origin, serves as a serious reminder that human-nature interactions need to be based on sustainable development pathways. The recent surge in zoonotic infections in different parts of the world—among them, H1N1, Nipah virus, Zika virus, and Lyme disease—can be attributed to the intensification of human-animal contact through wildlife trade and livestock production. Reducing the rates

Lessons from India for the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa
Apr 06, 2019

Lessons from India for the power sector in sub-Saharan Africa

The GreenCo model represents a practical solution that recognises and supports the development of the regional power pools.

Lessons from transboundary waste trade: Why India should focus on the judicious use of its own waste
Aug 23, 2018

Lessons from transboundary waste trade: Why India should focus on the judicious use of its own waste

This paper examines two types of waste on which India can explore transboundary waste-trade opportunities and challenges: farm-produce waste and municipal solid waste. Using lessons learnt from trade between other countries, the paper argues that while India can augment its economy through increased waste exports or imports, certain conditions must be met for India to benefit from sustained international waste trade practices. The paper recommend

Leveraging India's wisdom for transforming UN peacekeeping
May 29, 2024

Leveraging India's wisdom for transforming UN peacekeeping

India, with its cultural heritage rooted in Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, must use this opportunity to build more effective peacebuilding and peacekeeping pr

Lingering Doubts over Security Transition
Nov 04, 2011

Lingering Doubts over Security Transition

The ongoing security transition is critical to the success of the peace process in Afghanistan. As part of the US 2014 plan, the NATO forces are to hand over the responsibility of security of the country to the Afghan security forces, district by district.

London eye: Wave of Muslim migrants spells doom for Europe
Jul 04, 2018

London eye: Wave of Muslim migrants spells doom for Europe

The increase in the Muslim population since the last census has prompted alarmist coverage in some sections of the media.

Looking Beyond the 'Tiranga Yatra'
Feb 04, 2011

Looking Beyond the 'Tiranga Yatra'

Despite having been in power at the Centre for six years at a stretch, the BJP seems to be still suffering from the 'Opposition' conundrum. It is yet to produce a leader who is independent of the party's past.

Lost in transit: Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA)
Jan 08, 2022

Lost in transit: Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA)

With metro rail adding one more layer to urban mass transit, an autonomous UMTA is necessary to increase the modal share of public transport in urban

Macron’s visit marks new phase in Indo-France strategic partnership
Mar 14, 2018

Macron’s visit marks new phase in Indo-France strategic partnership

A major highlight of the visit was the founding conference of the International Solar Alliance.

Mainstreaming gender in urban mobility: Towards inclusive and accessible city transit systems
Jun 12, 2023

Mainstreaming gender in urban mobility: Towards inclusive and accessible city transit systems

Inclusive, thoughtful, and collective approaches can bolster secure, affordable, accessible and sustainable city transport systems for all

Maldives: Judiciary in 'crisis' or 'transition'?
Jun 06, 2013

Maldives: Judiciary in 'crisis' or 'transition'?

In Maldives, legal and judicial process may be in for another season of controversies, ahead of the presidential polls in September. It is also in transition, from a not-so-democratic past to a democratised future. It is too early to say which way it would go.