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Vice President releases Indian Army Vision 2020
Apr 29, 2008

Vice President releases Indian Army Vision 2020

Indian Army Vision 2020, the new publication of Observer Research Foundation, was released in Delhi on Tuesday (April 29, 2008) by the Vice President of India, Mr. Mohammed Hamid Ansari.

Vietnam and America, 40 years on
Jul 13, 2015

Vietnam and America, 40 years on

Possible maritime cooperation with Vietnam and the US - a collaboration unimaginable until very recent times - will strengthen India's current approach to multilateral engagement to secure its strategic interests in the Indo-Pacific.

Vietnam and India-US Cooperation
Jun 15, 2015

Vietnam and India-US Cooperation

The India-U.S. Joint Vision and the mention of the South China Sea is India's strategic response to the growing Chinese naval profile in the Indian Ocean Region. In this context, US outreach to Vietnam and India's Act East policy are symbolic of India-U.S. cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

Vietnam ropes in stakeholders to  counter China territorial dispute
Jan 24, 2014

Vietnam ropes in stakeholders to counter China territorial dispute

Hanoi's decision in granting oil blocks to New Delhi could make China uneasy as Chinese foreign policy, especially towards the South China Sea and the East China Sea, has undergone a major shift in the last few years.

Vietnam's role in ASEAN
Oct 24, 2013

Vietnam's role in ASEAN

As an ASEAN member, Vietnam has worked hard to secure peace and reconciliation among Southeast Asian nations, which were once deeply divided by war.

Vietnam: Washington's new friend in the Asia Pacific
Jun 02, 2015

Vietnam: Washington's new friend in the Asia Pacific

The South China Sea dispute is today at the centre of the emerging geopolitical game in the Asia Pacific region. The growing US-Vietnam friendship will have a strong bearing on the direction of the changing regional security dynamics.

View from Exercise Malabar 2015
Nov 04, 2015

View from Exercise Malabar 2015

Indian Navy's reported lack of enthusiasm in increasing the number of participating ships and aircraft reflects the susceptibility of the Indian establishment to cave in to Chinese sensitivities. From a peak contribution of eight warships in 2007, the number has dropped to four this year.

Visit of Pakistan Prime Minister to China - An Assessment
Dec 27, 2004

Visit of Pakistan Prime Minister to China - An Assessment

Visit of Pakistan Prime Minister to China - An AssessmentD.S. Rajan

Voices within Pak for greater cooperation with India will be marginalised
Jan 13, 2014

Voices within Pak for greater cooperation with India will be marginalised

It is highly likely that the voices from within Pakistan that want greater cooperation with India and greater economic integration with the South Asian region in general will be marginalised.

Vote against Iran: Abiding by 'good-behaviour norms'
Sep 28, 2005

Vote against Iran: Abiding by 'good-behaviour norms'

The debate about Iran's quest for nuclear energy is wholly enmeshed in the politics of US-Iran relationship. Iran is a signatory to the NPT and its additional protocol. It has obligations; it has rights. The focus of the west is on obligations, of Iran on rights. The North-South divide is reflected in the board of governors of the IAEA, with Russia and China supportive of the non-aligned who apprehend, as Washington Post put it,

Vote, both negative and positive
Feb 12, 2015

Vote, both negative and positive

Unlike the BJP, the focus of the AAP's campaign was not on lofty slogans, such as making a Delhi a 'smart city', but on issues that mattered to the public. No wonder it is commonly said that one should never underestimate the power of the common man.

Vulnerabilities in armed conflicts
Oct 31, 2013

Vulnerabilities in armed conflicts

There is no doubt that the armed forces personnel need some form of indemnification for killing or injuring non-combatants who get caught in the crossfire when the armed forces are acting in good faith in a counter-insurgency campaign.

Vyapam scam: State Govt has a lot to explain
Jul 28, 2015

Vyapam scam: State Govt has a lot to explain

The sheer magnitude of Vyapam has stunned people. The Bharatiya Janata Party, in power in Madhya Pradesh for the duration of Vyapam, is clearly answerable for the mess. Its government and chief minister have a lot to explain.

Vying for investments: Nepal’s quest to become a ‘zone of investment’
May 27, 2024

Vying for investments: Nepal’s quest to become a ‘zone of investment’

Despite Nepal's aspirations to become a ‘zone of investment,’ structural and political obstacles prevent the country from achieving this goal.

Waiting for Godot - Aircraft carriers for India
Aug 12, 2013

Waiting for Godot - Aircraft carriers for India

Aircraft carriers for India have been somewhat of a waiting for Godot. By the time the elusive Vikramaditya joins the Indian fleet, India's lone and ageing Viraat would have completed nearly 60 years of service and reached the stage to retire.

Wake up to the real world, EU!
May 11, 2012

Wake up to the real world, EU!

It is time for the European Union to wake up to the world they actually live in and now move towards the more workable paradigm of "Shared Interests and Shared Prosperity", acknowledging that beneath every façade, nations and societies share only one common value, that of 'self-preservation' based on 'self-interest'.

Wake-up Call from the North-East
Oct 06, 2004

Wake-up Call from the North-East

Twenty-six persons were killed and over a hundred injured by two explosions in Dimapur, the only railway station in Nagaland in India's North-East, on October 2, 2004, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The same day, in a series of co-ordinated attacks in different places in Assam, also in the North-East, involving the use of hand-held weapons, hand-granades and explosives,19 persons were killed.

Waking up to the BRICS
Aug 06, 2014

Waking up to the BRICS

In spite of its modest economic weight in the initial years, the New Development Bank (NDB) can change the ethos of development finance irreversibly. Rather than replacing or supplanting existing development finance institutions, the NDB will seek to supplement existing resources.

Walk the talk: Prioritise SDG 5 to advance Agenda 2030
Mar 07, 2024

Walk the talk: Prioritise SDG 5 to advance Agenda 2030

The connections between SDG 5 and other goals underscore the imperative of attaining gender equality as both a moral obligation and a strategic invest

Walking the walk of values-based diplomacy
Feb 28, 2022

Walking the walk of values-based diplomacy

As the Russia-Ukraine conflict unfolds, Germany has finally undertaken epochal decisions to uphold the values of the international order by supporting

War against ISIS: The picture is gloomy
Nov 17, 2014

War against ISIS: The picture is gloomy

In the war against ISIS, the picture is gloomy. The ISIS is unlikely to be pushed back as long as the Coalition's War against it remains only aerial. The Iraqi troops battling them were trained by the Americans, who after spending billions of dollars on their training find they are not up to the task.

War on Terrorism has to shift focus
Aug 04, 2004

War on Terrorism has to shift focus

The 9/11 Commission Report has been made public and has, since then, witnessed intense scrutiny and commentary in the international media. The Indian media and analysts have been exceptionally vocal about its findings on Pakistan¿s possible linkages with the 9/11 attackers and conspirators.

Warning from Volgograd
Jan 10, 2014

Warning from Volgograd

The bombings in Russia bring into notice the challenges which India also faces in tackling Islamic militancy. In fact, the Chechen insurgency has in the past been compared to the insurgency in Kashmir.

Was India's decision at WTO wise?
Aug 02, 2014

Was India's decision at WTO wise?

If India continues to act rigid, it will result in the failure of the Doha round and bring misfortunes for small countries and tragic outcomes for all the members of WTO. India shouldn't get carried away and link its food security and subsidy issues to the Trade Facilitation deal

Was Peshawar really another 9/11?
Dec 26, 2014

Was Peshawar really another 9/11?

The December 16, 2014 attack on an Army run school in Peshawar by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has caused global outrage. The attacks led to over 148 deaths of mostly children and some school staff.

Washington's Pakistan problem
Apr 08, 2011

Washington's Pakistan problem

The latest White House assessment of the situation in Pakistan and Afghanistan submitted to the US Congress has questioned Pakistan's commitment towards degrading and defeating terrorist groups like al Qaeda and Taliban.

Water for Indian cities
Jun 04, 2010

Water for Indian cities

The seminar held in ORF Delhi called for a paradigm shift in understanding the various dimensions of the water crisis facing India

Water for Indian Cities: Government Practices and Policy Concerns
Jul 31, 2023

Water for Indian Cities: Government Practices and Policy Concerns

The demand for basic infrastructure and services in Indian cities has increased phenomenally due to rapidly growing populations. Such unmet demands often adversely affect the quality of urban life, the economic productivity, as well as the process of sustainable development. The main purpose of this brief is to highlight the problems involved in improving access to water supply in Indian cities faced with a severe water shortage crisis. A case st

Water Infrastructure and Connectivity: Growth and SDGs in Asia
Mar 04, 2016

Water Infrastructure and Connectivity: Growth and SDGs in Asia

This paper examines current water management ideologies and practices and the impact they create on strategies for pan-Asian connectivity. It suggests that 'business-as-usual' management principles and the harnessing of transboundary rivers tend to undermine efforts at achieving economic and ecological sustainability goals, as well as meeting long-term development challenges. The Mekong and Ganga basin regions, in particular, suffer from inadequa

Water Issues in South Asia
May 13, 2011

Water Issues in South Asia

Water security is a growing concern in South Asia today. Growing population, expanding urban centres, widespread pollution and mismanagement are pushing several countries in the region towards a water crisis. Mr. B. G. Verghese, well known journalist, author and expert on water issues, calls for better understanding and cooperation among the countries in South Asia to address the challenge of ensuring adequate and equitable availability of water

Water key to cooperation in South Asia, says B.G. Verghese
Sep 02, 2011

Water key to cooperation in South Asia, says B.G. Verghese

Initiating the discussion on "Water Security in South Asia", eminent water expert and noted writer, Mr. B. G. Verghese felt that while water is the key to cooperation in the region, climate change is the most important issue for all South Asian countries.

Water supply in Delhi: Five key issues
Jun 08, 2020

Water supply in Delhi: Five key issues

Massive populations in many parts of the world, including in India, continue to grapple with lack of access to clean and safe water. This paper studies the case of Delhi. It describes the conditions under which water is produced and supplied to domestic consumers in Delhi and explains the capacity of the water and sewerage agency to discharge its duties. The analysis finds challenges in five aspects related to water supply in Delhi: quantity; qua

Water wars more about information than water itself
Nov 01, 2019

Water wars more about information than water itself

Information and knowledge gaps are largely responsible for creating an environment of mistrust among riparians and the various stakeholders in the river systems.

Water Wars: Could the dispute over GERD project push Egypt and Ethiopia closer to an armed conflict?
Jul 02, 2020

Water Wars: Could the dispute over GERD project push Egypt and Ethiopia closer to an armed conflict?

The challenge for leaders is to strike the right balance between Ethiopia’s developmental needs while considering Egypt and Sudan’s water rights a

Water will unite us again
Jul 25, 2011

Water will unite us again

In a recent interview, former Punjab chief minister and current Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala said India's move to export wheat seeds to Pakistan in 1978 played a considerable role in thawing the relations between the two countries.

Water-Scarce Economies and Scarcity Values: Can Water Futures Trading Combat Water Scarcity?
Jul 21, 2023

Water-Scarce Economies and Scarcity Values: Can Water Futures Trading Combat Water Scarcity?

Water futures trading can be an important tool for water-scarce economies. This paper argues that it can help reduce the scarcity value of water (defined here as the value that can be generated if the limit on water availability is relaxed by one unit), even without a physical market. ‘Scarcity value’ measures the degree of deprivation and creates the basis for disputes. The paper argues that water futures trading reduces the scarcity

Way out of the past
Mar 01, 2013

Way out of the past

The Finance Minister can at best provide an enabling environment through the Union Budget and other policy frameworks that lie in his domain. The political and bureaucratic class need to pull in the same direction over the next few years to reverse some of the structural weaknesses.

Ways of Thinking: Psycholinguistic Reflections on Sino-Indian Relationships and Potentialities
Apr 23, 2010

Ways of Thinking: Psycholinguistic Reflections on Sino-Indian Relationships and Potentialities

Could there exist identifiable ways of thinking that are distinctive to the Indian and Chinese psyches, and if so, what might the implications reveal? Could they throw light on some frequently asked questions like: What explains the Chinese prowess in infrastructure and manufacturing? Will China ever become a democracy? Will China and India be friends? The author ponders on these questions, revealing some fascinating insights that could pave the

We are living in industrial society with feudal mindset, says Javed Akhtar
May 07, 2013

We are living in industrial society with feudal mindset, says Javed Akhtar

Noted film personality and now Member of Parliament Javed Akhtar says that one of the reasons for violence against women in India is that we are living in an industrial society with a feudal mindset. He says concrete steps should be taken to effect a real change in the mindset of the people.

We must avoid Pak trap in Afghanistan
Apr 05, 2010

We must avoid Pak trap in Afghanistan

The primary objective of the US is to prevent Afghanistan from being used as a launchpad by Al Qaeda

We must prepare for calamity in Afghanistan
Aug 08, 2013

We must prepare for calamity in Afghanistan

The failed attack on the Indian consulate in Jalalabad on August 3, and the conspiracy to attack the Indian ambassador in Afghanistan, reported in Mail Today the day before that, are indications that we need to plan for the worsening scenario in Afghanistan, rather than for an optimistic one.

We need a lean, mean fighting force
Mar 07, 2014

We need a lean, mean fighting force

The Indian military desperately needs to enhance its defence preparedness. However, given the country's fiscal constraints, this must be done by modernising weapons systems, instead of adding more boots on the ground.

We need intelligence upgrades
Dec 11, 2014

We need intelligence upgrades

Granted that the US normally goes for the overkill and in comparison our systems are in kindergarten stuff, there is no denying that we need upgrades. Intelligence and intercepts post-event, as in the recent Uri case, are of academic interest.

Weakening NHM Mission Steering Group is a mistake India can ill-afford
Mar 17, 2018

Weakening NHM Mission Steering Group is a mistake India can ill-afford

In this era of exciting developments in the health sector, where NHM is going to be the mainstay of the Ayushman Bharat through the NHPS initiative wh

Wearing too many hats
Jun 08, 2006

Wearing too many hats

General election in Pakistan is due next year. The terms of the National Assembly and the provincial assemblies expire on November 15, 2007. There are already visible signs of hectic political activity in the drawing rooms and closed-door meetings in Islamabad, Dubai, Washington and London.

Weighed down by the gains: India’s twin double burdens of malnutrition and disease
May 21, 2019

Weighed down by the gains: India’s twin double burdens of malnutrition and disease

Given its continent-like diversity, India’s epidemiological, nutritional, and demographic transitions are occurring in a staggered fashion, with high state-level variances. In many parts of the country, high rates of undernutrition co-exist with equally high and increasing rates of overweight and obesity. Further, the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a leading cause of mortality is increasing, even as the communicable, maternal,