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Will the dead be cremated as part of Europe's austerity?
Apr 27, 2012

Will the dead be cremated as part of Europe's austerity?

In Prague, the expensiveness of the custom of burial has become an issue. And this issue is of relevance to most urban societies including ours as pressure on urban land will result in pressure on graveyards.

Will the Delhi India-Japan Summit bring about a breakthrough?
Dec 10, 2015

Will the Delhi India-Japan Summit bring about a breakthrough?

The 9th India-Japan bilateral is taking place in New Delhi this week-end. PM Abe is reaching Delhi on December 11. Two of the main issues that need to be resolved to take the partnership to new heights are the civil nuclear agreement and the supply of Japan's indigenously made US2 amphibious aircraft to India. Will Abe and Modi be able to achieve this?

Will the General retreat?
Jun 23, 2006

Will the General retreat?

With Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif making common cause in opposing Pervez Musharraf, democracy is back in reckoning in Pakistan. Will democracy return to Pakistan? This is the question which is being raised both within Pakistan and outside, especially after two former Prime Ministers, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, decided to bury their hatchets, sit across a table in a London hotel and agree on a Charter of Democracy last month.

Will the Govt be able to reign in price hike?
Jun 20, 2014

Will the Govt be able to reign in price hike?

The rise in the price of food grains may be cushioned by the enormous stocks held by the government's FCI godowns. But higher vegetable, fruits, eggs, fish and meat prices will contribute to food inflation as they have done in the past.

Will the Japanese PM be able to win 'Abenomics' poll test?
Dec 12, 2014

Will the Japanese PM be able to win 'Abenomics' poll test?

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has a fairly heavy political agenda before him. The foremost is his firm resolve to introduce constitutional reforms. If he wins the December 14 elections, Abe would have bright chances to win another term as the LDP president in September next year and stay at the helm for three more years.

Will the new check-post at Attari enthuse India-Pakistan trade?
Apr 18, 2012

Will the new check-post at Attari enthuse India-Pakistan trade?

While the establishment of new Integrated Check Post at Attari is a welcome move, there are certain issues which have dampened the spirits of Punjab's traders. The Pakistan government has still not allowed trade of items freely from the Attari-Wagah land route despite it being the cheapest and shortest trade route.

Will the US take Iran's extended hand?
Sep 26, 2013

Will the US take Iran's extended hand?

The US may have lost interest in Iraq, but in Syria if it truly desires a diplomatic solution, then Iran has to be brought on board. This is what even the French are telling them. But will the US take the extended hand.

Will US, China be able to manage tensions?
Nov 01, 2013

Will US, China be able to manage tensions?

The question is whether the governments of the US and China can find a way to manage their differences in a way that does not ignite tensions. No one knows the answer to this. However, managing these tensions will require a lot of diplomatic effort and energy.

Will western intervention for Africa's minerals also check-mate China?
Jan 28, 2013

Will western intervention for Africa's minerals also check-mate China?

The arrival of the French in Mali could well be the beginning of link ups across the oil and mineral rich regions stretching from Sudan across Chad, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Western Sahara.

Will China create another African debt crisis?
Dec 03, 2020

Will China create another African debt crisis?

After over a decade of unprecedented growth of Chinese finance, Africans are increasingly concerned over rising debt levels.

Win In Libya And Lose The Arab Spring
Sep 14, 2011

Win In Libya And Lose The Arab Spring

It is a pity the Spring ushered in by Arab youth has been willfully wasted by the West. Indeed, the shaken monarchies and the remaining dictatorships have rallied around the US and Europe to protect themselves.

Winds of change in Africa: Unprecedented opportunities for India
Jan 10, 2011

Winds of change in Africa: Unprecedented opportunities for India

The decade that began on January 1 will be Africa's decade. Unprecedented opportunities are opening up for India-Africa cooperation in Africa's rise in several areas, notably higher education, industrialisation and agriculture.

Winds of change sweeping Muslim minds
Nov 19, 2011

Winds of change sweeping Muslim minds

A popular conclusion drawn by many in the Pakistan media is that Imran Khan has arrived. His Lahore meeting, which was a great success, should alarm the other political players of Pakistan.

Winning back the 'aam' investor
Feb 16, 2013

Winning back the 'aam' investor

In the Union Budget, the Finance Minister needs to restore the confidence of the middle class investor who now have little faith in anything other than gold and real estate as the means of preserving and growing her savings.

Winning Cambodia
Apr 05, 2012

Winning Cambodia

Diplomacy is almost always about timing. Chinese President Hu Jintao offered a lesson in the virtues of diplomatic timing by showing up in Cambodia over the weekend.

Winning the aerospace tech battle
Aug 29, 2011

Winning the aerospace tech battle

India had recently decided to partner Russia in a joint project known as Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). A project like this is a rarity, like Brahmos, that India can ill afford to lose. Prudence would demand employment of a realist strategy of engagement by India in convincing the Russians to expand the scope of involvement.

Witch hunting for WMDs in Iraq
Nov 11, 2003

Witch hunting for WMDs in Iraq

Bush Blair duo is finding it extremely difficult to justify the invasion of Iraq to the world in general and to their local constituency in particular. The United States military has been unable to locate WMDs in Iraq in spite its best efforts. This has led the entire world to believe that the war was an unjust war.

With China, keep it real
May 20, 2013

With China, keep it real

Chinese leaders are steeped in the realist tradition and appreciate the logic of power politics. Premier Li Keqiang might respond more positively to a frank discourse from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh than Delhi's self-deceptions that have so misled India's Chinese interlocutors.

With China’s new interest in Nepal, sources of tension in Indo-Nepal ties can’t be ruled out
Jul 19, 2017

With China’s new interest in Nepal, sources of tension in Indo-Nepal ties can’t be ruled out

Citizens of India and Nepal enjoy mutual rights of residence, freedom of movement, ownership of property, and can participate in each other’s industrial and economic development without discrimination.

With fall of rupee, wooing foreign investors won't be easy
Jun 24, 2013

With fall of rupee, wooing foreign investors won't be easy

We should be prepared for a lower rupee unless the RBI steps in and boosts the rupee by releasing a huge amount of dollars. In this situation, wooing back the FIIs would not be easy. Proping up exports will also not be easy. It would be very difficult for the rupee to regain its former value unless commodity prices decline.

With Russian buildup in Syria, is Turkey a bigger loser?
Oct 01, 2015

With Russian buildup in Syria, is Turkey a bigger loser?

Much of this month has witnessed a slow but steady build-up of Russian troops in Syria. The Russian move is of huge significance - militarily as well geopolitically - not by what it brings to the table, but by what it prevents the other protagonists from doing in that tragic conflict.

With season of elections setting in, political battle-cries begin
Sep 27, 2013

With season of elections setting in, political battle-cries begin

Election season has begun in the country as in the next two months, five states are going to have assembly elections which are being billed as mini-general elections. Soon thereafter, parliamentary elections will be held in the first four months of the next year to elect the 16th Lok Sabha (lower house).

With urbanisation, a new breed of politician is set to dominate Indian governance
Mar 21, 2014

With urbanisation, a new breed of politician is set to dominate Indian governance

The politics of India is changing. The change will come not just through macro measures like the introduction of large-scale manufacturing or modern agriculture, but in a number of small ways - better schools, safer cities, better urban facilities, mental institutions and jails, fairer purvey of justice and so on.

Women in Indian politics: Beyond legislative representation
Sep 27, 2023

Women in Indian politics: Beyond legislative representation

The recent development in terms of the success of the Women's Reservation Bill underscores the importance of continued efforts to ensure women's parti

Women in uniform are valued
Jul 01, 2006

Women in uniform are valued

As someone who started wearing uniform 56 years ago and then saw life from a cadet in the Academy to the Chief of the Army Staff, I feel disappointed with the unfair manner in which the whole issue of women in the Army has been dealt with in public.

Women power and the Armed Forces
Feb 04, 2015

Women power and the Armed Forces

Even today, the Army continues to be organised on the basis of regional, linguistic, caste and religious affiliations. Nearly 70 years since Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose raised combat units in which personnel from all over India served together, it is time that our Armed Forces seriously consider these issues of regionalism, ethnicity and deployment of women in combat roles.

Women's Bill: Liberal measure, illiberal politics
Mar 16, 2010

Women's Bill: Liberal measure, illiberal politics

That the Yadavs also constitute the political class is a fact but in this instance neutralized by the backward environment in which women of intermediate castes live

Women's issues and politics
Dec 03, 2013

Women's issues and politics

From recent events it is evident that misogyny and patriarchal attitudes cut across party lines, ideologies, sexes and classes. Worse still is the fact that whatever is being won by the serious and concerted efforts of those who really 'care' is being squandered by those who do not.

Women-centric Approaches under MUDRA Yojana: Setting G20 Priorities for the Indian Presidency
Oct 25, 2022

Women-centric Approaches under MUDRA Yojana: Setting G20 Priorities for the Indian Presidency

Gender disparities in economic participation and opportunities remain significantly large across the world. To bridge these gaps, G20 countries are working to advance women’s entrepreneurship through financial assistance, knowledge creation, and governance for supporting enterprise. India, in particular, has introduced a number of government schemes to promote entrepreneurship among women, such as the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and the Prad

Won by UPA 1, lost by UPA 2
Nov 06, 2013

Won by UPA 1, lost by UPA 2

Having created unprecedented diplomatic opportunities in the first term, the UPA has managed to squander them in the second. India's ambassadors, gathering in New Delhi this week, are in a better position than most to reflect on the undeniable reversal of India's international fortunes in the second term of the UPA government.

Working the Federal Polity, the Tamil Nadu Experience
Dec 08, 2004

Working the Federal Polity, the Tamil Nadu Experience

The Madras High Court¿s notice to authorities in some coastal districts of southern Tamil Nadu over the ¿public hearings¿ on the Sethusamudram project proposal has brought out a new facet in Central-State relations unnoticed by many. Coming under the Union Shipping Ministry, the Tuticorin Port Trust, entrusted with the Rs 3000-crore project,

Working towards BRICS cooperation, consultation and coordination
Jul 17, 2012

Working towards BRICS cooperation, consultation and coordination

ORF Director Sunjoy Joshi said the seminar on "BRICS trade, investment and finance cooperation"is part of the ongoing research agenda which will feed into the South Afr ican Summit to be held next year.

Workshop on 'The Naxalite Movement'
Jan 28, 2005

Workshop on 'The Naxalite Movement'

The ORF Chennai Chapter of Observer Research Foundation (ORF) brought together eminent, senior retired civil servants and police officials, well-known academicians and journalists and policy makers for two days, on January 28 & 29, 2005, at a Workshop on the Naxalite Movement. Mr D Raja, National Secretary, Communist Party of India, inaugurated the Workshop, which was conducted under the guidance of Mr B Raman, Distinguished Fellow and Convenor,

Workshop on Access to Justice
Aug 21, 2004

Workshop on Access to Justice

Observer Research Foundation on August 21 organised a day-long workshop on ¿ Access to Justice in India¿ particularly for the poor and vulnerable sections of the society. Drawing the attention of the participants, ORF Chairman R.K.Mishra, in his welcome address said there was no dearth of studies and recommendations on improving the justice delivery system in the country but the will to implement them was what was missing

Workshop on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
Mar 15, 2007

Workshop on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights

On 15 and 16 March 2007, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, and the Center on Global Counter-Terrorism Cooperation of the Fourth Freedom Forum, USA, convened a two-day South Asia Regional Workshop, "Security and Liberty," which examined the relationship between human rights and counter-terrorism. This Chairmen's Report highlights some of the themes and recommendations put forward during the workshop.

Workshop on International Terrorism in South-East Asia and its likely implications for South Asia
Apr 28, 2004

Workshop on International Terrorism in South-East Asia and its likely implications for South Asia

A two-day workshop on international terrorism in the South-East Asian region and its likely implications for South Asia was organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) at its headquarters at New Delhi on April 28 and 29, 2004, under its International Terrorism Watch Project.

World according to Romney
Aug 06, 2012

World according to Romney

Delhi, which saw President Obama build on Bush's strategic initiative towards India, has no dog in the presumed fight on foreign policy between the Democrats and Republicans in this election. There is no argument between the two candidates on the US relationship with India.

World focus on West Asia, but terrorism is on the ascent in South East Asia
Apr 22, 2015

World focus on West Asia, but terrorism is on the ascent in South East Asia

The ISIS has the potential to become the unifying terrorist force in the South East Asia region, posing a bigger threat to the region, according to terrorism expert Mr. Vikram Rajakumar. He also pointed out the emerging pro and anti ISIS factions in the region, counter balancing the ISIS.

World sees India as not contributing positively to trade negotiations
Mar 02, 2015

World sees India as not contributing positively to trade negotiations

The world sees India as not contributing positively to the international trade negotiations and this makes it difficult for India to actively participate in ongoing major plurilateral trade negotiations, according to Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh, India's former DDG to WTO.

World War II: Time to mark India's contributions
Feb 06, 2015

World War II: Time to mark India's contributions

If the world rapidly forgot about the Indian role in the Second World War, independent India did a lot worse. Its political leaders trivialised the war by dismissing it a colonial enterprise. Seventy years later, the time has come for political India to put the war in its proper historical context and celebrate the extraordinary contributions of the Indian people.