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Importance of Obama's India visit
Jan 24, 2015

Importance of Obama's India visit

Both President Obama and Prime Minister Modi have seized the moment to reinvigourate the bilateral ties. If Modi has put America at the very centre of his dynamic foreign policy strategy, Obama appears eager to work with what is undoubtedly a more vigorous and action-oriented government in Delhi.

Importance of oral history
Sep 01, 2011

Importance of oral history

Despite its utility in comprehending tragic events such as the Partition, oral history keeps getting rebuffed for its 'soft' and 'subjective' approach.

Important to connect research institutions to smart city initiatives
Jan 31, 2015

Important to connect research institutions to smart city initiatives

With there being a strong connection between smart cities and a nation's pride, it is important to connect universities and research institutions with smart city initiatives, says Dr. Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto.

Importing better energy governance: Can we afford it?
Jul 13, 2012

Importing better energy governance: Can we afford it?

The Government, despite being corrupt and inefficient, does not want to be seen as favouring the private sector and therefore forgoes higher earnings in terms of royalty, taxes, jobs and profit share that it may benefit from if gas producers are given greater freedom.

Improving access to Agricultural credit: New perspectives
Jan 08, 2020

Improving access to Agricultural credit: New perspectives

India’s agrarian crisis has deepened in the past several years, contributing to the slowdown of the economy. Amongst the most crucial factors affecting the country’s agricultural sector is financial inclusion. Over the years, India has attempted various measures to narrow the gap in financial inclusion for its farmers, yet the goal continues to elude the country. This paper presents a discussion of these measures, outlining the current state

Improving accountability in management of municipal solid waste
Feb 24, 2014

Improving accountability in management of municipal solid waste

While the civic agencies responsible for daily cleaning of streets and removal of garbage are not demonstrating the desired level of efficiency, many urban residents do not follow any of the waste disposal rules, making waste management increasingly difficult.

Improving India's capability to account for growing Chinese air power
Sep 04, 2012

Improving India's capability to account for growing Chinese air power

Noting that the objective of the armed forces is not to win wars but to prevent wars, there was a consensus at an ORF discussion that India needs to overcome its deficiencies in order to create a credible deterrence.

Imran Khan goes to Washington: What’s on the agenda for US-Pakistan security relations?
Jul 20, 2019

Imran Khan goes to Washington: What’s on the agenda for US-Pakistan security relations?

A closer look at some of the security-related agenda items for the upcoming development and how they could impact bilateral ties.

In a new world, India and China could be power allies: Chinese scholar
Mar 22, 2013

In a new world, India and China could be power allies: Chinese scholar

India and China cannot afford to be used against each other by interested third parties. They must rather focus on common threats to regional progress. In a new world, India and China could be powerful allies, says a senior Chinese strategic scholar.

In a week, China fires two rapid response launch vehicles
Oct 21, 2015

In a week, China fires two rapid response launch vehicles

Within the span of a week last month, China has successfully carried out maiden launches of two of its next generation launch vehicles. Besides validating the rockets for future manned and unmanned space missions, they have also demonstrated China?s strategic capabilities pertaining to outer space.

In defence of 100 per cent FDI
Jul 08, 2014

In defence of 100 per cent FDI

The issue of 100 per cent foreign direct investment in defence keeps getting muddied by the day, with various industry bodies such as the Confederation of Indian Industry and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry apparently flip-flopping on an hourly basis.

In exposing corruption Kejriwal-Prashant searchlights on media too
Nov 03, 2012

In exposing corruption Kejriwal-Prashant searchlights on media too

It is common knowledge that Corporates control most of the electronic media. That being the case, how has the media turned upon the hand that feeds? Intra corporate warfare?

In focus — China
Nov 30, 2016

In focus — China

Roundup of the latest developments on China.

In its mission to go green, India must focus on just transition
Jun 23, 2021

In its mission to go green, India must focus on just transition

The measure of a successful energy transition must go beyond statistics of installed capacity of renewables, investments and number of jobs. While these are important, the face of the transition should become the lives, livelihoods and well-being of the economy

In Maldives too, polls underline coalition reality of the times
Mar 25, 2014

In Maldives too, polls underline coalition reality of the times

As in the world's many democracies, parliamentary polls in Maldives too have underlined the coalition reality of the times. The polls have also proved the add-ons do count, as former President Nasheed had proved in his second-round victory in 2008.

In Maldives, now it's legislature vs judiciary?
Oct 26, 2012

In Maldives, now it's legislature vs judiciary?

In Maldives, the fledgling democracy is now getting exposed to the inevitability of an issue-based confrontation between the Legislature and the Judiciary. But the stake-holders need to handle the issues and the attendant controversies with the knowledge, accommodation and sensitivity that they demand.

In need of a fundamental overhaul
Dec 26, 2013

In need of a fundamental overhaul

Indians need to realise that the time has come for decision-making and thinking which is multi-year, though not in the Five Year Plan kind of a way. What is needed are steps that go beyond partisan approaches and election-cycles aimed at providing the desperately needed transformation of the way India manages its governmental system.

In Nepal, the crisis lingers on
Jul 31, 2010

In Nepal, the crisis lingers on

The process of government formation in Nepal seem to be going nowhere if one is to go by the record of recent political parleys between the leaders of the three 'big political parties' of Nepal.

In Pakistan, eyes are now on new Indian government
Apr 18, 2014

In Pakistan, eyes are now on new Indian government

With the elections underway in India, eyes are now on the outcome of the polls, likely to be known by May 16. Wider belief is that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) may win the keenly fought elections.

In politics, like in biz, bulk up to beat rivals
Mar 10, 2017

In politics, like in biz, bulk up to beat rivals

The govt’s budget needs to expand by at least one-fourth to accommodate the necessary capital spend.

In search of a settlement in Afghanistan
Oct 15, 2005

In search of a settlement in Afghanistan

In the past few weeks, Afghanistan has received a stream of important visitors from western capitals that are in a position to preside over its destiny ¿ U.S. National Security Council Advisor Stephen J. Hadley, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, British Secretary of State for Defence John Reid, and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

In search of fair grades
Dec 14, 2010

In search of fair grades

Access to higher education has been a long-standing policy concern in India. Reservation for different social groups at the central and the state levels has been a typical policy response.

In Syria, the Big Boys are playing
Oct 01, 2015

In Syria, the Big Boys are playing

Syria and Iraq are no longer just a do-and-kill struggle being enacted by extreme radical Islamists in their brutal search for a Caliphate. The Big Boys - US and Russia -- are now out in the open, the gloves are off and mind games are now being played.

In the land of Hammurabi
Sep 01, 2005

In the land of Hammurabi

We the people of Iraq, who in all our forms and groupings undertake to establish our union freely and by choice, to learn yesterday's lessons for tomorrow, and to write down this permanent constitution...

In the Maldives, a resignation that keeps democracy afloat
Feb 08, 2012

In the Maldives, a resignation that keeps democracy afloat

Rather than allowing events to drift towards a political or even military showdown, Maldivian President Mohammed "Anni" Nasheed has shown great fidelity to democratic principles in a country where none existed before him by stepping down from office with grace and poise.

Inadequate financial governance: Nowhere near perfect solution
Jul 29, 2013

Inadequate financial governance: Nowhere near perfect solution

One can see the problem of illicit financial flow in a narrow view in terms of loss of tax revenue, but the more often missed out perspective is that these illicit flows create imbalances in the global economy that upset the efficiency of capital. Illicit financial flows cannot be curtailed without the collaborative effort of both developing as well as developed countries

Inclusive digital policies are key to mould women leaders
Apr 01, 2024

Inclusive digital policies are key to mould women leaders

The digital revolution opens new avenues for women's economic participation, however, to ensure true inclusion, this revolution must be steered by gen

Inclusive India: The Foreign Trade Policy 2023
Apr 14, 2023

Inclusive India: The Foreign Trade Policy 2023

The new policies ensure that smaller vendors, businesses, and local artisans can access international markets, thus, making them a part of India’s e

Increased use of off-grid solar PV power to improve overall functionality of rural health centres
Apr 15, 2019

Increased use of off-grid solar PV power to improve overall functionality of rural health centres

The introduction of the off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants can be integrated with the conventional electricity system for the electrificati

Increasing Boko Haram pressure on Nigerian President
Nov 27, 2014

Increasing Boko Haram pressure on Nigerian President

In less than a week, more than 100 people have been killed by terror group Boko Haram in the northern part of Nigeria. This brutal Islamic group remains a significant problem confronting the democratic government of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Increasing inequality a big challenge in Brazil too
Apr 01, 2013

Increasing inequality a big challenge in Brazil too

The Brazilian economy is in a new period of transition. Its challenges today are of tax incentives in order to steer foreign investments towards the domestic shores and curbing rising inequality and urban-rural divide.

Increasing influence of regional parties in foreign policy
Nov 24, 2011

Increasing influence of regional parties in foreign policy

The politics of Centre-State relations has been a powerful force in shaping India's foreign policy. India's rapid economic growth has furthermore given a new found influence to regional parties, leading to their disproportionate influence over the formulation of foreign policy.

Increasing internal security concerns in Tamil Nadu
Dec 24, 2012

Increasing internal security concerns in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu has a history of Dalit-centric violence, which has erupted independently in the southern districts, and also the western Dharmapuri belt, where Naxalites have thrived and revived from time to time.

Incremental progress, not flourishes in India-China statement
May 18, 2015

Incremental progress, not flourishes in India-China statement

Both India and China seem to be fixated on a "status quo plus" option, in that each side wants something more than the current LAC. Clearly, much more work needs to be done. For the moment, incremental progress is better than no progress at all.

Incubation space for terror groups in Bangladesh a worry for the world
Aug 16, 2014

Incubation space for terror groups in Bangladesh a worry for the world

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, which is threatened by the formation of the Narendra Modi government in Delhi, have been reactivating networks of LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammad in Kashmir since May/June 2013.