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Space Based Solar Power: Time to Put it on the New US-India S&T Endowment Fund?
Apr 02, 2011

Space Based Solar Power: Time to Put it on the New US-India S&T Endowment Fund?

With the Japanese crisis triggering worldwide re-thinking on the feasibility of pursuing nuclear energy to meet growing global energy demands, it is time that India, US and others looked at the option of Space Based Solar Power (SBSP).

Space code debate and the right to self defence under Article 51
Jul 31, 2013

Space code debate and the right to self defence under Article 51

As efforts to develop an ICoC accelerate, states need to come up with constructive ways of debating this issue. We cannot let this issue become a stumbling block that impedes progress on the code as a whole, particularly when the immediate impact of the offending language is arguably neutral.

Space Code of Conduct: A Japanese perspective
Jul 25, 2012

Space Code of Conduct: A Japanese perspective

The Japanese perspective on the Space Code is based on its diplomatic and technological concerns, not on its military and security needs. Since MoD is not engaged in the process of decision-making for the Code, it would be difficult to assume that Japan would commit to the Code for security purposes.

Space Code of Conduct: An Australian perspective
Jul 24, 2012

Space Code of Conduct: An Australian perspective

Australia has announced that it supports the Space Code of Conduct initiative sponsored by the European Union. A question that might well be asked is why should Australia care about such matters?

Space Code: A potential area for US-India cooperation
Jan 19, 2012

Space Code: A potential area for US-India cooperation

Space debris, traffic management and orbital frequency being issues that concern both India and the US, this ideally should be on the agenda in future US-India endeavours. It might be good for both the countries if they can engage in shaping this debate that would give them ownership of the issue.

Space Code: Why US analysts were wrong
Jan 24, 2012

Space Code: Why US analysts were wrong

Precisely because India has an interest in the normative process and institutionalising a space code, it is important for New Delhi to sit on the high table as an active party shaping the debate.

Space Fence solution: International collaboration
Sep 25, 2013

Space Fence solution: International collaboration

With the U.S. having shut down one of its major Space situational awareness networks, major Spacefaring powers need to make it a priority to contemplate possible solutions to track satellites and orbital debris on a continued basis.

Space militarisation inevitable
Mar 24, 2015

Space militarisation inevitable

At the launch of the ORF Kalpana Chawla Annual Space Initiative, experts felt that space is unlikely to become an exception to the security-seeking nature of the international system. They felt States should accept space militarisation as a reality and develop institutions to regulate its use for both peaceful and military purposes.

Space should be playground for humanity's dreams, not new battlefield
Oct 10, 2013

Space should be playground for humanity's dreams, not new battlefield

Space, as a true global commons, must be protected for safe, secure and uninterrupted access. India and China, along with other Spacefaring powers, must therefore utilise every opportunity to push for developing norms of responsible behavior, including strengthening measures in the area of active debris removal and on-orbit satellite servicing.

Space, cyber-security  to be included in US-Japan defence guidelines
Oct 17, 2013

Space, cyber-security to be included in US-Japan defence guidelines

The defence and foreign ministers of Japan and the US, meeting under the bilateral consultative committee, have decided to revise the 1997 Guidelines for US-Japan Defence Cooperation to make sure that the alliance continues to maintain its credibility and effectiveness in deterring conflict in Asia-Pacific.

Special neighbours, Unique partners
Jun 24, 2012

Special neighbours, Unique partners

Prime Minister Manmohan?s Singh's visit to Myanmar helped launch the construction of an enduring economic and political relationship between the two nations.

Special powers for special needs
Dec 02, 2014

Special powers for special needs

Instead of amending the AFSPA, putting the military in harm's way and then watching it unravel, the political class must have the willpower to send the military back to the barracks and let the civilian Government do its job.

Spectrum, Election and Corruption Conundrum
Jan 15, 2011

Spectrum, Election and Corruption Conundrum

Election funding is the mother of all corruption in India. Without much needed clarity in regulation of election funding or consideration of state provision of election expenses, driving out corruption in public life would be an impossible dream.

Splitting Jihad to Control it or End it?
Jul 30, 2004

Splitting Jihad to Control it or End it?

Ever since the start of the insurgency in Kashmir, the Pakistani intelligence agencies have constantly raised, mutated, emasculated and even extirpated the so-called jihadi groups active in Kashmir. The dependence of the Jihadis active in Kashmir on Pakistan for training, logistics, arms and ammunition and most of all sanctuaries, has been exploited to the hilt by the Pakistani establishment.

Spokespersons at the Inquisitions, Cap in Hand
Dec 24, 2010

Spokespersons at the Inquisitions, Cap in Hand

The Burari session of the Congress, NDA rally, JPC-PAC sparring, onion and scams, are all building up to a lively election season beginning early next year - Tamilnadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Pondicherry, Assam, leading to UP elections in 2012 and the General Elections in 2014.

Spurt in domestic demand needed to fuel growth
Aug 01, 2015

Spurt in domestic demand needed to fuel growth

A spurt in domestic demand can prove to be the most important impetus for growth of the Indian economy in 2015-16. Then India will not have to be reliant entirely on export led growth. China is also following this strategy as its dependence on the global economic forces have gone beyond its control.

Spy Game in Afghanistan
Jun 05, 2015

Spy Game in Afghanistan

The MoU between the espionage agencies of Afghanistan and Pakistan is a case of the latter showing India the finger, never mind that it flies in the face of history and logic

Sri Lanka & the LTTE: Quo Vadis
Sep 27, 2004

Sri Lanka & the LTTE: Quo Vadis

More than two years after the Government of Sri Lanka and the leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) reached an agreement on a ceasefire in their military and para-military operations against each other, with Norway playing the role of a facilitator, and embarked on a process of negotiations in order to find a political solution to the demands of the LTTE for an independent

Sri Lanka 2003: The Continuing Deadlock
Jan 12, 2004

Sri Lanka 2003: The Continuing Deadlock

The continuing deadlock in the peace process and in the political equation between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe due to their failure to reach an accord on the ground rules for the smooth functioning of the co-habitation Government marked the political landscape in Sri Lanka during 2003.

Sri Lanka at UNHRC: It's not a one-off affair for India
Feb 28, 2013

Sri Lanka at UNHRC: It's not a one-off affair for India

After the coming UNHRC session, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group is set to meet in London in April, when they are bound to flag the issue. The Indian position at London would have to be reflective of the position that it might have to take at Geneva only weeks earlier.

Sri Lanka elections: Mahinda Vs Mahinda, still
Dec 10, 2014

Sri Lanka elections: Mahinda Vs Mahinda, still

It looks as if campaign fever for the January eighth presidential poll is yet to pick up a full fortnight after it all began. At this rate, the poll might conclude without the campaign reaching the conventional climax and the nation getting a new President or a President for a new term possibly without the usually high 75-per cent turnout.

Sri Lanka fishers' row: 'Fast-tracking' problem, not necessarily solution?
Jul 19, 2014

Sri Lanka fishers' row: 'Fast-tracking' problem, not necessarily solution?

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, apart from writing to the Prime Minister, could also consider touching base with fellow Chief Ministers for facilitating such early release of 'innocent' Sri Lankan fishers in their prison, from time to time.

Sri Lanka is the key to India's interests
Jan 14, 2015

Sri Lanka is the key to India's interests

The election of a new government in Colombo provides New Delhi a great opportunity to reset its relations with Sri Lanka. Both countries need to set aside the contentious past and see how they can construct a 21st century relationship based on economic ties and the awareness of the need to understand each other's security concerns.

Sri Lanka might lose the peace dividend
Jul 19, 2012

Sri Lanka might lose the peace dividend

New Delhi must stop viewing its foreign relations with Colombo from the Chennai prism alone just as it was a mistake to view our relations with Bangladesh through Kolkata's priorities. Tamil aspirations in Sri Lanka are important but there are other abiding interests too.

Sri Lanka NPC polls: Messages for one and all
Sep 24, 2013

Sri Lanka NPC polls: Messages for one and all

The sweeping victory for the Tamil National Alliance in Saturday's first-ever Northern Provincial Council in Sri Lanka has a message for various stake-holders nearer home and afar.

Sri Lanka on the Brink Again
Apr 26, 2006

Sri Lanka on the Brink Again

Whether or not the Sri Lankan Army Chief, Lt-Gen Sarath Fonseka, was the intended target of the suicide-attack on the Army Headquarters in Colombo on Tuesday, 25 April 2006, the LTTE may have won the ¿psychological war¿, one more time. The death of 10 persons

Sri Lanka situation requires new approach
Jul 10, 2006

Sri Lanka situation requires new approach

Sri Lanka¿s worsening security situation under an undeclared war is most likely to persist. Both the LTTE and President Rajpakshe¿s government are violating the four-year-old ceasefire agreement, which, in fact, seldom was honoured seriously, but neither of them is in a position to formally break it and declare an open, all-out war. Both of them are under intense international pressure to desist from doing so.

Sri Lanka vote: Game-changer of a different kind?
Mar 23, 2012

Sri Lanka vote: Game-changer of a different kind?

Seeing an LTTE ghost where none may exist across the Palk Bay and the Gulf of Mannar, the Sri Lankan authorities could be expected to act even more feverishly in the coming months -- the Geneva vote having emboldened separatist Diaspora groups to revive their failed misadventure, in a new avtar and under a 'new world order'!

Sri Lanka's new Govt, and India and China
Jan 09, 2015

Sri Lanka's new Govt, and India and China

Sri Lanka's poll results have shown that President-elect Sirisena's victory was made possible by the overwhelming vote of the minorities, particularly the Sri Lankan Tamils. However, the Indian concerns on ethnic issues will be addressed wholly only when the new government and its limited TNA underwriter arrive at a negotiated settlement.

Sri Lanka's post-war foreign policy in perspective
Feb 08, 2010

Sri Lanka's post-war foreign policy in perspective

President Mahinda Rajapaksa's choice of Russia for his maiden foreign visit after re-election has outlined the new set of priorities for post-war Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, post-Geneva: It's politics now, not diplomacy
Mar 30, 2012

Sri Lanka, post-Geneva: It's politics now, not diplomacy

After the UNHRC meeting and the Indian vote against Sri Lanka, now it needs to go beyond Geneva, in the preservation of 'supreme national self-interest' in the case of both the countries. The ghost of Geneva would be hovering over them, yet Colombo should acknowledge the un-kept promises.

Sri Lanka: 'Ethnicity' cannot be the sole policy-marker for India
Mar 14, 2013

Sri Lanka: 'Ethnicity' cannot be the sole policy-marker for India

There are humanitarian and human rights issues in Sri Lanka. Yet, it is basically a political cause, still, which no one in Tamil Nadu seems to be talking about, any more.

Sri Lanka: 'Great expectations' from Modi's India
Jun 20, 2014

Sri Lanka: 'Great expectations' from Modi's India

Whether Indians have great expectations from their new Prime Minister Narendra Modi or not, India's neighbours, who see in the emergence of Modi from a grassroots-level politician to become the Prime Minister of the world's largest democracy, seem to have expectations and aspirations unmatched in the recent past.

Sri Lanka: 'Human rights or politics'?
Sep 07, 2011

Sri Lanka: 'Human rights or politics'?

By focusing excessively on 'war crimes' and issues of accountability, the international community (West) may have taken Sri Lanka away from the political negotiations for power-devolution to the Provinces, particularly the Tamil Province(s).

Sri Lanka: A role (alone) for India, if at all?
Jan 17, 2014

Sri Lanka: A role (alone) for India, if at all?

Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid's recent reminder that the Sri Lankan Government of the day alone had invited India to facilitate the peace process in the eighties should clarify a few points for Sri Lankans who harbour other views in the matter.

Sri Lanka: A strident message across the Palk Strait
Sep 13, 2013

Sri Lanka: A strident message across the Palk Strait

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) chief ministerial candidate for the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections in Sri Lanka, Justice C V Wigneswaran, could not have said it more candidly and categorically.

Sri Lanka: After the sacking, a new CJ?
Jan 14, 2013

Sri Lanka: After the sacking, a new CJ?

As a follow-up to the impeachment motion passed by Parliament by a two-thirds majority, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sacked the nation's Chief Justice, Shirani Bandaranayake.

Sri Lanka: Cameron's presence and Manmohan Singh's absence
Dec 03, 2013

Sri Lanka: Cameron's presence and Manmohan Singh's absence

Post-CHOGM revival of what otherwise are short-term suspended issues may have the potential to unilaterally commit the Union of India to positions on Sri Lanka human rights issues that may be difficult to rescind closer to UNHRC March session.

Sri Lanka: China's prevarication on Ban's panel report
Apr 29, 2011

Sri Lanka: China's prevarication on Ban's panel report

Not many in Sri Lanka, particularly on the Government side, had expected China to play evasive on the report of the panel appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on issues of accountability pertaining to the end-game of 'Eelam War IV'.

Sri Lanka: Competing resolutions can complicate decision for India at UNHRC
Feb 21, 2014

Sri Lanka: Competing resolutions can complicate decision for India at UNHRC

At the UNHRC session next month, India should take the initiative to work out a consensus resolution, where not just the Sri Lanka-related 'accountability' concerns of the West but also the competing counter-concerns of 'friends of Sri Lanka' are also addressed.

Sri Lanka: Contextualising 13-A
May 04, 2012

Sri Lanka: Contextualising 13-A

With hopes, if not indications, of an early revival of some form of consultative process on power-devolution in the air in Sri Lanka, there is an accompanying need for contextualising some of the well-entrenched political positions on arguments in the matter.

Sri Lanka: Death sentence for Indians stresses urgent need to resolve fishers' problems
Nov 01, 2014

Sri Lanka: Death sentence for Indians stresses urgent need to resolve fishers' problems

It may be time for both the Centre and the Tamil Nadu Government to actively consider the alternate, 'deep-sea fishing', away from the Sri Lankan waters, if India's Palk Strait fishers and bilateral relations were not to run aground.

Sri Lanka: Delayed damage-control on global front?
Jul 10, 2010

Sri Lanka: Delayed damage-control on global front?

By declaring fresh intentions to revive GSP-Plus talks with the European Union (EU), and ensuring the withdrawal of anti-UN fast by incumbent Minister Wimal Weerawansa, the Sri Lankan Government seems to be now engaged in damage control on the global diplomatic front, whose results are as yet unpredictable.

Sri Lanka: Did the Indian vote help - and how?
Mar 30, 2013

Sri Lanka: Did the Indian vote help - and how?

'Competitive politics' in Tamil Nadu was only one element in India's vote for the US Resolution. But there has been a general sense of dissatisfaction across the State with the Sri Lankan Government's perceived unwillingness to stand by its war-time promises.

Sri Lanka: Fishing for a solution in the Palk Bay
Apr 12, 2013

Sri Lanka: Fishing for a solution in the Palk Bay

Independent of the media-hype on all 'controversial things' that the Tamil Nadu Government and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa may be saying on the 'fishing issue', they have also quietly initiated steps over the past couple of years.