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Budget 2021 pushes the growth pedal
Feb 01, 2021

Budget 2021 pushes the growth pedal

Sitharaman and Modi need to be commended for their courage in continuing with reforms against all odds.

Budget 2022: Enabling finance for green growth and innovation
Jan 28, 2022

Budget 2022: Enabling finance for green growth and innovation

Budget 2022 could be a turning point for India in achieving its climate ambitions if adequate steps are taken to improve investments and innovation in

Budget 2023: Banking on India’s optimism for the future
Feb 02, 2023

Budget 2023: Banking on India’s optimism for the future

Geopolitical realignments and deft footwork by our diplomats have put India in a favourable position versus the rest of the world

Budget indicative of future policies
Mar 12, 2013

Budget indicative of future policies

The Finance Minister announced allocations for various sectors in the Budget. But these are a regular feature of every Budget. What was different in this Budget? Almost nothing except that there has been fiscal consolidation. Obviously, it is not going to satisfy the common man, farmers, industry or foreign investors.

Budget must focus on defence
Feb 17, 2015

Budget must focus on defence

The Modi Government's first real annual Budget is perhaps its most important test after flunking the Delhi Assembly examination. While businessmen will be watching it to gauge the intentions and determination of the Government to create a pro-business atmosphere, it will be equally eagerly watched by the armed forces community for its modernisation targets.

Budget provisions for energy transition: Less than meets the eye
Feb 15, 2022

Budget provisions for energy transition: Less than meets the eye

Though the Budget has increased financial incentives to the RE industry, it does not reflect an unambiguous focus on the energy transition of the coun

Budget wishy washy, lacks direction
Mar 17, 2012

Budget wishy washy, lacks direction

The Finance Minister has chosen to walk the conservative path, hoping to stimulate investment and growth through small half-measures. Expect high rates of inflation in FY 13 and greater pressure on the fiscal deficit despite white paper on black money.

Budget without many surprises
Mar 02, 2015

Budget without many surprises

This was a budget without many surprises. Maybe we have evolved to being an economy, in which the budget is a mundane, technical exercise, of interest to economists and accountants, but of little immediate consequence for those who live in the real world.

Budgets priorities under different regimes
Apr 10, 2012

Budgets priorities under different regimes

While the coverage of Budgets in the media and research reports are mainly limited to high interest items like income-tax, sales tax, excise, inflation etc., the "Part A" of the budget, which is an indicator of government intention and priority, remains relatively under explored.

Budgetting for the Poor
Jun 28, 2004

Budgetting for the Poor

The accompanying politico-administrative changes apart, Elections-2004 has caused the mid-course review of the economic reforms, seeking to introduce the missing "human face", about which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had begun talking about while in the Opposition.

Build on the constituency of peace and trust, say visiting Pak journalists
Jan 24, 2011

Build on the constituency of peace and trust, say visiting Pak journalists

Visiting Pakistani journalists informed a select gathering at Observer Research Foundation that the ongoing turmoil in their country was the result of a transition from military dictatorship to coalition politics in the democratic setup.

Building 100 Smart Cities in India: Issues to be addressed
Sep 23, 2015

Building 100 Smart Cities in India: Issues to be addressed

Most participants at an ORF conference on urban development and creation of 100 smart cities in India felt that creation of smart cities is an extremely challenging exercise and for this, careful planning and effective project implementation are required.

Building a 'Strategic Oil Reserve' for India
Aug 30, 2003

Building a 'Strategic Oil Reserve' for India

After years of conceiving the idea of Strategic Oil Reserve, the Indian government seems to be moving in the right direction in a resolute manner. Recent statements by both the Prime Minister and the Petroleum Minister about building strategic storage facilities to gear up the country to meet oil emergencies

Building a bridge to Tokyo
Jun 03, 2013

Building a bridge to Tokyo

New Delhi must take full advantage of the geopolitical opportunity that the Japanese connection offers us. As democracies, both India and Japan are open societies and committed to a liberal world order. Through visits and agreements, the two sides have now laid the infrastructure for their strategic partnership.

Building a multi-faceted Indo-ROK partnership
Jan 20, 2014

Building a multi-faceted Indo-ROK partnership

In terms of the existing institutional mechanisms, South Korea somewhat lags behind Japan, but one should remember that India-South Korea partnership is only about 40 years old and during this rather short period, what the two countries have achieved is quite remarkable.

Building a new digitalised world through technology centrism
Oct 24, 2020

Building a new digitalised world through technology centrism

When technology becomes important for a country’s development, governments should balance the advance of technology with openness and autonomy.

Building a new world
Mar 16, 2012

Building a new world

The ORF-hosted BRICS Academic Forum's recommendations to the 4th BRICS Leaders Summit, to be held in New Delhi on March 29, seek to set the agendas for global governance reforms and sustainable development and map out a new geography of cooperation.

Building an equitable ‘data for development’ space for the G20
Jun 28, 2023

Building an equitable ‘data for development’ space for the G20

The data landscape across the G20 remains highly uneven, with some countries being able to effectively harness D4D while others experience significant

Building an ethical AI Future through XAI financing
Dec 29, 2022

Building an ethical AI Future through XAI financing

The tradeoff between explainability and efficiency will need to be covered through purposeful investment

Building better connections
Feb 18, 2015

Building better connections

A major problem in developing connectivity projects has been the lack of higher direction. By virtue of being strategic, these tasks ought to be done in special quick time. But, more often than not, they end up mired in all kinds of problems. At the best of times inter-ministerial and centre-state coordination is poor.

Building blocks of a digital powerhouse: Data centres in India
Mar 30, 2024

Building blocks of a digital powerhouse: Data centres in India

India, with its burgeoning digital landscape, needs to understand the significance of data centres and make substantial investments to harness their p

Building bridges between forensic science and India’s justice delivery systems
Jul 07, 2023

Building bridges between forensic science and India’s justice delivery systems

NFSU aims to meet India’s expanding need for forensics in criminal investigations and improve the criminal justice delivery system

Building India-Australia strategic partnership in an Asian century
May 03, 2012

Building India-Australia strategic partnership in an Asian century

With interests of Australia and India "converging" in the evolving geostrategic environment of Asia, both countries have the capacity to develop into a "real" strategic partnership, according to the Australian High Commissioner, Mr Peter Varghese.

Building India’s Economy on the Backs of Women’s Unpaid Work: A Gendered Analysis of Time-Use Data
Oct 17, 2022

Building India’s Economy on the Backs of Women’s Unpaid Work: A Gendered Analysis of Time-Use Data

This paper undertakes an analysis of the gender-disaggregated data from the National Statistical Organisation’s Time-Use Survey 2019, and finds that Indian women spend eight times more hours on unpaid care work than men. The patterns are similar across educational qualification, and employment or marital status: women with higher education, or earn their own incomes, do not spend any less time on unpaid care work. Shifting mindsets and rebalanc

Building new partnerships: Putin looks toward Iran
Jul 26, 2022

Building new partnerships: Putin looks toward Iran

In Russia’s pageantry of state visits to Iran, its counter to the West is quite evident.

Building Resilience in India’s Power Sector
Jul 21, 2023

Building Resilience in India’s Power Sector

India’s power sector requires sustained efforts to achieve the power generating capacity target of approximately 1.2 terawatts by 2047. It needs such capacity to meet the demands of economic growth and achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 7 of providing universal electricity access. At the same time, the country also needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to meet commitments to global climate action agreements. This paper revi

Building up hope
Sep 29, 2010

Building up hope

Eventually, it has to be a mutual settlement with full understanding between the two parties. They need to come to a compromise, in the highest traditions of the country. There is ample land available land at the site which could accommodate both the construction of a new temple as well as a new masjid.

Burmese Ethnic Nationalities Council
Nov 26, 2007

Burmese Ethnic Nationalities Council

A four-member Chiang Mai-based delegation from the Burmese Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC) visited ORF on 26 November, 2007. The delegation consisted of Dr. Lian H. Sakhong (General Secretary); Harn Yawnghwe (Director - National Reconciliation Programme); Saw David Taw (Joint General-Secretary); and Dr. Sui-Khar (Team Leader - Foreign Affairs Committee).

Bush's task: peace by human foresight or by another catastrophe
Nov 08, 2004

Bush's task: peace by human foresight or by another catastrophe

America is different: different in its impulses, in its terms of debate, in its responses. A young country, struggling to acquire an identity, moving away from a melting pot approach to a multicultural one¿in theory if not always in practice; religious in traditional terms despite trappings of post-modernity,

Bush: Looking Ahead?
Nov 03, 2004

Bush: Looking Ahead?

The final announcement of the results of the US Presidential elections are expected to be announced only after the completion of the counting of the provisional votes in the State of Ohio, which may take some days unless Senator John Kerry decides to concede victory to George Bush without waiting for the completion of the counting.

Business hurdles need attention to improve economic relations: Germany
Nov 04, 2015

Business hurdles need attention to improve economic relations: Germany

The Indo-German relationship is undergoing a transformation but areas such as lesser ease of doing business, bureaucratic hurdles and red tapism need further attention to improve economic relations, according to Mr Achim Fabig, Consul-General of the Republic of Germany, in Chennai.

Bust the terror syndicates
Jul 20, 2006

Bust the terror syndicates

Decisive and ruthless crackdown on jihadis is the need of the hour, not more empty rhetoric ---- Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), headed by Hafiz Saeed based in Pakistan, is a threat to India's security and sovereignty and must therefore be branded as 'enemy of the nation'. There need not be a legal provision to do so. The Cabinet Committee on Security, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, is empowered to take such a decision.

Busting the myths around Indian households’ debts
May 07, 2024

Busting the myths around Indian households’ debts

Declaring a decline in Indian households' net financial assets without understanding their saving behaviours would be misguided.

But What's the Alternative? In negotiations with Iran, it means doing a better job
May 11, 2015

But What's the Alternative? In negotiations with Iran, it means doing a better job

Probably the most common response to the criticism that has been leveled at the P5+1-Iran negotiations over the past year is: "but what's the alternative?"

By the Centre, of the Centre, for the Centre?
May 07, 2012

By the Centre, of the Centre, for the Centre?

The current series of notifications issued by the Central Government has the potential to create a 'police raj', under the Intelligence Bureau, when that may not be the intention even of the Union Home Ministry.

Cabinet reshuffle: From 'K-Plan' to '2-K Plan
Oct 29, 2012

Cabinet reshuffle: From 'K-Plan' to '2-K Plan

If there is one thing that the weekend reshuffle of Ministers and portfolios may have done for the image of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Government, it is to put the recent past behind in terms of political charges of corruption and non-performance.

Cairns G-20 meeting: Can it help revive the global economy?
Sep 30, 2014

Cairns G-20 meeting: Can it help revive the global economy?

Several challenges and threats may hinder achieving two percent growth for the world economy. For instance, the plans of IMF and Central Bank to raise the interest rate are likely to result in wiping out efforts to achieve the target. Also the investment is witnessing lower volatility.

Calibrating India's climate-change response
Jul 28, 2014

Calibrating India's climate-change response

The most critical area for India's response to climate change must be adaptation. It needs to invest in actions against the imminent threats posed by climate change irrespective of how the global discourse progresses. Investments must be made through innovative channels, using a mixture of capacity-building programmes, awareness campaigns, traditional solutions, and new technologies.

Campaign to curb gender-related crimes in Greater Mumbai municipal schools
Aug 03, 2012

Campaign to curb gender-related crimes in Greater Mumbai municipal schools

An ORF Mumbai-SPGRC workshop has decided to launch a city-wide, age-appropriate awareness campaign to curb rising gender-related crimes in Greater Mumbai municipal corporation schools. It would try to sensitise children about sexual harassment and other gender-related crimes.

Can 'Make in India' deliver?
Dec 26, 2014

Can 'Make in India' deliver?

The Narendra Modi government's 'Make in India' campaign, on the whole, seems out of sync with today's world where it doesn't matter where a product is made because even high exporting countries like China basically assembles parts made elsewhere in the world.

Can a corporate tax cut alone revive growth?
Oct 04, 2019

Can a corporate tax cut alone revive growth?

Investment and demand are interlinked, thus a lack of investment creates a lack of demand as it impacts income and employment levels, which in turn im

Can a Public Service Media serve better?
Nov 05, 2011

Can a Public Service Media serve better?

The Press Council chairman is spot on as far as the media's coverage of Muslim terror is concerned. He is equally right on the market driven focus on Formula 1, Lady Gaga, Mettallic group, bollywood gossip, fashion, etc in a country where the majority are poor.