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Can cyber sovereignty rein in cyber anarchy?
Nov 15, 2022

Can cyber sovereignty rein in cyber anarchy?

As the world inches towards establishing cyber norms, questions around cyber sovereignty emerge

Can flying geese‚Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu—power India’s growth with stability?
Mar 28, 2023

Can flying geese‚Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu—power India’s growth with stability?

These three states can develop templates for growth under fiscal stress and become guides for other states

Can Ganga governance problems be engineered away?
Sep 30, 2014

Can Ganga governance problems be engineered away?

There is no easy answer to the question of how best to balance all the competing water use priorities of the Ganga. But one thing is clear: as long as rivers are seen merely as pipes for conveying water, and challenges of distribution are addressed primarily through engineering rather than policy, then no solution will be appropriate.

Can Germany Help India Overcome Its Submarine Troubles?
Jun 20, 2023

Can Germany Help India Overcome Its Submarine Troubles?

A new submarine deal could bring back Germany as a major player in the Indian defense sector.

Can Great Powers now do an Iran on North Korea?
Apr 06, 2015

Can Great Powers now do an Iran on North Korea?

The deal with Iran should boost efforts to do an Iran with North Korea's nuclear programme as well. This would be more difficult given the authoritarian nature of the regime in North Korea but is still an idea worth pursuing. The major powers should carry forward the momentum and energy to solve other issues in the Middle East.

Can India and the EU operationalise their natural partnership?
May 13, 2021

Can India and the EU operationalise their natural partnership?

With the EU being India’s largest trading partner and the second-largest export destination, the economic logic of strong India-EU economic relations is self-evident. The two sides have also agreed to commence talks for a standalone investment protection pact and an accord on geographical indications

Can India be an alternative to China for African economies?
Oct 21, 2015

Can India be an alternative to China for African economies?

As Chinese economy is facing its worst slowdown in recent times, for Africa, Modi's new India might turn out to be the one viable alternative to China. Therefore, the upcoming India-Africa Summit will be an occasion to harness this opportunity and seek a meaningful strategic engagement beneficial to both the countries.

Can India be the next industrial hub of the World?
Feb 17, 2010

Can India be the next industrial hub of the World?

India's agriculture has not grown fast enough to support the growing rural population and there has been a continuous exodus of people migrating from villages to towns in search of jobs

Can India host the Olympics?
Oct 30, 2010

Can India host the Olympics?

Noted sports writer Mr. R. Mohan says that India could host the Olympic Games from 2030s if it learns to stick to schedules and avoid scandals, which had brought bad name initially in the case of the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Can India ignore signs of Chinese assertiveness?
Sep 03, 2011

Can India ignore signs of Chinese assertiveness?

The list of China's signs of displaying its assertiveness in the South China Sea is numerous - like the incident with the Japanese coast guard and the USNS Impeccable. The Pentagon accused the Chinese vessels of "harassment" during the US ship's routine operations in international waters.

Can India sustain Iran policy?
Feb 17, 2012

Can India sustain Iran policy?

Iran represents a complex policy challenge that needs to be carefully weighed. Any assessment will need to look not only at the benefits but also the costs of not changing course on Iran. But fence-sitting and procrastination might be an unsustainable and expensive choice.

Can LTTE win or lose elections one more time?
Aug 03, 2015

Can LTTE win or lose elections one more time?

In Sri Lanka, whoever wins or loses the parliamentary polls, and whoever forms the government afterward, it's President Maithripala Sirisena who would be at the centre of all post-poll politics over the ethnic issue, political solution and 'accountability issues' of the UNHRC kind.

Can maid fracture plateau with US?
Dec 18, 2013

Can maid fracture plateau with US?

When tempers have cooled down, and the plateau regained, we should rethink IBDH, enforce strict set of "Devyani Guidelines," and derisk an entire gamut of ties - sadly, the US one being the only legacy Manmohan Singh might have had!

Can mere Australian lessons help develop Ganga basin?
Aug 07, 2014

Can mere Australian lessons help develop Ganga basin?

Australia's Murray-Darling example is not a panacea for the basin-wide river management of the Ganga. And it is not through lack of international role models that a genuinely holistic, basin-wide approach has not been applied to the Ganga; it is through a lack of domestic political will to do so.

Can Modi achieve economic turnaround?
Jun 07, 2014

Can Modi achieve economic turnaround?

If Narenda Modi could turn around Gujarat's agriculture so dramatically, he can be instrumental in turning around agricultural productivity, marketing and storage in all States. He has to act quickly. Otherwise, there would be more problems of large scale migration from the rural to cities.

Can Modi turn slogans into concrete actions?
Aug 14, 2014

Can Modi turn slogans into concrete actions?

All that the government has to do is to focus on providing basic goods -- high quality primary education and healthcare, toilets and housing for all. When there is so much money in India in private and public hands, why is it taking so long for the government to do something to change the lives of millions of people?

Can new land acquisition bill facilitate India's shale gas progress?
Dec 23, 2013

Can new land acquisition bill facilitate India's shale gas progress?

Though India dreams of replicating the shale gas successes of the US, it cannot enjoy the luxury of easily acquiring land for shale gas operations. In the US, landowners, besides owning surface rights, also own mineral rights. Consequently, they receive huge financial incentives directly from oil and gas companies.

Can Obama overcome Domestic Opposition to the TPP?
Jun 06, 2015

Can Obama overcome Domestic Opposition to the TPP?

In an ironic situation, President Obama finds his own party, the Democrats, his key opponents while, the Republicans, his greatest allies as he pushes for the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement.

Can Pakistan take on the Taliban?
Dec 23, 2014

Can Pakistan take on the Taliban?

Taliban's origins are very much in the Pakistan's State agencies and hence it cannot be called a non-State actor. It is too large and too fragmented to be taken up as one enemy. For PM Nawaz Sheriff to declare that there is 'no good or bad Taliban' is just an empty rhetoric and still part of the same old double-speak.

Can Pipelines Lead to Peace?
Jul 12, 2011

Can Pipelines Lead to Peace?

Conflicts in the Middle East have been exacerbated by competition over natural resources. Within the United States, there is growing bipartisan interest in reducing dependence on foreign oil.

Can Russia roll back the caliphate in Iraq and Syria?
Nov 13, 2015

Can Russia roll back the caliphate in Iraq and Syria?

Russia's military intervention in Syria in September, 2015, is a new gambit by its president, Vladimir Putin. It could change the course of history, and even geography, in that region or bog down Russia in a West Asian quagmire.

Can South Africa succeed where India and Norway had failed?
Mar 02, 2015

Can South Africa succeed where India and Norway had failed?

Compared to India and Norway, South Africa may have entered Sri Lanka first and re-entered now to a relatively positive start, or so it seemed. Their timing now proves to be wrong, and their proposals thus may not either be heard, or acted upon.

Can the Centre hold?
Feb 17, 2011

Can the Centre hold?

The contradictions in the path of India's global rise and its accompanying stature as an important player in international affairs, while it grapples with issues of food security, rising prices, inflation and governance challenges, were highlighted by senior academician Dr. Mira Kamdar at a talk titled "Can the Centre hold?" at Observer Research Foundation recently (February 17).

Can the Indian economy afford boycotting Chinese products?
Aug 21, 2020

Can the Indian economy afford boycotting Chinese products?

This article attempts to put forth alternatives that could better India’s fight against China’s economic monopoly and envisage a plausible route t

Can the OBOR project be made to work for countries other than China?
May 23, 2017

Can the OBOR project be made to work for countries other than China?

Given the quantity of investments, China can’t afford to have the OBOR initiative fail. Sceptics like India can use that to persuade China to make modifications.

Can the State avoid monitoring Internet?
Jun 12, 2013

Can the State avoid monitoring Internet?

The compulsion of states to trawl ever increasing volumes of data must also be understood. Besides criminal activities like child pornography, money laundering and online fraud, the Internet is also an important vehicle for the jihadist terrorist. A great deal of recruitment and motivation takes place online.

Can the US and Iran join hands to fight the IS?
Sep 05, 2014

Can the US and Iran join hands to fight the IS?

A common enemy does often become a powerful uniting force, but the fact that the US has so many friends and not a single ally to fight the Islamic State speaks volumes about its foreign and defence policies in Wes Asia.

Can the World Breathe Easy Now?
Jan 30, 2004

Can the World Breathe Easy Now?

2004 is a significant year for Europe. In May of this year, the European Union (EU) will induct ten new members, eight of which were part of the former Communist regime of the Soviet Union. While four of these East European states (Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) are struggling with mounting budget deficits and contemplating awkward spending cuts, France and Germany (the dominant European powers) are immersed in a deep economic

Can Tokyo provide Modi his first big bang moment?
Aug 30, 2014

Can Tokyo provide Modi his first big bang moment?

A civil nuclear agreement is one of the key outcomes New Delhi is pushing for in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan that starts on August 30. Recently, in Naypidaw, Myanmar, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj called on her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida to "bring talks on civil nuclear agreement to their logical conclusion".

Can US Lead While Europe Scrambles for Oil
Mar 14, 2011

Can US Lead While Europe Scrambles for Oil

Can good sense prevail in Washington once again? Military action in Libya will generate anti Americanism, which will swell the ranks of Al Qaeda and cause the "Arab Youth" bulge to find a frightening outlet.

Can we reverse migratory flows to urban centres?
Nov 20, 2013

Can we reverse migratory flows to urban centres?

In China, villages have the same facilities in housing, water, drainage, medical care as in towns. If the government of India wishes to reduce the migratory flows, then each village has to be transformed to a small town ? at least in infrastructure.

Can't allow NATO bases in Ukraine, reiterates Russia
Mar 16, 2014

Can't allow NATO bases in Ukraine, reiterates Russia

Accusing the US and the EU of practising double-standards, Russian Consul General in Chennai, Dr Nikolay A Listopadov, has said the interests of the EU and the US would be accepted as long as they did not come in the way of Russia's.

Canada cousins
Apr 14, 2015

Canada cousins

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada this week should help rejuvenate an important relationship that has long been neglected in New Delhi. If real political differences alienated India and Canada during the Cold War, it is Delhi that has not been sufficiently attentive to the possibilities with Canada in recent years.

Canada keen to collaborate with India in the region
Apr 26, 2013

Canada keen to collaborate with India in the region

Canada's Deputy NSA Claude Vigneault says his country's decade-old presence in Afghanistan as part of American coalition has given them a better sense of India's security concerns and is keen to collaborate with it.

Capturing the American mindspace
Oct 14, 2014

Capturing the American mindspace

The new generation challenge for our diplomats and policy makers today is to capture the American mindspace. This is a task that requires subtlety, but its crucial asset is the human capital connect that we have established with the US.

CAR: Back to chaos and lawlessness
Jan 06, 2014

CAR: Back to chaos and lawlessness

Since France has said that it will not be continually involved in African intervention, the solution to security problems in Africa must come from the Africans themselves. The establishment of a pan-African force to react to crisis with support from Europe has been suggested by France.

Case for an all-India Election Service
May 18, 2005

Case for an all-India Election Service

By not backing the political demand of the RJD ally for the exit of then Election Commissioners, B B Tandon and N Gopalswamy, the Centre and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have silenced avoidable criticism of the constitutional body entrusted with the task of ensuring common man¿s continued faith in parliamentary democracy.

Cash for weapons: Battered Nepal's 'amnesty' offer
Feb 18, 2004

Cash for weapons: Battered Nepal's 'amnesty' offer

The Nepalese government¿s offer of surrender and rehabilitation to Maoist insurgents¿announced by Foreign Minister Kamal Thapa on December 18, 2003¿¿whose deadline concluded on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the Maoist ¿People¿s War¿, on February 12, 2004, has met with partial success.

Cashing in
Dec 07, 2012

Cashing in

The UPA's cash transfer scheme, delivering over Rs.3.2 lakh crore in subsidies and welfare programmes to the poor directly to their bank accounts, if executed well would not only reduce poverty faster would curb a lot of the wasteful spending that has fattened vested interests at all levels.