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Dhaka spillover
Dec 19, 2013

Dhaka spillover

Whatever be the academic arguments, the die has been cast in Dhaka for a definitive contest between the forces of progress and regression. The outcomes are likely to have a lasting impact on the subcontinent's political future and India's regional security environment. It is time Delhi's political classes paid some serious attention to the developments in Bangladesh.

Dialogues required to resolve Asian disputes: 7th Fleet Commander
Apr 04, 2013

Dialogues required to resolve Asian disputes: 7th Fleet Commander

Commander of the US Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Scott H. Swift, feels that dialogues and frank discussions are the best solution to the ongoing disputes in the Indo-Pacific region.

Did Abe-Singh joint statement live up to expectations?
Feb 03, 2014

Did Abe-Singh joint statement live up to expectations?

There is a strong feeling that the signing of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and India has not led to the full utilisation of the potential that exists for larger trade and investment. Further efforts should therefore be undertaken to realise those ends.

Did the UP Govt ban two channels for being too critical?
Jan 20, 2014

Did the UP Govt ban two channels for being too critical?

The reported ban on two television news channels in Uttar Pradesh has exposed the lack of rules when in face-offs between politicians (or perhaps, ruling politicians) and the media. There were earlier reports that the Central government had requested Google to take down posts that criticised it.

Did US achieve its goal with Iraq mission?
Dec 21, 2011

Did US achieve its goal with Iraq mission?

The US's war in Iraq is over but it has ended in a fiasco. Iraq is unstable and Iran is emerging as the strongest force in the region.

Did we achieve anything by PM not being in Colombo?
Dec 06, 2013

Did we achieve anything by PM not being in Colombo?

Elections will not be won or lost because of events in Sri Lanka, but Sri Lanka could be lost because of our electoral politics. Our PM's absence in Colombo at this juncture is akin to a public snub to Sri Lanka and the vacuum that we create and show little intention or urgency to fill, can only be filled by one country - China.

Different Trajectories of 'Terror' An assessment of the terrorism matrix in Chechnya
Mar 16, 2004

Different Trajectories of 'Terror' An assessment of the terrorism matrix in Chechnya

Terrorism in Chechnya has three major trajectories ' first, the terrorist campaign of the Chechens and others who are a part of the international terrorist network and who derive legitimacy from Islamic fundamentalism and whose fight is not just against the alleged oppression of the Russian state, but also to establish Islamic rule in Chechnya and to facilitate its integration with the pan-Islamic world.

DIFFERING STANDARDS - The US must not wink at a Sino-Pak nuclear deal
Aug 11, 2010

DIFFERING STANDARDS - The US must not wink at a Sino-Pak nuclear deal

China's decision to sell two additional nuclear power reactors to Pakistan has dimensions that need to be better understood. China is persisting with its internationally destabilizing proliferation activity.

Digital democracies and virtual frontiers: How do we safeguard democracy in the 4IR?
Dec 10, 2021

Digital democracies and virtual frontiers: How do we safeguard democracy in the 4IR?

Open societies have always defended their borders stoutly and they must also safeguard the new digital frontlines

Digital Dreams, Real Challenges: Key Factors Driving India’s AI Ecosystem
May 08, 2024

Digital Dreams, Real Challenges: Key Factors Driving India’s AI Ecosystem

India, like much of the rest of the world, is faced with the twin but opposing conditions of economic potential and social concerns that need to be negotiated to realise the digital dividends from artificial intelligence (AI) and achieve sustainable and balanced growth. AI systems involve layers of technological dependencies that necessitate and enable social and institutional interdependency between stakeholders, enabling conditions, and resourc

Digital governance: Need for regulating cloud ecosystem
Oct 04, 2014

Digital governance: Need for regulating cloud ecosystem

India will become a digital society. It is also deploying all the right pieces and infrastructure for a digital economy. The foundation for both will be the cloud ecosystem, which, however, needs to be protected through a robust policy and legal framework.

Digital India: Aspirations high in smaller cities than in metros
Oct 20, 2015

Digital India: Aspirations high in smaller cities than in metros

People in smaller cities of India were more hopeful about the prospects of Digital India than the people in big cities which are traditionally thought of as 'tech savvy', according to a survey conducted by Observer Research Foundation.

Digital strategies for disaster management: Lessons from Kashmir
Sep 19, 2014

Digital strategies for disaster management: Lessons from Kashmir

The Kashmir floods have exposed our communication faultlines. Why is there no disaster management plan in the case of a communication blackout? This is perhaps even more pertinent given that the remote corners of India, be they coastal, mountainous or otherwise, are not well connected to modern telecom networks.

Diplomatic tai chi
Jan 25, 2011

Diplomatic tai chi

When Lang Lang, a resident of New York, was invited by the White House for a piano recital at the banquet for Chinese President Hu Jintao in Washington DC on January 19, no one really bothered to check the music he would play.

Disaster Preparedness in China
Aug 31, 2013

Disaster Preparedness in China

Despite the Chinese government's repeated stress on disaster reduction and regards it as an important factor to realise the overall goal of sustainable development, more needs to be done on disaster management and prevention.

Discom reform: The pendulum swings back 
Feb 20, 2023

Discom reform: The pendulum swings back 

The privatisation of electricity distribution seems imminent as legislations aim to expand the role of the private sector in this domain

Dismantle the jihadi network
Mar 26, 2006

Dismantle the jihadi network

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given enough reasons for President Pervez Musharraf to feel at ease. His unambiguous expression of not letting the peace process between the two countries flag should lay to rest speculations and allegations in Pakistan about India's commitment to peace in the region.

Dispelling doubts about the India story abroad
Sep 18, 2012

Dispelling doubts about the India story abroad

With the idea to dispel doubts about the India story abroad, Observer Research Foundation brought together the spokespersons of the two rival parties, the ruling Congress Party and the Opposition BJP, at a platform arranged by the US India Business Council (USIBC) in Washington on 18 September.

Divided Asia
Jan 15, 2014

Divided Asia

The contest between China and Japan over tiny islands, Senkaku in Tokyo and Diaoyu in Beijing, has brought the militaries of the two nations face to face on a routine basis. Japan and South Korea and Japan and Russia are also squabbling over small islets in the Sea of Japan.

Divided Diet back to haunt Japanese PM
Jul 16, 2010

Divided Diet back to haunt Japanese PM

Following the defeat of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in the House of Councillors' election, Prime Minister Naoto Kan's position has become much weaker and looks very much similar to that of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in 2007.

Dividing up the world
Jun 18, 2013

Dividing up the world

At the Annenberg summit, Xi Jinping, quite apparently, was signalling China's rise and preparing for a bigger role but are the US and the world ready for a lesser US role? Also is there a meaningful Annenberg Declaration that might be Asia's Yalta? Can Russia be ignored in this calculus?

DMK and the Rising Son, version 2.0
Oct 03, 2015

DMK and the Rising Son, version 2.0

It has taken the sweeping 'brand Modi' poll campaign to tell the Dravidian polity in southern Tamil Nadu that their forgotten, traditional political and electoral campaign was always right -- and that they better return to the grassroots.

DMK making 'Sri Lanka issue', an Agenda for Assembly Polls?
Aug 09, 2010

DMK making 'Sri Lanka issue', an Agenda for Assembly Polls?

Intentionally or otherwise, the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu seems to be conferring on the 'Sri Lankan Tamil issue' the place that the State's voters did not attach during the critical weeks of the parliamentary polls in May 2009.

DNA Technology Regulation Bill: Concerns on data privacy, dependence, and bias
Dec 20, 2022

DNA Technology Regulation Bill: Concerns on data privacy, dependence, and bias

While a noble attempt, this bill does bring up concerns around biases in law and infringement of personal privacy

Do nothing Delhi
Apr 16, 2013

Do nothing Delhi

Delhi must focus on realising the full potential of bilateral cooperation with both the US and China, instead of precluding beneficial bilateral engagement with one in the name of avoiding conflict with the other. The current policy of "doing nothing" and finding reasons for inaction will steadily reduce India's relevance for both Washington and Beijing.

Do parties care to make Delhi a 'liveable' global city?
Feb 06, 2015

Do parties care to make Delhi a 'liveable' global city?

The promises made by key parties in the Delhi elections are in conformity with the national trend of offering populist schemes. One thought political parties of this 'enlightened' metropolis, that was turned to an epicentre of the nation-wide anti-corruption stir and gave rise to political newbie AAP, would beat this trend and offer something better.

Do think tanks impact public policy in India and US?
Jul 21, 2009

Do think tanks impact public policy in India and US?

An ORF Interaction with Ms Ellen Laipson

Documentary ban: State using the law to hide the truth
Mar 13, 2015

Documentary ban: State using the law to hide the truth

Restricting the flow of information, either by stopping broadcasts or banning physical books, is today an analogue problem. Given the porous digital borders, the government would find it difficult to block the documentary.

Does China have feet of clay?
Feb 01, 2010

Does China have feet of clay?

China may be growing at an astonishing pace and registering record earnings, but it is the complex financial system in America that has been utilising these earnings

Does China really want a 'just and fair' international order?
Oct 06, 2016

Does China really want a 'just and fair' international order?

China's actions need to be examined to reveal their correct motivations between their intentions

Does headcount communalise army?
Feb 22, 2006

Does headcount communalise army?

Globalisation reduces commodities and perceptions to a common destiny. Thus a spectre that is haunting the west, of Muslim group identity, seems to have reached India too.

Does India benefit from a Sino-US trade conflict?
Sep 19, 2020

Does India benefit from a Sino-US trade conflict?

With its current status as the seventh largest global economy, but only the twentieth largest goods exporter — the extent to which India will benefi

Does India matter in Nepali elections?
Nov 20, 2022

Does India matter in Nepali elections?

The “India factor” has normally played a big role in the course of Nepali politics, discourse, and elections

Does Kasuri's Message of Peace have Official Backing?
Jan 21, 2011

Does Kasuri's Message of Peace have Official Backing?

Indo-Pak relations appear to be on hold largely because of complications created by the Afghan situation. Part of the problem are Pakistani suspicions about Indian ambitions in Afghanistan. Former Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmud Kasuri believes there are misperceptions on both sides.

Does prudence belie reality?
Mar 19, 2010

Does prudence belie reality?

The moment finance minister Pranab Mukherjee announced a mere 4% nominal increase in defence budget pegged at Rs 1,47,344 crore for 2010-11, members of Indian strategic community started showing their frustrations.

Does South Asia exist?
Jun 19, 2008

Does South Asia exist?

The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) of Stanford University and the Observer Research Foundation, had co-sponsored a conference entitled "Does South Asia exist? - Prospects for Regionalism in South Asia." As the title suggests there was considerable and intense debate on this subject during the two-day conference.

Does the Navy need separate platforms for each capability requirement?
Apr 15, 2015

Does the Navy need separate platforms for each capability requirement?

Why is the Navy procuring three different helicopters to fulfil three ends of the same capability spectrum? The Navy would be better off with a single platform to leverage engine and systems commonality reducing costs in the form of maintenance, acquisition of spares and the training of pilots and maintenance crews.

Does the UN matter?
Nov 30, 2004

Does the UN matter?

Does the United Nations really matter when it comes to war and peace in the 21st century? To ask this question when long promised reform of the UN seems at hand ¿ the report of the High Level Panel appointed by Secretary General Kofi Annan will be out on Thursday ¿ and India is stepping up its efforts to become a part of an expanded UN Security Council sounds heretical.