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IAS Recruitment should be through Armed Forces
Sep 02, 2004

IAS Recruitment should be through Armed Forces

The central government is considering a proposal to select aspiring IAS and allied services candidates after the 12th standard with a view to catching them young for a career in the bureaucracy. Presumably, a new academy will be established for this purpose because the Mussoorie academy has a different charter.

ICANN and GAC ? A Review of proposed byelaw changes
Sep 09, 2014

ICANN and GAC ? A Review of proposed byelaw changes

From an internet governance point of view, and the debate over the ITU staking its claim over managing the internet resources and taking over the ICANN functions, GAC's role is an important one, but which often finds itself as not having enough 'clout' in the ICANN decision making process.

ICG report on Nepal: Where it has gone wrong
Dec 30, 2011

ICG report on Nepal: Where it has gone wrong

Nepal's Prime Minister Bhattarai has difficult tasks ahead. His credibility has diminished following a heap of unpopular moves he resorted to. He has been criticised for seeking amnesty for rights violators and for his failure to deal with rampant corruption and worsening law and order situation.

ICoC for Outer Space: Need to involve all major players
May 07, 2014

ICoC for Outer Space: Need to involve all major players

The EU's proposed International Code of Conduct (ICoC) for space activities would not be successful if major space actors stay out of the ICoC, according to Indian PM's Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Amb. Rakesh Sood. He says the ICoC was welcomed simply due to the lack of alternate initiatives.

Identifying fault lines in Maharashtra’s gender budget for health and nutrition
Nov 27, 2021

Identifying fault lines in Maharashtra’s gender budget for health and nutrition

The Maharashtra government would need to invest heavily to undo the damage of the pandemic by instating beneficial programmes for women, girls and non

Identity and Access in Uttar Pradesh
Jan 30, 2012

Identity and Access in Uttar Pradesh

The higher levels of development seen in the northern and southern Gangetic plains of Uttar Pradesh serves to highlight that successive governments have been unable to leverage the agricultural productivity of the region and enhance basic infrastructure throughout the state.

Identity and energy access in India:  Setting contexts for Rio+20
Jun 08, 2012

Identity and energy access in India: Setting contexts for Rio+20

India's macro position on equity at international fora such as Rio +20 must be reflected in its domestic resolve to offer energy equitably to its diverse population. The imperatives of creating a 'green economy' must only follow and complement such efforts.

Ideological changes unlikely in China's domestic and foreign policies
Feb 19, 2013

Ideological changes unlikely in China's domestic and foreign policies

A former director at the Cabinet Secretariat, D.S. Rajan, says that though India-China relations are peaceful for the time being, New Delhi cannot lower its guard as China's intentions are not clear with regard to the border issue.

Ignore Pakistan till it starts behaving like a normal neighbour
Dec 10, 2014

Ignore Pakistan till it starts behaving like a normal neighbour

When a strategy yields no results, or worse, is counterproductive, then the wise move is to change it. Our strategy of not reacting to repeated Pakistani depredations or offering conciliatory gestures may have earned us international accolades but has not made Pakistan change its policy options or stance towards India.

Ignore the Benaam Aadmi, there are middle class nightmares to fix
Jan 15, 2014

Ignore the Benaam Aadmi, there are middle class nightmares to fix

For a few years now, the Khaas Aadmis have been self-categorising into three typologies; the foreign-educated Indian, the Indian who has lived abroad and returned home, and lastly the Indians settled abroad who are still engaged in writing the country's script.

IIT, IIM is key to India’s knowledge diplomacy with Africa
Jul 14, 2023

IIT, IIM is key to India’s knowledge diplomacy with Africa

India’s efforts to bring world-class education to Africa can have far-reaching impacts. It will boost local economy, attract investments and foster a culture of innovation.

IL&FS: Emerging India's very own 'robber baron'
Oct 09, 2018

IL&FS: Emerging India's very own 'robber baron'

The new management has been quick to reassure investors that the value in IL&FS shares will not be allowed to be eroded.

Imagining Greater India
Nov 06, 2014

Imagining Greater India

Modi has a rare opportunity to tap into the positive trends within the South Asian diaspora. An intensive engagement with them would be a valuable complement to Modi's declared strategy of befriending neighbours. Modi could signal the new approach by meeting their representatives during his Australia visit this month.

IMF’s moderate response despite urgent climate needs
May 02, 2023

IMF’s moderate response despite urgent climate needs

The recent climate resilience loan packages that has been introduced by the IMF fall short

Impact of the same-sex marriage ruling on US elections
Aug 01, 2015

Impact of the same-sex marriage ruling on US elections

Although the issue of same-sex marriage may have been settled legally with the Supreme Court verdict, politically, it remains volatile. Since the ruling, reactions of the 2016 Presidential candidates have been deeply polarised, indicating the potential of the issue to become a determining factor in the run-up to 2016.

Impending Resolution?
Sep 03, 2004

Impending Resolution?

After a hiatus of nearly six years, India and Pakistan discussed the Sir Creek border dispute. The Surveyor General of India, assisted by the Chief Hydographer of the Indian Navy led the Indian delegation while the Pakistan side was represented by Ahsan ul Haq Chaudhry, Additional Secretary in the Pakistan Ministry of Defence.

Implications of LTTE's Air Capability
Jun 03, 2005

Implications of LTTE's Air Capability

Acquisition of air assets by the most successful guerilla outfit and a declared Terrorist organization, LTTE, has alarmed observers around the world.

Implications of the joint overseas explorations for iron ore between Baosteel and China Steel
Dec 10, 2010

Implications of the joint overseas explorations for iron ore between Baosteel and China Steel

The economic cooperation between Baosteel of China and China Steel of Taiwan for joint investment in overseas mining, and these kinds of economic engagements, need to be viewed more from the lenses of the liberal paradigm of international relations rather than focusing on the conflict or the political aspects of the engagement.

Importance of Indo-Russian Military-Technical Cooperation and Future Prospects
Dec 03, 2007

Importance of Indo-Russian Military-Technical Cooperation and Future Prospects

This report is the text of a presentation made at a seminar on ’Military-technical Cooperation between Russia and India: Status and Perspectives for Cooperation’, organised jointly by Observer Research Foundation and Unity for Russia Foundation, on October 5-7, 2007 in Moscow.

Importance of Jaitley's FB postings
Jun 25, 2014

Importance of Jaitley's FB postings

Recent Facebook posts by the Finance and Company Affairs Minister are a compact assertion of reformist credentials. Not just because the has crossed a million 'likes.' People press the button absent mindedly, after all.

Importance of leading the Indian Ocean neighbours
Sep 11, 2014

Importance of leading the Indian Ocean neighbours

In the 21st century global and regional contexts, it's too much for India and its southern neighbours to expect the US to stay away from the region, militarily. If the US is there, the assumption is that China will not be far away. India can make a difference to what could emerge as the re-emergence of a 'new cold war' in this region.

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.

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 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.