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India reviewing its Defence Procurement Policy
Feb 05, 2012

India reviewing its Defence Procurement Policy

With the year-old Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) not working as expected, the Government of India is planning to come up with a new policy soon. This was revealed by Mr. Amit Cowshish, Financial Advisor (Acquisition) and Additional Secretary, Department of Defence Finance.

India sends the right message to Pakistan
Jan 29, 2013

India sends the right message to Pakistan

After the initial fire and fury at the LoC, there is now a belief that the situation is relatively under control. This assumption may be misleading, unless the dynamics of the LoC and its violations are fully comprehended.

India should act as an elder brother to Bangladesh
Aug 23, 2014

India should act as an elder brother to Bangladesh

The new political leadership in Delhi has given a ray of hope for the prospect of regional cooperation. In this regard, it is very important for India to understand how it is perceived by neighbouring countries in the South Asian region, says Bangladesh's Deputy High Commissioner Mahbub Hasan Saleh.

India should anchor maritime policies on a strong navy
Feb 20, 2014

India should anchor maritime policies on a strong navy

Even as India engages China in a dialogue, or becomes a way station in the sea silk route, New Delhi needs to take some lessons from China and anchor its maritime policies on a strong navy. As of now, we can more than hold our own in the Indian Ocean against all but the US Navy. But, tomorrow is another day.

India should be a Knowledge Superpower!
Feb 04, 2005

India should be a Knowledge Superpower!

India is the second fastest growing economy in the world today. At a most basic understanding, an economy grows when goods -- agricultural and industrial -- are produced and bought and/or when the service industries are growing phenomenally. In India's case both sectors are performing very well.

India should be careful not to fall into Argentina-like situation
Feb 16, 2014

India should be careful not to fall into Argentina-like situation

In the beginning of the 90's, Argentina was the second richest country in the world, but now the country is in a shambles. India should be careful not to fall into such a situation, cautions former Union Revenue Secretary M.R. Sivaraman.

India should ensure arms deals are not one way traffic
Feb 02, 2012

India should ensure arms deals are not one way traffic

While India will spend around $200bn-plus in the next 10 years, future contracts like the MMRCA should pave the way for opportunities for Indian firms to upgrade their design, development, production and innovation capabilities. India must ensure that arms deals are not a one-way traffic for suppliers.

India should follow China in export-oriented FDI
Jul 15, 2014

India should follow China in export-oriented FDI

Export-oriented FDI has the potential to vault India into the league of industrial economies: a stage which it allegedly skipped on its way to becoming a post-industrial service-based economy. Export-oriented FDI is labour-- and employment --intensive. In China export obligation is mandatory for foreign investors. This should be done .

India should follow China in export-oriented FDI
Jul 15, 2014

India should follow China in export-oriented FDI

Export-oriented FDI has the potential to vault India into the league of industrial economies: a stage which it allegedly skipped on its way to becoming a post-industrial service-based economy. Export-oriented FDI is labour-- and employment --intensive. In China export obligation is mandatory for foreign investors. This should be done .

India should help Sri Lanka find a solution
Jan 03, 2008

India should help Sri Lanka find a solution

A visiting team of Sri Lankan Tamil political leaders addressed an interaction at the ORF Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation on 3 January 2008. The team comprised Mr V Anandasangaree, president of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), Mr D Sithardthan of the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) and Mr T Sritharan from the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF).

India should lead industrialisation of Africa: Rwandan High Commissioner
Aug 27, 2010

India should lead industrialisation of Africa: Rwandan High Commissioner

Saying that India is ideally placed to build partnerships with African countries, the Rwandan High Commissioner to India, Mr. Williams Nkurunziza, has suggested that India should take the lead in the industrialisation and human resource development of Africa by investing in its capacity building.

India should overcome hesitation to play greater role in Afghanistan
Apr 27, 2015

India should overcome hesitation to play greater role in Afghanistan

There is a certain - surprising - amount of unease ahead of the visit of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to New Delhi. Why analysts and policymakers in India alike are worried, that their country could lose out on the latest developments in Afghanistan? The main reason seems that with the change of government in Kabul last year, a new sound keeps emanating from the Afghan capital.

India should patiently deal with Pakistan
Sep 17, 2013

India should patiently deal with Pakistan

India has to deal with Pakistani jihadis as it would deal with any other terrorists and send them to the court of law to whatever dispensation the court might decide. The lesson for India is that it has to live with troubles from Pakistan and deal with them as the situation arises.

India should reopen the IPI pipeline project
Jun 18, 2015

India should reopen the IPI pipeline project

Considering India's vast energy needs and demand for natural gas, India should push to frame the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline as a trilateral project once more. The thaw in the Iran-US relations could possibly encourage India to increase its engagement with Iran. Also, India has shown signs in recent months of being open, once again, to engaging with Pakistan.

India should stand behind Afghanistan
Dec 27, 2007

India should stand behind Afghanistan

India should invest more and invest it where it matters in Afghanistan to strengthen its presence and influence in a country which is struggling valiantly to initiate a process of nation-building against extreme odds.

India should take lead in regional economic integration: Former Nepal Foreign Minister
Apr 22, 2013

India should take lead in regional economic integration: Former Nepal Foreign Minister

Nepal's former Foreign Minister, Dr Prakash Chandra Lohani, says India should take the lead in the economic integration of the region and carry the smaller states along with it towards the path of economic prosperity.

India should take on more responsibilities in Indo-Pacific
Nov 24, 2014

India should take on more responsibilities in Indo-Pacific

It is clear that countries in the region would like to see India play a greater security role in the Indo-Pacific - that is India should be more proactive, rather than reactive. India should take advantage of the opportunities, and take on responsibilities.

India should worry over West Asia flareups
Jul 24, 2014

India should worry over West Asia flareups

India should worry over the claim of Ansar-ul-Tawhid ul-Hind, a terrorist organisation, that Anwar Bhatkal, one of their brethren and related to Riaz Bhatkal, the founder of Indian Mujahedeen, attained what they call martyrdom battling in Afghanistan. We also cannot ignore the claims of Maulana Salman Hussaini Nadvi that he would raise a force of 5,00,000 to support Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

India too has to walk the talk, and nearer home
Jan 30, 2015

India too has to walk the talk, and nearer home

The euphoria of the new leadership in Sri Lanka towards the northern Indian neighbour may have set the right tone and tenor for further betterment of bilateral relations as in regional and international contexts.

India versus China: The importance of inclusive growth
May 03, 2011

India versus China: The importance of inclusive growth

In many ways, India and China are running parallel growth stories with high GDP growths. However, China seems to be taking stock of what has not been achieved by their high GDP growth and India should also be more concerned with the well-being of all Indians for a more harmonious society.

India walks the Chinese tightrope
Jul 11, 2013

India walks the Chinese tightrope

Though Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi had recently claimed that China and India are "natural strategic partners", the reality is somewhat more complex. Because we have witnessed Beijing's curious move on the Depsang plains in April, on the eve of their prime minister's visit to India. And just hours before Antony was due to land in Beijing, Major General Luo Yuan was breathing fire against India.

India will be one of top 5 global pharma innovation hubs
Mar 18, 2009

India will be one of top 5 global pharma innovation hubs

The global economic slowdown presents an opportunity for the Indian industry to work on low cost medicines

India will keenly watch Russia elections
Feb 01, 2012

India will keenly watch Russia elections

The Indian public sphere is unlikely to engage comprehensively with the happenings in the run up to the Russian presidential elections. On the other hand, the Indian establishment will keenly follow political developments in Russia as the importance of the election outcome.

India woos Japan for better economic ties
Sep 08, 2014

India woos Japan for better economic ties

The larger theme of Narendra Modi is that India, Japan and China have many common interests and that all of them have to build on them and thereby initiate the Asian Century by working together and make the Asian Century a truly peaceful and prosperous one.

India yet to stabilise as a nation state
Nov 12, 2013

India yet to stabilise as a nation state

There is a blithe assumption in India that national construction will happen on its own. That is simply not true. The states and the Union government need ever closer cooperation and coordination in a host of issues. Sadly, what we are confronted by are leaders who are busy shoring up their vote banks, a sure recipe for a crisis somewhere down the line.

India's "Neighbourhood Policy": Internal Challenges
Dec 01, 2011

India's "Neighbourhood Policy": Internal Challenges

Recent developments clearly illustrate that India needs to urgently address some of its internal dynamics to ensure that its neighbourhood policy can achieve the desired results.

India's 'number one' rank in FDI: Is it enough, even if it's true?
Nov 02, 2015

India's 'number one' rank in FDI: Is it enough, even if it's true?

Even if we go by the Financial Times' FDI figure, let's remember that having low FDI inflows for a year or half a year does not mean much. China has received, on average, $100 billion per year in the last decade compared to India's annual $20 billion figure. The best way to compare is looking at the per-capita FDI stock, which is $691 for China compared to $181 for India in 2013.

India's Agni test and China
Apr 20, 2012

India's Agni test and China

Capabilities that China builds to deal with the US can easily be turned against India. However, India does not have to assume that such conflict of interest with China is inevitable. India can reach out to China. It will be to the benefit of both countries to engage in periodic military CBMs.

India's antiquated forces
Oct 18, 2010

India's antiquated forces

Obsolescence and numeric deficits in the Indian arsenal are a result of a host of factors, from planning to procurement processes. The blame game is easy within defence establishments as any stakeholder can accuse the other without much accountability.

India's big African opportunity
Dec 12, 2014

India's big African opportunity

The success of the next India Africa Forum Summit as well as the future of India-Africa relations not only depends on India's ability to develop an attractive and sustainable approach to Africa, but also on the willingness of African leaders to look beyond Beijing when partnering up with foreign investors.

India's border regions: Connectors or outposts?
Jan 12, 2012

India's border regions: Connectors or outposts?

It is time that earnest efforts are made to fulfill the dream of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to make borders between India and her neighbours irrelevant. A good way could be periodic appraisal of the infrastructure and holding periodical meetings of border States from East, West and South.

India's Central Asian diplomacy can find common ground with China
Jan 09, 2014

India's Central Asian diplomacy can find common ground with China

Central Asia, which is seen by India as a potential region to explore its wider energy options in the form of hydrocarbons, hydro-electric power and uranium reserves, is apparently slipping out of its hands largely due to the energy stance of other countries.

India's Changing Gas Scenario: The New Imperative
Nov 29, 2007

India's Changing Gas Scenario: The New Imperative

India's Natural Gas sector is at the crossroads. Production from newly discovered fields is set to match and eventually exceed production from mature and declining fields posing a challenge for the Administered Price Mechanism [APM] which has hitherto subsidised the cost structure of gas consuming segments in India.

India's changing relationship with East Africa
May 06, 2009

India's changing relationship with East Africa

East Africa is the fastest growing region in the resource-rich continent. India has a long-standing relationship with the region and an enterprising and successful diaspora has been living there for over a century

India's climate change strategy: Expanding differentiated responsibility
Oct 07, 2014

India's climate change strategy: Expanding differentiated responsibility

For Lima and Paris climate change negotiations to succeed in achieving consensus, the issue of equitable response to the climate crisis must be creatively reimagined. And, to negotiate action on climate change despite many challenges, India should promote a more fine-tuned form of differentiated responsibility -- not just between countries, but within them as well.

India's coherence dilemma in Africa's fragile contexts
Aug 17, 2016

India's coherence dilemma in Africa's fragile contexts

There seems to be a disconnect between India’s peace-building approach and its African development partnerships.

India's cyber and space security policies
Jan 02, 2015

India's cyber and space security policies

While many countries still regard cyber security and space security as 'future challenges', or issues that will need to be dealt with in the coming years, India is already tackling them today.

India's defence policy challenge
May 08, 2019

India's defence policy challenge

India must streamline its defense procurement processes, and reverse declining capital investment relative to personnel costs

India's Demographic Dividend: Where are the jobs?
Apr 11, 2013

India's Demographic Dividend: Where are the jobs?

With the labour force participation rate expected to rise significantly in the coming years in India, it is imperative that the government formulates a common policy on business development and regulation. India's high economic growth story cannot be taken for granted.

India's development cooperation in a changing global environment
Mar 05, 2013

India's development cooperation in a changing global environment

While aid has inherent political angles, India's development cooperation aid is not, and cannot be, solely political in purpose, says MEA Additional Secretary P.S. Raghavan. He says development projects will be objectively aimed at capacity building.

India's disinterest in Asian defence diplomacy continues
May 26, 2015

India's disinterest in Asian defence diplomacy continues

As the annual Shangri La Dialogue in Singapore begins this week, Indian Defence Minister will not be present for the meeting suggesting that the tone of disinterest in Asian defence diplomacy set by the previous government appears to continue.

India's economic interest in the South China Sea
Jun 03, 2013

India's economic interest in the South China Sea

India may have a geopolitical interest in the South China Sea area, but it is driven by an economic need. India must make its presence felt and pursue its engagements in the area. This in turn will involve a continued effort to cooperate and collaborate with the Southeast Asian nations.