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Myanmar: Marching towards the right direction
Apr 04, 2012

Myanmar: Marching towards the right direction

More than the thumping victories of Aung San Suu Kyi and her party candidates, the recent by-elections are yet another sign that Myanmar is forging ahead towards being a democratic nation. The pace of the reforms of President Thein Sein has surpised one and all.

Myanmar: Navy chief as VP, what does it mean?
Aug 24, 2012

Myanmar: Navy chief as VP, what does it mean?

The naming of Navy chief Vice-Admiral Nyan Tun, 58, as the Vice-President of Mya nmar has come as a rude surprise as well as a pleasant shock. Given the nature of this development, the nation itself would be examined under many lenses.

Myanmar: Past haunts over-cautious junta
Feb 07, 2014

Myanmar: Past haunts over-cautious junta

The military-led government in Myanmar, emerging from over a half century of absolutist rule, stands blemished following reports about the killing of over 49 Rohingya Muslims in the north-western part of the country.

Myanmar: Right time to lift sanctions?
Nov 20, 2010

Myanmar: Right time to lift sanctions?

The imposition of sanctions was intended to effect political change inside Myanmar, albeit unsuccessful, in the first place. And because the issue is how best to encourage change, perhaps, it is the right time to lift sanctions as incentive for change.

Myanmar: Suu Kyi needs to do more on her'healthy scepticism'
Jun 22, 2012

Myanmar: Suu Kyi needs to do more on her'healthy scepticism'

The reforms in Myanmar took yet another symbolic step in the past few weeks with Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the nation's crusader for democracy, set foot for the first time outside the country in over 24 years.

Myanmar: The importance of Suu Kyi's India visit
Oct 26, 2012

Myanmar: The importance of Suu Kyi's India visit

Nobel Peace laureate and pro-democratic champion of Myanmar, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to visit India in mid November. The dates are yet to be finalised. This would be Suu Kyi's first visit to India since her political carrier took a downward turn after the elections of 1990.

Myanmar: Tough road ahead for President Thein Sein
Apr 11, 2014

Myanmar: Tough road ahead for President Thein Sein

The country has already seen three years of Thein Sein government, a critical phase in the history of Myanmar, which back then was on the throes of transition to democracy.

Myanmar: Trade with India rising; much more needs to be done
Feb 20, 2015

Myanmar: Trade with India rising; much more needs to be done

Myanmar's bilateral engagement with India in trade has gained momentum since 2008 when political and economic reforms were launched in the former 'pariah' state. India-Myanmar trade has more than doubled in the last seven years and has crossed $2 billion in 2013-14,

Myanmar: Will another Panglong happen?
Feb 10, 2015

Myanmar: Will another Panglong happen?

In Myanmar, the present scenario presents the best opportunity to find resolution to its ethnic issue. Myanmar needs another Panglong agreement if the deep-seated wounds of the decades-long conflicts were to heal and so that the country can move on.

Myanmar: Xenophobia turns to Islamophobia
May 03, 2013

Myanmar: Xenophobia turns to Islamophobia

According to a recent report by a US Government commission, Myanmar is among the worst countries when it comes to religious freedom. However, there seems to be no debate on the issue and even the international community is treating it as an internal matter,

Myth of the Gujarat model miracle
Feb 13, 2013

Myth of the Gujarat model miracle

There is more to good governance than just Economic Freedom. Gujarat has not done too badly, but to claim that it is the "best governed state" is to be somewhat economical with the truth.

Myths and Realities in Climate Change Negotiations
Aug 26, 2009

Myths and Realities in Climate Change Negotiations

The Observer Research Foundation organized a round table discussion on Climate Change on August 26, 2009 at its New Delhi campus. The theme speaker was Mr. Owen Jenkins, Counsellor for Climate Change and Energy, British High Commission and the DFID.

Myths Surrounding Special Economic Zones
Jun 04, 2005

Myths Surrounding Special Economic Zones

Recently, the Special Economic Zones Bill 2005 has been passed by both Houses of Parliament and is awaiting the approval of the President. The purpose of having a separate Bill on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) is to clarify all policy initiatives relating to such special zones so that many more foreign and domestic investors can establish their units in these areas. There are 11 functioning SEZs in the country already and they are producing 5 per

Naiveté In Srinagar
Aug 05, 2010

Naiveté In Srinagar

It is a cliché to say that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is complex and that Kashmir is burning. But this is true also. The situation today is the result of political mismanagement, indifference and lessons not learnt over past few years after the security forces had brought the situation under control.

Narrow the Open Standards debate
Jun 24, 2012

Narrow the Open Standards debate

No one knows what an Open Standard is. If we don't define it explicitly in time, India's ambitious digital governance plans will surely derail.

Nasheed Govt did not show courage to follow democracy
Jul 04, 2012

Nasheed Govt did not show courage to follow democracy

Maldives Dhivehi Rayyethunge Party (DRP) chief, Mr. Thasmeen Ali, has said that the first government under the new Constitution, the government of President Nasheed, did not display courage and patience to follow the path of democratic governance.

Nation States, Islamic States and Caliphates
Jul 15, 2014

Nation States, Islamic States and Caliphates

Do all states with Muslim majority have to be Islamic? Not necessarily, if you go by the examples of Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh. This points to one simple conclusion: if a country has a democratic polity, it is less likely to be Islamic.

National Approach to Naxal Issue Needed
Sep 14, 2005

National Approach to Naxal Issue Needed

The reluctance of, and inordinate delay by, the Union Government, to evolve a national approach and policy to tackle Naxalites of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) is, indeed, baffling. Meanwhile, the Maoists¿ daring attacks, lethality, presence and influence have rapidly been rising; also, there is marked shift in their method of attack.

National Asset Monetisation Programme – Nash Equilibrium vs Pareto Optimum
Sep 23, 2021

National Asset Monetisation Programme – Nash Equilibrium vs Pareto Optimum

Recent experience shows that there is ample global and local investor appetite for well-structured assets at valuations

National stakeholder dialogue on India's 'INDCs
May 07, 2015

National stakeholder dialogue on India's 'INDCs

Only a small trickle of INDCs has been submitted by other countries. So there isn't much by way of international examples for India to consider. The EU has said it will reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by 2030. Mexico has submitted both conditional and unconditional INDCs.

NATO arrives in Kashmir
Oct 28, 2005

NATO arrives in Kashmir

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) announced over the weekend a major airlift of relief supplies for Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir.

Naval Aviation: In need of perspective
Apr 07, 2015

Naval Aviation: In need of perspective

In the light of the economic climate and the government's spending capabilities, the Indian Navy needs to comprehensively review the performance of the systems it wants to acquire and its potential trade-offs, rather than accessing each technical requirement or performance need in isolation.

Navigating e-commerce: What Alibaba can teach Indian businesses
Oct 04, 2013

Navigating e-commerce: What Alibaba can teach Indian businesses

To sequence Indian priorities on the FDI question is fairly simple. Consumer-centrism is paramount. Competitive SME sector growth, which will lead to job creation as well as value addition, is a strategic economic priority, which in turn can be aided by a strong e-commerce industry as has been witnessed in China.

Navigating India-Russia trust deficit
Feb 18, 2012

Navigating India-Russia trust deficit

One of the collaterals of the 2G verdict of the Supreme Court, which saw the revocation of 21 of Sistema Shyam Telecom?s 22 licenses, could be the flickering and faint Russian Interest in Indian business opportunity.

Navy accidents: Who is to blame?
Mar 01, 2014

Navy accidents: Who is to blame?

With the building of Scorpene submarine getting delayed to early 2016 and the possibility of the futuristic P 75I project unlikely to fructify, the country must be ready to face serious compromises on the underwater maritime security front.

Naxal menace: Security forces challenged in difficult terrain
Jul 10, 2006

Naxal menace: Security forces challenged in difficult terrain

Travelling by horse back is the fastest mode of communication in the tribal-inhabited remote and interior forest areas of this (East Godavari) district,¿ said my guide during a visit to the Naxalite-Maoist-affected parts of the Andhra-Orissa Border Special Guerrilla Zone (AOBSZ).

Naxalism in Karnataka: Swift remedy needed
Mar 01, 2005

Naxalism in Karnataka: Swift remedy needed

On December 5, 2003, following the November 17- Bollattu encounter, this author wrote in this newspaper (Deccan Herald), Procrastination on the part of the Karnataka Government in dealing with the Naxalite menace will only help the latter to expand and grow in the state.

Naxalites misused peace process
Aug 22, 2005

Naxalites misused peace process

Confusion and vacillation have been the marked features of the Andhra Pradesh government¿s policy towards the Naxalites of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), which it proscribed on August 17, along with seven of its front organisations in the wake of the killing of nine persons,

NDA-II prefers controlling people's lives to changing things for the better
Sep 28, 2015

NDA-II prefers controlling people's lives to changing things for the better

The NDA II government seems to be displaying a controlling streak rather early in its tenure. Across the land, the word 'ban' seems to have become the leitmotif of its governance style and its personnel seem determined to tell the citizen what he must eat and when, what he can watch, hear or study.

Need for a neutral, international cyber framework
Feb 23, 2015

Need for a neutral, international cyber framework

A neutral, international framework is needed to manage cross-border requests related to the cyber sphere, says Bertrand de la Chapelle, director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project.

Need for a new model of engagement between India and Nepal
Oct 18, 2011

Need for a new model of engagement between India and Nepal

In a fast-changing world, it is incumbent on the leaders of India and Nepal to start a new era of understanding and cooperation that take cognisance of the changing dynamics of economic and power relations in the region.

Need for a new regional arrangement in South Asia to tap water
Jan 23, 2014

Need for a new regional arrangement in South Asia to tap water

There is a need for a new regional arrangement in South Asia to tap water as it is a regional common issue that should be handled collectively rather than dividing it.

Need for a New Security Architecture in Asia, say East Asian journalists
Sep 28, 2010

Need for a New Security Architecture in Asia, say East Asian journalists

There is a need for a new regional security architecture that reflects the changed geopolitical realities of the region. This suggestion was made during an interaction between senior Japanese and South Korean journalists and Indian scholars at ORF.

Need for a specific ministry to address fishing issues
Jan 13, 2014

Need for a specific ministry to address fishing issues

India needs to restructure the administrative set-up at the Centre and in the States. There is a need for separate Fisheries ministry with an independent minister. In Tamil Nadu, fisheries is a separate ministry with an independent minister, but there is no separate secretary.

Need for austerity measures
Nov 01, 2011

Need for austerity measures

All over Europe, the new mantra is austerity. Though India's exports have been doing well since last month, this may not be sustained in the future if our big trade partners are busy tightening their belts and trade credits dry up.

Need for bold steps towards Japan-ROK reconciliation
Jul 09, 2015

Need for bold steps towards Japan-ROK reconciliation

The Republic of Korea will be carefully scrutinising the up-coming Abe's August statement commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Koreans expect Abe to come out with a clear statement that expresses Japan's contrition and proposes a new framework for reconciliation.

Need for boosting ecological economics
Oct 07, 2015

Need for boosting ecological economics

Saying ecological knowledge is the demand of the 21st century, Prof. Jayanta Bandyopadhyay of the Jawaharlal Nehru University has called for better ecological knowledge to be put in practice as he felt that ecological economics is facing a dampener due to the weakness in ecological knowledge application.

Need for corrective policies to curb growing economic inequality
Dec 15, 2011

Need for corrective policies to curb growing economic inequality

There is a lot of disturbing news regarding the Indian economy today which is likely to spoil the outlook for 2012. One of them is regarding the rise in inequality.

Need for enhancing security in Rohingya camps
Jan 31, 2022

Need for enhancing security in Rohingya camps

As a proper resolution of the Rohingya crisis is nowhere in sight, adequate measures need to be undertaken to provide Rohingyas with a suitable enviro

Need for further improving LOCs with African countries
Mar 24, 2014

Need for further improving LOCs with African countries

Considering the importance of Lines of Credits in India's development cooperation programme, ORF has undertaken a study of the system and process of LOCs. Early results point to need for improvements in the system.

Need for more proactive government role to revive economy
Oct 21, 2013

Need for more proactive government role to revive economy

The recent shrinking of the trade deficit to $6.7 billion in September (from $10.9 billion in August) has cheered the UPA government. However, we need to be cautious about favourable signs like a reduction of the trade deficit. Because though it is going to reduce one of the disturbing parameters that are slowing down growth, it could also be indicative of slack industrial activity.