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ORF takes on the budget
Feb 02, 2019

ORF takes on the budget

How does the interim budget impact some of the most critical facets of the Indian economy?

ORF TRUSTEE HONOURED WITH NATIONAL LAW DAY AWARD
Dec 03, 2007

ORF TRUSTEE HONOURED WITH NATIONAL LAW DAY AWARD

Mr. Lalit Bhasin, Trustee, Observer Research Foundation, and one of the senior-most lawyers of the Supreme Court, has been bestowed with the National Law Day Award for his "Outstanding Contribution to the Development of the Legal Profession in India and for his deep involvement and engagement in the maintenance of the highest standards at the Bar".

ORF's Indo-Russian dialogue concludes
Oct 05, 2009

ORF's Indo-Russian dialogue concludes

The third meeting of ORF's Indo-Russian dialogue was held in Moscow on 5 - 6 October 2009. India's Russian partner in this dialogue is the Russkiy Mir Foundation headed by Mr. Vyacheslav Nikonov who is also President of the Unity for Russia Foundation.

ORF's Lingua China embarks on language & culture exchange
Jun 12, 2014

ORF's Lingua China embarks on language & culture exchange

Observer Research Foundation-Kolkata and Tagore's Cheena Bhavana at Visva-Bharati University co-hosted a day-long series of discussions, an evening of cultural interactions, and a half-day of intensive Mandarin language lessons.

ORF, FUDAN University Joint Project to Study Rural Economies and Governance Practices
Aug 10, 2010

ORF, FUDAN University Joint Project to Study Rural Economies and Governance Practices

Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India and Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences Fudan University, China have agreed to undertake a joint research project.

ORF, Russia hold first non-official dialogue
Oct 05, 2007

ORF, Russia hold first non-official dialogue

The First Meeting of the ORF-Russia non-official Dialogue jointly organised by ORF and two Russian NGOs, Public Chamber of the Russian Federation and the Polity Foundation was held in Moscow in October 2007.

ORF- GIZ Economic Policy Forum: Resources Policy
Feb 28, 2014

ORF- GIZ Economic Policy Forum: Resources Policy

Experts from the BRICS countries and Germany discussed in Delhi 'Supply Side Economics and the Need for Energy Diversification'; 'The Future of Global Energy Systems'; 'Industrial Efficiency and Business Responsibility' and 'Energy Access in BRICS Nations'.

ORF- PCIP Joint Task Force on Indo-US Relations
Sep 13, 2004

ORF- PCIP Joint Task Force on Indo-US Relations

The second meeting of the ORF-PCIP Task Force on India-US Relations was held at Los Angeles on September 13-14, 2004. The first such joint Task Force between an American and an Indian think tank, it is a Track II initiative between Observer Research Foundation, India?s first multi-disciplinary think tank and the Pacific Council, a leadership forum based at Los Angeles and rooted in the American West.

ORF-CSIS Dialogue on East and South East Asia
Mar 17, 2005

ORF-CSIS Dialogue on East and South East Asia

The March 16-visit of US Secretary of State Condeleza Rice to New Delhi is an unprecedented, landmark visit at the most opportune time', said the Indian Foreign Secretary, Mr Shyam Saran, while Inaugurating the ORF-Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Dialogue on East and South East Asia, at Observer Research Foundation (ORF), on March 17, 2005.

ORF-DU summer workshop on good governance
May 21, 2009

ORF-DU summer workshop on good governance

Twenty-four undergraduate students, studying history, journalism, economics, political science, and commerce, in different DU colleges, such as Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Hansraj, Hindu, Indraprastha, LSR, Miranda House, Ramjas, and Sri Venkateswara, took part in the workshop.

ORF-DU workshop brainstorms on India's future challenges
May 19, 2008

ORF-DU workshop brainstorms on India's future challenges

A first of its kind in India, the first Observer Research Foundation-Delhi University summer workshop for undergraduate students on "India's Future Challenges" was organised at ORF Delhi campus between May 19, 2008 and June 4, 2008.

ORF-Forum of Federation International Workshop on 'Decentralised Delivery of Health Care'
Feb 09, 2004

ORF-Forum of Federation International Workshop on 'Decentralised Delivery of Health Care'

In partnership with the Forum of Federations (FoF), Canada, Observer Research Foundation intends to study various decentralized approaches to Health Care delivery and draw inspiration for an ideal Indian model.This programme aims to provide the Government of Gujarat and other interested parties an ideal model of decentralized delivery of Health Care in India drawing from experiences in India as well as countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Can

ORF-GIZ Urban Workshop Series Affordable and Liveable Housing for the Migrants and Urban Poor
Jul 25, 2013

ORF-GIZ Urban Workshop Series Affordable and Liveable Housing for the Migrants and Urban Poor

The demand for basic needs has outpaced supply in many cities of the world. This fact is observed in the urban housing sector. High economic growth along with urbanisation has created a huge demand for housing, and according to recent estimates, there is a massive shortage of dwelling units in many urban areas of the world.

ORF-GIZ Urban Workshop Series Need for effective implementation of urban development plans
Sep 24, 2013

ORF-GIZ Urban Workshop Series Need for effective implementation of urban development plans

Preparation of a town/city plan is a comprehensive exercise involving collection, tabulation and analysis of data on numerous urban development indicators. The enormous amount of time, labour and resources involved in this process usually go to waste as compliance to plan proposals is often quite minimal.

ORF-Hammurabi & Solomon suggestions to Justice Verma Committee
Jan 04, 2013

ORF-Hammurabi & Solomon suggestions to Justice Verma Committee

ORF and Hammurabi & Solomon, a law firm, have submitted a memorandum to Justice Verma Committee, detaling suggestions in the law and the government setup to provide for speedier justice and enhance safety and security of women.

ORF-ISEAS second dialogue takes place
May 29, 2009

ORF-ISEAS second dialogue takes place

The first session dealt with the major power dynamics in South and Southeast Asia

Osama bin Laden Killed: Lingering Questions
May 02, 2011

Osama bin Laden Killed: Lingering Questions

The killing of Osama bin Laden is undoubtedly a military defeat for al Qaeda but on the ideological front, there is still some way to go before it can be said with surety that the global terrorist movement has been put to rest.

Osama's death: The Key Question
May 03, 2011

Osama's death: The Key Question

The killing of Osama bin Laden, one of the most prized assets of Pakistan Army, is likely to exacerbate differences among the top and middle-rung Army leadership which has been quite uncomfortable with the US over the Raymond Davis affair and the Drone attacks. The key question is what effect this event will have on the Army and the ISI.

Osama's legacy is in political geography
May 05, 2012

Osama's legacy is in political geography

On the first anniversary of Osama bin-Laden's killing, questions about his relevance are déjà vu. What's more interesting is how even when on the run and long dead the Sheikh of misdirected Jehad shaped the histories of nations.

Osama: Impact on Indo-Pak Relations
May 16, 2011

Osama: Impact on Indo-Pak Relations

The end of Osama bin Laden will loom so big in global consciousness that anything resembling terrorism, even the cross border variety, will come under close scrutiny of the international community. Pushed thus against the wall, the mind may furnish some sensible solutions.

Our crumbling judicial system
Jul 31, 2015

Our crumbling judicial system

The judicial system of India has much to be proud of, but unfortunately, providing justice is not one of them, more so, if you happen to be one of the 'aam janta' (common people). If the judiciary and its other elements have not heard the clarion call to action, they may soon be in the unfortunate position of finding themselves not just ignored, but even worse, treated as irrelevant.

Our fragile world: Conflict, Pandemic, and vaccine inequity
Mar 17, 2022

Our fragile world: Conflict, Pandemic, and vaccine inequity

The COVID-19 response is forcing us to reimagine global institutions and their commitments.

Outline of New World Order?
Mar 19, 2011

Outline of New World Order?

Lebanon backed by Britain and France introduced the UN resolution on Libya, supported by the US. What next? Not quite clear except that a huge question mark has been placed on the future of east Libyan oil reserves, rather like the one on Kirkuk in Iraq's Kurdish north.

Overcoming challenges to India-US defence cooperation
Oct 06, 2015

Overcoming challenges to India-US defence cooperation

Against the backdrop of increasing Chinese territorial assertiveness, the logic of geopolitics dictates that both India and the U.S. have vital interests in strengthening defense cooperation. In June, US and India signed a 10-year defence framework agreement.

Overcoming data challenges in tracking India’s health and nutrition targets
Dec 29, 2016

Overcoming data challenges in tracking India’s health and nutrition targets

In May 2016, the Health Secretaries of the States and Union Territories of India gathered in the capital and issued “The Delhi Commitment on Sustainable Development Goals for Health”. Among others, the document acknowledged the need to invest in health data collection, analysis and research so that these can properly inform government policies and strategies necessary to address the various challenges facing India’s healthcare. Such commitm

Overcrowding in Paradise
Jan 14, 2011

Overcrowding in Paradise

Malik Mumtaz Qadri, the assassin of Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, probably may have no links with the ISI, but he is irredeemably part of the web of extremism ISI has woven.

Overhaul the policing system to curb political violence
Jan 19, 2008

Overhaul the policing system to curb political violence

Dr K S Subramanian, IPS (retd), a former DGP-level official in Tripura, spoke on the topic, "Political violence and policing in India", at the ORF Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation, on 19 January 2008.

Overhauling the antiquated bankruptcy law
Oct 26, 2015

Overhauling the antiquated bankruptcy law

The Modi Government is reportedly trying to bring a legislation which will overhaul the antiquated bankruptcy law. Now whether the government will succeed or face the same obdurate tyranny of numbers as recent other reform bills remains a matter of conjecture.

Pace the key for interlocutor’s success in Kashmir
Oct 27, 2017

Pace the key for interlocutor’s success in Kashmir

The Supreme Court is hearing the case against Article 35A. A decision at this juncture against it could once again plunge Kashmir into turmoil.

Padma Vibhushan for Brajesh Mishra; Padma Bhushan for Surendra Singh
Jan 27, 2011

Padma Vibhushan for Brajesh Mishra; Padma Bhushan for Surendra Singh

Two distinguished faculty members of Observer Research Foundation, Mr. Brajesh Mishra and Mr. Surendra Singh, have been bestowed with Padma awards by the Government on the occasion of the 62nd Republic Day.

Paisa pain pandemic and pledges
Mar 25, 2020

Paisa pain pandemic and pledges

“A simple take on the 4 Ps of the #Covid19 crisis”, and its impact on the retail investors.

Pak accountability bill: More harm than good
May 19, 2012

Pak accountability bill: More harm than good

The Pakistan Accountability Act, moved in the US Congress this week, lacks the necessary coercive elements required to persuade Pakistan or to alter its strategic calculus in the context of Afghanistan. It very well realises its importance to the US for successful completion of the counter-insurgency campaign and sustaining troops.

Pak Army Reshuffle & After
Oct 05, 2004

Pak Army Reshuffle & After

As expected, President General Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan announced a major reshuffle of the senior officers of the Pakistan Army of the rank of Generals and Lts.General on October 2 and 3, 2004.

Pak Army should give up politics
May 11, 2005

Pak Army should give up politics

There is only one way in which Pakistan can survive as a nation-state. That is, the Pakistan Army will have to confine itself to being an armed force and not usurp the powers and responsibilities of the legislature and executive branch of the government. The mission objective of an armed force is to safeguard the integrity and sovereignty of the country and not run it. The people of Pakistan have a choice here.

Pak Army to retain its power base
May 27, 2008

Pak Army to retain its power base

Pakistan Army is in the throes of a dramatic transformation both in its profile and approach but is no where near relinquishing its stranglehold over the political and corporate landscape of Pakistan. The office-cadre is much more conservative but not radical,

Pak Army using Islam: Cohen
Nov 06, 2003

Pak Army using Islam: Cohen

The present generation of the Pakistani army is not so much Islamic as political and materialistic, said Professor Stephen Cohen, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and renowned authority on Pakistan Army. Speaking at the USI as part of a joint ORF-USI lecture, Profession Cohen said the Pakistani army was only using Islam for its political objectives and this has not compromised the professional orientation of the army.

Pak Army's positive attidue changing scene in South Asia
May 05, 2012

Pak Army's positive attidue changing scene in South Asia

India has expressed its willingness to extend technical assistance for improving infrastructure in Pakistan. Pakistan is bound to realise that holding on to terrorism as an instrument of State policy would not be in its interests as Pakistan would be the real sufferers in the long run.

Pak Army's Second Kargil
Apr 13, 2004

Pak Army's Second Kargil

Waziristan last month ostensibly to hunt down al Qaida and Talibanelements has been a visible failure which could dramatically alterthe already existing fault lines in the force divided betweenloyalty to Musharraf, nation and religion.South Waziristan is one of the seven areas -Khyber, Kurram,Orakzai, Mohmand, Bajaur, North and South Waziristan - which wereclubbed together as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)by the British who wanted

Pak army's Waziristan problem
Nov 02, 2012

Pak army's Waziristan problem

There are conflicting reports about Pakistan army's decision to launch a military offensive against Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and other terrorist strongholds in North Waziristan.

Pak boat operation exposes intel gaps again
Jan 06, 2015

Pak boat operation exposes intel gaps again

There are several problems with the story as it has been put out and many of these have been listed in the internet or in newspapers. But what the incident does seem to bring out is the continuing dysfunction of our intelligence system and the high levels of incompetence in matters of national security.

Pak boat operation mysterious and deserves some answers
Jan 12, 2015

Pak boat operation mysterious and deserves some answers

It is strange that the operation took place on the edge of India's exclusive economic zone, 365 km from Porbandar. It would have made more sense to have allowed the suspect boat to come into our territorial waters where we could have legally boarded it forcibly? Even if it was sunk, you could have then recovered the evidence in the shallower waters.

Pak boat operation: Was there any other option with Coast Guard?
Jan 08, 2015

Pak boat operation: Was there any other option with Coast Guard?

No one really knew what had happened on the high seas off Porbunder on the New Year Eve, yet everyone had an answer within hours. The boat was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the choice was limited to take the challenge to its logical conclusion, including shooting it down or blowing up the boat as soon as possible. The Coast Guard acted on intelligence inputs. There is no "what if" in such circumstances.

Pak helping terror regroup
Nov 12, 2003

Pak helping terror regroup

More than Afghanistan and Iraq, it is Pakistan which reflects the failure of the American foreign policy. Or is it naïve on my part to say so since the possibility of Pakistan being sheltered and supported as a nation that spawns terror groups willingly by Washington could in fact be the reality? Why would Washington, or for that matter others, ignore two recent events in Pakistan which clearly point at the regrouping of terror groups under the

Pak Jihadis have Dirty Bomb
Jul 10, 2003

Pak Jihadis have Dirty Bomb

On April 3 this year, a one-day conference was organised in Washington by the South Asian Studies department of the John Hopkins University. One of the sessions was on Pakistan, specifically on the safety of its nuclear installations.

Pakistan & 9/11
Jul 28, 2004

Pakistan & 9/11

In an article on the interrogation of Omar Sheikh, one of the accused in the kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl, the American journalist belonging to the "Wall Street Journal", written on March 13,2002, ("The Man Who knows & Talks Too Much"---http://www.saag.org/papers5/paper424.html), I had stated as follows:

Pakistan --To slither or slip?
Mar 30, 2013

Pakistan --To slither or slip?

Many historic moments have come and gone in Pakistan's 65 years, but never before has a democratically elected government completed a full term. As a "new" Pakistan readies for election, the question is - will Pakistanis make democracy work?