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Policy challenges amidst modern medicine and AYUSH: What is the solution?
Jan 06, 2021

Policy challenges amidst modern medicine and AYUSH: What is the solution?

The difference between conventional and alternative medicine must eventually be removed so that the medicines that work are available to all practitio

Policy Imperatives for India’s Integration into Electronics GVCs
Aug 16, 2023

Policy Imperatives for India’s Integration into Electronics GVCs

Recent years have highlighted the global headwinds against China's increasingly aggressive moves in the Indo-Pacific region. Vulnerabilities associated with an overdependence on the country for several critical goods, including electronics, have exacerbated prevailing anti-China sentiments. This has provided the impetus for diversifying electronics supply chains, an opportunity India is well positioned to leverage. This brief assesses Ind

Policy imperatives for India’s small farmers
May 23, 2023

Policy imperatives for India’s small farmers

This paper examines the various constraints faced by India’s small and marginal farmers, which severely affect the productivity of their lands, and thus their incomes. These obstacles cover the gamut of farming activities, from production to storage, and accessing markets. A recent government survey has said that four of every ten of the country’s farmers disliked farming, and would prefer another occupation if given a choice. While the gover

Policy Recommendations for Achieving India’s Defence-Export Ambitions
Nov 23, 2023

Policy Recommendations for Achieving India’s Defence-Export Ambitions

This brief assesses the recent trends in India’s defence exports and analyses the institutional and policy frameworks that have enabled a change in the country’s approach towards defence exports, resulting in an upward trajectory. It offers specific policy recommendations to allow India to pursue its target of US$5 billion in defence export revenue. However, a discussion on the types and forms of weapons, platforms, systems, or sub-systems ex

Policy to fight Naxalism: Need for political consensus
Apr 03, 2006

Policy to fight Naxalism: Need for political consensus

On March 13, 2006, the Union Home Minister announced a 14-point policy on Naxalism in the Lok Sabha as outlined in a booklet, 'Status Paper on the Naxal Problem'. In an effort to counter political criticism and allay the oft- repeated concerns of knowledgeable and informed circles,

Policymaking Towards Green Mobility in India
Oct 12, 2020

Policymaking Towards Green Mobility in India

Government agencies at the city, state and central level are paying greater attention to sustainable transport as the way forward for India’s mobility sector. However, for sustainability measures to have lasting outcomes in policy and practice, institutional reforms are urgently needed. The National Urban Transport Policy, which governs India’s urban mobility policymaking, was amended in 2014 to create city-specific, low-carbon mobility solut

#KisanLongWalk was merely a symptom; agriculture policy needs to fix the ailment
Mar 15, 2018

#KisanLongWalk was merely a symptom; agriculture policy needs to fix the ailment

Political knee-jerks are easy to play with — a loan waiver here, an extension of farming permission there, a rise in procurement prices looming and

#Public Policy: सरकारी नीतियों में व्याप्त कमियों को कैसे दूर किया जाए?
Jul 14, 2022

#Public Policy: सरकारी नीतियों में व्याप्त कमियों को कैसे दूर किया जाए?

आज जब महामारी से लेकर यूक्रेन संकट तक तमाम तरह की उठा-पटक �

#Urban Policy: नगर निगमों का विलय; कितना अच्छा, कितना बुरा?
Jul 02, 2022

#Urban Policy: नगर निगमों का विलय; कितना अच्छा, कितना बुरा?

मेगासिटी में बेहतर तरीक़े से काम करने के लिए अलग अलग टुकड�

10 Years Of Modi's Foreign Policy: Aspiration Meets Self-Assurance
Mar 22, 2024

10 Years Of Modi's Foreign Policy: Aspiration Meets Self-Assurance

This commentary provides an analysis of the Modi government's decade long foreign policy decisions.

70 Policies — Industrial Policy Resolution, 1956
Aug 04, 2018

70 Policies — Industrial Policy Resolution, 1956

The resolution emphasised on support for cottage, village and small-scale industries by restricting production for large players, differential taxatio

A closer look into Feminist Foreign Policy in India
Jan 18, 2022

A closer look into Feminist Foreign Policy in India

India’s commitments to international agreements towards gender equality show the country’s tremendous potential to make crucial advances in femini

A new 'incline' in India's Sri Lanka policy?
Mar 20, 2012

A new 'incline' in India's Sri Lanka policy?

With the UNHRC vote only days away, it was not a total give-away by India. The Prime Minister's statement in the Parliament implied that the tinkered second draft of the US Resolution too did not meet Indian expectations.

A new chapter in the US’s South Asia policy?
Aug 29, 2017

A new chapter in the US’s South Asia policy?

Donald Trump is now arguing that India should be viewed as part of a solution to the Afghan imbroglio

A new US policy on Africa: Genuine reset or same old rhetoric?
Nov 26, 2021

A new US policy on Africa: Genuine reset or same old rhetoric?

In an attempt to move beyond great power competition for influence in Africa, the United States is revamping its policy by ensuring a mutually benefic

A policy to replicate BrahMos' success
Feb 24, 2022

A policy to replicate BrahMos' success

India's defence export policy did help in accelerating and convincing Manila about the merits of purchasing the BrahMos

A quiet but decisive shift in India’s foreign policy
Jan 30, 2019

A quiet but decisive shift in India’s foreign policy

India is ready to take on a larger global role by being more nimble than ever in playing the great power game.

A Review of the Draft Report on Integrated Energy Policy
Aug 21, 2006

A Review of the Draft Report on Integrated Energy Policy

This critique on the Draft Report on Integrated Energy Policy was serialised in Volume II, Issue 43-46, 50 of ORF Energy News Monitor. It has three sections, first, Concept level issues- identifies the gaps in the Planning Commission's draft report, second, Action plan- for filling those gaps and lastly, Conclusions.

A tale of two visits and a shift in Indian foreign policy
Apr 14, 2021

A tale of two visits and a shift in Indian foreign policy

Last week India hosted two important visitors – Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, and the US special presidential envoy for climate John Kerry. These were routine visits, one to lay the groundwork for a potential Russian presidential visit to India and the other to assess Indian intentions on climate

A year on, India mulls over its Myanmar policy
Feb 01, 2022

A year on, India mulls over its Myanmar policy

The Myanmar coup has left India in a tight spot as it continues to factor in its strategic interests in Myanmar

Abe's decision could mark a turning point in security policy
Jul 09, 2014

Abe's decision could mark a turning point in security policy

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent decision to reinterpret the Japanese constitution to exercise the right of collective self-defence is truly significant and could mark a turning point in Japan's security policy in the coming years.

Academia: A new frontier in China's foreign policy
Sep 20, 2017

Academia: A new frontier in China's foreign policy

There are growing concerns that China is actively using academic and cultural institutions as tools of its foreign policy, often to the detriment of l

Access to clean cooking fuels in India: The visible hand of policy
Mar 13, 2024

Access to clean cooking fuels in India: The visible hand of policy

By 2030, only 77 percent are expected to have clean cooking fuel, leaving 1.9 billion with traditional sources of fuels

Afghanistan 2015: New Delhi's policy options
Dec 12, 2014

Afghanistan 2015: New Delhi's policy options

Delhi must not forget that the tyranny of geography limits India's role in Afghanistan. Delhi is in no position to compete with Rawalpindi in Afghanistan. Nor can it dream of replacing US military power across the Durand Line. For now, Delhi must welcome the current dialogue between Kabul and Rawalpindi.

Afghanistan: Tensions over Iran's refugee policy
Mar 15, 2013

Afghanistan: Tensions over Iran's refugee policy

Afghan refugees in Iran are experiencing increasing hostility as State policies become explicitly discriminatory. The recent persecution of these displaced persons has brought this fact to light.

Africa’s ascent on the global stage — Can the continent become a cohesive foreign policy actor?
Dec 28, 2020

Africa’s ascent on the global stage — Can the continent become a cohesive foreign policy actor?

African leaders are no longer mincing their words. They are bluntly articulating and asserting their demands from bilateral partners and multilateral

After Duterte: Key questions on democracy and China policy
Oct 13, 2021

After Duterte: Key questions on democracy and China policy

As the candidates of the 2022 Philippine presidential elections launch their campaigns, questions regarding democracy in the country and its sovereign

AI policy analysis: AIDP of China vs. India’s NITI Aayog AI policy paper
Jul 10, 2019

AI policy analysis: AIDP of China vs. India’s NITI Aayog AI policy paper

Tighter collaboration between private, government, nonprofits and educational institutes will be the key to India’s development of new-age technolog

Air Pollution in Delhi: Filling the Policy Gaps
Dec 18, 2020

Air Pollution in Delhi: Filling the Policy Gaps

Delhi, a Union Territory that is home to India’s capital, New Delhi, is among the world’s urban agglomerations with the most toxic air. The magnitude of air pollution is massive. It causes devastating impacts on people’s health, the city’s environment, and economic well-being. Despite overwhelming evidence of the severity of air pollution and its consequences, however, India’s policy measures remain weak. This paper identifies the most

Along with US' new South Asia policy, India’s Chabahar initiative changing region’s narrative
Nov 14, 2017

Along with US' new South Asia policy, India’s Chabahar initiative changing region’s narrative

The moment Chabahar opens, and Indian support becomes freely available, Afghanistan's dependency on Pakistan would reduce. This would provide Afghanis