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What a US-Pakistan nuclear deal could mean for India
Oct 12, 2015

What a US-Pakistan nuclear deal could mean for India

India has seen this movie before and it does not have a happy ending. As the idea of a nuclear deal between the United States and Pakistan gains some traction in Washington, Delhi is unlikely to lose much sleep.

What after KG D6 - Challenges for India's Energy Security
Nov 01, 2011

What after KG D6 - Challenges for India's Energy Security

Studies done in ORF estimate that even with everything in our favour, India will be hard put to exceed a thermal coal based capacity beyond 300 GW. In such a scenario, how do we better harness our oil and gas potential and fulfill the great promise that lies hidden in our vast unexplored acreages.

What after the exit of UN Mission in Nepal?
Jan 21, 2011

What after the exit of UN Mission in Nepal?

The exit of the UN mission has created a security gap in Nepal which may not augur well with the prevalent disunity among different political parties. People want the original stakeholders should undertake the responsibility of completing the tasks left over by the external agencies.

What are the prospects for regionalism in South Asia?
Jun 19, 2008

What are the prospects for regionalism in South Asia?

Shorenstein APARC, in collaboration with Observer Research Foundation, will hold a conference on regionalism and regional integration in South Asia at Stanford University on June 19 and 20, 2008. The conference papers will be issued as an edited volume

What are we doing even as China tries to fix its economy?
Oct 27, 2015

What are we doing even as China tries to fix its economy?

China's ruling Communist Party, at its plenum, will deliberate on the economic and social agenda for China over the next five years focusing on financial reforms and how to maintain growth of around seven per cent. Contrast this with India where the new administration appears somnolent.

What constitutes democracy is for actual democracies to define
Dec 22, 2021

What constitutes democracy is for actual democracies to define

India has a role no less important than America’s in exposing the falsehood of Chinese claims on representative governance

What Delhi must say, what Dhaka needs to hear
Aug 19, 2013

What Delhi must say, what Dhaka needs to hear

As UPA 2 enters the last lap of its tenure, it is not just the Indian economy that is unravelling. New Delhi's loss of purpose and direction in the last few years has had an equally damaging impact on the diplomatic front.

What did we gain out of Gates visit?
Jan 28, 2010

What did we gain out of Gates visit?

Nothing of substance came out from the recent low profile visit of the US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates

What does Gilani's China visit signal to the US?
May 25, 2011

What does Gilani's China visit signal to the US?

Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani visited China on May 17, barely two weeks after the killing of Osama bin Laden. The original purpose of the third Prime Ministerial meeting in 17 months - celebration of 60 years of Sino-Pakistan relations - was overshadowed by the Abbottabad raid,

What does the case of Raymond Davis tell us about Pak-US relations?
Mar 11, 2011

What does the case of Raymond Davis tell us about Pak-US relations?

The current crisis in Pakistan-US relations over the detention of Raymond Davis, the American security contractor charged with the murder of two Pakistanis, confirms many well-known trends, such as increasing anti-Americanism among Pakistanis and the growing importance of 'strategic corporals'.

What does the FTA with EEU has in store for India?
Jun 26, 2015

What does the FTA with EEU has in store for India?

Although India has confirmed it will sign the FTA with EEU, it now needs to take forward the negotiations quickly. The FTA is not just significant from the economic viewpoint but also to counter the growing influence of China in the central Asian region.

What India can do for its neighbours?
Aug 16, 2012

What India can do for its neighbours?

Indian presence is already being felt across the South Asian region, more than in the past. The situation is still evolving. The question is: Should India allow things to continue taking the evolutionary route or jack-boot its way, which is neither des irable, nor workable - and hence unthinkable for New Delhi too!

What India needs to do in 2014
Dec 31, 2013

What India needs to do in 2014

The agenda for change is a large one. This list or any other can be multiplied several times and still come up short. But the compulsions of reform are urgent. With a bulging profile of young people, India is said to be on the cusp of a demographic dividend. But that dividend could well become a nightmare unless we are able to fix our politics, our governance system, economy, national security machinery.

What India want to achieve from Africa Summit?
Oct 26, 2015

What India want to achieve from Africa Summit?

How can we differentiate ourselves from China whilst dealing with Africa? Clearly the worst option would be to emulate the muscular Chinese style of economic diplomacy. For one we just don't have the firepower. For another the principle of comparative advantage advocates that everyone must play to their strengths.

What Iran did for India and why it is hurt
Oct 04, 2005

What Iran did for India and why it is hurt

Strikingly similar to the crisis that Iran faced at the IAEA Board meeting in Vienna last weekend, India too found itself in a tight spot in April 1994 at the United Nations Human Rights Commission's annual session in Geneva.

What is the 'Hindu-German conspiracy'?
Oct 07, 2015

What is the 'Hindu-German conspiracy'?

If Merkel's Berlin republic is discarding its many postwar political inhibitions and reconstituting the Eurasian landscape, Modi's putative "third republic" is looking beyond non-alignment to the idea of India as a "leading power". In their second summit in six months, Modi and Merkel may have decisively nudged India and Germany towards a goal that was first articulated 100 years ago.

What is the Democratic Party’s vision for India?
May 21, 2020

What is the Democratic Party’s vision for India?

Democrats in the US Congress are increasingly willing to call India out on human rights issues.

What Kashmir means to Pakistan
Oct 17, 2014

What Kashmir means to Pakistan

Getting Pakistan to end the Kashmir conflict has been a difficult task, because Kashmir means many things to them. At one level, it is a cause that unites everyone in that country - the jihadis, the army and the civilian elite. At another, it provides it a means to maintain a hostile posture towards India, something necessary for its current sense of national identity.

What lies ahead for Pakistan
Apr 03, 2013

What lies ahead for Pakistan

In the coming Pakistan elections, the PPP cannot be written off because it has substantial pockets of support across various provinces. But it deserves some sympathy. Asif Zardari has not had an easy time with the media which had deemed him corrupt from day one or the judiciary and the military which have foiled all his efforts to come up with bold policies.

What Modi can learn from Xi
Sep 04, 2014

What Modi can learn from Xi

Modi has been ambivalent about the Lokpal, believing, presumably, that a revitalised administration will make this institution redundant. If so, he is wrong. At some point, he will have to take up the fight directly. This is the lesson we can learn from Xi Jinping. From the outset, Xi has been involved in a struggle against corruption.

What Morsi's ouster bodes for Egypt
Jul 09, 2013

What Morsi's ouster bodes for Egypt

Egypt is the fulcrum of the Arab world and developments there can have a profound impact in other Arab nations. That is why it is important to get things right. The immediate challenge for Egypt is to ensure that it does not degenerate into civil war.

What Musharraf's five years have wrought
Oct 08, 2004

What Musharraf's five years have wrought

It has been five years since General Pervez Musharraf came to power in Pakistan in a bloodless coup on October 12. One questionable referendum staged in April 2002, the less-than-credible parliamentary elections in October the same year, a controversial constitutional amendment and two changes of government this year later, Gen Musharraf is still the numero uno.

What political profit from the Dhule riots?
Jan 21, 2013

What political profit from the Dhule riots?

In a municipality of 55 members in Dhule, 16 are Muslims, affiliated to all the mainstream parties in Mumbai. These councillors are virtual middlemen for state leaders, in whose electoral interest they try to keep the local flock.

What saves India from suicide attacks
Oct 26, 2015

What saves India from suicide attacks

Compared to the increasing suicide attacks the world over, India has, by and large, remained safe from these assaults. The reason is that Indian Muslims have a strong sense of Indian identity. In both their grievances and aspirations they think like their fellow Indian citizens, rather through any religious or sectarian prism.

What Should Muslims Do?
Oct 11, 2010

What Should Muslims Do?

Where is the national leader of sufficient stature who can distil the message from the treaty of Hudaibiya and from Iqbal, and give it contemporary relevance? Or, in a more narrow focus: where is the Muslim leader to manage the post verdict mood? I believe the Congress has two or three but the nation has not seen them in the past week.

What Sushma Swaraj should look out for in Dhaka
Jun 25, 2014

What Sushma Swaraj should look out for in Dhaka

Friendly Indo-Bangla relations will play a major role in securing peace and prosperity in the South Asia and these can be achieved with sincere initiatives by the government in resolving outstanding issues. India's Bangla policy could be a for the new government in dealing with other countries in the Neighbourhood.

What the PM must get right with Nawaz Sharif and Sheikh Hasina
Jun 03, 2013

What the PM must get right with Nawaz Sharif and Sheikh Hasina

While Dr. Manmohan Singh must necessarily wait for Nawaz Sharif to determine the pace at which he might be comfortable moving forward with India, in the case of Bangladesh, the burden is entirely on Delhi to implement the historic agreements it had negotiated with Dhaka.

What this China-Japan friendship means to India and the South China sea conflict
Nov 05, 2018

What this China-Japan friendship means to India and the South China sea conflict

Japan knows India is the best possible regional counter-weight to a rising China. At the same time, it has to work with China to counter global uncertainties.

What to expect at the UN Special Climate Summit
Sep 08, 2014

What to expect at the UN Special Climate Summit

As India, China, US and the European Union grapple with the need for equitable and meaningful climate action, strategies are also needed to address the differing needs and capabilities of the sub-national entities that make up these big players.

What Turkey Can Teach India
Jun 27, 2011

What Turkey Can Teach India

In India, the office of the foreign minister doesn't command nearly the sort of authority it should, or it did in the past. While foreign policy in other countries is influenced by domestic politics, in India it's being completely overshadowed by intra-party and intra-government feuds.

What US and India need to do together in Afghanistan
Apr 18, 2013

What US and India need to do together in Afghanistan

The issues in Afghanistan do not exhaust potential areas for India-US cooperation. For example, combating the drug trade, engaging China, Central Asian nations, Iran, and Russia. Successful coordination and collaboration will go a long way towards creating a post-2014 Afghan scenario amenable to both India and the US.

What will Japan do in the future?
Nov 03, 2008

What will Japan do in the future?

Prof Eiichi Katahara and Prof Marie Izuyama, two distinguished scholars from the National Institute for Defence Studies, Tokyo visited ORF on 11 March 2008 to initiate a seminar which was largely attended by scholars, journalists, diplomats, etc.

What's in a game?
Apr 18, 2011

What's in a game?

Though Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani described his Mohali discussions with Dr. Manmohan Singh as a win-win situation, the Pakistan foreign office spokesperson, Tehmina Janjua, described the situation as one of guarded optimism. So what are the ground realities in this exchange? asks Mr. T.V. Rajeswar.

What's the current situation in Nepal?
Nov 23, 2009

What's the current situation in Nepal?

Eminent Nepalese journalist Mr. Yubaraj Ghimire visited ORF and shared his insights on the situation in Nepal.

What's the hoopla about Budget?
Feb 28, 2013

What's the hoopla about Budget?

A Budget is an imperative or otherwise a government will drift aimlessly, though that often seems to be the case even with the most minutely specific Budget. Having said that, one must wonder why there is such a fuss each year when the Finance Minister of India is about to present the Budget?

Whatever happened to MH370?
Mar 20, 2014

Whatever happened to MH370?

The MH370 incident has occurred very close to our Tri-service Command at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which has three radar stations. Regardless of whether or not MH370 actually flew over or close to the Command, it would doubtless be useful to learn lessons from this and that switching off radars at night is a dangerous way to economise.

Whatever the provocation, the Indian armed forces cannot take recourse to illegal acts
Apr 17, 2017

Whatever the provocation, the Indian armed forces cannot take recourse to illegal acts

The state’s monopoly of violence is accepted only if it follows the rule of law; if it doesn’t, it justifies the breaking of its monopoly by individuals, mobs and insurgents.

When 'safety' becomes a ghetto for women
Mar 20, 2013

When 'safety' becomes a ghetto for women

In the urban-rural stereotyping, the phrase 'city girls' epitomises the impact of urban excesses on the apparent modesty and traditional aspect of femininity. City girls are assumed to be loud, to say the least, and of 'morally inappropriate character' on the extreme. Even within cities, this dilemma of how girls in cities ought to behave persists.

When Arabs Followed The Leadership Of A Hindu They Adored
Feb 27, 2012

When Arabs Followed The Leadership Of A Hindu They Adored

The poem, one of numerous written in that period, expresses admiration for the spell Nehru had cast by his deft navigation of foreign policy between the two blocs not for India alone but a whole group.