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Have Taleban Promised US That Women Will Be Treated Kindly
Jan 30, 2012

Have Taleban Promised US That Women Will Be Treated Kindly

President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to the US Congress begins with America's recent military engagement in self congratulatory terms. Among the more modest claims is: "For the first time in two decades, Osama bin Laden is not a threat to this country".

He always believed in resolving conflicts
Jan 24, 2009

He always believed in resolving conflicts

ORF Chennai chapter pays tribute to R K Mishra, Chairman of the Observer Research Foundation.

Health as a welfare good in India: Towards a more substantive social protection imperative
Apr 05, 2024

Health as a welfare good in India: Towards a more substantive social protection imperative

Although the government has initiated schemes to extend proper healthcare, many sections of people are still excluded from its coverage or are unable

Height of folly
May 15, 2006

Height of folly

The story doing the rounds in Delhi is that in another exhibition of generosity, India is about to withdraw from the Saltoro Ridge (commonly referred to as the Siachen Glacier) in the interest of peace, but without securing the country¿s strategic interests.

Held back by Hindutva
Dec 23, 2014

Held back by Hindutva

If Hindu extremism prevails, India will have little to give the world and be in no mood to learn. Unless the PM acts now to check these negative forces, Modi and the agenda for India could end up being a minor part of the vast collateral damage.

Help Bangladesh to ensure credible elections: Experts
Apr 20, 2013

Help Bangladesh to ensure credible elections: Experts

At a roundtable on the situation in Bangladesh, experts underlined the need for ensuring a credible election in Bangladesh for the country's stability and the strengthening of India-Bangladesh relations.

Heralding a new health data regime in India
Jul 06, 2020

Heralding a new health data regime in India

While India is still in its nascent stages in the evolution of its health data ecosystem — it is important to diagnose some of the early challenges

Herat fightings and after
Mar 04, 2004

Herat fightings and after

If internecine clashes in the eastern Afghan city of Herat are a sign of the things to come, peaceful political evolution of the country seems to be a messy affair. Around 50 people had been killed in those clashes that continued for eight hours in one of the more stable cities of Afghanistan.

Heroes Humiliated in the name of Security
May 27, 2015

Heroes Humiliated in the name of Security

In Delhi, the Army still honours its martyrs in the airport parking lot as, ostensibly due to security concerns, it doesn't have access to the reception area built last year.

High likelihood of China coming in to Indian Ocean, says Bengal Governor
Nov 27, 2013

High likelihood of China coming in to Indian Ocean, says Bengal Governor

West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan thinks that India must carve out an area of influence for herself as China has made it clear that it is not going to restrict itself to Western Pacific, and so, there is high likelihood that China will come into the Indian Ocean because of its interest in oil.

High resolution picture in Kashmir
Feb 01, 2006

High resolution picture in Kashmir

It is becoming increasingly clear that a resolution to the Kashmir dispute cannot be delayed much longer if the peace process between India and Pakistan is to yield tangible results in the foreseeable future. This period cannot be longer than five years.

High time to assess internal security structures
Dec 11, 2014

High time to assess internal security structures

It is time that the Modi Government carried out a comprehensive assessment of our internal security structures and put in place measures to enhance their efficacy. Also, the feasibility of the earlier proposal by the army for permitting lateral movement of its personnel into the CAPF needs to be re-examined.

Higher education: Can PM's dreams be translated into reality?
Oct 14, 2014

Higher education: Can PM's dreams be translated into reality?

The government has to free India's top 50 institutions across all disciplines from the iron grip of UGC and AICTE. The institutions must be given the freedom to devise their own course curriculum. After all they have the best subject experts.

Highlights from the 8th Petro India 2009 conference
Nov 24, 2009

Highlights from the 8th Petro India 2009 conference

There is uncertainty in the availability of domestic coal and in this context there is probably a need to rethink India's energy security strategy based on domestic coal

Hillary Clinton's India  visit: Just another bilateral?
Jul 23, 2011

Hillary Clinton's India visit: Just another bilateral?

Clinton's India visit was only moderately successful with not much progress on nuclear liability issues and Afghanistan. But the good thing is that both countries are talking out their differences, showing their commitment to taking this mutually-beneficial partnership to a new high.

Himalayan Triangle: A Historic Perspective
Nov 05, 2010

Himalayan Triangle: A Historic Perspective

Nepal's relationship with China has historical links and thus is not new. Their first recorded official engagement dates back to the middle of the seventh century when Nepal's adventurism in Tibet led to Chinese intervention in favour of the latter.

Hizbut Tehrir Behind Afghan Violence?
May 13, 2005

Hizbut Tehrir Behind Afghan Violence?

This is the biggest protest campaign in Afghanistan since the ouster of the Taliban regime. This is bloody, widespread and countrywide.This also shows that they are fed up with the United States and they just needed a spark to vent their feelings.

Hong Kong protests put China in a quandary, says expert
Nov 08, 2014

Hong Kong protests put China in a quandary, says expert

The central administration in China is wary of a protracted confrontation about the public in Hong Kong, and considering the nature of the demand, a prolonged protest would certainly be an embarrassment to China in the global political arena, says a China expert.

Honour above all: A lesson for the Indian army in the US military response to Trump’s bigotry
Aug 21, 2017

Honour above all: A lesson for the Indian army in the US military response to Trump’s bigotry

The Indian army’s higher leadership must reflect on its role as the sword arm of the republic, and have a clear vision of itself as the upholder of law.

Hoodwinking as usual
Aug 01, 2005

Hoodwinking as usual

It does not require much investigation or analysis to prove that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is not really inclined to set his house in order when it comes to terrorism.Take his July 22 address to the nation. He seemed to be at pains to explain how Pakistan itself was a victim of terrorism.

Hope on Abe and Modi to take relations to a new height
Jul 16, 2014

Hope on Abe and Modi to take relations to a new height

There is a strong sense in Japan today that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi would take India-Japan relations to a new height, say senior officials and scholars in japan.

Horizontal Accountability: The Quest for Effective Democratic Governance
Dec 12, 2007

Horizontal Accountability: The Quest for Effective Democratic Governance

Mr. Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow in Stanford University, US, spoke on 'Horizontal Accountability: The Quest for Effective Democratic Governance, at an Interaction of the ORF Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation, on 12 December.

How beneficial are joint exercises by the military?
Oct 26, 2015

How beneficial are joint exercises by the military?

Most of the joint exercises being conducted by security forces, like like the Malabar 2015, are of the simple basic variety and, hence, really provide no 'net value addition' to the Indian force that participates. Thus, approvals for such exercises should necessitate a case-by-case approach in the future.

How can BRICS survive amidst TTIP?
Jan 05, 2015

How can BRICS survive amidst TTIP?

With the US and EU, who together are responsible for the makeup of 46% of the world economy, preparing to enter into the largest trade deal in history, the TTIP, the question of how the BRICS adapt and consolidate their position globally is one that holds considerable relevance. The options available to the BRICS are limited.

How can India make its technology policy powerful, innovative, and secure?
Apr 02, 2022

How can India make its technology policy powerful, innovative, and secure?

The monopoly of Big Tech firms impacts national sovereignty, fair competition, innovation diffusion, consumer rights, privacy, market efficiency, econ

How central planning has groomed China
Jul 08, 2014

How central planning has groomed China

In 1990, China's GDP was roughly the same as India's and parts of its infrastructure, such as its railway system, were considered inferior. Today, China's GDP is around $9 trillion and India's is $2 trillion. The high speed train travelling at 300 kph from Shanghai to Beijing signals the extent to which China had pulled away from India.

How do you measure new movements?
Apr 11, 2013

How do you measure new movements?

During a discussion on "Urban Middle Classes and the Ascent of New Politics in India" at ORF, it was noted that success should not be measured in terms of the ability to ensure successful electoral outcomes but as an attempt to make better societies.

How effective will be the free trade agreements with East Asia
Apr 09, 2015

How effective will be the free trade agreements with East Asia

The Centre seems to be keen on development of Free Trade Agreements with our East Asian and South-East Asian neighbours. The general idea floated in this context is: Trade is good. More is better. But, unbridled market force in the form of unbridled trade without the concomitant safeguards in regulation and risk management mechanisms might not be a wise idea.

How Important was Abu Azzam?
Sep 30, 2005

How Important was Abu Azzam?

Before the elections in the beginning of this year, the authorities of the Iraqi Government had announced warrants for the arrest of 29 Iraqis and foreigners, who, according to them, are either former members of the Saddam Hussein Government or part of the Abu Mus¿ab al-Zarqawi terrorist network of the Al Qaeda.

How India deals with Pakistan and China
Jun 02, 2011

How India deals with Pakistan and China

It might be interesting to analyse our diplomatic handling of China and Pakistan on a comparative basis. These two countries pose the most difficult and complex foreign policy challenges to us. Is our approach to both countries similar, or there are differences in the way we engage them?

How India’s 13-A reference applies to the whole of Sri Lanka
Sep 14, 2022

How India’s 13-A reference applies to the whole of Sri Lanka

Over the past three decades, since 13-A came into force, there has been no inclination in the non-Tamil areas for provincial autonomy. Power devolutio

How it all played out
Feb 24, 2012

How it all played out

The behind-the-scenes drama had all the ingredients of a potboiler.

How large are our social safety nets?
May 22, 2014

How large are our social safety nets?

A World Bank report on 'State of Social Safety Nets' paints an overall positive picture, with over one billion people worldwide being included under at least one safety net initiative. But the reality is that more than two-thirds of the world's 1.2 billion poorest are not covered.

How many wake up calls do we need?
Jul 14, 2006

How many wake up calls do we need?

150 innocent lives have been lost in the serial blasts set-off by terrorists in Mumbai on July 11, 2006; the death toll is likely to mount. The blasts, sadly, are a chilling reminder that terrorist can strike with impunity and at will, secure in the comfort that they cannot be touched. If the 1993 Bomb blasts in Mumbai had a fig leaf of an excuse (the demolition of the Babri mosque), the current blasts have none.

How much surveillance does a country need?
Jul 20, 2013

How much surveillance does a country need?

Terrorists have taken to the use of social media networks in a big way. This brings us back to the old dilemma of how much data is information and how much information is adequate intelligence. The other dilemma is how much surveillance is enough for security. The third dilemma is how much liberty is to be sacrificed for security.

How Not To Project The Party or PM
Jul 08, 2011

How Not To Project The Party or PM

The quest for media management in an environment of a media so controlled is a quest for the impossible.

How Obama shifted the discourse
May 14, 2014

How Obama shifted the discourse

In the US, the party primaries to elect the candidates for the November election have begun. It is clear from the primaries that the Republican party is seeking to return to the middle ground from the excesses of the past when it was held hostage by the right-wing Tea Party.

How PM Modi's trips are securing India's defence
Jun 17, 2014

How PM Modi's trips are securing India's defence

Narendra Modi's visits out of New Delhi last week have emphasised the new government's understanding of India's Grand Strategy. In some ways, it marks a continuity with the policy of past governments, but in important ways it presages a departure.