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India-Myanmar naval diplomacy
Mar 12, 2013

India-Myanmar naval diplomacy

In an important advance in the bilateral security cooperation between Delhi and Yangon, two naval vessels from Myanmar have arrived in Vishakhapatnam for joint exercises. While India's naval diplomacy with Myanmar is headed in the right direction, Delhi needs to step up the pace of cooperation.

India-Nepal oil pipeline to enhance regional connectivity
Oct 01, 2015

India-Nepal oil pipeline to enhance regional connectivity

The 41 km India-Nepal pipeline, designed to supply cost-effective and environment-friendly petroleum products to the landlocked the nation, is the first trans-national pipeline in the SAARC region. This initiative represents a win-win outcome for both the countries which will also enhance regional connectivity and economic development across the region.

India-Pak Dialogue: missing the woods for the trees
Jul 29, 2011

India-Pak Dialogue: missing the woods for the trees

The just-concluded round of India-Pakistan dialogue (July 27) was an opportunity for both the countries to articulate their positions on two critical challenges facing the region, terrorism and Afghanistan.

India-Pak dialogue: Much talk, some substance
Oct 08, 2013

India-Pak dialogue: Much talk, some substance

At the Manmohan Singh-Nawaz Sharif meeting, it was agreed that the incidents across the LoC would be taken up by the DGMOs of both the countries. This seems to be the only worthwhile outcome of the meeting, though it remains to be seen how effective this arrangement would be. Sharif also assured the Indian Prime Minister that the most favoured nation protocol would be extended to India in order to facilitate trade between the two countries.

India-Pak peace process in a shambles
Jan 19, 2013

India-Pak peace process in a shambles

Ceasefire along LoC has not really solved any of India's problems.There exists a dire need to look beyond the existing CBMs of providing advance warnings for military exercises and ballistic missile tests which are relatively "high level" issues.

India-Pak talks: Focus shifts to official-level meeting
Apr 23, 2012

India-Pak talks: Focus shifts to official-level meeting

As in the Shimla Summit between Indira Gandhi and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, nothing came out of the Delhi meeting between Dr. Manmohan singh and Zardari on April 8. However, it is now clear that focus has shifted to official discussions in the coming months and the eventual visit of Dr Manmohan Singh to Pakistan.

India-Pak talks: Stick to engagement
Aug 09, 2013

India-Pak talks: Stick to engagement

The insistent demands today that India adopt an inflexible and hard policy will only undermine the larger strategy. Were an alternative strategy and tactical mix on offer, it would be something worth considering, but the only items on the menu offered by the chicken hawks are jingoistic slogans and war cries.

India-Pakistan : How to Move On
Aug 16, 2011

India-Pakistan : How to Move On

While 1947 may have liberated India and Pakistan from the colonial yolk, the two countries have become slaves to the historical baggage they carry. It's therefore important for both sides to unburden themselves in whatever ways possible.

India-Pakistan relationship - the Punjab angle
Apr 14, 2011

India-Pakistan relationship - the Punjab angle

It is important for both countries to think outside the box and create constituencies of peace outside New Delhi and Islamabad, especially in the two Punjabs. While Punjabi tarka can not be the core of India-Pakistan relations, it must not be overlooked either.

India-Russia Defence Cooperation: A Time-tested Relationship
Feb 07, 2006

India-Russia Defence Cooperation: A Time-tested Relationship

During Prime Minister Manmohan Singh¿s early-December 2005 visit to Moscow, India and Russia signed landmark agreements to further cement their defence cooperation that dates back to almost half a century. These include an agreement on the defence of intellectual property rights that prevents either side from using technologies received from the other without special permission, joint construction of a multi-purpose transport plane

India-Russia Defence Relations: Low Key, Yet Going Strong
Dec 16, 2010

India-Russia Defence Relations: Low Key, Yet Going Strong

India-Russia defence relations have already become mature which normally comes in alliance politics like anglo-saxon model or very special relationship like US-Israel. Very few parallel example can be found in case of other countries like the ones that Russia has developed with India.

India-Saudi Arabia relations must move forward to a genuine strategic partnership
Apr 25, 2013

India-Saudi Arabia relations must move forward to a genuine strategic partnership

The Fourth India-Saudi Arabia Workshop held recently in Delhi felt that India must play an active role in ensuring peace and stability in the region, which should not be limited to maritime security. It also stressed the need to move forward the relationship to a genuine strategic partnership.

India-South Korea partnership on an impressive trajectory
Mar 29, 2012

India-South Korea partnership on an impressive trajectory

India's Look East policy, launched in 1991, has made steady progress in widening its economic and strategic reach to Japan and South Korea. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's recent visit to South Korea should be seen in the expanding context of India's Look East Policy.

India-Sri Lanka relations and PM Wickremesinghe's interview
Mar 12, 2015

India-Sri Lanka relations and PM Wickremesinghe's interview

Do the Modi government think that the worse was over for its bilateral ties with Sri Lanka, first with the exit of the LTTE, and later the electoral defeat of President Rajapaksa? If so, PM Wickremesinghe's interview should be seen as a lesson in the 'right direction' - though not necessarily on the 'right lines' as India would have wished.

India-Sudan Energy Ties: Implications
Oct 23, 2003

India-Sudan Energy Ties: Implications

India is all set to further its energy cooperation with Sudan. Reports suggest that ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) has decided to invest $1 billion in Sudan to acquire 25% stakes of the 5A/5B oil projects in Sudan. The project is currently owned by Austrians.

India-US cooperation in SA: Beyond what meets the eye
May 06, 2024

India-US cooperation in SA: Beyond what meets the eye

India, the world’s largest democracy, and the United States (US), the world’s oldest democracy, are heading to elections this year. The elections come when both democracies are increasing their cooperation in South Asia (SA) to maintain a ‘free and open’ Indo-Pacific and push back against an assertive and aggressive China.

India-US cyber relations
Jan 14, 2014

India-US cyber relations

Although India's entry into the field of cyber security has been relatively late and much of the internal institutional streamlining is yet to take effect, the level of cooperation between India and the US in the field of cyber security has been substantial.

India-US defence relations: A close look at the emerging realities
Oct 20, 2010

India-US defence relations: A close look at the emerging realities

The Indo-US strategic partnership is still evolving. At present, it seems that political sensitivity, deep-seated distrust, bureaucratic and procedural hurdles and some short-sighted domestic policies in both countries are stalling this process.

India-US partnership ripe for development
Aug 12, 2015

India-US partnership ripe for development

There is huge potential for development of the relationship between the US and India. Yet achieving this promise will require careful strategic planning from the governments of both nations, according to panellists at a discussion on the "India-US Partnership".

India-US relations: Let's get real
Jun 06, 2012

India-US relations: Let's get real

As political India wakes up to a more complex security environment enveloping it, Delhi needs to demonstrate greater pragmatism in enhancing cooperation with Washington.

INDIA-US STRATEGIC DIALOGUE
Dec 10, 2004

INDIA-US STRATEGIC DIALOGUE

On December 10-11, 2003, the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and the RAND Corporation held a ¿strategic dialogue¿ in New Delhi. The meeting brought together scholars, diplomats, and functionaries from the governments of India and the United States to discuss policy issues important to both countries. This report , which summarizes the discussions, should be of interest to high-level policy makers in the Indian and US governments, as well as

India-US Strategic Dialogue 2013: India, US on the same page on rising Chinese might
Dec 12, 2013

India-US Strategic Dialogue 2013: India, US on the same page on rising Chinese might

During the India-US Strategic Dialogue 2013, it was felt that it is essential for both the countries' interest, and that of the world at large, that there is stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan. And this stability can be ensured only through dismantling of terrorist outfits and strengthening of democratic institutions.

India-US Strategic Dialogue: Focus on the Big Picture
Jul 30, 2014

India-US Strategic Dialogue: Focus on the Big Picture

The dilemma facing ASEAN countries - economic benefits vs strategic balancing as they engage China - is nothing unique. This provides the context for India and the US to channel their efforts in establishing a firm partnership for enabling a stable Asian order.

India-US Ties: Mindset needs to change
Nov 11, 2010

India-US Ties: Mindset needs to change

Indians in large numbers are already working in the US in various spheres of technology. If the emerging Indian talent pool can be transferred to critical innovation projects under a specially created Indo-US Special Purpose Vehicle, it could go a long way in maximizing welfare in both societies.

India-US ties: The downside of the downslide
Feb 06, 2014

India-US ties: The downside of the downslide

The next Indian government will have to reorder policies and priorities, without bureaucratic hindrance and with procedures that are streamlined and not subject to whimsical changes. The next decade is crucial for our young population; rights oriented populism will have to cede to growth and production oriented policies to attract investment.

India-US WTO patch-up: Will the TFA really help India?
Nov 15, 2014

India-US WTO patch-up: Will the TFA really help India?

In spite of some benefits, the TFA is embroiled in controversy. Trade facilitation, according to some scholars, will enhance the developed countries' access to Indian markets and may impact manufacturing growth. Studies have shown India is losing out in competitiveness in all product lines and there has been a 'hollowing out' of industries.

India-US-Australia Defence Cooperation
May 25, 2011

India-US-Australia Defence Cooperation

A roundtable on India-US-Australia cooperation at ORF revolved around issues that are of common interests to all three countries, such as maritime security and cooperation, piracy and disaster management among other issues.

India:  Vote for change
May 13, 2011

India: Vote for change

People voted for change in three of the four Indian States that went to polls recently. While the voters in Tamil Nadu severely punished the ruling DMK combine, which included the Congress Party, for their reported large-scale corruption and inefficiency,

India: 1210 million and ticking
Apr 01, 2011

India: 1210 million and ticking

The provisional figures of the decennial Census-2011 has just been released in India, with the final head-count to be commuted and made public in about a year's time.

India: BJP gambles for power?
Jul 26, 2013

India: BJP gambles for power?

The principal Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to be all ready for the big electoral battle of 2014 in India. It is sniffing power. It feels that its time of reckoning with the people of India has arrived and it only needs to put its act together to realise the dream.

India: Challenges before Budget session
Feb 22, 2013

India: Challenges before Budget session

The three-month-long budget session of the Indian Parliament, which began with the constitutionally mandatory address of President Pranab Mukherjee to a joint sitting of the two Houses on February 21, is both crucial and critical.

India: Corruption, the Pathway to power?
Jan 07, 2011

India: Corruption, the Pathway to power?

Allegations of financial scams have continued to trouble the UPA-2 Government as the Opposition has scented its path to power by keeping them in public domain. The proceedings of Parliament during the winter session were stalled as the Government declined

India: Countdown begins for next Lok Sabha polls
Dec 21, 2012

India: Countdown begins for next Lok Sabha polls

A victory by almost retaining its 2007 tally of 117 seats in Gujarat and a defeat in Himachal Pradesh for the BJP has not only set the tone for the next Lok Sabha elections but has also created a new set of problems and challenges for the two national parties in particular and for the entire political class otherwise.

India: Crime-politics nexus, despite tall promises?
Apr 04, 2014

India: Crime-politics nexus, despite tall promises?

Crime and politics have had a very close nexus the world over. But in India, this trend became dominant and struck deep roots in mid-Sixties when the Indian National Congress, the country's oldest party, started losing its sway over the electorate.

India: Debate hots up on next President
May 11, 2012

India: Debate hots up on next President

The race for the 'Rashtrapati Bhavan' (President's House) has begun in right earnest though no political party has yet played its cards formally. A new President is going to be elected in two months as the term of the present President Smt. Pratibha Devi Singh Patil ends on July 25.

India: Diversifying arms purchases
Aug 13, 2014

India: Diversifying arms purchases

Technology is important, but who you get it from is even more important. U.S. drones in the Indian inventory would have a huge value in terms of messaging, to friends and foes alike. Strategic partnerships are among the best force multiplier options in an uncertain Asia, and India should leave no stone unturned.

India: Drifting polity and clueless leaders?
Sep 30, 2011

India: Drifting polity and clueless leaders?

The Indian polity appears to be in a state of drift as the established political parties, oblivious to the problems of the country and its people, are currently engaged in game of power.The political class, as a whole losing credibility, is being widely perceived as "loud mouths",

India: Expanding Maoist Presence
Jun 25, 2003

India: Expanding Maoist Presence

Left-wing extremists in India are gaining in strength and spreading their reach to newer and hitherto unheard of regions. The guerrillas have been carefully and consistently planning strategies to survive in their bastions, consolidate themselves in regions of moderate presence and expand their activities to new areas.

India: From confrontation to limited cooperation in Parliament?
Aug 30, 2013

India: From confrontation to limited cooperation in Parliament?

After complete washouts of several sessions of Parliament, including the previous budget session, the ongoing Monsoon session has surprised many.

India: Hope for economic turnaround
Sep 16, 2014

India: Hope for economic turnaround

India may exceed the growth forecasts of the IMF and the World Bank but the task ahead is not easy, especially with 10 million jobs to be created, so much cleaning up to be done and so many disasters to be tackled.

India: Kejriwal's party and its prospects and  predicament
Oct 19, 2012

India: Kejriwal's party and its prospects and predicament

Social activist Arvind Kejriwal announced on October 2 in New Delhi with lots of fanfare that a new political party has come into existence whose name would be decided later, but it has started functioning.

India: Lalitgate: First major test for Modi government
Jun 19, 2015

India: Lalitgate: First major test for Modi government

On June 14, the British newspaper, Times London, broke the story about issuing of British travel documents, on the recommendation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in 2014,

India: Land battle between Government and Opposition
Apr 10, 2015

India: Land battle between Government and Opposition

Land, over which many battles and even wars have been fought since time immemorial, is once again an issue over which the BJP-led NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the opposition are engaged to change people?s perception so that their votes could be won in coming electoral battles.

India: Mooring in foreign shores?
Mar 04, 2015

India: Mooring in foreign shores?

India needs to find money to put into strategic investments and projects across the IOR -- whether it is Myanmar, Iran, Sri Lanka or Mauritius. The way to do it is not governmental schemes which are all running late, but to draw strength from India's entrepreneurial class and the private sector.