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Union Budget 15-16:
 Hopes for a market driven
 rebalance
The premise of this Budget seems to be a market oriented growth strategy - wholly fair given that the government will struggle to fund the growth needs of the country otherwise. One should hope this budget has set the controls for a larger shift in the government's approach towards administration and efficacy.
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Analysis
 
Need for Strategic Border Infrastructure Board
27 February 2015
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
The military preparedness and security benefits are critical in the North-east region given the long-standing border and territorial issues with China. The government could consider setting up a nodal agency such as a Strategic Border Infrastructure Board under the PMO to oversee projects on a periodic basis.
 
PM needs to focus on infrastructure for growth
26 February 2015
Kriti Khurana
For any nation, development of infrastructure is essential to ensure growth. India has lagged on this front for some time now and the Modi government plans to give a major push to infrastructure. The government is in the process of preparing an ambitious infrastructure programme for the next 10 years.
 
Railway lessons
25 February 2015
C. Raja Mohan
As the Modi Govt presents the rail budget this week, it is worth reflecting on the growing gap between the Indian railway system and that of China. If the British Raj understood the strategic significance of the railways, the rulers of independent India squandered the advantage and have wrecked the system rather than build on it.
 
Mamata's Dhaka visit sets tone for Modi visit
25 February 2015
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
Boosting further the relations between India and Bangladesh, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee recently undertook a three-day visit to Dhaka. The successful visit is expected to create a positive ground for Prime Minister Modi's visit likely later in the year.
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Report
 
International finance can't be divorced from politics: Ex-Economic Advisor to PM
25 February 2015
International financial institutions are critical in global development and in achieving sustainable developmental goals, says Dr. Paul Cadario, while Mr. Ashok Lahiri says "international finance cannot be divorced from politics"
 
Crisis in Maldives: Testing time for India?
24 February 2015
With Maldives again in the midst of political chaos, its former Foreign Minister Ahmed Naseem says India can play a crucial role in taking the country out of the crisis by keeping a close watch on it and helping reform the judiciary to ensure that the Yameen administration does not kill off democracy.
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Occasional Paper
 
Drones and India: Exploring Policy and Regulatory Challenges Posed by Civilian Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
06 February 2015
R. Swaminathan
Issue No. 58
This paper explores the ways in which UAVs are increasingly integrating themselves in civilian life, outlines the policy implications of this rapid proliferation, and identifies specific policy blind spots India must address.
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Issue Brief
 
Gender and Identity on Social Media
31 January 2015
Nishtha Gautam
Issue. 87
This Issue Brief looks at the world of digital spaces and analyses issues such as the politics of silencing women; propriety; and health and gender-specific vulnerabilities.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Myanmar: Trade with India rising; much more needs to be done
20 February 2015
Mihir Bhonsale
Vol VIII, Issue 8
Myanmar's bilateral engagement with India in trade has gained momentum since 2008 when political and economic reforms were launched in the former 'pariah' state. India-Myanmar trade has more than doubled in the last seven years and has crossed $2 billion in 2013-14,
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Africa Monitor
 
Africa losing billions every year from fraud and tax avoidance
19 February 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 33
Africa is losing more than $50bn (33bn) every year in illicit financial outflows as governments and multinational companies engage in fraudulent schemes aimed at avoiding tax payments to some of the world's poorest countries, impeding development projects and denying poor people access to crucial services.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Is the budget the only hope for coal & power sector?
20 February 2015
Vol XI, Issue 36
The General Budget will be presented in the last week of February, 2015 and the industry is coming out with its wish list and coal & power sector is no exception.
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China Weekly Report
 
BRICS include population issue within its agenda
16 February 2015
Vol V, Issue 7
The BRICS bloc of emerging economies has adopted a five-year agenda to jointly tackle population issues, including women's rights, aging and migration. Ministers and high-level envoys from bloc members Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Securing a future for 'Digital India'
06 February, 2015
Vol III, Issue 2
The NDA government's decision to engage with the US on internet issues is welcome, but New Delhi should not offer open-ended commitments to buy US services without a forensic analysis of what they would mean for domestic constituents.
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West Asia Monitor
 
Egypt: President Sisi's Bold Move
03 February 2015
Vol I, Issue VI
On New Year's Day, 2015, just before Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad and a week before the killings at the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo magazine office,
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South China Sea Monitor
 
US-India Joint Strategic Vision for AsiaPacific and Indian Ocean Region
02 February 2015
Vol IV, Issue 2
U.S President Barack Obama's visit to India as the chief guest for 66th Republic Day celebrations has elevated Indo-US ties with larger implications for the region.
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Space Alert
 
India's Space Programme: Increasingly Security-Driven
05 January 2015
Vol III, Issue 1
India's space programme has come a long way since the launching of its first sounding rocket from Thumba near Thiruvananthapuram in southern India in 1963.
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Annual Report
 
Annual Report 2014



Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is an endeavour to aid and influence formulation of policies for building a strong and prosperous India. The expectations of the global community from India are immense as the country is poised to play a leading role in the knowledge age. The Foundation believes that in the next 15 years, India will be one of the great economic powers in the world and contribute to a significant transformation in the quality of life of humanity.
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Tuesday, 3 March 2015
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Thursday, 12 March 2015
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015
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Tuesday, 17 March 2015
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Tuesday, 24 March 2015
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"ORF-MEA West Asia Conference"
Monday, 30 March 2015
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Ramping up Coal Production: Planning Experience
17 February 2015
Saumitra Chaudhuri, (Former Member, Planning Commission)

Transcript of comments made at the round table 'Ramping Up Coal Production: Policy Pathways' organized by the Observer Research Foundation on 18 February 2015 at New Delhi

 
Is the budget the only hope for coal & power sector?
17 February 2015
Ashish Gupta,

The General Budget will be presented in the last week of February, 2015 and the industry is coming out with its wish list and coal & power sector is no exception.

 
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International
Ease of doing business and Arbitration Amendment Bill
09 February 2015
Harinder Deep Singh Bains

India's ranking in the World Bank's ease of doing business index is 134. Ease of doing business has ease of settling commercial disputes at its centre.

 
World War II: Time to mark India's contributions
06 February 2015
C. Raja Mohan

If the world rapidly forgot about the Indian role in the Second World War, independent India did a lot worse. Its political leaders trivialised the war by dismissing it a colonial enterprise.

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National
Modi's cricket diplomacy: Renewing political contact with Pakistan
13 February 2015
C. Raja Mohan

Cricket has always come in handy for India and Pakistan leaders to break political ice at difficult moments.

 
Vote, both negative and positive
12 February 2015
Arushi Gupta

Unlike the BJP, the focus of the AAP's campaign was not on lofty slogans, such as making a Delhi a 'smart city',

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China
Swaraj's Beijing visit creates right atmosphere for Modi's visit
13 February 2015
K.V. Kesavan & Vindu Mai Chotani

After Sushma Swaraj's successful visit to Beijing, which managed to create a certain degree of 'warmth' in China's attitude towards India,

 
Is China practising new form of imperialism in Africa?
10 February 2015
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani

Many see China to be practicing a new form of imperialism in Africa as it imports primary goods from Africa and exports manufacturing goods to Africa,

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Economy
Breaking down hurdles to e-commerce
16 February 2015
Vivan Sharan

As India's online footprint has increased, so has the role of e-commerce. The industry is expected to cross $6 billion in revenues by 2015,

 
Puzzling new GDP data and growing inequality
11 February 2015
Jayshree Sengupta

India's new GDP data speaks of robust growth (6.9%) rather than of policy paralysis and industrial decline in 2013-14.

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