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Why India cannot afford to give up Siachen
The strategic advantage accruing to India in Siachen should not be given up for apparent short-term political gains. Giving up Siachen as a gesture of friendship would also mean that its recapture would be extremely expensive to India in men and material.
 
Analysis
 
Corporate funding of elections: A scrutiny of some recent developments
Samya Chatterjee 12 April 2012
The pending Companies Bill provides for in an increase in the corporate funding to political parties from 5% to 7.5% of the average net profits. This increase is despite the fact that the presence of strong corporate funding laws has not hindered companies to squeeze out crores in bribes.
 
Budgets priorities under different regimes
Neetika Khurana 10 April 2012
While the coverage of Budgets in the media and research reports are mainly limited to high interest items like income-tax, sales tax, excise, inflation etc., the "Part A" of the budget, which is an indicator of government intention and priority, remains relatively under explored.
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Reports
 
Transportation Practices in India and the European Union
10 February 2012
The development of suitable transport networks and facilities is an important concern of governments of every country since this determines the pace of growth and development.
 
Moving People, Not Cars - Creating Sustainable Transport in Mumbai
02 January 2012
The ORF-RLS seminar on 'Creating Sustainable Transport in Mumbai' focussed on some key topics of sustainable transport like decongestion of roads, equitable road usage, encouraging people to use public transport.
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Occasional Papers
 
The Search for a Model Land Legislation: The New Land Bill and its Challenges
Niranjan Sahoo 29 December 2011
While the draft Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill 2011 makes a genuine push for a better land acquisition regime in the country, the proposed legislation fails on many fronts to address some of the vexed issues related to land acquisition. This Paper looks at the key challenges to this legislation.
 
Rural Development & Energy Policy: Lessons from Agricultural Mechanisation in South Asia
Stephen Biggs and Scott Justice 29 January 2011
The purpose of this paper is to reopen policy debates on the role of agricultural mechanisation in rural development. The paper examines very different and diverse patterns of agricultural mechanisation in some South Asian countries over the last 30 years.
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Issue Briefs & Monographs
 
Urbanisation in China: Challenges and the Way Ahead
Sriparna Pathak 16 August 2011
Urbanisation in China is taking place at an unprecedented level and is set to continue over the next decade. This is likely to present many challenges not just for policy makers but for the economy and society as well. This Paper tries and understands the ongoing process of urbanization, the impacts produced and the way that lies ahead.
 
Balancing Old and New in Delhi: Modern Delhi’s Perspective on Built Heritage Conservation
Nancy H. Welsh 29 July 2011
While existing literature provides solid documentation of conservation policy and legislation, coverage of civil society’s perceptions and role within conservation schemes is relatively sparse. This paper presents the under-represented perspective of modern Delhi on the policies and realities of heritage conservation.
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"India's Foreign Policy and the Media"
Inaugurates by Mr M K Narayanan (ex-NSA and West Bengal Governor)
Friday, 23 January 2015
(10:00 AM To 11:30 PM)
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"Universities and Smart Cities: A Global Perspectives"
by Prof. Meric Gertler
Thursday, 29 January 2015
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"India-China Media Exchange"
30-31 January 2015
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"Peshawar Attacks: Pakistan's Counter-Terrorism Efforts"
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
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"University of Melbourne and University of Birmingham"
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
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"Digital Jurisdiction"
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
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"The Changong Face of National Security Work - The Threat and opportunity of Data"
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
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"Cyber Governance"
Thursday, 12 February 2015
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Roundtable meeting
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"Increasing Coal Production to 1 Billion Tonnes by 2020: Policy Pathways"
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
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"Political Turmoil in West Asia: Perspectives from India and Russia"
2-3 March 2015
(10:00 AM To 5:00 PM)
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ORF-Hudson Institute Conference
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"Improving Governance in Healthcare Sector"
Monday 16 March 2015
(7:00 PM To 9:00 PM)
Tuesday 17 March 2015
(9:00 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: The Oberoi, New Delhi

 


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"CYFY 2015"
14-16 October 2015
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Falling oil prices: who is celebrating?
06 January 2015
Lydia Powell,

In the last few decades we have been told repeatedly that increase in oil prices was orchestrated either by oil revenue dependent dictatorships in the Persian Gulf or by evil oil corporations that sought to profit at the expense of the consumer.

 
Indian Energy Sector in 2014: A Review
06 January 2015
Ashish Gupta,

The year started with political flip-flop over energy prices due to elections in the country. All parties struggled to establish their positions and the issue of power and petroleum product prices were gaining significance in party positions.

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International
Global nation
08 January 2015
C. Raja Mohan

PM Narendra Modi's interest in the diaspora is about recognising India's possibilities as a "global nation" that is not defined in narrow territorial terms.

 
Sushma Swaraj's visit to South Korea and the way ahead
08 January 2015
K.V. Kesavan

For both India and South Korea, cooperation in the civilian nuclear sphere is a subject of great importance.

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National
Powershift in Colombo is Delhi's opportunity
12 January 2015
C. Raja Mohan

As a new government led by Maithripala Sirisena takes charge in Colombo,

 
Curtains down for Planning Commission, but challenges remain
05 January 2015
Manoj Kumar

The history of the Planning Commission suggests that it was always an extension of the government's attitude towards the economy.

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Sri Lanka
Powershift in Colombo is Delhi's opportunity
12 January 2015
C. Raja Mohan

As a new government led by Maithripala Sirisena takes charge in Colombo, New Delhi has a valuable opportunity to arrest the drift in bilateral relations over the last few years.

 
Sri Lanka's new Govt, and India and China
09 January 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy

Sri Lanka's poll results have shown that President-elect Sirisena's victory was made possible by the overwhelming vote of the minorities, particularly the Sri Lankan Tamils.

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Terrorism
Pak boat operation: Was there any other option with Coast Guard?
08 January 2015
Vikram Sood

No one really knew what had happened on the high seas off Porbunder on the New Year Eve, yet everyone had an answer within hours.

 
Pak boat operation exposes intel gaps again
06 January 2015
Manoj Joshi

There are several problems with the story as it has been put out and many of these have been listed in the internet or in newspapers.

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