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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.
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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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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Talk on

"Defending the Global Commons"
by H.E. Mr. Richard Verma, US Ambassador to India.
Friday, 31 July 2015
(2:30 PM To 3:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Talk on

"TN bid to de-congest Palk Bay fishing"
by Mr. N. Sathiyamoorthy
Saturday, 1 August 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Chennai Conference Hall



Launch of the Strategic Rationale for Deeper U.S. Indian Economic Ties.
Friday, 7 August 2015
(3:00 PM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




Transnational Threats, Islamist Militancy, and U.S. Foreign Pölicy
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
(11:00 AM To 12:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi




"Technology and Climate Change: Exploring Technological Solutions for Climate Action"
Monday, 31 August 2015
(10:00 AM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




"CYFY 2015"
14-16 October 2015
(10:00 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: New Delhi



ORF-ZEIT Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (Hamburg)

"5th Asian Forum on Global Governance"
25 October to 3 November 2015
(9:00 AM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: Hyatt Regency, New Delhi














India's Energy Sector: About to Take-off? (Part II)
21 July 2015
Lydia Powell and Akhilesh Sati,

Last week's column observed that India's energy take-off may be an 'optical illusion' caused by China's slow-down.

People's Action Plan on Climate Change for Karnataka
21 July 2015
Shankar Sharma,

A people's action plan on Climate Change for the state was released on recent World Environment Day in Bangalore by the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

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Eurozone to blame for Greece's problems
21 July 2015
Jayshree Sengupta

Greece's problems were inevitable because the concept of Eurozone is based on flawed solidarity.

India's quest for place at the UN high table
20 July 2015
Ashok Malik

The quest for a permanent seat is another challenge altogether. There is little appetite for UN reform in the international system,

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How will the Trans-Pacific Partnership affect India?
21 July 2015
Sylvia Mishra

The US-led TPP would face increasing competition as China recently concluded a free trade agreement with Australia (ChAFTA)

Modi's foreign policy style is continuity, not change
20 July 2015
Manoj Joshi

Continuity, rather than change, is the true hallmark of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's foreign policy.

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Abe's defence
21 July 2015
C. Raja Mohan

It's not often that one sees leaders take risks in the pursuit of a political conviction.

Civil society and internal security in China
20 July 2015
Mahalakshmi Ganapathy

In China, we see a situation emerging in the form of "mass incidents" (a term used by the Chinese State to define civil unrest).

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Why it is time to invest in Iran
21 July 2015
Manoj Joshi

The opening of Iran will alter the geopolitics of south-western Asia. Even so, India needs to tread with care.

Iran nuclear deal: The promise and the peril
20 July 2015
Rajesh Rajagopalan

The American justification that delaying any possible Iranian nuclear weapon programme is itself a benefit might be short-sighted

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