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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.
 
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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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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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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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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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