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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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Interaction with Tarek Fateh

"Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Relations"
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Roundtable Discussion

"Social Marginalisation in Urban India and Role of the State"
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
(10:30 AM To 1:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Talk on

"Changing face of Land Reforms"
by Dr Venkatesh Athreya (Advisor, MSSRF, Chennai)
Saturday, 9 May 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Chennai Conference Hall




"India-China Relations"
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
(11:00 AM To 4:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




"Rwandan High Commissioner"
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
(3:00 PM To 5:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



CFSR & ORF Roundtable Discussion

"Long Term Roadmap for Energy Sector"
Monday, 25 May 2015
(9:30 AM To 2:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




"The Rafale Deal: Where to from Here?"
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
(10:30 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




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













Will coal washing become an attractive option ever?
28 April 2015
Ashish Gupta

The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 came into existence after India participated in the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment held at Stockholm in 1972.

April 2015: an uneventful month for energy
28 April 2015
Lydia Powell and Akhilesh Sati

April 2015 could be labelled as an uneventful month for the Indian energy sector going by standards set in the past: there were no new scams;

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Pakistan in the eye of the storm
15 April 2015
Manoj Joshi

The 12-point resolution approved by Pakistan's Parliament said that Islamabad must maintain "neutrality" in the Yemen conflict.

Canada cousins
14 April 2015
C Raja Mohan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada this week should help rejuvenate an important relationship that has long been neglected in New Delhi.

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Small steps for big change
16 April 2015
Shruti Gupta

While the launch of the MUDRA Bank is a laudable effort on the part of the government, there still persists ambiguity in the nature of the Bank's undertakings.

Land policy vital for Modi's manufacturing dream
13 April 2015
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani

The land amendment bill, brought in by the Modi government, represents a crucial plank of his government's economic agenda to turbocharge Indian growth.

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Developing towns and cities: China's Maotai case study
10 April 2015
Sriparna Pathak Raimedhi

The story of the Maotai town in the Guizhou province in South China is an interesting case study of developmental economics

Yemen evacuation
09 April 2015
C. Raja Mohan

While India continues to evacuate its citizens from Yemen, China was quick to complete its operation last week. China had barely 600 people in Yemen to rescue.

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Security & Intelligence
A time to lead
16 April 2015
Samir Saran and Abhijit Iyer Mitra

India must accept its own exceptionalism. It must thereafter understand how to establish it. India is in a position to shape cyberspace debates,

Does the Navy need separate platforms for each capability requirement?
15 April 2015
Pushan Das

Why is the Navy procuring three different helicopters to fulfil three ends of the same capability spectrum? The Navy would be better off with a single platform to leverage engine.

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