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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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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Independent energy regulators are good "deal" makers
09 September 2014
Sanjeev Ahluwalia

Energy development, because of its scale and complexity, only happens when "deals" are struck between governments and developers.

 
It is not Coal India Ltd; It is 'Criticise me' Ltd.
09 September 2014
Ashish Gupta,

The problems for Coal India Ltd (CIL) are likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Each and every stakeholder and observer is gearing up to collect weak points to criticise CIL.

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International
The story beyond uranium
05 September 2014
C Raja Mohan

The real story for strong India-Australia relations lies beyond uranium. With one of the world's strongest mining sectors,

 
Taking India-Singapore partnership to newer heights1
03 September 2014
Richa Sekhani

India and Singapore's efforts and strategic planning have brought the bilateral linkages between them to such a juncture,

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National
Widening communal fault lines pose challenge to Modi govt
21 August 2014
Niranjan Sahoo

Compared to an average 100,000 incidents annually in the 1980s and 1990s, India witnessed only 72,126 communal riots in 2013.

 
Modi's ports
20 August 2014
R. Swaminathan

Modi needs a credible domestic strategy to ramp up India's maritime infrastructure.

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Japan
Modi's Lexicon
03 September 2014
C. Raja Mohan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's fluent Hindi, through which he engages foreign interlocutors,

 
Why relations with Japan are important
03 September 2014
Manoj Joshi

In terms of technology, Japan is way ahead of us and China in many areas. It may be some time before we can expect Japan to export complete weapons systems,

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China
What Modi can learn from Xi
04 September 2014
Manoj Joshi

Modi has been ambivalent about the Lokpal, believing, presumably, that a revitalised administration will make this institution redundant.

 
Making friends with the middle
25 August 2014
C. Raja Mohan and Rory Medcalf

Building a set of flexible Asian coalitions that do not include America or China should become a critical element of India's strategy

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