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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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"PM Modi's US Visit"
by M Ganapathi, IFS (retd) ex-Secretary (West), MEA, GoI
Saturday, 18 October 2014
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"India's Engagement in the Indo-Pacific: Prospects and Challenges"
Saturday, 18 October 2014
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"United States Foreign Policy in International Perspective"
Monday, 20 October 2014
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ORF-ZEIT Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (Hamburg)

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26 October to 4 November 2014
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"Security, Governments and Technology: Exploring Policy and Practice"
Tuesday, 4 November 2014
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"Deepening Global Higher Education Partnerships: The Role of MOOCs"
by Dr Richard Levin, CEO, Courseera
Friday, 7 November 2014
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"Bangladesh"
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
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"The Cost of Precision Strike"
Friday, 14 November 2014
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"Bangladesh"
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
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"Emerging Challenges in an Urbanizing India: Governance, Security and Climate Change"
Tuesday, 18 November 2013
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Wednesday, 19 November 2013
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Venue: India Habitat Centre,New Delhi

 


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Interaction with

"The Polish Institute for International Affairs"
Tuesday, 18 November 2013
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International Conference on

"Regional Integration in the Indo-Pacific: Prospects and Challenges"
Monday, 24 November 2013
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Tuesday, 25 November 2013
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4-5 December 2014
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"Mekong Ganga Dialogue"
Friday, 5 December 2014
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Saturday, 6 December 2014
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Venue: ORF-Delhi
Sunday, 7 December 2014
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"India-US Strategic Dialogue"
6-8 December 2014
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Shades of Grey: The Annals of the Indian Coal Industry (part II)
7 Octber 2014
Lydia Powell,

A casual survey of literature on mining labour in the Indian coal industry reveals that it is the result of a complex interplay of factors beginning with caste & class at the local level, colonial interests,

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International
India's climate change strategy: Expanding differentiated responsibility
07 October 2014
Samir Saran and Will Poff-Webster

For Lima and Paris climate change negotiations to succeed in achieving consensus, the issue of equitable response to the climate crisis must be creatively reimagined.

 
Modi and the Middle East: Towards a Link West Policy
07 October 2014
C. Raja Mohan

In the past, India avoided talking to major powers like the US and Europe on the Middle East.

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National
Digital governance: Need for regulating cloud ecosystem
04 October 2014
R. Swaminathan

India will become a digital society. It is also deploying all the right pieces and infrastructure for a digital economy.

 
Modi and Obama's war
01 October 2014
C. Raja Mohan

The real issue is not about double standards on terrorism. Nor is hypocrisy a monopoly of either America or India. The problem is different.

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Japan
Japan and China seeking a limited truce?
09 October 2014
K.V. Kesavan

The forthcoming APEC annual summit, to be held in Beijing in November,

 
Modi's America
24 September 2014
C Raja Mohan

India must improve relations with both Washington and Beijing and not limit ties with one because of the other.

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China
Not so coy
08 October 2014
C. Raja Mohan

What is new is the fact that Delhi under Modi is no longer coy about affirming its position in conjunction with the US.

 
Xi Jinping visit - a wasted opportunity to break new ground
25 September 2014
H.H.S.Viswanathan

The Chinese diplomacy seems to have erred on the side of aggression.

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