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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

"The Refugee Crisis from an Eastern European Point of View"
by Dr. Igor Luksic.
Wednesday, 25 September 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Series of Panel Discussions

"Covering Regulatory, Cultural, Commercial and other Aspects of net Neutrality across South Asia"
Friday, 27 November 2015
(11:00 AM To 6:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Talk on

"Bihar Polls and After"
by N Sathiya Moorthy
Saturday, 28 November 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Chennai




"Advancing the BBIN Agenda: Exploring possibilities in Trade, Transit, Energy and Water Cooperation"
03-04 December 2015
(9:30 AM To 05:00 PM)
Venue: Oberoi Grand, Kolkata



ORF-ISAS international workshop

"Emerging Trans-Regional Corridors: South and Southeast Asia"
07-08 December 2015
(10:00 AM To 06:00 PM)
Venue: Gateway Hotel, Kolkata




"Delegation from Academy of World Watch, Shanghai"
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
(11:00 AM To 2:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall




"India's Cyber Security Readiness and Response Capabilities and Options. "
Thursday, 17 December 2015
(10:30 AM To 12:30 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall



Roundtable Discussion

"Accommodating Rising Powers"
Monday, 25 January 2015
(11:00 AM To 1:00 PM)
Venue: ORF-Delhi, Conference Hall













The Baptist and the Bootlegger Unite
03 November 2015
Lydia Powell and Akhilesh Sati,

The announcement by ten large oil companies (BP, BG, Eni, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell, Statoil, Petroleos Mexicanos, Reliance Industries and Total)

India's Coal Sector: Unable to capitalise on falling prices
03 November 2015
Ashish Gupta

The coal sector has witnessed a lot of turmoil in the recent past. In 2010-11 the price of coal reached an all time high but now it is crawling at low level.

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Giants of Asia in Silicon Valley
30 September 2015
Manoj Joshi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have just made back to back visits to the United States.

China's slowdown: An opportunity to boost Indo-Africa ties
29 September 2015
Richa Sekhani

In light of Africa's increasing dependency on and trouble with Chinese actors, African leaders are beginning to look beyond China in an attempt to diversify.

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NDA-II prefers controlling people's lives to changing things for the better
28 September 2015
Manoj Joshi

The NDA II government seems to be displaying a controlling streak rather early in its tenure.

US, India and security in the Asia-Pacific
28 September 2015
Darshana M Baruah

That India-US ties are at the nexus of a new beginning shaping the Indo-Pacific is no surprise.

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Mapping Next Big Steps in India-US defence partnership
01 October 2015
Sylvia Mishra

As the power balances of the 21st century shift, Indo-US defence partnership will not be solely about defence commerce. Instead this vital partnership flows from geopolitical interests.

Modi places big bets for India in Silicon Valley
29 September 2015
Ashok Malik

If all goes well, India and the US could partner at the ICANN high table, in the sort of Security Council of Internet governance.

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Modi's masterclass alone is not enough
1 October 2015
Sandeep Bamzai

Modi's forays into the global investment hot spots will pay dividend only if we reform ourselves,

GDP growth a good sign
30 September 2015
Jayshree Sengupta

During the US visit, PM Narendra Modi reiterated that India is the fastest growing economy among large countries in the world.

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