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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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"India, Sri Lanka and the International Community"
by N Sathiya Moorthy (Director, ORF-Chennai)
Saturday, 26 July 2014
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"Rethinking Federalism in India" Wednesday, 30 July 2014
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"India-China Connectivity: Past and Present"
Dr. Tansen Sen, Associate Professor of Asian History
Thursday, 2 August 2014
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"Debating Indian Nuclear Doctrine"
Tuesday, 5 August 2014
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Book Nuclear Strategy in the Modern Era: Regional Powers and International Conflict.
Wednesday, 6 August 2014
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"Current Dynamic in Pakistan and the future of India-Pakistan relations"
Thursday, 7 August 2014
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ORF-NBR Workshop on

"Mapping Pakistan's Internal Dynamics: Implications for State Stability and Regional Security"
Sunday, 10 August 2014
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11 August 2014
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Venue: The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi

 


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The India Conference on

"Cyber Security and Cyber Governance"
16-17 October 2014
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"United States Foreign Policy in International Perspective"
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
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ORF-ZEIT Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius (Hamburg)

"4th Asian Forum on Global Governance"
26 October to 4 November 2014
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Venue: Hyatt Regency, New Delhi

 


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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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Energy/Coal/Power
 
India's Solar Mission: Make it work for the economy class not just the business class
15 July 2014
Praveen Kumar Kulkarni

India has been doling out subsidies to the solar Industry that includes cheap land, infrastructure, capital subsidy, income tax holiday,

 
Budget for Energy 2014-15: An Autopsy!
15 July 2014
ORF Energy Team,

The Budget 2014-15 is out and it is time to dish out customary observations and comments.

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National
First Xi-Modi meeting finds common ground
21 July 2014
Samir Saran

The crucial factor that can help transform India-China bilateral is Modi himself.

 
How woman friendly is the annual Budget?
21 July 2014
Nishtha Gautam

It is gratifying to note that women's safety did figure in the Annual Budget 2014-15 with an outlay of Rs 200 crore.

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International
China's increasing openness and self-confidence
22 July 2014
Manoj Joshi

China sees its primary focus as on neutralising the US- Japan challenge on its eastern seaboard.

 
BRICS Bank: A long overdue development
19 July 2014
Mohan Guruswamy

The BRICS bank, now tentatively called the New Development Bank, is indeed a new and long overdue development.

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Security
AI 144 emergency: A mirror to serious sectoral issues
19 July 2014
Prashant Kumar

Without a course correction, the Indian civil aviation industry, which grows at a staggering 18 percent per annum

 
India, Israel and the Gaza war
17 July 2014
Rajesh Rajagopalan

India can leverage its traditional closeness to the Palestinians as well as its current friendly ties with

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Economy
BRICS Bank: Shifting powers from West to developing nations
22 July 2014
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani

The major achievement of the recent BRICS Summit was the decision to create the long-awaited (BRICS)

 
India should follow China in export-oriented FDI
15 July 2014
Geethanjali Nataraj and Abhirup Bhunia

Export-oriented FDI has the potential to vault India into the league of industrial economies:

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