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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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"Mekong Ganga Dialogue"
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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Wednesday , 17 December 2014
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"China's Go West Policy and the Interplay of Major Powers in Central Asia".
Thursday, 18 December 2014
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"India and Korea: New Prospects for Bilateral Cooperation".
Thursday, 18 December 2014
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"The Evolving Regional Security Architecture in the Indo Pacific"
Saturday, 20 December 2014
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"WTO, India and Agriculture Subsidies"
by Mr A V Ganesan, IAS (retd), ex-Commerce Secretary, GoI
Saturday, 20 December 2014
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"Indian Climate Change Experts on Lima Climate Meeting and India"
Monday, 22 December 2014
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Talk on

"Andaman and Nicobar Islands: India's Untapped Strategic Assets"
by Dr. Sanat Kaul
Wednesday, 24 December 2014
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'The Nuclear Security in India'
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
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"Security, Governments and Data: Technology and Policy"
Thursday, 8 January 2015
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13th Petro India Conference

"Future of Energy: Will Availability Meet Demand?"
16 January 2015
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Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi

 


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"Blurred Faces and Frontlines of Conflict - Challenges to Humanitarian Action"
16 January 2015
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"Increasing Coal Production to 1 Billion Tonnes by 2020: Policy Pathways"
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
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"The Indian Economy at a Crossroads"
Thursday, 22 January 2015
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"Security, Governments and Data: Technology and Policy"
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"India-China Media Exchange"
30-31 January 2015
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"Political Turmoil in West Asia: Perspectives from India and Russia"
2-3 March 2015
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14-16 October 2015
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
The German Energiewende turns around Market Structures and Prices (part I)
09 December 2014
Thomas Elmar Schuppe,

The ongoing Energiewende in Germany ("energy turnaround") is not only turning around the structure of the energy market and prices - particularly in the power generation sector but also requires considerable transformation of the utilities' business models.

 
When Elections Start Pushing Electrons
09 December 2014
Lydia Powell,

The propaganda material of the BJP available on its web site says that it is time to have all of India lit up like Gujarat.

 
Solar or Grid Power?
09 December 2014
Ashish Gupta,

It has been observed that the States which are less electrified are mostly the backward States.

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International
War against ISIS: The picture is gloomy
17 November 2014
Ravi Joshi

In the war against ISIS, the picture is gloomy. The ISIS is unlikely to be pushed back as long as the Coalition's War against it remains only aerial.

 
Modi's Canberra visit: Continuing the momentum
15 November 2014
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Prime Minister Modi's visit to Australia, taking place nearly 30 years after the last Indian Prime Ministerial visit (Rajiv Gandhi in 1986), comes at a critical time for both countries - when strategic equations are being redrawn, creating new Asian security dynamics.

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National
Redefining multi-stakeholderism for internet
15 November 2014
R. Swaminathan

Democratic multi-stakeholderism has the potential to mitigate the genuine concerns of sovereign nations in terms of protection of their cyber resources and infrastructure - not only from anonymous hackers and non-state actors,

 
Nehru's realism
14 November 2014
C. Raja Mohan

As India's most influential voice on foreign affairs in the run-up to Independence and its chief diplomat for the first 17 years of the republic, Nehru said and did things that can't be stuffed into one box labelled "Nehruvian".

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China
Chinese perceptions of Modi's foreign policy
14 November 2014
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan

Tibet and the Dalai Lama's status continue to worry the Chinese. India's stated policy that Tibet is part of China notwithstanding, Chinese feel that India has a hidden agenda.

 
Japan walks the extra mile
11 November 2014
Manoj Joshi

The four-point agreement that was worked out by State Councillor Yang Jichei and Japanese National Security Adviser Shotaro Yachi to enable the meeting between President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan indicates that Tokyo has walked the extra mile to assuage the Chinese.

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Security
Like a Lady Macbeth
13 November 2014
Vikram Sood

Throughout the 1990s, the Anglo-US duo remained obsessed with India's nuclear plans and virtually refused any discussions on Pakistani assistance to terrorism in India.

 
India's strategic Vietnam defence relations
13 November 2014
P.K. Ghosh

Vietnam has its own difficult history with China. It is not surprising, then, that this emerging country is often seen as a linchpin in India's counter-encirclement and "Look East" policies.

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