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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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"Cyber Security" Discussing Internet Freedom in South & Southeast Asia.
Wednesday, 22 April 2014
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Friday, 25 April 2014
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"Cyber Security" Debating data localization and its effect on the Web
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"Withdrawal and its Limitations: The Future of Afghanistan"
Monday, 5 May 2014
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"Utilizing Military Veterans to Add Value to Developmental Initiatives in Rural and Semi-Urban Areas"
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
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"10th EU Enlargement Anniversary: Issues and Challenges"
Tuesday, 6 May 2014
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"Nuclear Trends in West Asia"
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
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Tuesday, 20 May 2014
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"Stimson Maritime Conference"
10-11 June 2014 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
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12 March 2014 (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
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"Perspectives on the Indo-Pacific Region"
30 June 2013 - 1 July 2013
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"United States Foreign Policy in International Perspective"
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
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Energy/Coal/Power
Nuclear Energy Report Card: 2013
8 April 2014
Ashish Gupta,

The time has come to evaluate the position of the Nuclear Power sector. Though it is contributing to the generation side, its overall share has declined from 4% (2012) to 3.4% (2013) due to dramatic increase in generation from other sectors.

 
Options for Increasing Viability of Investments in Solar Energy
8 April 2014
Praveen Kumar Kulkarni

Today in India, corporate companies / entities or the crony capitalist system is enjoying free equity due to the prevailing policies / political expediency: 1. through Accelerated Depreciation (AD) earning 19 to 24% Return on Equity (ROE)

 
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International
No splinternet
19 March 2014
C. Raja Mohan

India's challenges in negotiating a new framework for internet governance do not lend themselves to the old clichés of Indian diplomacy.

 
Taliban making political gains without any commitment
13 March 2014
Niharika Betkerur

Recent political developments suggest that the Taliban is taking measures to gain important political points while not committing to anything concrete.

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National
TRS may spoil the Congress's political game plan in Telengana
14 March 2014
T.V. Rajeswar

Since the Telangana Rashtra Samiti is likely to win most of the 17 Lok Sabha seats in the Telangana region on its own, its unwillingness to share the seats with the Congress party is understandable.

 
The 2014 elections could mark the start of 21st century politics in India
05 March 2014
Manoj Joshi

General elections of 2014 could well be the most interesting election they will witness in their lifetime. Several developments suggest that the elections could mark a big shift of the political paradigm and, in that sense, they could well mark the true beginning of 21st century politics in the country.

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Security
We need a lean, mean fighting force
07 March 2014
Vishal Nigam

The Indian military desperately needs to enhance its defence preparedness. However, given the country's fiscal constraints, this must be done by modernising weapons systems, instead of adding more boots on the ground.

 
Managing the nation's defence, somehow
06 March 2014
Vikram Sood

15 years ago the cabinet had drawn up a 30-year submarine modernisation plan to have 24 submarines by 2030. Half-way through this period, we now have more than half of the 14 submarines which have completed three-fourths of their operational lives. What is more, the Navy is increasingly deployed on coast guard anti-terror duties and not for its primary role.

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Economy
Why India must revive its manufacturing sector
25 February 2014
Abhirup Bhunia

The most urgent need is to upgrade India's physical infrastructure to encourage domestic and foreign direct investment in the manufacturing sector.

 
Time to make villages attractive for tourists
21 February 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

India is now extending 'visa on arrival' to tourists from 180 countries to encourage tourism. But budget tourists, who aim at staying in small hotels/guest houses and not five-star hotels, face problems in finding clean and safe accommodation.

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Russia
Putin gives lessons in world politics
18 March 2014
Manoj Joshi

The US would be foolish to deepen the new Cold War atmosphere by trying to isolate Russia over Ukraine developments. As for China, that option is simply not open to them any more.

 
Obama's 'reset' button with Russia jammed beyond repair?
18 March 2014
Uma Purushothaman

In the end, every great power will have to accept the spheres of influence or "special interest zones" of other powers so that there are no clashes in interests.

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