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India: Diversifying arms purchases
Technology is important, but who you get it from is even more important. U.S. drones in the Indian inventory would have a huge value in terms of messaging, to friends and foes alike. Strategic partnerships are among the best force multiplier options in an uncertain Asia, and India should leave no stone unturned.
 
Asian Security Dynamics
 
India, Israel and the Gaza war
Rajesh Rajagopalan
17 July 2014
India can leverage its traditional closeness to the Palestinians as well as its current friendly ties with Israel to help advance the peace process, even if in a small way. But this requires care and finesse, which is unlikely to be found in the parliamentary din.
 
Border infrastructure: Time to put rail tracks on track
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
10 July 2014
The slow pace of rail track construction in India is a total contrast to the development across the border. China has already built a 1142 km-long electrified railway line from Golmud to Lhasa. Now it has plans to extend it to Shigatze and Yatung, reaching almost Nathu La pass.
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Space Security
 
When it comes to internet governance, India is still engaging actively with the UN
Mahima Kaul
11 August 2014
A final draft resolution at the United Nations, passed in July 2014, has focused on the UN General Assembly's review process of World Summit on the Information Society outcomes implementation.
 
Reframing the global Internet ecosystem
Mahima Kaul
11 August 2014
As the conversations around internet governance become trapped in confrontational language, it is time to move the emphasis back to decision making that works for all
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Indian Defence
 
Exploring net neutrality
Anahita Mathai
12 August 2014
With India seeking to connect the next billion, and becoming a key player in the global Internet debate, it is important to have clearly formed domestic policies. The combination of regulatory interest, corporate opposition and constitutional rights suggest that the time is right for a nuanced debate on net neutrality in India.
 
2014 Union Budget addresses IT needs
Osama Manzar
11 August 2014
The focus on broadband expansion in the Union Budget is timely to take the IT revolution to the next level: social inclusion, e-commerce, media, and distance education for India?s small towns and rural pockets.
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Procurement & Self Reliance
 
Why India’s defence procurement is problematic?
Deba R Mohanty
10 April 2012
A country that spends 15 per cent of its Central expenditure on national defence (armed forces and DRDO) and 23 per cent on national security (armed forces and all other security forces like para-military, police) must explain to its citizens as to whether its spending on security is justifiably utilised or not.
 
From MIC to NSIC
Deba Ranjan Mohanty
11 October 2011
Nomenclature notwithstanding, the evolution of an Indian National Security Industrial Complex (NSIC) must be watched with interest and caution.
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Non-Traditional Security
 
Moves to enhance response to CBR attacks
Astik Sinha
27 December 2011
The recent Indian government’s decision to equip 800 police stations in 80 cities with radiation monitors is a clear indication of how serious the threats posed by chemical, biological and radioactive (CBR) weapons is being taken.
 
Winning the aerospace tech battle
Deba R Mohanty
29 August 2011
India had recently decided to partner Russia in a joint project known as Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA). A project like this is a rarity, like Brahmos, that India can ill afford to lose. Prudence would demand employment of a realist strategy of engagement by India in convincing the Russians to expand the scope of involvement.
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"Anglo-Indians: A 500-Year History"
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Mr. Modi's First Global Summit: What to Expect at the UN Special Climate Summit"
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"The Cost of Precision Strike"
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Natural Gas in India: The Tale from Two Papers
12 August 2014
Lydia Powell,

The story of natural gas in India has been told and re-told in different ways by many observers in the last few years.

 
Pakistan: the next frontier for Indian power companies?
12 August 2014
Ashish Gupta,

Like India, Pakistan is a country plagued with high unrealistic electricity tariff, inefficiency, low recovery of dues and distorted subsidy mechanism.

 
Gas Pricing Beyond Administered Prices (part IV)
12 August 2014
Thomas Elmar Schuppe,

Natural gas pricing linked to competing fuels is widely regarded as one of the most appropriate pricing methods for gas markets that are in the transitional phase of market development,

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National
Can Modi turn slogans into concrete actions?
14 August 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

All that the government has to do is to focus on providing basic goods -- high quality primary education and healthcare,

 
Modi's per drop more crop dream needs a digital cover
14 August 2014
R. Swaminathan

The prime minister has shown a refreshing approach towards Indian agriculture, but for the real challenges to be surmounted,

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International
Japan's growing engagement in the Indo-Pacific
12 August 2014
Darshana M. Baruah

Tokyo's growing engagement with the countries of the region is a strong reflection of Japan's desire to play a greater role in regional security.

 
Bubbles and Other Troubles: Risks from Ultra Easy Monetary Policy
12 August 2014
Manmath Goel

Spillovers from unconventional monetary policy in the AEs pose a systemic risk for emerging market economies (EMEs).

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Security
India: Diversifying arms purchases
13 August 2014
Siddharth Sivaraman and Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopal

Technology is important, but who you get it from is even more important. U.S. drones in the Indian inventory would have a huge value in terms of messaging,

 
Exploring net neutrality
12 August 2014
Anahita Mathai

With India seeking to connect the next billion, and becoming a key player in the global Internet debate, it is important to have clearly formed domestic policies.

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Economy
India does not need SAARC Bank
11 August 2014
Prashant Kumar

India will gain very little by taking the lead in this venture. It already holds the rather envied position as the strongest economy within the region.

 
Why India cannot do away with indirect subsidy
5 August 2014
Jayshree Sengupta

Giving huge amounts of cash subsidies in the developed countries also distorts market. Lowering the actual cost of production artificially,

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