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Drones are welcome, but where's the policy framework?
The Delhi police proposal to use drones for day-to-day law and order activities is bound to fail unless it is accompanied by a regulatory and manufacturing ecosystem for unmanned aerial vehicles
 
Asian Security Dynamics
 
The European Union as a security actor: View from India
Samir Saran
15 January 2015
The central division between the EU and India is the tyranny of grammar. Europe and the EU pursue their interests under the grammar of values, which is sought to be achieved through ideological underpinnings. India has sometimes also couched many of its strategic interests in its own grammar of ethics.
 
The year ends, but the chaos may just be beginning
Rajesh Rajagopalan
31 December 2014
2014 by far has been the most chaotic year in international politics, since the end of the Cold War. The Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East threaten to upturn borders settled for close to a century. Europe is in the throes of an unexpected tussle with Moscow. In the South and East China seas, China's aggressiveness is too clear now to be ignored.
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Space Security
 
India's cyber and space security policies
Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan
02 January 2015
While many countries still regard cyber security and space security as 'future challenges', or issues that will need to be dealt with in the coming years, India is already tackling them today.
 
We need intelligence upgrades
Vikram Sood
11 December 2014
Granted that the US normally goes for the overkill and in comparison our systems are in kindergarten stuff, there is no denying that we need upgrades. Intelligence and intercepts post-event, as in the recent Uri case, are of academic interest.
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Indian Defence
 
Pak boat operation exposes intel gaps again
Manoj Joshi
06 January 2015
There are several problems with the story as it has been put out and many of these have been listed in the internet or in newspapers. But what the incident does seem to bring out is the continuing dysfunction of our intelligence system and the high levels of incompetence in matters of national security.
 
Army modernisation alone not enough
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra
06 January 2015
Several developments over the last few months have made clear that the Army modernisation programme, at least, is turning into a train wreck. This is not to say that all is well with the modernisation of the Air Force and the Navy, but just that the Army modernisation programme stands on far shakier ground, with minimal scope for results.
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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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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Ramping up Coal Production: Planning Experience
17 February 2015
Saumitra Chaudhuri, (Former Member, Planning Commission)

Transcript of comments made at the round table 'Ramping Up Coal Production: Policy Pathways' organized by the Observer Research Foundation on 18 February 2015 at New Delhi

 
Is the budget the only hope for coal & power sector?
17 February 2015
Ashish Gupta,

The General Budget will be presented in the last week of February, 2015 and the industry is coming out with its wish list and coal & power sector is no exception.

 
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International
Ease of doing business and Arbitration Amendment Bill
09 February 2015
Harinder Deep Singh Bains

India's ranking in the World Bank's ease of doing business index is 134. Ease of doing business has ease of settling commercial disputes at its centre.

 
World War II: Time to mark India's contributions
06 February 2015
C. Raja Mohan

If the world rapidly forgot about the Indian role in the Second World War, independent India did a lot worse. Its political leaders trivialised the war by dismissing it a colonial enterprise.

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National
Modi's cricket diplomacy: Renewing political contact with Pakistan
13 February 2015
C. Raja Mohan

Cricket has always come in handy for India and Pakistan leaders to break political ice at difficult moments.

 
Vote, both negative and positive
12 February 2015
Arushi Gupta

Unlike the BJP, the focus of the AAP's campaign was not on lofty slogans, such as making a Delhi a 'smart city',

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China
Swaraj's Beijing visit creates right atmosphere for Modi's visit
13 February 2015
K.V. Kesavan & Vindu Mai Chotani

After Sushma Swaraj's successful visit to Beijing, which managed to create a certain degree of 'warmth' in China's attitude towards India,

 
Is China practising new form of imperialism in Africa?
10 February 2015
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani

Many see China to be practicing a new form of imperialism in Africa as it imports primary goods from Africa and exports manufacturing goods to Africa,

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Economy
Breaking down hurdles to e-commerce
16 February 2015
Vivan Sharan

As India's online footprint has increased, so has the role of e-commerce. The industry is expected to cross $6 billion in revenues by 2015,

 
Puzzling new GDP data and growing inequality
11 February 2015
Jayshree Sengupta

India's new GDP data speaks of robust growth (6.9%) rather than of policy paralysis and industrial decline in 2013-14.

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