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Rebalance & Reform: An agenda for the new Government
08 July 2014
For the new government, the task ahead is difficult, but not impossible. It will require new ideas and out-of-the-box strategies. Here, ORF presents a holistic and relevant agenda for the government, offering a diagnosis of the current problems and providing actionable recommendations.
Attitudes towards water in India
02 July 2014
The ORF Report on "Attitudes towards Water" is a culmination of 165 qualitative interviews of key stakeholders of the water scene in India under a collaborative research project between ORF and Chatham House.
Issue. 71
Is the Indian Housing Finance Industry Keeping Pace with Changing Demographics?
Srinath Sridharan
01 July 2014
Besides a life insurance policy, a piece of land or a house is the first large investment that every Indian makes--sometimes, nowadays, as early as at 25 years of age. Against the backdrop of this changing psyche of the Indian consumer, this Issue Brief analyses the Indian demographics and how, correspondingly, the housing finance sector has evolved.
Issue. 1
Social Identity, Access to Education, and Employment in India
20 June 2014
Official Indian government statistics show that between the years 2000 and 2010, enrollment in the country's elementary school level has converged amongst all social groups, and also between both genders.
Issue. 70
US Policies Towards Africa:In Search of a New Paradigm
H.H.S. Viswanathan and Uma Purushothaman
16 June 2014
There seems to be a revival of American interest in Africa. What are the reasons for this? What are the past and current US policies towards the region? Are these interests and policies different from those it had during the Cold War? How do Africans perceive the US? What are the implications of a renewed US interest in Africa for India? These are some of the questions that this Issue Brief attempts to answer.
Issue. 1
A Roadmap for RIC
Nandan Unnikrishnan, Samir Saran and Uma Purushoth
25 March 2014
Together, Russia, India and China occupy around 50 percent of Asia's landmass. The three countries constitute some of the largest economies in Asia. There are a lot of potential synergies among the three countries, making a compelling case for their collaboration.
Issue. 68
The UN and Cyberspace Governance
Rahul Prakash and Darshana M. Baruah
15 March 2014
Even though governments have attempted to address issue related to cyber governance by creating national-level mechanisms, the very transnational nature of cyberspace has forced the international community to debate and form norms or rules that should promote good behaviour in cyberspace.
Issue. 69
Corporate Funding of Elections: The Strengths and Flaws
Samya Chatterjee and Niranjan Sahoo
15 March 2014
This Issue Brief seeks to outline the history of corporate funding in India, legislation governing corporate funding, institutional innovations in corporate funding like electoral trusts, and international experiences and their relevance in the Indian context. Given the increasing clamour for transparent and accountable corporate funding of political parties, the Brief also explores the perils of over-reliance on corporate funding.
Issue. 67
Future of Natural Gas in India: Paving the Way to Benefit from Upside Risks of LNG Supply
Thomas Elmar Schuppe
25 February 2014
This Issue Brief seeks to provide inputs for further discussion to gain from potential windfall opportunities that might arise for India's natural gas industry as well as lay the requisite foundation for a future plan.
Issue. 4
National Security: The Need for a Doctrine
Manoj Joshi and Abhijit Iyer-Mitra
10 February 2014
Many strategic analysts in India have suggested that the country evolve a national security doctrine to guide its armed forces and governmental system in dealing with matters relating to national security. The Observer Research Foundation took the initiative to examine the issue in its entirety. This report details the outcome of a discussion amongst the country's noted security experts.
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