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Issue. 6
Oil & Gas in India: The Milestones (1825-2012)
Dinesh Kumar Madhrey
11 September 2014
1825: Lieutenant R. Wilcox of the 46th Regiment Native Infantry, who with his small survey party was on a military mission to maintain law and order, spotted oil seepages in the north-eastern corner of Assam in September.
Issue. 5
Air Power: The Cost -Benefit Conundrum
Abhijit Iyer-Mitra
04 September 2014
One of the features of modern air power is the enormous costs associated with contemporary combat aircraft. Barring China, fiscal retrenchment seems to be a common obstacle being faced by air forces across the world. To discuss the issues arising from this challenge, the Observer Research Foundation organised a conference on"Affordable Air Power" in New Delhi on October 30, 2013. This Special Report is based on presentations and discussions at the workshop.
Issue. 74
Global Internet Governance: India's Search for a New Paradigm
Mahima Kaul
04 September 2014
What should be India's approach towards the international internet governance discourse? This Issue Brief attempts answer this question by examining the Indian government's engagement with the global community, using the recently concluded NETmundial conference on internet governance as a case study. It also provides policy recommendations for the way forward.
Issue. 73
The Centre-State Fiscal Relationship: A Critique and Recommendations
Prashant Kumar and Tanoubi Ngangom
04 September 2014
This Issue Brief aims to deconstruct the Centre-State fiscal relationship by describing the current status quo and the criticisms. It gives recommendations to correct and update the relationship such that it reflects the changed fiscal structure of the country, its States and its people.
Australia-India Roundtable Report
01 September 2014
This Report, based on the Australia India Roundtable, presents a distillation of ideas and observations intended to help leading decision-makers in both countries to make the most of the opportunities ahead.
Issue. 72
Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: A Reality Check
Arka Biswas
22 August 2014
Nuclear development in Iran has been an issue of great concern, not only to its neighbours in West Asia, but also for the global powers, in the interests of regional and global stability. At present, efforts are being made to find a solution to the crisis. The interim nuclear deal signed between Iran and P5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany) on 24 November 2013, and the complementary Framework for Cooperation signed between Iran and the IAEA on 11 November 2013 have been recognised as bold measures in addressing the otherwise worsening situation. This Issue Brief examines the developments made so far in both of these negotiations and highlights the issues that remain to be resolved. The Brief concludes by assessing the prospects of successful conclusion of these negotiations.
Issue. 71
India-Bangladesh Relations: A Ten-point Agenda
Joyeeta Bhattacharjee
22 August 2014
This Issue Brief seeks to highlight key issues which the Narendra Modi government should prioritise in its relations with Bangladesh. It also suggests some additional steps that can be taken to strengthen relations between the two countries.
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.
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