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Net neutrality: A threat to PM
 Modi's vision?
Like the Arab Spring, the netizen revolt was against a "perceived" threat to their empowerment. In this case, cheap access to the internet, which ironically is also one of PM Modi's promises to the entire nation.
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Analysis
 
Small steps for big change
16 April 2015
Shruti Gupta
While the launch of the MUDRA Bank is a laudable effort on the part of the government, there still persists ambiguity in the nature of the Bank's undertakings. The most pressing concern is in regards to the Bank's role as both a regulator and refinancing agency which will lead to a conflict of interests.
 
Becoming a leading power isn't easy
16 April 2015
Vikram Sood
Fifteen nations in 11 months and important visits to China and RoK in May is a tremendous track record. Considering the pace and scale of Modi's engagements and what each visit is expected to produce, one must congratulate the MEA for measuring up to this scorching pace.
 
A time to lead
16 April 2015
Samir Saran and Abhijit Iyer Mitra
India must accept its own exceptionalism. It must thereafter understand how to establish it. India is in a position to shape cyberspace debates, but for that it will need to be flexible, propositional and present everywhere that internet governance is debated. Its strong and diverse contingent at The Hague is a good beginning.
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Report
 
Ukraine-like change not acceptable to EU, says official
10 April 2015
The past 18 months of the crisis in Ukraine has brought back memories of the Yugoslavian crisis, says Mr. Césare Onestini, the Deputy Head of delegation of the European Union in India.
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Occasional Paper
 
Centre-State Relations in India: Time for a New Framework
09 April 2015
Niranjan Sahoo
Issue No. 62
This paper assesses the major shifts that have occurred in the country's federal system in the last three decades. It also provides a list of recommendations to improve Centre-state relations in India.
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Global Policy - ORF SERIES
 
Eradicating TB in India
March 2015
Edited by Harsh Sethi
This special issue marks the occasion of World TB Day 2015. It is also the first release of the Global Policy-ORF series on key debates occurring In India that influence the progression of global governance discussions.
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ORF Special Report
 
South Asia annual review 2015
27 March 2015

Political transitions and a looming threat of terrorism dominated much of South Asia in 2014. ORF's annual South Asia Review provides insights into the developments n each country in the region.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Local Pollution and the Politics of Outrage (part II)
14 April 2015
Vol XI, Issue 44
Drawing on the hypothesis of the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), last week's column ended with a rather sceptical observation that the problem of local pollution in Delhi.
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China Weekly Report
 
Implications of declining profits in the iron & steel industry
13 April 2015
Vol V, Issue 14
The financial reports of Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd., a listed subsidiary of Baosteel, the country's largest steelmaker, have been grim. As stated by the report, both revenue and net profits witnessed declines last year, as iron prices have nearly halved.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
India: 'Land battle' between Government and Opposition
10 April 2015
Satish Misra
Vol VIII, Issue 15
Land, over which many battles and even wars have been fought since time immemorial, is once again an issue over which the BJP-led NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the opposition are engaged to change people's perception so that their votes could be won in coming electoral battles.
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Space Alert
 
The UAE Takes a Bold Step into the Final Policy Frontier
April 2015
Vol III, Issue 2
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) may be positioning itself to become a leader for outer space activities in the Gulf Region. Recently, Dr. Mohammad Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency, EIAST, held the inaugural meeting of the UAE Space Agency Working Group on Space Policy and Law,
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Think...Before Connecting Things to the Internet
9 April, 2015
Vol III, Issue 4
What is common to switching on a water pump in the field via cellphone, monitoring people's movement through a city-wide surveillance system and wearing a fitness band to monitor your wellness regimen?
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West Asia Monitor
 
Israel Swerves Right
7 April 2015
Vol I, Issue VIII
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu created history, defying pre-poll predictions, by leading his right-wing Likud Party to victory in the recently concluded national elections in Israel. The stunning result gave Netanyahu's Likud party 30 seats in the 120 seat Israeli Parliament, the Knesset.
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South China Sea Monitor
 
Joint Patrols in the South China Sea
06 April 2015
Vol IV, Issue 4
Vice Admiral Robert Thomas of the U.S. Navy Seventh Fleet (responsible for US missions and presence in the Indo-Pacific) has urged ASEAN nations to come together on a joint patrol exercise to check unilateral actions in the South China Sea.
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Africa Monitor
 
SITA project launched to boost Indo-African trade
3 April 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 36
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland's Department for International Development (DFID) mandated the International Trade Centre (ITC) to design and implement a project, called 'Supporting India's Trade and Investment Preferences for Africa' (SITA).
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Annual Report
 
Annual Report 2014



Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is an endeavour to aid and influence formulation of policies for building a strong and prosperous India. The expectations of the global community from India are immense as the country is poised to play a leading role in the knowledge age. The Foundation believes that in the next 15 years, India will be one of the great economic powers in the world and contribute to a significant transformation in the quality of life of humanity.
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Local Pollution and the Politics of Outrage (part II)
14 April 2015
Lydia Powell & Akhilesh Sati

Drawing on the hypothesis of the Environmental Kuznets Curve (EKC), last week's column ended with a rather sceptical observation that the problem of local pollution in Delhi.

 
The German Energiewende turns around Industry's Business Models (Part IIIa)
03 April 2015
Thomas Elmar Schuppe

The ongoing Energiewende in Germany ("energy turnaround") is not only turning around the basic structure of the energy market and prices - particularly in the power generation sector.

 
Key Requirement for Setting up Coal Washeries on Coal Company's Land in India
14 April 2015
Ashish Gupta,

 
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International
Pakistan in the eye of the storm
15 April 2015
Manoj Joshi

The 12-point resolution approved by Pakistan's Parliament said that Islamabad must maintain "neutrality" in the Yemen conflict.

 
Canada cousins
14 April 2015
C Raja Mohan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada this week should help rejuvenate an important relationship that has long been neglected in New Delhi.

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National
Small steps for big change
16 April 2015
Shruti Gupta

While the launch of the MUDRA Bank is a laudable effort on the part of the government, there still persists ambiguity in the nature of the Bank's undertakings.

 
Land policy vital for Modi's manufacturing dream
13 April 2015
Geethanjali Nataraj and Richa Sekhani

The land amendment bill, brought in by the Modi government, represents a crucial plank of his government's economic agenda to turbocharge Indian growth.

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China
Developing towns and cities: China's Maotai case study
10 April 2015
Sriparna Pathak Raimedhi

The story of the Maotai town in the Guizhou province in South China is an interesting case study of developmental economics

 
Yemen evacuation
09 April 2015
C. Raja Mohan

While India continues to evacuate its citizens from Yemen, China was quick to complete its operation last week. China had barely 600 people in Yemen to rescue.

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Security & Intelligence
A time to lead
16 April 2015
Samir Saran and Abhijit Iyer Mitra

India must accept its own exceptionalism. It must thereafter understand how to establish it. India is in a position to shape cyberspace debates,

 
Does the Navy need separate platforms for each capability requirement?
15 April 2015
Pushan Das

Why is the Navy procuring three different helicopters to fulfil three ends of the same capability spectrum? The Navy would be better off with a single platform to leverage engine.

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