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Has the Budget done enough
 to boost Infrastructure?
Overall, the infrastructure sector is the winner in this year's budget. The allocation to the sector will go up by 700 bn rupees in 2015/16 over last year. But this sector needs consolidation in policy framework starting from approval to implementation and an institutional mechanism for fair pricing and competition.
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Analysis
 
FM surprises the poor, unorganised
3 March 2015
Jayshree Sengupta
The Union Finance Minister surprised many with his social sector-centric budget. No one expected the Modi government to go for enhancing the MNREGA by Rs 5000 crore or to have a huge kitty of subsidies ($37 billion) aimed at the poor. There seems to be a vision towards giving India a universal social security system for all and especially the poor.
 
Can South Africa succeed where India and Norway had failed?
2 March 2015
N Sathiya Moorthy
Compared to India and Norway, South Africa may have entered Sri Lanka first and re-entered now to a relatively positive start, or so it seemed. Their timing now proves to be wrong, and their proposals thus may not either be heard, or acted upon.
 
Budget without many surprises
2 March 2015
Sanjeev Ahluwalia
This was a budget without many surprises. Maybe we have evolved to being an economy, in which the budget is a mundane, technical exercise, of interest to economists and accountants, but of little immediate consequence for those who live in the real world.
 
Union Budget 15-16: Hopes for a market driven rebalance
1 March 2015
Vivan Sharan and Manmath Goel
The premise of this Budget seems to be a market oriented growth strategy - wholly fair given that the government will struggle to fund the growth needs of the country otherwise. One should hope this budget has set the controls for a larger shift in the government's approach towards administration and efficacy.
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Report
 
Current Intelligence system inadequate to meet future challenges
3 March 2015
There is a consensus among intelligence officials, current and erstwhile, that the future challenges cannot be foreseen as they will emanate from the cyber world, space, the ocean, failed states and fundamentalism. The current intelligence system is woefully inadequate to meet these threats.
 
World sees India as not contributing positively to trade negotiations
2 March 2015
India needs to go a long way on the domestic reforms front to be able to be a part of the many emerging regionals in the foreseeable future, according to India's former DDG to WTO, Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh.
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Occasional Paper
 
Royal Succession in Saudi Arabia: Challenges before the Desert Kingdom
11 February 2015
Talmiz Ahmad
Issue No. 59
With a new king in power, this paper looks at royal politics in Saudi Arabia and identifies topical domestic and regional challenges from the Saudi perspective.
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Issue Brief
 
Gender and Identity on Social Media
31 January 2015
Nishtha Gautam
Issue. 87
This Issue Brief looks at the world of digital spaces and analyses issues such as the politics of silencing women; propriety; and health and gender-specific vulnerabilities.
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China Weekly Report
 
Focus on 'two sessions' in Beijing
2 March 2015
Vol V, Issue 8
Despite there being no change in government on the agenda, China's routine March meetings -- dubbed the "two sessions" -- are set to be closely watched as the country's political and economic dynamics are changing significantly.
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South Asia Weekly Report
 
Pakistan, post-Peshawar
27 February 2015
Taruni Kumar
Vol VIII, Issue 9
After the horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar in December last year by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants, Pakistan is trying to crack down on militancy in the country.
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Energy News Monitor
 
Pressure on Property Rights: The Case of Coal in India
27 February 2015
Vol XI, Issue 37
The dramatic changes in the supply and demand for primary energy resources (such as coal, oil and natural gas) and the consequent increase in their value have brought property rights of these resources under stress.
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Africa Monitor
 
Africa losing billions every year from fraud and tax avoidance
19 February 2015
Vol. IV Issue. 33
Africa is losing more than $50bn (33bn) every year in illicit financial outflows as governments and multinational companies engage in fraudulent schemes aimed at avoiding tax payments to some of the world's poorest countries, impeding development projects and denying poor people access to crucial services.
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ORF Cyber Monitor
 
Securing a future for 'Digital India'
06 February, 2015
Vol III, Issue 2
The NDA government's decision to engage with the US on internet issues is welcome, but New Delhi should not offer open-ended commitments to buy US services without a forensic analysis of what they would mean for domestic constituents.
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West Asia Monitor
 
Egypt: President Sisi's Bold Move
03 February 2015
Vol I, Issue VI
On New Year's Day, 2015, just before Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad and a week before the killings at the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo magazine office,
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South China Sea Monitor
 
US-India Joint Strategic Vision for AsiaPacific and Indian Ocean Region
02 February 2015
Vol IV, Issue 2
U.S President Barack Obama's visit to India as the chief guest for 66th Republic Day celebrations has elevated Indo-US ties with larger implications for the region.
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Space Alert
 
India's Space Programme: Increasingly Security-Driven
05 January 2015
Vol III, Issue 1
India's space programme has come a long way since the launching of its first sounding rocket from Thumba near Thiruvananthapuram in southern India in 1963.
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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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Tuesday, 17 March 2015
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Energy/Coal/Power
 
Pressure on Property Rights: The Case of Coal in India
24 February 2015
Lydia Powell,

The dramatic changes in the supply and demand for primary energy resources (such as coal, oil and natural gas),

 
Outstanding dues of Power Utilities payable to Central Public Sector Undertakings: What does the data reveal?
24 February 2015
Ashish Gupta,

Outstanding dues of Power Utilities payable to Central Public Sector Undertakings: What does the data reveal?

 
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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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