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Vol. 2 Issue. 6
Forthcoming Presidential Elections in India
08 June 2007
The Observer Research Foundation organised a roundtable on the "Forthcoming Presidential Election in India" on April 27, 2007 at the ORF Campus, Delhi. The roundtable was attended by several eminent personalities from the media, academia, political parties and think-tanks. The discussion largely focused on the possible contenders, the current electoral strengths of various political formations and possible scenarios that are likely to emerge.
Vol. 2 Issue. 4
India's Foreign Policy: The Challenges Ahead
Foreign Secretary, Government of India
05 June 2007
The primary task of India's foreign policy is to ensure an external environment that is conducive to the country's transformation and development.What are the issues and what kind of foreign policy would enable us to eradicate poverty, to grow at 8-10 percent and to transform India into a moderately well off State where our people can realize their potential? You can question the goal, but if you accept these as the goals, you end up with three clusters.
Vol. 2 Issue. 3
Contemporary Conflicts in Jammu & Kashmir
Summary of an interaction organised by the Chennai Chapter of ORF
22 March 2007
The internal dynamics of Jammu and Kashmir have assumed significance in the context of the ongoing India-Pakistan normalisation process, on the one hand, and the Centre's continuing efforts at peace-building with non-militant political groups in the State, on the other. Often, efforts aimed at understanding the complexities of the issues are bogged down by the past, or are confined to the 'Indian angle'. There is very little reference to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), including the Northern Areas, even in discussions inside India. An acceptable solution on all fronts would require a broader and deeper study of the current realities, which at times are vastly at variance with the limited understanding in some circles.
Vol. 2 Issue. 2
The National Water Scene
Ramaswamy R. Iyer
Former Secretary, Union Water Resources Ministry
20 February 2007
With the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal announcing its ﬁnal award, water, in general, and inter-State river water issues, in particular, are once again in the national focus. There are varying concerns about the socio-political fallout of the Tribunal award in the riparian States, with Karnataka and Kerala expressing unhappiness to differing degrees, and Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, respectively, expressing 'relief' and 'satisfaction'. Yet, 'water issues' in India, as elsewhere, are not limited to inter-State disputes. Water-management and water-pricing, along with larger issues like 'fundamental right' to water-availability, have also become contentious matters in recent times. To address these and related issues, the Chennai Chapter of the Observer Research Foundation organised an Interaction on the 'National Water Scene' on December 23, 2006, with Mr Ramaswamy R. Iyer, former Secretary, Union Water Resources Ministry, initiating the discussion.
Vol. 2 Issue. 1
Need of the Hour: Police Reforms
06 January 2007
With the Supreme Court directing the Centre and the State Governments to create a National Police Commission and State Security Commissions to improve and monitor the functioning of the police system, and seeking a time-bound compliance scheme, time is ticking away for the Executive branch. The Supreme Court 'directives' of September 22, 2006 were contained in the judgement in the case of 'Prakash Singh vs Union of India and Others'.
Vol. I Issue. 4
India-China Relations in the New Era
15 December 2006
India and China have recognised their comparative and cooperative strengths - even while acknowledging their shared concerns and competitive edge, vis-a-vis each other, and when pitted against the rest of the world. Not surprisingly, the strategic community, in general, and policy makers, in particular, have been keenly engaged in following the developments related to the countries over the part four decades.
Vol. I Issue. 3
Prospects of Building A New Nepal
07 December 2006
The Observer Research Foundation hosted an exciting, in-depth interaction with Nepalese Maoist leaders Prachanda and Baburam Bhattarai on November 18, 2006. Addressing their ﬁrst international audience together from the same platform, the Maoist leaders put before the distinguished gathering, which included political leaders, former diplomats and members of the academia and media, their vision about a new Nepal which they would like to build by joining mainstream politics.
Vol. I Issue. 1
The Way Ahead in Sri Lanka
Summary of an interaction organised by ORF (Chennai)
02 September 2006
If the stalemated war produced a truce, the stalemated peace ever since the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers Tamil Elam signed a cease-? reagreement (CFA) in February 2002 has contributed to the revival of violence in the island-nation. The deteriorating ground situation has been accompanied by repeated calls from the Sri Lankan parties for greater Indian involvement in the peace-making efforts
Vol. I Issue. 2
Fifty Years of India's Energy Policy
K. C. PANT
Former Defence Minister & former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
01 September 2006
The First Energy Ministry of India was constituted under interesting circumstances. In the midseventies, I took over the Ministry of Irrigation and Power from an eminent engineer, Dr. K.L. Rao. Some months later, the Prime Minister decided on a reshuffle in the Ministry. She had a quiet talk with me and explained that a senior Minister, whose portfolio she was changing, wanted Irrigation also.
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