VIF Papers
Nuclear Power: India’s Development Imperative (a VIF Task Force Report)

Nuclear energy represents a paradigm shift in addressing growing energy needs of mankind as civilisation moves forward. Humans have been deriving energy from motion caused by gravity and other atmospheric phenomena in the form of mechanical energy and from electrons that orbit the nucleus of an atom in the form of chemical as well as electrical energy. Nuclear energy represents the next transition where one derives energy from within the nucleus of an atom. Being most intense, it adds significantly to the capability of earth resources in meeting the growing energy needs of mankind.

Youth Development through National Cadet Corps

… motto of NCC, ‘Unity & Discipline’, is committed to the empowerment of youth .. making invaluable contributions towards nation building ... it flags two vital issues of contemporary concern .. united and disciplined citizenry would be central to the realisation of India’s dreams of emerging as a secure and prosperous nation .. NCC can play a role with some modifications to its curriculum and provision of some additionalities ..

Sister Nivedita’s Ideas on Indian Nationhood and their Contemporary Relevance

… the issue of diversity has been played up in contemporary identity politics to such an extent that it has come to threaten the very fabric of Indian nationhood ... a skewed understanding of the subject perpetuated by the fact that if modern India is in a sense a product of colonial rule, it does not invalidate the reality of eternal Indian nationhood ...

An Inconvenient Reality: 26/11 as State-Sponsored Terrorism

... the 26/11 attack occurred because India invested heavily in two components of counter-terrorism: international diplomacy and domestic intelligence, but neglected a third: covert retaliatory capability ... as long as Pakistan exists, there will always be a state-driven component to terrorism that strikes at India from overseas ...

Security and Development: An Appraisal of the Red Corridor

… Left Wing Extremism is recognised as one of the most serious threats, not only to India’s internal security but indeed to the very basic values of the democratic, pluralistic political order enshrined in our Constitution. Apart from heavy casualties, it has also caused massive damage to government and private property ..

Indus Water Treaty: An Appraisal

… a Task Force to review the IWT is a good move and hopefully it will help India in creating adequate water management infrastructure in a time bound manner so that she is able to utilise all the waters that she is entitled to harness. The unending debate over ‘Rights of Pakistan vs Needs of India’ may be left to continue without having to abrogating the IWT …

Employability in India: Understanding Demography and the Skills Gap

… skill development programmes must begin at the primary school level … vocationalisation of education should be introduced to prevent drop-outs … curriculum of vocational education must take into consideration the local resources and natural skills of the region … assessment of the human resources and career counselling must begin very early in schools and integrated manpower planning at the district level should be encouraged …

Japan’s Changing Security Discourse from the prism of its Deterrence Imperative

... US-Japan alliance is cornerstone for Japan’s security and its deterrence. However, despite conflicts of interests and intermittent tensions, Japan has never sought to replace the alliance with its own defense capabilities .. Though Japan’s strategic policies have underwent massive change with the beginning of 2000s, its security policy for deterrence has not shifted from resting on the US-Japan alliance ..

2+2 Dialogue and Indo U.S. Relations

... moving the defence engagement a notch higher, the two nations are now focused on enhancing closer private defence industry collaboration which will help Indian defence manufacturers in boosting the Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative ... at a strategic level, India’s need to balance its interests between the United States, China, and Russia, maintaining relations with regional partners such as Iran, are also a significant factor ...

India-Africa: A Partnership for Growth

The India-Africa partnership is rooted in their shared historical experience. India has played a major role in the fight against apartheid and colonisation. The success of the decolonisation process increased the number of sovereign African countries from four in 1945 to 54 as of now. Today, the African continent constitutes the single largest electoral group in the UN General Assembly. India has also contributed to peace and security in Africa through its participation in every major UN Peacekeeping Operation in the continent. This has often come at the cost of Indian lives.

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