Vikram S Mehta

The writer is the chairman of Brookings India and senior fellow, Brookings Institution.

Over The Barrel: An energy agenda for 2018
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

Ten challenges the government must look in the eye in the new year.

An uncertain energy future
Mon, Dec 04, 2017

India’s renewable energy targets are too ambitious. It will have to make choices and trade-offs

The new oil game
Mon, Nov 06, 2017

China is showing increasing interest in the Middle East. India must track its moves

Over the Barrel: A Russian acquisition
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

What are the geopolitical implications of the sale of Essar Oil to Rosneft, given the deepening of energy relations between China and Russia?

Over the barrel: Energy needs inspiration
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Socio-political and economic realities do not favour the prospects of renewables. Policy-makers need to think out of the box.

A patchy green
Mon, Aug 07, 2017

Draft national energy policy falls short of striking a sustainable balance, or clarifying lines of accountability

Over the barrel: An energy warning and lesson
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Developments in Australia and Qatar highlight India’s need to diversify sources and develop an integrated systems approach to planning

Over The Barrel: A note to the class of 2017
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

They must work to stanch the anger that has thrown up leaders like Trump. Their focus should not be the individual, but systemic causes

Over the barrel: Oil more slippery
Mon, May 01, 2017

Caught between forecasts of growing demand and geopolitical uncertainty, the oil market is increasingly difficult to interpret

Over The Barrel: Democrat’s dilemma
Mon, Apr 03, 2017

The Uttar Pradesh election has placed the Prime Minister in a position of rare strength. Will he use the space he has created for himself to be a statesman or fall prey to hubris?

A sentinel’s censure
Mon, Mar 06, 2017

The latest collection of P. Chidambaram’s articles is an indictment of India’s evolution as a liberal democracy

Over the barrel: Prepare for an oil change
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

India hasn’t yet joined the global move towards clean energy. But for how long can it hold out?

Finding the sync
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

Last year raised questions over relevance of liberal democratic processes, called for a review

Over the barrel: The case for an energy ombudsman
Mon, Dec 05, 2016

A new department with executive authority will ensure energy sector is reinvigorated

Over the barrel: A swadeshi index
Mon, Nov 07, 2016

World Bank rankings on ease of doing business ignore the complexity of the Indian landscape. An indigenous framework is needed.

Over the barrel: The life and death of the oil age
Mon, Oct 03, 2016

Slump in oil prices could be temporary or more long-lasting. Policymakers must plan for all scenarios.

Over the Barrel: Pipelines over politics
Mon, Sep 05, 2016

An energy source that is cheap and relatively clean has not found its place due to political shortsightedness and pricing issues

Over the barrel: How India reformed its petroleum sector
Mon, Aug 01, 2016

Political compulsions ensured that the process was done slowly, steadily and stealthily

Over The Barrel: Divided, volatile world ahead
Mon, Jul 04, 2016

Brexit could not have come at a worse time. The world is a risky place, and many problems can only be addressed through global institutions and international cooperation.

Over The Barrel: Hope floats
Mon, Jun 06, 2016

The caveats are many. But there are compelling reasons to believe that the economy will slowly but surely pick up momentum

Over the barrel: In the right environment
Mon, May 02, 2016

The presentation concludes with a vision statement that the “way forward” will be linked to the attainment of “sustainable development goals”.

Hydrocarbon policy India Over the Barrel: How to Help
Wed, Apr 06, 2016

New hydrocarbon policy is an improvement. But government must address ‘softer’ operating issues.

Oil slip
Mon, Mar 07, 2016

The petroleum industry is in poor shape. Budget 2016 fails to lay out a clear roadmap

Over the barrel: Waiting for a big bang
Tue, Feb 02, 2016

The global economy is in trouble but India is attracting positive comment. Finance minister must make the most of the moment

End of the oil age
Mon, Jan 04, 2016

It will diminish in significance in a reconfigured energy system

The way from Paris
Mon, Dec 07, 2015

Climate summit underlines that progress will depend on innovation and global partnership

Over the barrel: The dilution of Brand India
Tue, Nov 03, 2015

Is India liberal, tolerant and democratic? Or is it conservative, atavistic and authoritarian? Investors want to know

Over the barrel: Prime Minister’s new mantra
Mon, Oct 05, 2015

The needle of change must be shifted more sharply, democracy is not an acceptable cover for non-performance

The slump, the opportunity
Mon, Sep 07, 2015

A few things the Indian government could do while oil prices are falling.

CSR: Corporates Should Reach out
Tue, Aug 04, 2015

India Inc can no longer limit its CSR involvement to the new Companies Act. It has to forge partnerships with the beneficiary community.

The art of distraction
Tue, Jul 07, 2015

‘Lalitgate’ is an act of monumental political indiscretion. But it is also the case that lines between responsible investigation and vigilantism have blurred

Over the Barrel: Year 2 must be greener
Mon, Jun 01, 2015

Because we can no longer afford the option of developing first and cleaning up later.

Over the barrel: A new energy
Mon, May 04, 2015

Government has done well on energy policy so far. But it needs to provide clarity on the New Exploration Licensing Policy.

Over the barrel: Big problem, small solution
Mon, Apr 06, 2015

Government would do well to identify and take the small steps to change.

Over the Barrel: Green fig leaf
Mon, Mar 02, 2015

Finance minister’s focus on growth and equity is incomplete. He should have acknowledged the trade-off between the need for energy and the imperative of environmental protection.

Over the barrel: The green budget
Mon, Feb 02, 2015

Finance minister must put in place policies that encourage the adoption of clean energy and reduce dependence on fossil fuels