Vikram S Mehta

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

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

Over the Barrel: Oilpolitik
Mon, Jan 05, 2015

Why Opec is allowing oil prices to fall

An Indian Information Technology Service
Mon, Dec 01, 2014

Government needs to establish it as lack of progress on modernisation of governance will make it difficult to deliver on the promise of ‘achhe din’.

Over the barrel: On oil, let’s play the ‘what-if’ game
Mon, Nov 03, 2014

If and when oil prices rise, the government will intervene. What should the nature of the intervention be?

Rhetoric signifying something
Mon, Oct 06, 2014

Unlike so many past communiques, the India-US vision document is granular in content and far-reaching in aspiration.

Good governance 101
Mon, Sep 01, 2014

It is not about size, scope or ideology. Rather, it is about getting things done.

A story of the clean energy fund
Tue, Aug 05, 2014

It shows the gap between bureaucratic intent and practice. It speaks of excessive reliance on generalists in technical matters.

Why the FM must digress
Mon, Jul 07, 2014

In his budget speech, he should not just focus on the numbers, but also explain why we need to break with the old policies

Getting down to the energy business
Sun, Jun 01, 2014

This may be the right political moment to resolve the dilemmas surrounding the energy policy.

Believing in India again
Mon, May 05, 2014

Lesson for the next government: economic fundamentals are not enough, investors need to trust public institutions.