Vikram-S.-Mehta

Vikram S Mehta

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

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.

Three pillars of hope
Mon, Dec 02, 2013

Across the globe,the question is ‘when’,not ‘if’,India will return to the growth trajectory.

Step on the gas
Sun, Oct 06, 2013

The government must make it easier for oil and gas companies to acquire assets abroad

Dimming of Brand India
Mon, Sep 02, 2013

We have messed up the present. Can we still recover the future?

A fact check on gas
Mon, Aug 05, 2013

How the recent gas price hike got it right

Reflections from Binsar
Mon, Jul 01, 2013

Talent,money and policy must be harnessed to search for the optimal development-environment balance

India’s great Gatsby curve
Mon, Jun 03, 2013

As income inequality grows,social mobility is constrained. Could this partly explain the IPL spot-fixing scandal?

Hope for low oil prices,don’t plan for it
Mon, May 06, 2013

Strong forces are at work to neutralise falling demand and plentiful supplies

The bumpy road to change
Mon, Apr 01, 2013

Governmental support is essential to create an enabling eco-system for electric vehicles

If the math and stars align
Fri, Mar 01, 2013

But on oil and gas exploration,the budget takes a wrong turn

Petroleum economics 101
Mon, Oct 01, 2012

A guide to the necessity of a price hike

Where the CAG presumes too much
Mon, Sep 03, 2012

A number was always going to trigger ‘loss generating’ political reactions

An era of consequences
Mon, Aug 06, 2012

If govt dithers over pricing,the petroleum industry could face a crisis similar to the power sector

How business can help politics
Mon, Jul 02, 2012

A modus vivendi between the two must be found quickly

The political economy of petroleum prices
Mon, Jun 04, 2012

Desired outcomes can be reached through a series of ‘imperfect’ small initiatives

Back to the future
Mon, May 07, 2012

Events across the world show public disenchantment with the outcome of free markets,open borders and political leadership

A rock and a hard place
Mon, Apr 02, 2012

The FM must try to communicate the long-term implications of the oil subsidy regime to his political colleagues

This budget,step on the gas
Mon, Mar 05, 2012

Slash import duty on gas and give it ‘declared goods’ status — it is politically doable,and has large benefits

Frittering away our energies
Mon, Feb 06, 2012

India needs a coherent policy environment for energy. The PM,by formalising dialogue between the seven ministries handling energy,has made a start

Oil is still indispensable
Mon, Jan 02, 2012

So policy must intensify the exploration and production of hydrocarbons

It’s the politics
Mon, Dec 05, 2011

Energy prices are dangerously misaligned with the market