The latest collection of P. Chidambaram’s articles is an indictment of India’s evolution as a liberal democracy
India hasn’t yet joined the global move towards clean energy. But for how long can it hold out?
Last year raised questions over relevance of liberal democratic processes, called for a review
A new department with executive authority will ensure energy sector is reinvigorated
World Bank rankings on ease of doing business ignore the complexity of the Indian landscape. An indigenous framework is needed.
Slump in oil prices could be temporary or more long-lasting. Policymakers must plan for all scenarios.
An energy source that is cheap and relatively clean has not found its place due to political shortsightedness and pricing issues
Political compulsions ensured that the process was done slowly, steadily and stealthily
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.
The caveats are many. But there are compelling reasons to believe that the economy will slowly but surely pick up momentum
The presentation concludes with a vision statement that the “way forward” will be linked to the attainment of “sustainable development goals”.
New hydrocarbon policy is an improvement. But government must address ‘softer’ operating issues.
The petroleum industry is in poor shape. Budget 2016 fails to lay out a clear roadmap
The global economy is in trouble but India is attracting positive comment. Finance minister must make the most of the moment
It will diminish in significance in a reconfigured energy system
Climate summit underlines that progress will depend on innovation and global partnership
Is India liberal, tolerant and democratic? Or is it conservative, atavistic and authoritarian? Investors want to know
The needle of change must be shifted more sharply, democracy is not an acceptable cover for non-performance
A few things the Indian government could do while oil prices are falling.
India Inc can no longer limit its CSR involvement to the new Companies Act. It has to forge partnerships with the beneficiary community.
‘Lalitgate’ is an act of monumental political indiscretion. But it is also the case that lines between responsible investigation and vigilantism have blurred
Because we can no longer afford the option of developing first and cleaning up later.
Government has done well on energy policy so far. But it needs to provide clarity on the New Exploration Licensing Policy.
Government would do well to identify and take the small steps to change.
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.
Finance minister must put in place policies that encourage the adoption of clean energy and reduce dependence on fossil fuels
Why Opec is allowing oil prices to fall
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’.
If and when oil prices rise, the government will intervene. What should the nature of the intervention be?
Unlike so many past communiques, the India-US vision document is granular in content and far-reaching in aspiration.
It is not about size, scope or ideology. Rather, it is about getting things done.
It shows the gap between bureaucratic intent and practice. It speaks of excessive reliance on generalists in technical matters.
In his budget speech, he should not just focus on the numbers, but also explain why we need to break with the old policies
This may be the right political moment to resolve the dilemmas surrounding the energy policy.
Lesson for the next government: economic fundamentals are not enough, investors need to trust public institutions.
Across the globe,the question is when,not if,India will return to the growth trajectory.