Ten challenges the government must look in the eye in the new year.
India’s renewable energy targets are too ambitious. It will have to make choices and trade-offs
China is showing increasing interest in the Middle East. India must track its moves
What are the geopolitical implications of the sale of Essar Oil to Rosneft, given the deepening of energy relations between China and Russia?
Socio-political and economic realities do not favour the prospects of renewables. Policy-makers need to think out of the box.
Draft national energy policy falls short of striking a sustainable balance, or clarifying lines of accountability
Developments in Australia and Qatar highlight India’s need to diversify sources and develop an integrated systems approach to planning
They must work to stanch the anger that has thrown up leaders like Trump. Their focus should not be the individual, but systemic causes
Caught between forecasts of growing demand and geopolitical uncertainty, the oil market is increasingly difficult to interpret
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?
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
Ruskin Bond in his new book "Till the Clouds Roll by, Beginning Again" captures Bond's growing up years where he is seen dealing with the loss of his father, reacquainting himself with his mother who now has a new husband and discovering his love for books.