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Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Vikram S Mehta

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

After Ukraine, the new energy disorder
Mon, Jul 04, 2022

Vikram Singh Mehta writes: Ukraine war has disrupted old energy order. We cannot afford to continue with our existing siloed approach

The Ukraine conflict has raked up old dilemmas
Mon, Jun 06, 2022

Vikram S Mehta writes: Issues related to energy security, climate change mitigation have been brought to the forefront.

Could S Jaishankar don the Kissingerian mantle?
Tue, May 31, 2022

Vikram Singh Mehta writes: If there were an India-led peacemaking initiative, Jaishankar might be the best qualified to crack the Ukrainian diplomatic impasse

Pushing Putin into a corner will backfire
Mon, Apr 04, 2022

The effort now should be to create avenues for a face-saving back down. India has the credibility and international clout to help

How to handle impact of Ukrainian crisis on India’s energy sector
Mon, Mar 07, 2022

To deal with energy volatility, India must build reserves, revive conversations on pipeline with Iran, Turkmenistan

Preparing for a green energy shift in 2022
Mon, Jan 03, 2022

The ‘irresistible force’ for clean energy has met the ‘immovable object’ of an embedded fossil fuel energy system. How can policies reconcile this paradox?

Wanted: New leaders to tackle climate change challenge
Tue, Dec 07, 2021

🔴 Vikram S Mehta writes: COP27 should be led by a collective of experts, who can accelerate the implementation of the action plan towards net zero.

Why India needs a Ministry of Energy
Tue, Nov 02, 2021

Vikram S Mehta writes: It would not alter the existing roles and responsibilities of the various ministries that oversee petroleum, coal, renewables and power, but would identify and handle all of the issues that currently fall between the cracks created by the existing structure.

A green response to natural gas price shock
Tue, Oct 05, 2021

Vikram S Mehta writes: The price surge must be leveraged to improve energy efficiency, intensify demand conservation and intervene to prevent the switch to coal, among other measures.

National monetisation pipeline betrays narrow outlook
Tue, Sep 07, 2021

Vikram S Mehta writes: Private-public investment structures make sense, but they must be modelled to also generate social value. In today’s world, there are no shortcuts to sustainable development.

The agenda for Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri
Mon, Aug 02, 2021

Vikram S Mehta writes: Hardeep Singh Puri should not, in the current context, see his responsibility through the siloed prism of oil and natural gas. He should broaden the aperture and become the progenitor of the energy transition.

There is still hope for a more compassionate, united world
Mon, Jul 05, 2021

Vikram S Mehta writes: In spite of vaccine nationalism and dithering over environmental issues, there is still hope that binding commonalities of humanity – trust, compassion, friendship, conversation – can usher change.

In the next big disruption post Covid, the world must be better prepared to act together
Mon, Jun 07, 2021

No single entity, whether government, corporate or civic society, has the tools to manage the fallout

India’s road to clean energy goes via natural gas
Mon, May 03, 2021

Rather than focus only on the endgame of decarbonisation, India must first ‘green’ its fossil fuel energy basket by increasing the share of natural gas

India’s road to clean energy goes via natural gas
Sun, May 02, 2021

Rather than focus only on the endgame of decarbonisation, India must first ‘green’ its fossil fuel energy basket by increasing the share of natural gas

GV Ramakrishna: A steward of petroleum
Mon, Apr 05, 2021

The former petroleum secretary, who passed away two weeks ago, placed oil and gas exploration in India on a sure footing.

Road to decarbonisation: Govts must remove obstacles of poorly designed planning systems
Mon, Mar 01, 2021

Decarbonisation has become a buzzword. To ensure it does not remain just that but translates into effective action on the ground, policy makers will have to build structures that reflect the woven, multidimensional, interdependent and interconnected nature of the energy ecosystem.

Meenakshi Ahamed’s book shows why Indo-US ties have progressed despite personal inclinations of those in office
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

The pace of the further development of relations will depend crucially on the quality, knowledge and influence of the people that President Biden appoints to his India desk.

Post Covid development model will need more public-private partnerships, different business leadership
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

If there is one straw that COVID has offered, it is the tangible evidence that no one entity or group — the state, markets, businesses, entrepreneurs, scientists — can tackle existing and emergent economic and social problems on their own. They have to work together to resolve them.

A new map for the end of Oil Age: Technology is answer to energy transition
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

How should India, an economy dependent on fossil fuels, navigate future energy transitions? A new book has some pointers

Post-Covid, lack of social security has made many migrants consider employment opportunities closer home
Mon, Nov 02, 2020

A stark manifestation of the two-track development of our socio-economic polity is the ubiquitous spread of digital technology.

Covid could make govts look at inherited structural problems through a different prism
Mon, Oct 05, 2020

This pressure point could be our youthful population who must realise increasingly that their future hinges on the effectiveness of the government’s policy response to the uncertain and evolving pressures of changing economic and industrial structures, job profiles and social dynamics.

Post-COVID ‘new normal’ might be marked by greater economic, social and political divisions
Mon, Sep 07, 2020

It could see intensification of populism, further erosion of guardrails of basic human rights

Pandemic has driven home need for collaborations in public policy between experts and administrators
Mon, Aug 03, 2020

A parallel council with a similarly blended mix should be set up with individual states to take into account local factors, and in the spirit of cooperative federalism.

Why Jagat Mehta would have seen Xi in the Mao mould, not Deng
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

I know my father would have advocated India find a diplomatic solution to the current imbroglio. But given his experience of Maoist China, he would have also urged that our velvet glove of diplomacy must now cover an iron fist of resolve.

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