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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Vikram S Mehta

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

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.

In post-Covid world, we will need a mindset of preparedness to deal with all oil eventualities
Mon, Jun 01, 2020

Against the background of these post-COVID market uncertainties and the above factoids, I suggest that the mandarins of our petroleum industry switch to the “just in case” policy mode.

Don’t waste the oil crisis
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

We cannot leverage low and volatile oil prices to our advantage unless we empower traders, free them of bureaucratic control.

Oil in a post-Covid world
Mon, Apr 06, 2020

Behaviours will shift, uncertainties will deepen. India should build strategic reserves, use alternatives like natural gas and increase efficiency of its oil companies.

Greta Thunberg’s protests have inspired a new response to climate challenge
Mon, Mar 02, 2020

Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg offers an example of what is possible if society deems that “enough is enough” of “politics as usual” .

State and society must seek avenues that could end the longstanding tension between the two
Fri, Jan 10, 2020

The society and state are in conflict. A youthful, vibrant, ambitious and connected society is pitted against a hesitant, at times paralytic, politically-shackled and precedent-bound state.

Business case for governance
Mon, Dec 02, 2019

A balance can be found — between demands of shareholders and interests of society.

Indian business needs to change. It is regarded as a contributor to the unjust social order
Mon, Nov 04, 2019

The point is that there is a strong undercurrent of dissatisfaction and public outbursts of anger are being triggered by the slightest spark. This is directed not just against the government. It is also targeted against business.

Cooperation with Saudi could shield India’s oil and gas assets against Pakistani threat
Mon, Oct 07, 2019

Pakistan is heavily in debt to Saudi Arabia and it depends hugely on the kingdom’s largesse to avoid economic collapse. Saudi Arabia has consequently considerable leverage over Pakistan and the latter in turn cannot afford to ignore Saudi economic interests when war gaming an offensive strategy against India.

Forum that facilitates cohesive thinking on economy, also has ears of political leadership, is urgently needed
Mon, Sep 02, 2019

Our administrative apparatus is vertically structured within silo-ed compartments. There is no forum to enable and facilitate interdisciplinary, interdepartmental and collaborative economic decision-making.

What investors really want
Mon, Aug 05, 2019

Modi 2.0 must move the needle towards meeting necessary conditions for incentivising investment.

India should use diplomatic tools at its disposal to help de-escalate US-Iran tensions
Mon, Jul 01, 2019

The US-Iran stand-off is wrapped in a “fog of uncertainty”. No one really knows what will happen but what we do know, based on our reading of Clausewitz and understanding of history, is that it could take no more than a false report, a miscalculation or simply an accident for the region to conflagrate into violent conflict.

Over The Barrel: How to boost the energy drive
Mon, Jun 03, 2019

A blueprint of initiatives the new government can consider.