N K Singh The Indian Express Group

N K Singh-

UPA report card: Work half-done, at best

Sunday 27 May '07

Evaluating the performance of any government is never easy. There is an element of subjectivity and how we choose to define the threshold of expectations.
My right to clean drinking water

Sunday 20 May '07

The right to access clean drinking water is fundamental to life and there is a duty on the state under Article 21 to provide clean drinking water to its citizens...
Managing the water wars of the future

Sunday 13 May '07

Rivalry’s roots are in water: rivalis, the Latin root, means one using the same stream (rivus) as another. In many ways, water management comes down to conflict management.
And there’s not a drop to drink

Sunday 6 May '07

India’s chief water woes — scarcity, institutional ambiguity, and lack of infrastructure — need to be addressed holistically
Let’s do a perception check

Sunday 29 April '07

Ground reality has changed in laggard states like Bihar and Rajasthan. It is time to acknowledge that. State-level development councils can help
Land acquisition is a tricky question

Sunday 22 April '07

The current efforts to rewrite the Land Acquisition Act of 1894 will not solve the conflicts, but the country does have an opportunity to at least lessen the rancour
Centre, states must strike new friendship

Sunday 15 April '07

If states are expected to behave in a fiscally responsible way, is it fair that the Centre’s own policies should remain above discussion or reproach? Why can’t the states discuss the Centre’s fiscal p...
Hot potato: You can’t say no to this sugar-free tuber

Friday 13 April '07

With big retail chains pushing for the sugar-free, low-calorie potato, farmers in the potato zone of Gujarat are more than willing to oblige
At a pilgrimage site for eunuchs, foreign reigning ‘idol’

Tuesday 10 April '07

Braving the sweltering heat, hundreds have been lining up at a temple in this small town here to have a darshan of a 32-year-old.
Good for Bihar, good for India

Sunday 8 April '07

The Stanford-India Mirror Conference in Patna came up with policy suggestions that could improve not only Bihar but also India
Why is the urban voter so angry?

Sunday 1 April '07

Recent election results have been marked by a palpable indifference, if not hostility, of urban voters towards incumbent governments
Asia on a rebound: The view from Tokyo

Sunday 25 March '07

The real miracle in Asia in recent times has been the emergence of India and the recognition it is getting
Time to invest in a new relationship

Sunday 18 March '07

There's a new momentum in the Indo-Japanese relationship. The fourth symposium on the future of this relationship...
Electoral reverses & budgets: seeking alibis

Sunday 4 March '07

This has been an eventful week. The budget, the election outcomes and the return of what the media has described as “the Q shadow” have kept us engaged.
SPVs: No quick-fixes please

Sunday 25 February '07

SPVs are ‘special’ in mitigating risks and strengthening private investor confidence. But the need for more durable reforms remains
Tuning in to global risk

Sunday 18 February '07

India could be a preferred location for a global risk management institute, given its demography, high vulnerability to multiple global risks, and talent pool in the many disciplines which may be invo...
Warming up to a paradigm change

Sunday 11 February '07

The recent report of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on climate change dispels any lingering doubts.
Get fleetfooted at Davos

Sunday 4 February '07

Davos 2007 is behind us. Over the years this annual meeting of the World Economic Forum has continued to generate debates on contemporary issues ranging from global growth...
Economic reform begins with the voter

Sunday 28 January '07

The proposed restructuring of the Accelerated Power Development & Reform Programme is both timely and necessary.
Coming home to the village

Sunday 21 January '07

We need to make micro-level efforts to engage the non-resident Indian. Nostalgia and the search for identity can be important drivers of change


The Big Debate
Pratap Bhanu MehtaYou, the UPA, destroyed roads, airlines, power, education, industry, employment… you rocked the financial boat, you came for freedom, you legitimised being corrupt. But we did not speak out. Remember, we do have the vote. Pratap Bhanu Mehta While we were silent, July 11 Comments
The Big Debate
Pawan KheraReally, Mr Mehta? Much that I enjoy your sophomoric enthusiasm, your assertions are hurried and inaccurate. The UPA didn't aim to silence people. The UPA heard what the people spoke. Pawan Khera Imagining a silence, missing the point, July 19 Comments
The Big Debate
Shekhar GuptaNever in India's history has the economic discourse been so one-sided. Povertarianism, has become a part of our holy national consensus. Shekhar Gupta National Interest: The deformists, July 20 Comments
The Big Debate
Shashi TharoorI respect Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, but find their diatribes sweepingly denunciatory. They have failed to notice today's India boasts a thriving, entrepreneurial and globalised economy. Shashi Tharoor Note to UPA-bashers, July 23 Comments
The Big Debate
Shashi TharoorPawan Khera and Shashi Tharoor's defence of the UPA, as rejoinders to articles by Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Shekhar Gupta, displays how political sycophancy can distort perception. They are written to ensure their status in the party. Madhu Trehan A people in despair, a government in wonderland Comments
The Big Debate