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Ask right questions for right diagnosis

Sunday 14 January '07

The right policy does not mean that the machinery for delivery of govt services and infrastructure is working right. Identifying where it goes wrong is the first step
How to soar in the Year of the Boar

Sunday 31 December '06

All great civilisations tend to be superstitious. Chinese astrology predicts that 2007, which will be the Year of the Boar...
Recreate Nalanda as an innovation hub

Sunday 17 December '06

Talk of the renaissance of Nalanda is gathering momentum. Plans for the university have been discussed at high-level meetings between China and India...
Planning Commission needs to reinvent itself

Sunday 10 December '06

The National Development Council has approved the approach to the Eleventh Five Year Plan contained in the document...
When sacred cows block the intersection

Sunday 3 December '06

While much of the media and policy debate focuses on private infrastructure providers, most of India’s roads, ports, airports, telephone connections...
Building Brand Bihar, the Nalanda way

Sunday 26 November '06

The visit of Hu Jintao emphasises the many positives between India and China. Strengthening Indo-Chinese cultural relations can recreate the vision of the educational...
Our infrastructure initiatives & the malaise of competitive populism

Sunday 19 November '06

Competitive populism poses a more significant challenge. One solution would be to limit the frequency of incentives for populism by unifying the electoral cycle. For elections happen in some state eve...
Our infrastructure initiatives & the malaise of competitive populism

Sunday 19 November '06

Competitive populism poses a more significant challenge. One solution would be to limit the frequency of incentives for populism by unifying the electoral cycle. For elections happen in some state eve...
On the continuing relevance of research

Sunday 12 November '06

November is always a busy month in India. All important visits, seminars, colloquiums, round table and even social functions like engagements and marriages are compressed in a short period.
Telecom tales: The choice before India

Sunday 5 November '06

How will the tale of India’s telecom revolution end? India was a latecomer to mobile phones, but it is now the world’s fastest growing telecom market.
Do nations have the collective guts to look global risk in the face?

Sunday 22 October '06

With Diwali celebrations on, any suggestion to focus on risk would seem a melancholic pursuit.
In Gujarat, BJP is Modi, Modi is BJP

Saturday 21 October '06

The ongoing Keshhubhai versus Narendrabhai tussle for party leadership in the state reveals how important the latter has become
Of demolition drives and creative destruction

Sunday 15 October '06

Participatory urban planning, in which neighbourhoods are given more freedom to determine their local plans, is one tool to encourage more flexible urban planning.
Economics of happiness, psychology of welfare

Sunday 8 October '06

Research suggests that while poverty is bad for happiness, when we escape poverty and basic needs are met, other factors like rising aspiration, relative income differences & uncertainties influence h...
We need to manage supply better

Sunday 1 October '06

Supply-side regulations in the Kirit Parikh report are a mixed basket: it’s difficult deregulating and regulating primary energy sources, given the long history of a variety of interests involved
The elusive goal of energy security

Sunday 24 September '06

The Kirit Parikh report makes some important points, but who will oversee that what it recommends is incorporated into policy?
What gets measured gets done

Sunday 17 September '06

The Bretton Woods Institutions meet in Singapore for their annual meeting in seeking to reinvent their relevance.
Address the state of the union

Sunday 10 September '06

How can we keep national political rivalries from adversely affecting Centre-state relationships? Perhaps the most important goal here would be to insulate transfers from politics. This is currently n...
Waking up to India Down Under

Sunday 3 September '06

Davos has left its footprint in almost every continent. In Australia the version is called ‘The Australian Davos Connection’...
From Council to Plan, finding a middle path

Sunday 27 August '06

Whereas the Economic Advisory Council would like fiscal deficit to be moderated, the Eleventh Plan is predicated on a more flexible approach.


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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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