Column: More hot air at climate summit

India must recapture its capacity to proactively provide both intellectual and political leadership on climate change.

The United Nations Climate Summit just concluded in New York. Such a conclave was taking place after a gap of five years. Expectations were low even though public rallies took place before the summit. The usual brave speeches were made but there were no dramatic announcements. U.S. President Barack Obama outlined the country’s plans and programmes that are being driven entirely by executive action now and reiterated the goal of reducing U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases by 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2020. The crux of the U.S.’s approach is to set and enforce…

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Column: Reading the Maoist challenge right

Recent statements made by the home minister on India’s Maoist insurgency seem to mark a reversal of the official thinking on this threat.

The Saranda model offers an example of successful transformation of Naxalite-affected areas. Recent statements made by the home minister on India’s Maoist insurgency seem to mark a reversal of the official thinking on this threat. He is reported to have said that this is part of some international conspiracy that requires…

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This column was first published on September 28, 2014 at:

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Column: नक्सलवाद की चुनौती

हाल के दिनों में गृहमंत्री राजनाथ सिंह ने भारत में नक्सलवादी-माओवादी उभार के खतरे को खत्म करने के मद्देनजर सारंडा मॉडल का जिक्र किया। सारंडा मॉडल नक्सली क्षेत्रों में आमूल-चूल परिवर्तन की दिशा में एक सफल उदाहरण है। इस संदर्भ में उन्होंने कहा है कि देश के कुछ नक्सली क्षेत्रों में अंतरराष्ट्रीय साजिश रची जा रही है, जिससे निपटने के लिए अर्धसैनिक बलों और स्थानीय पुलिस को कड़े कदम उठाने होंगे। हैरत की बात है कि मौजूदा प्रधानमंत्री इस मसले पर चुप हैं, लेकिन उनके पूर्ववर्ती मनमोहन सिंह ने लगातार इस बात पर बल दिया कि यह भारत की आंतरिक सुरक्षा के मद्देनजर सबसे गंभीर चुनौती है और इसके मूलभूत सामाजिक-आर्थिक के साथ-साथ सामाजिक-राजनीतिक पहलू भी हैं।…

 

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This column was first published on September 24, 2014 at:

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Column: New emission concerns

Debate on climate change has focused on mitigating carbon dioxide but India has no concentration standards for sulphur and nitrogen dioxide from power plants.

India has no concentration standards for sulphur and nitrogen dioxide emissions from power plants. It is time for them. The debate on climate change has rightly focused on mitigating emissions of carbon dioxide. There are other greenhouse gases such as methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that certainly have a higher global warming potential, but carbon dioxide by far is…

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This column was first published on September 22, 2014 at:

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Column: Government should agree to phase out greenhouse gases

Before climate change became the most important global environmental concern, the depletion of the ozone layer dominated the discourse. This depletion was being caused by the use of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) primarily in refrigerators and of HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) largely in air-conditioners. To deal with this threat, following the Vienna Convention in 1985, the Montreal Protocol came into existence in 1987 with a Multilateral Fund following in 1991. This has been an outstanding success. The Multilateral Fund has provided close to…

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Column: Ganga clean-up mark-III

Not for the first time is the polluted holy river the focus of attention.

The prime minister has certainly given the cleaning of the Ganga a huge new momentum. This can only be welcomed but like most of his initiatives, he is repackaging, rebranding and marketing with his unique flair what has been already ongoing for quite some time. In his inaugural address to the nation on 6 January 1985 as an elected prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi announced…

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This column was first published on September 15, 2014 at:

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Column: सौ दिन का संदेश

नरेंद्र मोदी सरकार ने अपने कार्यकाल के सौ दिन पूरे कर लिए हैं। हालांकि किसी निश्चित निष्कर्ष तक पहुंचने के लिए यह समय बहुत कम है, विशेषकर तब जब मामला एक ऐसे प्रधानमंत्री से जुड़ा हुआ हो जिसे एक बेहद मजबूत और 1825 दिनों के लिए जनादेश मिला हो। बावजूद इसके कुछ निश्चित रुझान, जो सरकार के तौर-तरीके से जुड़े हैं, अब तक सामने आ चुके हैं। कैबिनेट खुद में अभी भी गंभीर रूप से अपूर्ण है, हालांकि कुछ युवा और क्षमतावान मंत्रियों को महत्वपूर्ण मंत्रालय सौंपे गए हैं। प्रधानमंत्री के पास गुजरात के मुख्यमंत्री के तौर पर साढ़े बारह वषरें का अनुभव है, जहां उनकी अपनी सीमाओं के साथ ही मजबूत पहलूओं पर…

 

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This column was first published on September 08, 2014 at:

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Column: Germany’s great green gamble

India has much to learn from Germany’s bold energy transformation.

The Germans gave the word kindergarten to the world of education. They gave the term wirtschaftswunder to development economics to describe their country’s remarkable economic transformation immediately following World War II. Now, in the area of sustainable growth, another typically compound German word is inviting global attention: energiewende. This refers to the profound energy transition Germany is…

 

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This column was first published on September 08, 2014 at:

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Column: A contradiction in terms

Getting a Bill to amend the Registration Act passed and taking forward initiatives on modernizing land records should be the immediate priority, not dismantling the edifice of the new land acquisition law.

After wide-ranging consultations lasting for more than two years, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government succeeded in getting Parliament to pass—and enthusiastically at that—a new land acquisition law last year. The debate in both Houses of Parliament—on 29 August 2013 in the Lok Sabha and on 5 September 2013 in the Rajya Sabha—drew participation of…

 

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This column was first published on September 07, 2014 at:

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Column: Prime ministers must establish authority without being authoritarian

This is still a period of settling down for Narendra Modi’s NDA govt, but certain trends, particularly relating to style of governance, are clearly visible. Narendra Modi ’s government marks 100 days in office on Tuesday. This is always a period of learning and of settling down. The Prime Minister has received a decisive mandate for around 1,825 days and, therefore, to judge him only after a little short of 6% of the time has elapsed may appear to be very premature. Such a short period does not lend itself to definitive conclusions. But certain trends…

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