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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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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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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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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Column: दाग मिटाने का सपना

लाल किले की प्राचीर से प्रधानमंत्री के स्वतंत्रता दिवस भाषण ने सबका ध्यान खींचा और इसकी बहुत तारीफ भी हुई। अपने खास तौर-तरीकों और भाषा शैली के माध्यम से उन्होंने कुछ ऐसे मुद्दों को उभारा जो आज भी हमारे माथे पर किसी कलंक की तरह हैं। हालांकि जिस एक बात की उन्होंने बड़ी सुविधा से उपेक्षा कर दी वह है उनके अपने गृह राज्य का रिकॉर्ड। गुजरात का उल्लेख तेज आर्थिक विकास वाले राच्य के रूप में किया जाता है, लेकिन सच्चाई यह है कि इन सामाजिक बुराइयों से निपटने के मामले में इस राच्य का रिकार्ड बहुत प्रभावशाली नहीं है।

प्रधानमंत्री की चिंता के संदर्भ में पहली बात यही है कि कन्या भ्रूणहत्या और कुपोषण आदि कारणों से शिशुओं की मृत्यु के…

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Column: Requiem for MGNREGA?

The world’s largest social security net deserves better, especially given its potential to contribute to strengthening the foundations of an inclusive, green economy.

Nitin Gadkari is a man in a hurry to dismantle the edifice of rights-based legislation enacted by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. He has already set in motion steps to emasculate the historic land acquisition law passed by Parliament enthusiastically in…

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My views at the TISS Panel in Climate Policy Post 2015

Panel on Climate Policy at the Conference on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Equity and the post 2015 Challenge.

Discussion on ‘Clean Up India’ on IBNLive

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