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Archive for March, 2007

The Case For A Carbon Tax – II

Friday, March 30th, 2007

This is a follow-up post to the “The Case For A Carbon Tax”. There were some very valid points raised in the comments which I will try to address here. The concerns have essentially been clubbed into two points. Should the carbon tax pinch? Lets start with the power plants. Lanco recently won the Sasan [...]

The Case For A Carbon Tax

Friday, March 30th, 2007

An idea that is getting very popular among environmentalists is a Carbon Tax. While Europe is seriously considering one for all EU states, it is a very touchy issue in the US (despite one-offs like this). But is this the right time for such a tax in India, and what would be the implications? What [...]

Entrepreneurship In India

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Sramana Mitra, entrepreneur and consultant sent us this thoughtful piece Enterpreneurship is a critical element of a growth economy, and India is poised to unlock a Silicon Valley like entrepreneurial boom through the next 10 years. The beginnings are already in place, steps have been taken in the right direction. I have written extensively on [...]

Fanatics and Development

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Hopeless ignorant masses need some sort of refuge. In many materially and culturally impoverished parts of that world, religious fanaticism affords that refuge. Monotheistic intolerant faiths such as Christianity and Islam are a necessary but not a sufficient condition for evoking the fanatical response. Combine a dangerous belief in a homicidal cruel monomaniacal god with [...]


Monday, March 19th, 2007

This video of the Nandigram issue is distressing. I think one of the most cogent views on the SEZ issue are summed up by Nitin Desai in the article Are SEZs a good idea?

What is the Cement Story in India?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

While perusing a budget analysis article Marking time while the sun shines, this line caught my eye. The itch to use tax policy to achieve micro goals, evident in the relief to small cars last time, was evident once again in the cute (and unwise) scheme to curb cement prices through tax rather than competition [...]

The Unknown Education Revolution in India

Friday, March 9th, 2007

This is an op-ed piece of mine that appeared in the March 8th issue of Mint. Unknown Education Revolution There is a silent and telling revolt against the poor performance of government schools Naveen Mandava Walking around the hot summer streets of Sangam Vihar—Delhi’s largest slum colony sprawled over 150 acres and home to 4 [...]

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