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Weekend Reading: 19 April, 2009

Monday, April 20th, 2009

Social entrepreneurship inching forward in India, albeit slowly and fitfully : India’s Spirit Of Business Booming Hygiene doesn’t make it too often to the media. However, as anyone who’s spent more than 24 hrs in India knows, the lack of adequate toilets is a huge, huge issue. Two links on that subject: Bloomberg – India [...]

India’s Development Prospects: Between Doomsday and Utopia?

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Progressive critiques of India’s recent development prospects are often marked by schizophrenic worldviews – between what is and what ought to be. Mira Kamdar’s recent piece in the World Policy Journal illustrates this well. By Ms. Kamdar’s account Indians are heading down an inevitable path to doomsday. Malthusian population pressures, resource scarcity, global warming, environmental [...]

The Case Against Sethusamudram

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Before the issue of the historicity of the characters in the Ramayana came along to cloud the issue, much of the public debate hovered around political and environmental issues. Neither the commercial viability, nor the putative military strategic benefits, were adequately scrutinised. The commercial case for the project rests on the time and cost saved [...]

The Politics Of Negotiating Climate Change

Monday, August 6th, 2007

The FT has a very illuminating article on the politics of climate change. It is illuminating because it brings a perspective to the debate that has sadly been lacking so far – one of pragmatic international relations. Taking that perspective explains why the US, China and other major polluters have not signed on to any [...]

Mitigating Climate Change: Prospects For India

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Following my previous post on climate change, Nitin pointed me to a paper in the EPW on mitigating climate change in India (also available at GDNet). The authors analyze the impact of economic instruments such as a carbon tax on carbon emissions to conclude that, “the amount of reduction of carbon emissions is not substantial enough [...]

Climate Change: Why India Must Act

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

The recent G8 summit did not achieve what Angela Merkel may have hoped for – a new treaty with binding CO2 emissions cuts for the world’s major polluters – USA, China, and India. While both India and China were under considerable pressure to accept such targets, they resisted, promising only to “cooperate”. India’s position on [...]

Would A Cap-And-Trade Mechanism Work In India?

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

In the posts on a case for a carbon tax we saw a deliberate exclusion of existing power plants from the ambit of a “cleanup”. This made sense for a few reasons. Primarily since the plants are already up and running, it would be economically and politically more difficult to get them to cleanup. Since [...]

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 [...]

US India Nuclear Deal: When Economic Dreams Meet Geopolitical Reality

Monday, December 4th, 2006

If you go to the NASA website, you can see beautiful satellite pictures of the earth at night. If you look carefully where the lights are, it says a lot about where the world economy is today. Europe is probably the most uniformly luminous; but not as bright as the eastern part of the US [...]

China, India And The Global Economy

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006

Ajay Shah alerts us to a draft volume published by the World Bank (free download) titled Dancing with Giants: China, India and the global economy. Drawing upon the latest research, this volume analyzes the influences on the rapid future development of these two countries and examines how their growth is likely to impinge upon other [...]

Why We Argue For The Market

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

So plastic bags are clogging up our drains. How do we solve the problem? One way is to ban plastic bags. That is the typical solution we come up with for many problems. The thinking that informs such decision making is Bush-style “for us or against us”. The only reason why anyone would be against [...]

Mumbai High Court Wrings the Chicken’s Neck

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005

(Note: I had written this post more than a week back when the High Court had decided to block the development of mangroves. I didn’t post it because the IIPM fracas was consuming the blogosphere. Now that the High Court has gone and blocked the sale of mill lands too, I thought it would be [...]

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