What Slows Urban Mobility in India?

May 05, 2019

Like many countries, India’s largest cities are congested. But congestion pricing won’t work here because mobility is affected by other factors besides vehicle traffic. Urban economic development indicators such as higher income levels and higher motorization rates are generally associated...

Cutting the Flab From Delhi’s Polluted Air

May 21, 2015

It is time for cities like Delhi to cut their pollution so that India can become a cleaner country. Cutting air pollution is akin to losing weight. Everyone wants it, many make New Year resolutions, but few do anything about it. In India, Delhi’s new government could take a leaf out of...

India: An Open Letter to Arvind Kejriwal

December 16, 2013

India needs tough economic decisions, especially in these turbulent times. Dear Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, Heartiest congratulations on the splendid performance of your Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha (local assembly) elections. In spite of the rhetoric, I am certain that your...

India’s Nuclear Deals: Are They Workable?

September 15, 2013

The US and Russia have a large stake in India’s nuclear energy pie. Misusing various oppressive and repressive instruments at their command and in brazen disregard of Supreme Court orders, India’s government recently put the Russian Koondankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP, Unit 1) on...

VIDEO: VK Singh – No Plans to Join Politics

September 09, 2013

Nitin Gokhale speaks to VK Singh about India's political scene. In an interview with Nitin Gokhale, former Army Chief General VK Singh said he has no plans to join politics or contest elections against Indian Congress President Sonia Gandhi. A transcript of the interview can be found...

Pakistan and India: Meeting in the Middle

September 05, 2013

Civil society is the starting point for peace and reconciliation between Pakistan and India.  Many films in Pakistan Calling cover troubles in the South Asian country. The films also focus on extraordinary civil society groups doing incredible work to ease — if not eradicate —...

India: A Bumbling Giant

August 16, 2013

India is jammed with internal dissensions that threaten to derail its economy. Every August 15 evokes fond memories of flag hoisting ceremonies, cultural programmes and parades in schools, colleges, and commercial and government establishments. On the eve of Independence Day, the Indian...

India: The Food Insecurity Ordinance

August 15, 2013

Every inch of land in India can grow food through community and kitchen gardens. Food Security rests on a system, not on “schemes.” “Scheming” is a nasty word, anyway. And the fact that the most vital parts of our lives are being reduced to government “schemes”...

India at the Crossroads

August 15, 2013

Once christened as the "jewel in the crown," India has since failed to live up to its potential. India is a country that has a plethora of descriptions: "The world’s largest democracy," "Land of spirituality," and "Land of tigers and elephants" are...

India: A Nation in Search of its Soul

August 15, 2013

With high inequality and corruption that is rife, India is a volcano about to explode. When India became independent, it had a clear idea of its destiny. Gandhi had set India on a course that was democratic, egalitarian and plural. In keeping with India’s syncretism, people speaking a...

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