Don’t hold your breath!

Don’t hold your breath!

A diplomat friend of mine, returning home after less than three years’ service in India, was asked at his exit medical examination how many packs of cigarettes he smoked a day. When he protested that he was a staunch non-smoker, the doctor commented that X-rays of his...
Time For Modi’s India To Walk The Talk On Energy

Time For Modi’s India To Walk The Talk On Energy

India’s tense military standoff with China at the tri-junction of the two countries with Bhutan has overshadowed the prospects for amicable co-operation between them on a host of other issues. Yet, however the Doklam crisis is eventually resolved, it should not...
We need a newer energy policy

We need a newer energy policy

Niti Aayog’s emphasis on coal as the source for India’s future power needs is at variance with the ideals of sustainability I have often remarked that India is a land of paradoxes. The old joke about our country is that anything you say about India, the opposite is...
Trump’s Climate Scapegoat

Trump’s Climate Scapegoat

By accusing India of demanding “billions” of dollars for its participation in the Paris climate agreement, US President Donald Trump has jeopardized what promised to be a close relationship between the world’s two largest democracies. But India must not allow...