Pvt sector must be encouraged to broaden role in scientific research

November 6th, 2015|Categories: Hindustan Times, Newspaper|Tags: |

Modern India has had a strong rhetorical focus on science and technology, considering it a key element of economic growth and the development of a rational and critical worldview. This rhetoric, while uplifting, failed to impact on poverty reduction and development. Careers in science no longer provide enough remuneration or prestige to draw top-level talent.

Mining Mantra

October 14th, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

India is a major minerals producer across chromite, coal, iron ore, bauxite and zinc. India’s mining sector comprises large and small mines, with public players dominating (72 per cent by value produced, 92 per cent in coal, 31 per cent in iron ore). The industry remains significantly fragmented — there are over 573 coal, 553

India’s idiosyncratic air traffic policies wing clippers for aviation growth

October 14th, 2015|Categories: Newspaper, The Economic Times|Tags: |

Just eight years after the Wright Brothers’ Kitty Hawk ‘hop’ flights in December 1903, the first aircraft flew over Indian airspace, followed quickly by mail services and passenger air services. Air India flew its first international flight to London in 1948, with nine airlines operating by the 1950s. The 1953 Air Corporation Act subsumed these

Dying to be Free

September 16th, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

Farmer suicides in India have reached alarming rates. The decade between 1997 and 2006 saw as many as 166,304 farmers committing suicide in India — potentially an underestimate, given that landless rural labourers and women were not included. As per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 5,650 farmers committed suicide in 2014, of which 75 per

Why the Indian Police Needs to be Set Free from Politicians

September 10th, 2015|Categories: Mail Today, Newspaper|Tags: |

The monopoly on violence in India is increasingly held by an inefficient and politicised police force. With everyday reports indicating rising incidents of brutality, extortion and other crimes committed by police personnel, police custody increasingly has a macabre tinge. According to the home ministry, in 2014, 47,774 complaints were received against the police across India

A New Left Rises in the West

September 8th, 2015|Categories: Newspaper, The Hindu|Tags: |

We live in an age of anti-politics. Elected leaders echo notes of despair, lamenting their powerlessness to pass legislation or combat anti-incumbency, while inequality rises. Against this absence of imagination, leaders have arisen offering principled politics combined with soaring rhetoric. This energising phenomenon has upturned established politics with its progressive message. Lycurgus, reforming Sparta to

Time to Open the Eastern Gates

August 19th, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

The formation of a “Naga Club” by 20 young men of the French Labour Corps in 1918 initiated the longest insurgency in modern Indian history. With the formation of Naga National Council in 1946, the Shillong Accord of 1975 and subsequent periods of armed struggle, this quagmire sustained itself. Since the ceasefire announcement in 1997,

Don’t Cut Loose All Strings with Indian Workers in West Asia

August 19th, 2015|Categories: Hindustan Times, Newspaper|Tags: |

The Indian indenture system, a form of debt bondage replacing slavery, resulted in the transport of 3.5 million Indians to various European colonies to provide labour for sugar plantations. Devised in 1836, by Lord Stanley, secretary of state for the colonies, a civil contract for five years confined indentured workers to their estates and paid

Beyond Vyapam

July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

Exam impersonation pays high dividends in modern India. With cheating in exams, admissions and interviews rather common, the art of jugaad continues to evolve. In Bihar, blatant cheating, with relatives climbing school walls, led to nearly 600 students being expelled. Bihar’s education minister found it virtually impossible to conduct fair examinations without the cooperation of

Digital India

July 16th, 2015|Categories: Mail Today, Newspaper|Tags: |

The idea of a Digital India draws initial scepticism. India has nearly a billion people without internet access, while 37 per cent of all adult Indians are illiterate. Despite the mobile boom, poor network infrastructure means there is no significant difference between 2G and 3G speeds. A realistic digital India would be one with a