To protect itself from scams, India desperately needs to upgrade its consumer protection laws

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

Emu farming in Tamil Nadu in 2013 was always a Ponzi scheme. First introduced by Susi Emu Farms, the scheme promised a 100% return, along with the deposit within two years, for an initial deposit of Rs 1.5 lakh for rearing emus. VIP schemes offered better returns, and regular annuity payments. Soon, hundreds of firms

Pursuing zero hunger

June 30th, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

Children born in India are, on average, shorter than those born in sub-Saharan Africa. Even worse, 255 million Indians remain food insecure, eating less than 2,100 calories daily. Jharkhand reports the lowest per capita calorie intake (1,900 Kcal) in rural areas, while West Bengal hovers similarly (1,851 Kcal) in urban areas. We have attempted to

Restructure discoms, introduce market-relevant tariffs

June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Hindustan Times, Newspaper|Tags: |

India has 75 million households with no access to electricity. To generate power we import coal. We transmit electricity across the nation with 25% Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses while selling it at prices that are disconnected from market reality. With a widening gap between increasing demand and the low levels of supply, state

Building Affordable Homes

June 20th, 2015|Categories: Newspaper, The Hindu|Tags: |

For Indians, the most important form of social security is to own a house. It is a proxy for their social standing and prestige. But housing is expensive: realty in New Delhi and Mumbai is generally priced out of reach and remains mostly unsold. In India, there is a housing shortage, along with rising inventory

India can’t afford to Ignore disaster management

May 28th, 2015|Categories: Mail Today, Newspaper|Tags: |

Delhi sits on three active fault lines, with over five earthquakes measuring over five on the Richter scale hitting it since 1720. It is designated as a category four seismic zone. A Nepal-like earthquake would flatten 80 per cent of Delhi’s 25 lakh buildings, including the Walled City and the Trans-Yamuna housing societies. Cloistered by

Small can be big

May 27th, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

India harbours tenacious entrepreneurs. Over 46 million micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), employing over 106 million people, account for 45 per cent of India’s industrial output and over 40 per cent of its exports. Occupying a vast diversity of geographies, they employ India’s entrepreneurial talent while flourishing in sectors with little or too much

India’s foreign policy must continue to move past the parochial

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

Over the past year, India’s foreign policy has reflected pragmatic realpolitik while maintaining deliberative continuity. Our strategy remains rhetorically threefold: improving India’s relationships in South Asia, attracting significant foreign direct investment (FDI) in infrastructure, and positioning India as agreat power. India needs to flesh out this pursuit, deepening democracy and maintaining strategic autonomy through a

I’ve Taken Off my Mask

May 3rd, 2015|Categories: DNA, Interviews|

Why the name 'Stillness'? I was very clear that I wanted this work to be mystical, a sublimation of self. I call it Stillness not because I have achieved stillness, but because stillness is my most definite goal, higher than any success, any accolade. If you've achieved stillness within, you've conquered the universe. This collection

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Learning disability

April 29th, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

The University of Calcutta (founded in 1857) and Allahabad University (founded in 1887) once provided Nobel Prize winners and Prime Ministers. Now they rank below 400 in world rankings. India, in fact, does not have a single entry among the top 20 universities in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics). Most Indian universities

What Makes Cities Really Smart

April 24th, 2015|Categories: Newspaper, The Hindu|Tags: |

There is no one definition for India’s proposed smart cities. The Ministry of Urban Development provides benchmarks for various services — maximum commute time should be 30 minutes in medium-sized cities and 45 minutes in metros; water availability must be 135 litres per capita per day; 95 per cent of homes should have shops, parks,