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India and the Contagion

March 8th, 2015|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

Human influenza, while causing ordinary sneezes, occurs in three types. In 1918, a Type A influenza pandemic, involving the H1N1 influenza virus, infected 500 million across the world, including in remote Pacific and Arctic regions, and ultimately killed 100 million, five per cent of the world’s population. Considered the “greatest medical holocaust in history”, this

Talking shop at both sides of the aisle

December 19th, 2014|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

India’s retail sector is a potpourri of formats. Local kirana stores offer credit, home delivery, fresh food and unpackaged foodgrains, all the while maintaining personal relationships with customers. Increasingly, these are being complemented by and, in some cases, replaced by organised big-box retail chains. And, finally, there is the booming e-commerce sector that threatens to

India in Deep Waters

October 28th, 2014|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

India is a reluctant urbaniser. The Indian city is chaotic, unclean and unsafe. Lothal, Pataliputra and Ujjain were once cosmopolitan centres, planned around commerce and geography. Bad planning and governance scarred our cities, with the middle class driven away by rigid ideology, massive migration and industrial tension. Urban planning remains a farce. We face a

Smart Cities for a Smart India

August 8th, 2014|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

India’s cities are responding to myriad pressures ranging from fiscal austerity, climate change and most importantly, a rising urban population. Significant investments in land utilisation and communication technologies are being lined up, aiming to improve our built environment through energy-efficient buildings, intelligent transport networks and foster an urban utopia. That tantalising dream of an orderly

A New Silk Route

June 26th, 2014|Categories: Deccan Chronicle, Newspaper, The Asian Age|Tags: |

India and China’s relationship remains frozen. A few border incursions here, another stapled visa there. Our border issues are wrapped up in geopolitical rivalry and the Tibet question, with incursions catalysing media hype and suspicion. Our past history as trading civilisations, with the Silk Route and Buddhism tying us, lies forgotten. A mature foreign policy,