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June 29, 2022

Indian Economy Development Strategy

By Nitin Desai

Towards a coherent development strategy Nitin Desai Last month’s contribution by this columnist on the need to reform the Niti Aayog has raised some questions about what was meant by the proposal that it should become the High Comman....Read More


May 17, 2022

Indian Economy|Development Strategy

By Nitin Desai

Reforming the NITI Aayog The policy think tank must move beyond research and programme planning to long-term strategy formulation Nitin Desai The NITI Aayog has a new vice-chairman, Suman Bery. This is welcome news, not just because he is a ....Read More

April 29, 2022

International Relations

By Nitin Desai

The March of Folly India should work for an alliance of like- minded neutral states to restrain the adversaries in the new Cold War Nitin Desai Barbara Tuchman, the American historian, wrote the book, March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam, wh....Read More

March 30, 2022

International Relations|Climate Change

By Nitin Desai

Lifestyles for climate justice A change in consumption patterns of the rich is as essential for climate mitigation as supply-side innovations and even more crucial for climate justice Nitin Desai A recent report of the Intergovernmental Pane....Read More

February 28, 2022

Governance & Politics|International Relations

By Nitin Desai

Legitimacy and the Ukraine invasion Russia's actions are predictable but illegitimate Nitin Desai Legitimacy is a desired garb for ancient kings who sought priestly blessings or a latter-day President who values the approval of a foreig....Read More

January 31, 2022

Indian Economy

By Nitin Desai

TAX WHEN YOU WANT TO SPEND by NITIN DESAI   Raise the tax-GDP ratio to finance rising revenue expenditure   The principal fiscal challenge that India faces is the stagnation in the tax GDP ratio for several d....Read More

December 29, 2021

Indian Economy|Capital Markets

By Nitin Desai

THE CAPITAL MARKET: THEN AND NOW by NITIN DESAI   The financial sector has been transformed but the financing outcomes are not as different as they need to be   The abolition of industrial licensing and a shi....Read More

November 23, 2021

Climate Change

By Nitin Desai

CLIMATE JUSTICE MUST DRIVE CLIMATE ACTION by NITIN DESAI   Big emitters must reconsider their stated net-zero date and specify a credible action plan.   Consider a riverside village that has been informed by ....Read More

October 26, 2021

Natural Resources|Climate Change

By Nitin Desai

CLIMATE TREATY MUST LEAD TO CLIMATE ACTION by NITIN DESAI An agreed destination is not enough- there must be an agreed road-map A recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has raised the red alert on the limited carbon ....Read More

September 28, 2021

Global Economy|Climate Change

By Nitin Desai

NET-ZERO IS NOT ENOUGH by NITIN DESAI Global climate agreement must be about the allocation of available carbon space The recent report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has raised a red alert and led quite correctly t....Read More