World leaders and climate negotiators from 195 countries are in Paris for the 21st Conference of Parties Summit (COP21), with the intention of hammering out a new international climate deal. Over the years, little has been achieved in our fight against climate change. While the current greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are already close […]

The third India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi concluded on 29 October 2015. It is time that India begins work towards elevating the partnership with Africa and move ahead from the lofty ideals and grand vision statements. A conscious effort to shift gears and pour in investment in Africa is the need of the hour.

In the mid 90s, Bihar was famously gripped by a parallel mafia government that controlled dealings relating to land, mining, sand, liquor, excise, forest etc. The mafia not only utilised the levers of the government to further their interests but also ensured that officials’ postings were short lived; this meant investigations initiated against them bore […]

On 21st September, an India Today sting operation exposed the dealings taking place in the shady by-lanes of Chandni Chowk and Lajpat Nagar in New Delhi, where crores of rupees were being channelled from New Delhi to different parts of Bihar through the hawala route. With rumors of candidates spending anywhere between Rs 2-6 crore […]

If you are an Indian politician, it is critical that you come across as naturally insensitive or inconsiderate. The ability to swiftly make crass and regressive statements is now a vital and indispensable skill every Indian politician must strive to master through an unwavering level of commitment and practice. And if you are one of […]

Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a three-day visit to India. German assistance for India’s smart city mission is expected to feature prominently in discussions between her andIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The visit also presents a golden opportunity for Modi and Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu to go beyond mere formalities and discuss specific issues […]

About 814 million people are expected to live in Indian cities by 2050. Just in terms of scale, the task of effectively managing cities in India will potentially be touted as the world’s greatest managerial challenge. And while China might have an almost equal number living in its cities, it is better poised to handle […]

“Blood May Be Thicker Than Water, But Oil Is Thicker Than Both”-Igbo Proverb Prior to the 1970’s, a number of development economists held the view that nations endowed with significant natural resource wealth, were poised to embark on a trajectory of rapid economic growth in the coming few decades. The end of the 2nd World […]

Over the years, governance structures in most Indian cities have followed a simple and traditional top-down approach with little or no room for citizen engagement. People rely on the good intentions of the mayor or the municipal corporation, who they trust will take decisions in the overall interest of its citizens. This system has worked […]

Just in terms of scale, there is no greater a managerial challenge in the world than the impending urbanisation crisis that is about to hit India. A mammoth 600 million Indians are expected to live in cities by 2030, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the GDP. It is currently estimated that 30 people migrate […]

175 countries signed the historic Paris climate deal in New York on 22nd April to coincide with International Earth Day, a deal that is being seen by many as our last chance to stabilise carbon dioxide concentration at 450-550 ppm and limit change in temperature to 1.5-2 degrees. Speaking at the event, actor Leonardo Di […]