#WorldWaterDay 2014- The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in India
“On World Water Day 2014, let us reflect on the energy and water challenges of biblical proportions our world is facing, and the vile, political agriculture nexus in India is not helping. Engaging local community for sustainable utilisation of water is the only way out.”
This article was originally published on newsyaps.com. The entire text can be read here- http://www.newsyaps.com/ground-to-a-halt-the-water-energy-food-nexus-in-india/102230/
Climate Change Policy in India, and the National Solar Mission
“Part of the National Action Plan on Climate Change, the (Jawaharlal Nehru) National Solar Mission (JNNSM), with its ambitious goals, immense scale, and our abundant potential, can serve as a crucial element of India’s response to the challenges of energy security and climate change.”
This article was originally written for the Policy in India series on www.newsyaps.com. The entire text can be read here- http://www.newsyaps.com/jnnsm-the-sunshine-of-indias-national-action-plan-on-climate-change/102746/
How is India’s GDP calculated?
“Gross Domestic Product or GDP is the most important indicator of a country s economic clout. But how does India calculate its GDP? We know it is “the total value of all goods and services produced within the country during a given year,” but not many understand how we arrive at the actual figure(s). ”
This article was originally published on www.newsyaps.com. The entire text can be read here- http://www.newsyaps.com/an-economic-growth-update-and-how-india-estimates-its-gdp/101947/
Our Right to Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare
“The onset of adulthood marks a period of time when there’s simply a lot going on physically, mentally and socially in one’s life. Thus, in an ideal world, access to sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) to the youth would be a given, especially in a world marked by the onset of modern technology and advancements in medical science.”
The above article was an entry to the 2014 Akili Youth-Health Post-2015 Essay Competition, organized by the Akili Initiative, a New York-based global health advocacy network, in partnership with the United Nations and several leading youth health organizations around the world. Another version of the piece appeared as an op-ed column (“Let’s talk about the birds and the bees”, EDIT page, Saturday, 10 May 2014) in the Pioneer, one of India’s oldest English daily newspapers, famous for having employed Rudyard Kipling and Winston Churchill in the past.
Unlimited opportunities for ISRO- Public-Private Partnerships in Space
“ISRO is interested in Public-Private Partnerships, and is not the only space research agency to express this sentiment. Companies such as SpaceX and Orbital Sciences have really altered the commercial opportunities of space and the calculus concerning PPPs in space for agencies such as NASA.”
This article was originally published on www.newsyaps.com. The entire text can be read here- http://www.newsyaps.com/unlimited-opportunities-for-isro-the-future-of-public-private-partnerships-in-space/105870/
The Lion, the Giraffe and the Cellphone
Reflections on the Decade of Africa
”There was a time when the African economy was based on petroleum and other raw materials as the “main drivers”. Since then, innovations in mobile technology in health, education, micropayments, renewable energy, agricultural ICT and social services has pushed many African nations in a leading role in these areas.”“The Lion, the Giraffe and the Cellphone: Reflections on the Decade of Africa”, one of the winners at Africa s turn Essay Competition by the Fletcher School, Tufts University, on the topic: “Imagine you are writing an article for The Economist in the year 2022. Paint a picture of Africa and its place in the world.”
I paid a bribe and tweeted about it
“According to some estimates, India has lost a staggering US$ 462 billion in illicit financial flows since gaining independence in 1947, and the economic burden of corruption in the last decade is estimated at INR 1,555 thousand crore ($250 billion).”
“I Paid a Bribe, and tweeted about it” was adjudged among the winners of the annual essay competition (or rather, the Blog Competition 2013) organised by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy. The piece shall be published in CIPE’s “Economic Reform Feature Service” later this year, and it can also be read on my NewsYaps column.
The Development Imperative of Free Speech
“While India continues bullying bloggers, burning books, and being bought by big business, it is worthwhile to examine freedom of expression and its often-overlooked relationship with economic and social development. Press freedom, democratic governance and accountability must be a part of the post-2015 Development Agenda.”
The article was originally published on www.newsyaps.com. It can be accessed here- http://www.newsyaps.com/the-development-imperative-of-free-speech/107345/