Extracts - II: Gas Wars: Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis
On 24 May 2013, CPI MP (Gurudas) Dasgupta convened a media conference during which he circulated excerpts from a note dated 14 May prepared for the Cabinet together with a letter he had written to the prime minister. In it he alleged that the ministries of finance, petroleum and natural gas and the...Continue reading Extracts - II: Gas Wars: Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis
Painting in words: Interview with writer Vikrant Pande
It took five years of painstaking work since the time he embarked on his project, to finally seeing the translated work in print. And when acclaimed Marathi writer Ranjit Desai's celebrated novel on painter Raja Ravi Varma hit the stands, it was gobbled up in no time. The translated work was in English,...Continue reading Painting in words: Interview with writer Vikrant Pande
Extracts - I: Gas Wars: Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis
By luck or deliberate strategy, or a combination of both, the execution of the refinery project in Jamnagar transformed Mukesh (Ambani) from an introvert into a confident entrepreneur, who no longer shied away from public appearances. He still had few friends, but interacted comfortably with the Who’s...Continue reading Extracts - I: Gas Wars: Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis
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Extracts - III: Gas Wars: Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis

Extracts - III: Gas Wars: Crony Capitalism and the Ambanis
The Kelkar committee, however, favoured the revenue-sharing model for shallow and on-land blocks that were less cost-intensive than deep-sea exploration. It also reportedly called for moving to an ‘open acreage’ regime whereby companies could pick exploration areas through the year rather than wait for periodic auctions for areas to be offered after these were identified by the government.
 
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It’s about attitudes, not models

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Now that the unbridled frenzy over Earth Hour – the most-hyped annual event the world perfunctorily celebrates – has petered out, it is time to look at the tokenist event through a prism of sanity. When one talks of the world with a future in mind, it is important not to miss the big picture....Continue reading It’s about attitudes, not models

Here's a new barrage of allegations: Now, irrigation project gets dam and damner

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Flouting of environmental norms and forest laws in the construction of irrigation projects in Karnataka are now going the mini-hydel projects way. The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) is organising a public hearing for this irrigation scheme long after the project was completed for all...Continue reading Here's a new barrage of allegations: Now, irrigation project gets dam and damner

Bangalore's young are high on tablets

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There are many reasons why Bangalore remains the startup capital of India. And one of those is that the young here are workaholics, and the lines between their personal and professional lives are blurring fast. Market expansion advisory firm Zinnov has come up with numbers that, the organisation...Continue reading Bangalore's young are high on tablets
 
 
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The Northeast is in danger of becoming the next Maoist hub

The Northeast is in danger of becoming the next Maoist hub
Reports of Maoists mobilising people against dams in Arunachal Pradesh, shortly after Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had warned about ultra-Left presence in Assam, can only mean that policymakers both in New Delhi and the North-East can no longer ignore the presence of the Reds in the region. The...Continue reading The Northeast is in danger of becoming the next Maoist hub
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A few weeks back an incident disappeared from the news space as mysteriously and suddenly as it had appeared. The affair in question was that of a Jarawa woman being made to dance naked for the amusement of tourists in the Andamans. A video clip appeared on the website of a British newspaper and set the...Continue reading More endangered than the tiger
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India: Over 14000 people killed in custody in 10 years

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Talabs of empowerment

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When Kanupriya Harish took a team from Wells for India around Janadesar village in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur district, it was the routine monitoring visit of a donor agency that had supported a sanitation project in the area. Meeting over, a woman took Kanupriya aside and whispered, “It is because of you...Continue reading Talabs of empowerment
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Flashback: The Hollywood production system and stars

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The rise of the Hollywood system started with companies which developed a way of manufacturing films on a large scale. It went on to be so successful that European companies sent over people to study and, if possible copy, it. Among these American companies was Adolph Zukor’s Famous Players-Lasky...Continue reading Flashback: The Hollywood production system and stars
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Did Warren Buffett firm try back-door entry into India?

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Did Berkshire Hathaway, one of the largest insurance companies in the world resort to a back-door entry into India in order to circumvent caps on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the insurance industry? A closer look at the facts indicate enough grounds for suspicion. Berkshire India Private Limited...Continue reading Did Warren Buffett firm try back-door entry into India?