Vikram S Mehta

Articles By Vikram S Mehta

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Public policy lessons from Covid-19

Create policy councils for subjects that require a mix of administrative guidance, and technical & specialist inputs.

Over the barrel: China, through the eyes of a diplomat

My father, Jagat Singh Mehta, was a diplomat and, to the extent our foreign service acknowledges specialisation, he was considered a Sinologist.

What India needs to do amid oil uncertainty in the Covid world

What if prices fall so low that it makes no commercial sense for ONGC/OIL to expend public resources on high-risk, high-cost exploration? What if relations between India, Pakistan and China take an ugly turn? What if domestic

petrol price, diesel price, fuel price, price of fuel, crude price, excise, VAT,

World needs to unite to stop global warming

The world is polarised. To expect COP26 to forge global consensus around climate change mitigation is perhaps a chimera. The world needs to find another avenue—one that draws on the power of global society whose members are

global warming, Europe, climate change, Donald Trump, poorer nations, COP26, UN, Donald Trump, global temperatures, Greta Thunberg

Hope for new decade: State and society will find narrow corridor where both can be in balance

The hope for the new decade must be that our ‘State’ and ‘society’ will find a narrow corridor where both can be in balance (shackled leviathan). This would reinvigorate our institutions, and accelerate the resolution

State, society, government policy agenda, banking financial institutions, BPCL, air india, Citizenship Amendment Act

Over the barrel: Good governance is good business

It then befalls upon corporate management to define this phrase and to find a pathway that balances the demands of the shareholders for maximal dividends and capital appreciation with the pressures to contribute to societal w

There is no one-size-fits-all response to this conundrum, but a tale from 6,000 years ago may offer guideposts for stakeholders of governance to initiate such a process.

Over the barrel: The future of business

The fourth industrial revolution prefaces a world of deepening distrust towards the established systems and processes of governance in politics and business. This sentiment is evident from the spate of protest movements acros

industrial revolution, business sector

How capital markets can support flow of credit and capital for productive purposes

Capital markets can support the flow of credit and capital for productive purposes, increase non-tax revenues and revive the animal spirits

economy, india economy

Environment must be among new government’s top priorities post Lok Sabha polls

The future projected by reports like BP’s may be the only politically feasible option. But it is clearly not a future that we wish for our children and grandchildren. Energy economics needs to be redefined.

Global warming: Indian leaders can learn from Ocasio-Cortez how to push a climate change policy

US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was able to generate a lot of buzz over her climate resolution because she got the timing, the language, and the message right. Recent climate-change-related disasters were fresh in t

Over the barrel by Vikram Mehta: Use of EVMs reduced vote fraud but did not allay fears of techno-illiterate

The usage of EVMs has, no doubt, reduced the incidence of voter fraud, double-counting and strong-arm tactics, but that does not mean it has assuaged the concerns of the techno-illiterate that perhaps their votes might be mis

From global warming to globalisation

The problems we currently face may be substantively and geographically disparate, but in our connected world they bear on each other

global warming, globalisation, internet world, Arvind Subramanian, greenhouse gas, climate change

Over the barrel: How to save the world from ‘perfect storm’

Global warming is just one example of a problem that does not recognise national boundaries. Pandemics, migration, extremism, nuclear proliferation are some of the other problems that would be unresponsive to nationalist solu

Over the barrel: The challenges petroleum minister faces and how to deal with petro-state bosses

The petroleum minister has to achieve supply security & balance the country’s strategic interests. He should focus on longterm fundamentals demand management, accelerated development of electric vehicles and increased inves

Imran Khan’s proclamations point to a process of friendship, it offers India and Pakistan to contemplate a fresh approach

Imran Khan said: “India needs take but one step and we will take two”. We can be dismissive of such words, or see it as an invitation to re-frame the narrative.

Big dilemma for Modi government: Why there are economic and strategic costs to weakening relations with Iran

There are economic and strategic costs to weakening relations with Iran, but even greater downsides of ignoring Donald Trump. Earlier, when Barack Obama instituted sanctions against Iran, India responded by slowing its import

Over the barrel: New leaders for a changing world order

An overview of the global landscape suggests that instead of converging towards a common purpose for managing and mitigating network-borne threats, the world leaders are adopting divergent, populist and localised approaches.

Over the barrel: Why we need new thinking on CSR

The Act was gazetted in 2014 and, since then, according to the ministry of corporate affairs (MCA), the companies have spent Rs 5,922 crore, Rs 7,549 crore and Rs 8,446 crore in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively, on eligible

CSR, MCA, companies act

Don’t repeat past policy mistakes for oil

Whatever the government does in response to a high oil price regime, it must not ask the oil PSUs to bear the burden. It must not weaken the sinews of a competitive petroleum industry.

oil sector, oil industries, economy, elections, india

Guarding the liberal order: Steel frame of bureaucratic order not so corroded to allow demagogues free run

The steel frame of bureaucratic governance has not been so corroded as to allow demagogues to have their way.

government, india, bureaucracy, bureaucracy in india

Why India needs a fourth political revolution

On the lines of the fourth industrial revolution, this model, in succession to tribalism, feudalism and democracy, must be based on the will of the people, and must also be responsive to the forces of globalisation, technolog

india, india democracy, parliament, parliament of india, banking system, banking system in india

To shift India from fossil fuel system to clean energy system, NITI Aayog study is a must

The NITI Aayog must carry out a detailed study on what will be required to shift from the incumbent fossil fuel energy system to a clean energy system based on ‘horizon’ technologies.

niti aayog, fossil fuel system, fossil fuel, clean energy system, government future agenda, economic growth, energy demand, environmental degradation

India’s energy future: Government’s electric vehicles target stretches credibility

The govt's EV target stretches credulity. The International Energy Agency has estimated, for instance, that India would need to sell more than five times the number of EVs that are currently on the road worldwide

India's energy future, credibility, electric vehicles, Government, renewable energy

Is India’s energy future bleak? What policymakers must do to escape this black hole

Socio-political and economic realities do not favour the prospects of renewables. Policy-makers need to think out of the box.

policymakers, India, energy

Here is what NITI Aayog should supplement their current report with

NITI Aayog should supplement their current report with a second document that will offer suggestions for creation of a mechanism and an institutional design that will clarify lines of accountability and authority and balance

Energy sector planning: Why we may have created capacity but left parts of India in blackness or smothered by pollution

There is clarity and purpose in the management of our energy policy. Oil policy has been well-defined.

People did not vote for Donald Trump, but against archetypical establishment figure

The youth should interpret the call to public service and social engagement as a call to deploy their talent to create a bridge to narrow the current social, economic and political divide

dystopian view, what is dystopian view, donald trump, vote power, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden , John Kerry, Marc Zuckerberg, narcissistic personality disorder, what is narcissistic personality disorder
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