Vikram S Mehta

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

Opinion News

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.

Opinion News

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

Opinion News

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.

Opinion News

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 News

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 News

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 News

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 News

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 News

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 News

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 News

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

Opinion News

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.

Opinion News

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

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Why is today’s oil market, a ‘no mans’ land?

Given the push and pull factors ranging from increasing demand to oil constraints and geopolitical tensions, it is difficult to interpret the tea leaves of the current oil market.

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Electoral system: Crying need for an alternative electoral narrative

There is a need for an alternative electoral narrative as democratic ideals may be difficult to realise under the current “first past the post” system.

India News

Is Indian ‘oil supply side’ approach to energy security in sync with trends? Find out here

It is imperative that we now look at energy through an integrated policy prism and contemplate every decision within the bounds of such a frame.

India News

Shift away from gasoline based order to an electric one signals beginning of the end of oil era

The focus on shifting away from a personalised, gasoline-based transport order to a shared, electric one signals the beginning of the end of the oil era

Opinion News

Here’s how to reinvigorate the energy sector

A new department with executive authority will ensure energy sector is reinvigorated

Opinion News

Price of crude oil less than half of rate when Narendra Modi sworn in; here’s why all scenarios must be planned for

“Lower for now”, “Lower for longer” or “Lower forever”. These are the catchwords that summarise the current discussion on the future of oil prices.

Opinion News

Here’s how politics over pipelines, pricing has hurt emergence of cheap, clean energy source

The Centre and states have different—and often clashing—views on the modus operandi and financials of a gas pipeline. This has been a long standing problem. The Kochi LNG regasification terminal was commissioned years bac

Here’s how politics over pipelines, pricing has hurt emergence of cheap, clean energy source

How India brought reforms to petroleum sector, slowly and stealthily

Political compulsions ensured that the process was done slowly, steadily and stealthily

Opinion News

Will Brexit hit the climate? Bequeathing a dirty world to NextGen

The financial, economic, social and political uncertainties triggered by Brexit will push global warming further down on individual governments’ policy agenda

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Over the barrel: Environmental hard truths

Niti Aayog needs a sharp focus on weakening the link between energy demand and environmental degradation

Opinion News

Over the barrel: How to sell HELP

New hydrocarbon policy is an improvement. But the government must address 'softer' operating issues

Over the barrel: How to sell HELP

Looking forward to a big bang Budget

The global economy is in trouble, but India is attracting positive comment. The finance minister must make the most of the moment.

Budget 2016 News

End of the oil age

It will diminish in significance in a reconfigured energy system

End of the oil age
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