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    ...Curated by the renowned energy scholar and Pulitzer winning writer, Daniel Yergin, CERAWeek is the most sought after event in the energy circuit. This year it moved out of the US for the first time, thanks to Union minister of petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan’s efforts to showcase India’s changing energy scenario to the world. Pradhan made himself available for all three days of the summit. There was a lot to learn at the summit where virtually everyone who counts in the energy sector marked her presence. Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest energy group, announced the launch of its India operations. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 16, 2017, 1:10 a.m.

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    ...Curated by the renowned energy scholar and Pulitzer winning writer, Daniel Yergin, CERAWeek is the most sought after event in the energy circuit. This year it moved out of the US for the first time, thanks to Union minister of petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan’s efforts to showcase India’s changing energy scenario to the world. Pradhan made himself available for all three days of the summit. There was a lot to learn at the summit where virtually everyone who counts in the energy sector marked her presence. Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest energy group, announced the launch of its India operations. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 16, 2017, 1:10 a.m.

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    ... Massive defections, the obsession of all the political parties to field criminals and the unabashed display of wealth — even after demonetisation — were among the highlights of the just-concluded electioneering in 10 municipal corporations across Maharashtra. The exercise underlines how miserably we have failed in urban governance. Ten cities — including the megapolis Mumbai, Thane and Pune — are slated to elect corporators for the next five years. The fact that a fourth of the state’s 288-member legislative assembly comes from these cities explains the importance of these elections. Maharashtra has been witnessing rapid urbanisation making these elections all the more important. Of the 10 municipal corporations, Mumbai, needless to say, is the largest and wealthiest not only in Maharashtra, but in the country. ...

    Indian Express on Feb. 21, 2017, 12:02 a.m.

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    ... Massive defections, the obsession of all the political parties to field criminals and the unabashed display of wealth — even after demonetisation — were among the highlights of the just-concluded electioneering in 10 municipal corporations across Maharashtra. The exercise underlines how miserably we have failed in urban governance. Ten cities — including the megapolis Mumbai, Thane and Pune — are slated to elect corporators for the next five years. The fact that a fourth of the state’s 288-member legislative assembly comes from these cities explains the importance of these elections. Maharashtra has been witnessing rapid urbanisation making these elections all the more important. Of the 10 municipal corporations, Mumbai, needless to say, is the largest and wealthiest not only in Maharashtra, but in the country. ...

    Indian Express on Feb. 21, 2017, 12:02 a.m.

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    ...(Illustration by- C R Sasikumar) The 17th century Maratha king had many facets. Political parties of all hues, from red to saffron, have selectively picked one to further their agenda. (Illustration by- C R Sasikumar) Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing a bhoomipoojan of the Rs 3,600 crore Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue, to come up in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai’s coast, was much more than the BJP’s current appropriate-national-heroes spree. The unstated aim behind the exercise could also be to market “Bharatiya” leaders versus those from “India”, such as Jawaharlal Nehru. But the question is, why does everybody these days love Chhatrapati Shivaji? The 17th century Maratha king had many facets. The Left loves Shivaji’s pro-farmer, pro-poor image whereas the BJP likes to portray him as anti-Muslim. For other political outfits, such as the Shiv Sena and the NCP, Shivaji’s anti-imperial image comes in handy. ...

    Indian Express on Jan. 5, 2017, midnight

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    ... THERE is much more to the US elections than just Trumpism. The Republican nominee’s unstoppable, brazen statements may have set the media on fire, but the sheer frenzy around the elections has shifted focus from the real issue concerning the economy. During a two-week trip across US cities and discussions with members of think tanks, bankers and diplomats, America presented a different picture than a decade ago. Creaking infrastructure, significant numbers of homeless people on the streets, the rise of slums in cities like Seattle, and above all, that sinking feeling in people’s mind — the only superpower in the world is experiencing a massive disruption. Donald Trump has lent his face to it. The most striking feature of the current elections is the rise of protectionism, which is huge for a nation that epitomises capitalism and a free market economy. A large section of society believes the New Economy helped only a few who continue to thrive, irrespective of the regime in Washington DC. Ground reality supports the belief. ...

    Indian Express on Oct. 21, 2016, 12:02 a.m.

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    ...For nearly three months, Maharashtra has been witnessing a thus far unseen occurrence: Hundreds of thousands of people gather, a march begins, there’s no sloganeering, the crowd walks in complete silence and the gathering ends with handing over of a memorandum to a local government official before it disperses.So far, 40 such silent rallies have taken place across the state.Organisers call it the Maratha Kranti Morcha (Maratha Revolution Rally).All 40 rallies have had just three demands: Hang those who raped and killed a 14-year Maratha girl in a gruesome incident that took place recently; bring the Maratha community under the reservation category and scrap/amend SC/ST (Prevention Of Atrocities Act), which according to them, is being misused.All three demands appear too innocuous to trigger such a huge protest. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 26, 2016, 12:15 a.m.