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Speaking half-truth to power – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine There is an element of irony in Rahul Bajaj’s emotion-laden outburst on Saturday that industrialists are inhibited from criticising the Narendra Modi government, in the way they did with the UPA-II government. The irony arises from the fact that B... More »

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Power sector: Focus on other pain points

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BusinessLine On the face of it, media reports painted a scary picture. One report mentioned that as many as 262 thermal power units had shut down operations by early November. Many of them have been shut for weeks. Another report said Coal India’s output fell ... More »

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People’s power prevails – The Hindu BusinessLine

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BusinessLine A few weeks ago, during a lecture delivered at the India International Centre in Delhi, a noted intellectual dismissed the protests in Hong Kong as a futile exercise. His argument was that in the world we live in, public protests can no longer yie... More »

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The cost of Delhi’s free power

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BusinessLine Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s move to offer free power has shaken up the power sector. The announcement shatters hopes of a shift to market-driven policies easing the pressure on power distribution utilities. Last week Kejriwal in a ‘mega... More »

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A new class seizing the levers of power

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BusinessLine What makes Shashi Tharoor an oddity in Indian politics? That’s an easy one to answer: he’s the ultimate representative of the Indian elite, educated at St Stephen’s, followed by the super-elite Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts Univers... More »

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Power of perception may see BJP through

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BusinessLine Both branding gurus would do well to analyse how Prime Minister Narendra Modi began this Lok Sabha campaigning session slightly on the back foot, but then surged ahead to the Advantage Modi mode. Just a few months before the general elections, not... More »

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‘Flexible’ power system key to renewables push

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BusinessLine The drop in renewable energy tariffs in India is one of the true success stories of the last few years. From around ₹10-12/kWh in 2010, solar tariffs have come down to ₹2.5-3/kWh. Wind tariffs have fallen from ₹4.5-5/kWh to a similar range as sola... More »

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Emerging balance of power in Asia

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BusinessLine Ever since the assumption of power in the US by President Donald Trump and his advocacy of a radically new American approach to global policies, chanceries across Europe, Africa and Asia have appeared bewildered about how to deal with America. Tru... More »