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RK Pachauri

A global forum for sustainable development

Friday, 09 Feb 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

WSDF is a vibrant platform for bringing all stakeholders together to move away from patterns of economic growth and addresses the long neglected but oft-repeated challenge of sustainability on a worldwide basis The global economy, which seems to have recovered fully from the recession that sharply reduced economic growth throughout the...

Demolishing the meat mountain

Friday, 26 Jan 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Indians must reverse the rapid increase of non-vegetarian diets that has taken place in recent years. The need is to create awareness that vegetarian cuisine is nutritionally complete and adequate A recent article published by Forbes has quantified and documented the alarming increase in meat production and consumption in India. The...

Weird climate and weak leadership

Friday, 12 Jan 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

It is sad that leaders across the world remain insensitive to the huge risks from climate change faced by the weak and the poor. There are major equity considerations in the current reality of climate change The world has seen a series of extreme events in recent months, with three successive...

Dhoni and the place of meritocracy in India

Friday, 29 Dec 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

To excel in cricket today, a player must have talent, team spirit and tenacity. Dhoni possesses all these attributes. He is India's most eligible wicket keeper-batsman for the next World Cup For true lovers of cricket all over the world, it has been really heartening that CSK Prasad has put to...

Working towards peace in our time

Friday, 15 Dec 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Weapons, whether conventional or of mass destruction, are today the biggest danger for countries across the globe. Can India, which believes in principles of non-violence, help establish a region of peace? The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has just issued a report stating that in 2016 there was a major...

The hard approach to India's soft power

Friday, 01 Dec 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

We need to go beyond export of talent and emigration of teachers to other parts of the world and attract trainees and students to our own shores Political attention at the global level has focused largely on specific regions due to the potential for conflict or flexing of muscles by some...

Sethusamudram project is not worth pursuing

Friday, 17 Nov 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Technically, economically and ecologically, the cutting across the bridge is a bad investment that will not serve the country's interest It has been reported that earlier this week, the Supreme Court asked the Government of India to spell out within six weeks its stand on the Sethusamudram project. There is strong...

Waging a war on the world’s mounting trash

Friday, 03 Nov 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Growing waste mountains are a cause of concern for countries across the world. Attempts must be made to reduce the generation of waste at every stage and harness its extensive conversion for useful purposes Understanding the circular nature of the global economy implies that we become aware of the reality that...

Nudging economics in a new direction

Saturday, 21 Oct 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

In times when our consumption decisions are wreaking havoc, Nobel Prize winner Thaler's work provides useful opportunities for public policy and action by all stakeholders to nudge us in the right direction This year’s Nobel Prize in economic science would perhaps have surprised many — as perhaps in some earlier...

Naypyidaw's long awaited dawn

Friday, 06 Oct 2017 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Myanmar has taken a giant step towards democracy, even as it is shackled by the Army, which will do everything to turn the clock back. But, fortunately, the country has the rare gift of a leader who is highly intelligent Myanmar has been in the news in recent weeks generally for...


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