RK Pachauri

Eliminating nuclear armageddon

Friday, 10 Aug 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Oped

Perhaps Einstein was right when he said that as long as sovereign nations possessed power, war was inevitable. But it is possible, through enlightened leadership, that all sovereign nations do away with nuclear weapons It was 73 years ago on August 6, that the US dropped the first atomic bomb on...

Assaulting nature and inviting disaster

Friday, 27 Jul 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

If we want to create conditions for peace, we must treat climate change action and mitigation as the moral equivalent of war. If not, our depredation on nature will invite a devastating response There are dangerous weather events taking place worldwide. The most tragic occurrence which has just taken place this...

The making of a sustainable future

Friday, 13 Jul 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Quite apart from what India can and should do at the national level, much can be achieved at the local level in towns and cities to create a sustainable future. Monaco is an example Human society is currently confronted with daunting problems, for some of which solutions are being evaded. The...

Authoritarianism and the global commons

Friday, 29 Jun 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

The answer to the problem of environmental degradation lies in widespread awareness. The economic merits inherent in feasible solutions and in mobilising the youth, in particular, are the way forward The re-election of Recep Tayyip Erdogan has led analysts and scholars to comment on an intensified move that this development represents...

Lateral entry, upward expertise in Government

Friday, 15 Jun 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

While in a democracy an important issue like civil service reform would understandably become a subject of hot political debate, it would help if political parties at least appreciate the need for change and improvement A significant news item just disseminated mentions that 10 positions at the level of Joint Secretary...

Petroleum prices and India's energy security

Friday, 01 Jun 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

India has not been effective in achieving energy security. Strategic vision is essential for creating a secure energy future. Efficiency of energy supply/use must be the key in defining energy strategy The issue of energy security came into prominence in the mid-1970s after the oil price shock of 1973-74, when global...

Towards a more equitable form of economics

Friday, 18 May 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Our fascination with the American way of life has set us on a path that a populous nation like ours can neither sustain ecologically nor afford for its inherent political and sociological consequences A recent issue of the magazine Prospect, published in the UK, carries many pages devoted to the subject...

Earth Day and life under water

Friday, 04 May 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

The commemorative event has focussed on local environmental problems, ignoring the impact on global commons. We must understand the enormous damage inflicted to all forms of life The 22nd of April each year is observed as Earth Day, an initiative which was introduced by a visionary politician, Senator Gaylord Nelson of...

Gone with the wind, literally

Friday, 20 Apr 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

Wind energy, particularly offshore wind, provides growing promise across the globe. In terms of generating wind power as also manufacturing equipment, India has a lot of catching up to do A lesser known legal battle lost by US President Donald Trump in the UK Supreme Court in 2015 was on blocking...

Sethusamudram project, a misadventure

Saturday, 07 Apr 2018 | RK Pachauri | in Edit

While both the Suez and Panama Canals have gigantic volumes of shipping, which makes them economically viable, in India, the Sethusamudram Canal project is almost dead The shipping industry and the global economy have benefitted enormously from engineering innovations like the Suez Canal which was opened in 1869 connecting the Mediterranean...


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