Medical Tourism and Public Health

THE most recent trend in privatisation of health services is medical tourism, which is gaining prominence in developing countries. Globalisation has promoted a consumerist culture, thereby promoting goods and services that can feed the aspirations … Read more

Orissa Restructuring and Privatisation: A Failed Paradigm

THE failure of the Orissa power reforms – separation of generation, transmission and distribution first and then their privatisation – has received little attention considering that similar reforms are now the lynchpin of current government … Read more

Air Gets Murkier: Latest Supreme Court Ruling On CNG

THE latest ruling of the Supreme Court reiterating mandatory and exclusive use of CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) in public road transport vehicles in Delhi, turning down the appeal by the Delhi and central governments to … Read more

Maheshwar Project MP Govt Takes The Dabhol Route

It is shocking that the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to guarantee bonds to the tune of Rs. 350 crore to be floated by S. Kumar for the Maheshwar Hydel Power Corporation Ltd. It appears … Read more

US-India Military Links: Heads They Win, Tails We Lose- II

THE US publication Defense Monitor reported an unnamed Pakistani defense ministry source as saying, during General Musharraf’s US visit, that Pakistan wants “the kind of relationship the United States has with Egypt in terms of … Read more

Prabhu’s Power-Sector Reforms Public Investment For Private Appropriation

Suresh Prabhu in a recent interview (Business Line: January 22, 2002) spelt out his views on power sector reforms. He has admitted that the policies of the past ten years have failed to address the … Read more

Globalisation, Reforms And Health Care

INDIA embarked on its present path of economic liberalisation, on instructions from the World Bank and the IMF, relatively late. But in 1991 the infamous Manmohan Singh budget set things in motion. The immediate fallout … Read more

Andhra’s IPP Policy: Private Loot of Public Finances

Andhra Pradesh has recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with a set of Financial Institutions (FIs), primarily Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), so that that these FIs can … Read more

US Withdrawal From ABM Treaty- II

(The first part of this article appeared in last week’s issue dated 30-12-2001) CHAIRMAN of the US Senate’s powerful Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Joseph R Biden Jr forcefully argued that “the ultimate test in deciding … Read more

Convergence Bill 2000 Or A Con Job On The People!

THE Convergence Bill 2000 placed before the Parliament is based on the hype that information technology (IT), telecommunications and entertainment industry are merging together. This completely obscures what is converging in the above areas and … Read more

Victory On Basmati?

THE Basmati patents debate has once again hit the headlines with the recent report that a US company, Ricetec, has been granted a Patent in the US by the US Patent and Trademark office. The … Read more

SEB Finances: In a Nutcracker

CURRENTLY, the finances of the State Electricity Boards (SEBs) are in complete shambles. The report of the Expert Group headed by Montek Singh Ahluwalia, set up to address this issue, has suggested “a one time … Read more