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Yoichiro Nambu: The Passing of a Gentle Genius

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 6:07 PM

Yoichiro Nambu is no more, and with him is gone an era in physics.

It was an era of ferment and discovery, and of outsize personalities among which the small, quiet, retiring genius never did quite fit in. I knew him as a thesis adviser at the University of...

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Villagers Stall India's Largest FDI for 8 Years

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Citing "serious human rights concerns, " last fall a panel of eight United Nations experts called for an immediate halt to a $12 billion iron-and-steel complex being built in Odisha, India by the South Korean metals giant POSCO. In January, however, India's environment minister granted clearance...

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Tigers or Coal? India Makes a Choice

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 7:01 PM

"You need to choose if you want tigers or you want electricity -- you can't have both," said a senior member of India's coal establishment to Ashish Fernandes of Greenpeace India. The retort appears to be the Indian government's stock response to concerns that its planned expansion of coal mining...

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Is Nuclear Power Compatible With Democracy?

(33) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 8:21 PM

When India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in the U.S. last week, he reportedly carried a generous gift: an unlimited number of free lives. To be precise, Singh was ready to promise President Obama that should any of the nuclear reactors that India is planning to buy from...

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Democracy Sees Off Investors, For Now

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Six years ago, Time magazine commented that India is an imperfect destination for investment, because "multiparty democracy handicaps it -- a communist government like China's doesn't have to worry about building consensus for economic policies." That observation has proved prescient. To the dismay of politicians and executives alike,...

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Boom, Bust and the Indian Economy

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 7:21 PM

"India's once booming economy is sliding into a deep slump," warns a recent New York Times editorial. The growth rate has halved since touching 9.4 percent three years ago, and the rupee has fallen steeply against the dollar. Matters will get worse, assert the editors, unless the country's...

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Pristine Tribe Saves Sacred Mountain From Mining

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 11:56 AM

After more than a decade of battle, a seemingly insignificant tribe in India, the Dongria Kondh, has dealt a crushing blow to a global mining company, Vedanta. Over the past few weeks, all twelve indigenous villages participating in a referendum voted against mining on Niyamgiri, a mountain sacred...

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Wreath for an Imperial Famine

(6) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Seventy years ago, Winston Churchill condemned hundreds of thousands of colonial subjects to death by starvation. At a meeting of the British War Cabinet on Aug. 4, 1943, he refused to provide relief for famine victims in India's far eastern province of Bengal. Their deaths were of little consequence, he...

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