Narendar Pani is Professor, School of Social Sciences, National Institute of Advanced Studies, and Adjunct Faculty at the Indian Institute of Science, both at Bangalore. An economist by training, he has worked in both academic and media institutions, including Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and The Economic Times. He has, over the last three decades, written extensively on a variety of subjects. His books include Inclusive Economics: Gandhian Method and Contemporary Policy (Sage 2001). He has also published a number of academic articles in India and abroad. He won the Citibank Pan Asia Journalism Award for 1992.

Municipal bodies — the bigger, the better

A centralised command structure will better serve municipal corporations than splitting them into smaller units »

Now that Bangalore is Bengaluru

It should be followed by a more inclusive, less elitist approach to urban policy than has been the case so far »

For smart cities of another kind

Urbanisation has been restricted to southern and western India. The challenge is to have urban centres elsewhere »

We don’t need fancy infrastructure

The cost will work its way into higher wages and salaries, eroding the competitive advantage of many industries and services »

A city undone by a strange idea

Bangalore has been strangled by the government’s attempts to force it to grow in all directions »

By the rivers of Telangana

As in the Cauvery basin, we could see a conflict over sharing of Krishna waters after the creation of Telangana. »

Innovation, to what end?

Technology development seems to occur in a capsule, isolated from markets and society. »

The growing town-city divide

The cost of real estate in cities keeps out rural workforce and manufacturing capital. Why not develop towns? »

Why a falling rupee hurts

A falling rupee has discouraged FDI and increased our dependence on fickle FII flows. Our exports are not quality-driven. »

The special allure of gold

Gold meets the ordinary Indians’ need for a long-term store of value, better than bank deposits or mutual funds. »
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