Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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Latest article:

Facts, Not Beliefs, Should Drive Policies

We see what we believe, so for policies that lead to solutions, policymakers need to apprehend facts as objectively as possible.

Shyam Ponappa    |   April 6, 2017



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Comprehensive, Integrated Strategy & Execution

India has been coasting along on a post-feudal-colonial mélange of currents and tides, with the brigandage of opportunistic politics fed by our (the voters’) greed for short-term benefits. The result is grotesque populism and corruption in lieu of the deferred gratification of pleasing cities and countryside with the appurtenances of proper governance: sidewalks and drains, toilets, transport, administration and order, hospitals and schools.

We have to organize and manage ourselves, “engineer” our way ahead, taking active steps to build and develop our solutions, building systems and processes, and not just wait for things to happen. We need a comprehensive and integrated, systemic, silo-busting, problem-solving approach.

This applies across the board in the broadest “spatial planning” sense that integrates housing and land use at all levels with commercial, industrial, cultural, scientific and educational activity, transportation, and all governance and infrastructure: water, sewerage, energy, communications, basic health and education. Infrastructure being the first level of enablement is
 the essential starting point.



The 2014 Election - National Democratic Alliance II (NDA II)


Until the sweeping change resulting from the general election in 2014...  The Modi-led BJP-dominated NDA government swept away the previous Congress government decisively, and seems set on making development the centrepiece of this stint in governing India.

Previously, India’s leaders acknowledged repeatedly that infrastructure is India’s great need. Yet, they took no steps [Addendum: see below for the exception: NTP-2011 in October, 2011] to marshal forces to draw up a credible strategy and execution plan. This is what needed doing. Only good intentions and/or money won’t do, because delivery systems and processes have to be developed, i.e., planned, then built from scratch.

It looks like the NDA II will seriously address the development of enabling infrastructure.  A beginning on a long way ahead.



The next few months will demonstrate the resolve of the NDA II 

government to truly break the mould and get the job done.

- July 2014

Nothing much going on other than statements...? - December 2014

And it gets worse for Digital India as another spectrum auction augers ill, with bids of over $16 billion expected in March, and the attendant deprivation of network rollout and service delivery. - February 2015

...And worse: yet another spectrum auction ends with Rs. 109,000 crore (~$17.6 billion). - April 2015


... And yet worse for Digital India, as yet another spectrum auction succeeds in sucking away investment capacity by over Rs. 65,000 crore (~$10 billion).  When will we ever learn... - October 2016

... And even worse, with a series of annual auctions threatened from 2017! - March 2017

List of Articles with Hyperlinks




1 FX Reserves & Infrastructure
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3 Learning from Our Champions
[Goals, Tasks & Project Management]


4 Organizing Aviation (Competition, Open Skies ...and Bust?)
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems] 


5 Organizing: Biofuels (More Energy for Ethanol and Biodiesel!)
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems] 


6 Thinking Big - Scale, Ownership & Results
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]


7 Organize - by the Judiciary? (Dispute Resolution & India's Body Politic)
[System (Re)building:Organization & Systems]

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9 Organizing PSU's: Performance is the Key
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]


11 Safeguarding India's Capital
[Finance/Economics]


14 Governance Successes (Bull's Eye for Governance)
[Goals, Tasks & Project Management]

15 Organizing Renewables (Next Steps for Biofuels)
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

16 An Investment Fund for India
[Finance/Economics]

18 Tata's Corus Buy-A Game Theory Analysis
[Game Theory: Collaborative Gains]


20 Productivity & Regulatory Constraints (Opportunities for the Left)
[System (Re)building: Framework & Principles]


22 Productivity & Attitudes (Competitiveness & Attitudes)
[System (Re)building: Framework & Principles]

23 Hedging FX Risks
[Finance/Economics]

25 'Ideal' inflation & exchange rates
[Finance/Economics]

26 Growth Without Sacrifice
[Finance/Economics]

30 Bank Credit for Growth
[Finance/Economics]

32 P-Notes & Regulatory Shocks
[Finance/Economics]

33 Org: Power (Dirty Coal, Clean Water?)
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

34 Org: Telecommunications [Price Discovery & Spectrum Auctions]
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

35 Initiatives for Renewable Energy
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

36 The Burden of High Interest Rates
[Finance/Economics]

38 Org: Wheat & Rice Production, Distribution (Grain Shortages & Fallow Land)
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

39 Org: Food & Energy Subsidies (Sensible Subsidies?)
[System(Re)building:Organization & Systems]

40
 Inflation, Fuel Prices & Taxes
[Finance/Economics]

41
 'Containing Inflation' - A Myth
[Finance/Economics]

42 
Changing Mindsets About Food Prices
[Finance/Economics]

44 
Urgent: Bank Credit At Lower Rates
[Finance/Economics]

45 
Ambivalence Adds To Uncertainty
[Finance/Economics]

46 
Seeing the Whole Elephant
[Finance/Economics]

47 
The Coming 3G Auction Blunder
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

48 
Cut Interest Rates To Revive Growth
[Finance/Economics]

49 
'Haircuts' for All
[Finance/Economics]

51 
A 'Minimum Programme' For All Parties?
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

52 
RBI: A Call To Action 
[Finance/Economics]

[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]


54 A Rational Spectrum Allocation Policy
[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

55 Air India, Infrastructure Policies & Newton's Apple 
[Goals, Tasks & Project Management]
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57 Beyond RTI: The Use of Information
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85 FDI Needs a Strategy 

[Goals, Tasks & Project Management]

Time for a review

[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

Open access is the future

[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

88 China 3: Build Comprehensive Ecosystems

 [System (Re)building: Framework & Principles]

89 The Coming Telecom Monopoly

[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]


90 Growth, India's Highest Priority

[Finance/Economics]


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92 Decision Analysis for Interest Rates - II

[Finance/Economics]


93 Changing Our Game

[Goals, Tasks & Project Management; Game Theory]

94 The Supreme Court Delivers

[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]


95 Super WiFi & Shared Spectrum

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97 What's Needed Is User-Centric Design, Not Good Intentions

[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

98 The Supreme Court & Spectrum Management

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100 Prioritizing Communications & Energy - Two Sectors to Fix

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102 Configuring a 'Non-Toothless' Regulator (TRAI)

[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

103 Law & Order Through Traffic Systems

[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

104 Building Up vs Tearing Down

[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]


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106 Regrouping for Growth - Interest Rates - III

[Finance/Economics] 


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109 For a Telecom Revival

[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]


110 A Constructive Agenda For The AAP [Arvind Kejriwal]

[Goals, Tasks & Project Management]

111 Centre- or State-Driven Development?

[System (Re)building: Organization & Systems]

112 Extractive Charges on Spectrum & Petroleum

[Goals, Tasks & Project Management]

113 Preferential Market Access: A Policy Lost in Translation?

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115 A Great Start (for the Modi government)

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117 Transformation, or Drift?

[Goals, Tasks & Project Management]

118 Hard Changes for Better Times

[Goals, Tasks & Project Management]

119 The Coal Allocation Opportunity - Moving Forward on Coal

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146 Cashlessness Needs Connectivity

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147 A Pathfinding Approach for Digital India



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