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Interview

Dealing with crop stresses and scandals

Issue Date: Oct 17, 2013
What are the current research priorities of ICAR, and have these changed in recent years?

Private sector is profiting from vacuum left by ICAR

Issue Date: Oct 17, 2013
What is the major problem with public research system? Our trust system is very weak. We have not developed a system that is robust or a management system that allows you to work with very strict principles, rules and regulations as in the West. In India, there is too much flexibility and this flexibility could make you corrupt.

Linkage between science and public policy has weakened

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2013
Can you tell us how research priorities have changed?

‘Our subscribers don’t miss newspapers’

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2013
What exactly is Breaking News on Mobile? It is a mobile phone-based service in which any important current event is delivered as a short text message to its subscribers. These days, a mobile phone has almost become like an extended limb. It’s always with you—at home, in the office, even when you are on the move. These news alerts on mobiles keep people informed 24x7.

‘Scale of disaster would depend on where Phailin hits’

Issue Date: Oct 11, 2013
Tropical cyclones are among the most destructive natural disasters of the world. About seven per cent of the global tropical cyclones take form in the north parts of the Indian Ocean. Cyclone Phailin, now declared a super cyclone of size matching Hurricane Katrina, may prove to be as devastating as the 1999 super cyclone of Odisha in which thousands lost their lives.

Lessons in becoming water wise

Issue Date: Oct 8, 2013
How did the pilot project impact Andhra Pradesh government’s groundwater policy? The government of Andhra Pradesh is contemplating a new bill, which may replace the current Andhra Pradesh Water, Land and Trees Act. The change in perception is largely influenced by the participatory groundwater management (PGM) model. I was member of the drafting team.

‘Separate power feeders can greatly improve rural electrification’

Issue Date: Oct 7, 2013
What is rural feeder segregation and how is it important for rural electrification?

Organic goes online

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2013
What is TraceNet?

'I cannot be a mute spectator to the carnage of Ganga'

Issue Date: Sep 13, 2013
On his fast unto death protest  Ganga should be free of dams. It should flow free. I cannot just be a mute spectator of the carnage of river. On Supreme Court's recent directive to stop clearances to hydro electric power projects in the state 
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