Articles

This page provides a list of opinion pieces/book-reviews/reports and also some papers closely tied to the topics covered in these articles. A list of papers is available separately on the Publications page.


COVID-19

Asking questions about mathematical models, a popular-level talk on the misuse of mathematical models in the debate on India's lockdown. 16 August 2020.

What do mathematical models tell us about the impact of lockdown on COVID-19 fatalities in India, a popular-level explainer for the Scroll. 27 June 2020.

Has the Indian lockdown averted deaths? A short mathematical note analyzing early lockdowns within simple epidemiological models.  19 June 2020.

India's lockdown has failed. Here's what we can learn from it, opinion article for the Wire, 29 May 2020.

Lacking in transparency, op-ed for the Hindu, 28 April 2020.

Civil Rights at Universities

Scientists Weigh In on India’s Citizenship Debate opinion piece for the Scientific American on the response of members of the Indian scientific community to the Citizenship Amendment Act, placed within the context of broader issues of academic freedom and the government's repression of dissent.

Protests have pushed the government on the backfoot, interview with Rediff.com on the role of scientific institutes in the anti-CAA protests, 21 January 2020.

A fact-finding report on the events at the University of Hyderabad, with Prajval Shastri and Ravinder Banyal, 2017.

The Centre is targeting students against communalism and corporates with M. V. Ramana (op-ed for the Hindustan Times), 24 Feb 2016

India's Nuclear Expansion

Opinion Pieces/Short Articles

Pushing the Wrong Energy Buttons, with M. V. Ramana, op-ed for the Hindu, 3 March 2020.

Jaitapur: a risky and expensive project, with M. V. Ramana, op-ed for the Hindu, 8 January 2019.

Nuclear Power: Expensive, Hazardous and Inequitable, with M. V. Ramana, lead for the Hindu, 7 June 2017.

The Needless Quest for NSG Membership,  with M. V. Ramana, op-ed for the Telegraph, 28 July 2016

The Cost of Nuclear Diplomacy, op-ed for the Hindu, 20 June 2016

The Strange Love for Nuclear Energy   (with M.V. Ramana), lead for the Hindu, 17 December 2015

Nuclear Deal no Cause for Celebration (with M. V. Ramana), op-ed for the Hindu, 31 January 2015.

Profitability without accountability (with M. V. Ramana), op-ed for the Hindu, 16 February 2015.

No Big Deal (with M. V. Ramana), op-ed for the Hindu BusinessLine, 1 May 2015.

Atomic Power at a Steep Price (with M.V. Ramana), Lead for the DNA, 26 March 2014.

It’s better to be safe than sorry (with M. V. Ramana), Lead for the Hindustan Times, 5 February, 2014.

The Impasse over Liability Clause in the Indo-US Nuclear Deal, (with M. V. Ramana), India-Ink, Nytimes, 15 October 2013.

Nuclear Extravagance in Washington, (on the proposed deals with American nuclear suppliers, with M. V. Ramana), lead for the Hindu, 26 September 2013.

Repeating Enron in Jaitapur, (on the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant), lead for the Hindu, 21 June 2013.

A Very Expensive Proposition, (with M. V. Ramana), op-ed for the Hindustan Times, 12 February 2013.

Nuclear safety before vendors interests (on the nuclear liability bill with M. V. Ramana), op-ed for the Hindu, 30 October 2012.

Where the Mind is Full of Fear (on the Kudankulam nuclear project with M. V. Ramana), lead for the Hindu, 19 September 2012.

Nuclear Energy and Democracy (on the peoples struggle agains the Kudankulam nuclear plant with M. V. Ramana), opinion piece for AlJazeera, 25 April 2012.

A new twist in the saga of Indias Liability Law , (on a judicial challenge to the Nuclear Liability Law with M. V. Ramana), In Perspective in the Nuclear Intelligence Weekly, Vol VI, No. 15, 13 April 2012.

No Power to the People (on the Nuclear Liability Rules with M. V. Ramana), op-ed in the Hindustan Times, 29 November 2011.

Why Kudankulam is Untenable (on the Kudankulam nuclear plant with M. V. Ramana), lead in the The Hindu, 12 November 2011.

A Nuclear Chain Reaction (on the Kudankulam nuclear plant with M. V. Ramana), Times of India (Crest Edition), 24 September 2011.

Strange Love (taking stock of the Indo-US nuclear deal with M. V. Ramana), The Open Magazine, vol. 3 (7), May 2011.

Nuclear Reality, Damaged Democracy, with M.V. Ramana, Down to Earth, 30 April 2011.

React on Reactors (with M. V. Ramana on the lessons for the Indian nuclear programme from Fukushima), lead in the Hindustan Times, 18 March 2011.

French Dressing (with M. V. Ramana on the nuclear plant in Jaitapur), lead in the Hindustan Times, 22 December 2010.

Moral Hazard of Indemnifying Suppliers (with M.V. Ramana on the Indian nuclear liability bill), lead in the Hindu, 20 August 2010.

No sweetheart deal, this (with M. V. Ramana on the Indian nuclear liability bill), op-ed in the Hindustan Times, 18 August 2010.

To Avoid a Disaster (with M. V. Ramana on the Indian nuclear liability bill), op-ed in the Hindustan Times, 16 August 2010.

किसके लिए परमाणु सुरक्षा विधेयक (with M.V. Ramana on the liability bill), op-ed in नईदुनिया , 17 April 2010.

The Nuclear Deal and Democracy (on the 2008 trust vote on the Indo-US nuclear deal), Countercurrents, 10 July 2008.

Papers/Long Articles/Book Chapters

Old Plans, Handouts, New Spin, Economic and Political Weekly,  Vol 52, Issue 25-26 (2017)

Estimating the Frequency of Nuclear AccidentsScience & Global Security, Vol 24, Issue 1 (2016) [arXiv:1405.6658]

Indias Atomic Energy Programme: Claims and Reality, Aspects of Indias Economy, No. 48 (January 2010).

The Other Side of Nuclear Liability, (with M. V. Ramana), Economic and Political Weekly45, No.16, pp.48--55 (2010).

India, in Costs, Risk and Myth of Nuclear Power, (ed. Ray Acheson), pp. 6567, Reaching Critical Will (2011).

For India nuclear electricity is not the answer, in Confronting the Bomb: Pakistani and Indian Scientists Speak Out, (ed. Pervez Hoodbhoy), OUP Pakistan(2013).

Cost of Electricity from the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant, (with M. V. Ramana), Economic and Political Weekly, 48, No. 26, pp. 51--60 (2013).

Nuclear Weapons

The Pandemic, Hegemony and Disarmament, transcript of a recorded talk given for the AGM of Abolition 2000, Pressenza, 28 May 2020.

Unnecessary, Destablizing and Expensive, op-ed for the Hindu on India's nuclear submarine project, 17 November 2018.

The Unlearned Lessons of 1945,  Article for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 10 August 2015.

Political Forest, Technical Trees, Article for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 11 September 2015.

Science for Peace, Article for the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 1 October 2015.

On Iran

Imperial Overreach in Iran, Aspects of India's Economy, long article analyzing the U.S-Iran conflict, 27 June 2019.

Talking Sanctions, Endangering Peace (on U.S. pressure on Iran), op-ed for the Hindu, 5 July 2019.

Testy with Tehran (on the conflict over Irans nuclear proramme), lead for the Hindustan Times, 4 June 2012.

The Disingenuous Debate on Iran , (on the conflict over Irans nuclear programme), op-ed for the Hindu, 23 May 2012.

Venezuela

India's stake in the crisis in Venezuela,  (on the crisis in Venezuela and India's position,  op-ed for the Wire, 17 February 2019.

Obama

Obama: The American Dream (on the illusions promoted by Barack Obamas election), Mrzine (Monthly Review), 21 November 2009.
Revisiting Obamas Visit (on the implications of Barack Obamas visit to India), Mainstream, Vol XLVIII, No 51, 11 December 2010.

Revisiting Obamas Visit , Kafila, 17 November 2010.

The Revolution in Nepal

An Account of the General Strike in Nepal, Mrzine (Monthly Review), 12 May 2010.

Picturing Kathmandu (with Manasi Pingle, a photo-essay on the general strike in Nepal), Mrzine (Monthly Review), 19 May 2010.

The U.S. Antiwar Movement, Immigrant Rights and Related Issues

Youth in the American anti-war movement , Movement of India, 1, 3 (2007).

The Kennedy-McCain Bill (on the Kennedy-McCain proposals for immigration-legislation), Znet, 16 May 2006.

Change from the Inside , (with Kevin Connor on CIA recruitment at Harvard), The Crimson, 20 April 2005.

Our Troops and Theirs (on differential standards applied to the Iraqi resistance and U.S. armed forces in Iraq), Znet, 27 December 2003.

Peace, Justice and Censorship (with Alexandra Vanier and May Habib on attacks on the immigrant-activist Amer Jubran), The Crimson, July 11, 2003.  [This article is much milder than anything I would have liked to write on the issue of Israel and Palestine and the fact that a Palestinian activist was deported by the U.S. Government, effectively for expressing anti-Zionist views . It reads the way it does, because the Crimson editors took it apart and re-wrote it, and we didn't stop them in time. ]

Book Reviews

Crimes on the Nuclear Front, review of "Pakistan's Nuclear Bomb: a story of defiance, deterrence and deviance" by Hassan Abbas, Biblio, Vol. XXIII, Nos. 7--9, July 2018.

An Insiders Ringside View, review of "Neighbours in Arms" by Larry Pressler, Book Review,  Vol. XLII, No. 4, April 2018

Imperialism and Climate Change, review of "The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable" by Amitav Ghosh.

Is Nuclear Deterrence Credible, review of After the Bomb: Reflections on India's Nuclear Journey by Achin Vanaik, Book Review, Volume XL, No. 5, (May 2016)

Questioning the Official Power Policy, review of Integrated Power Policy by Shankar Sharma, Aspects of India's Economy, No. 54, (2013).

Behind Closed Doors , review of Age of Deception by Mohamed ElBaradei, EPW, Vol XLVII, No. 25, (2012).

Towards a Socialist Alternative , review of From Capitalism to Civilization by Samir Amin, The Book Review, May 2011.

A Marxist Outlook on Indian History and Society (review of History, Society and Land Relations and The Frontline Years by E.M.S. Namboodiripad), Book Review, September 2010.

Memoir as Magic Realism (review of Decision Points by George W. Bush), DNA, 2 January 2011.

Tedious Caricature of the Revolutionary Left (review of Revolution Highway by Dilip Simeon), DNA, 14 November 2010.