Ideas for Tomorrow - 2012


Designing Fair Shares Prosperity in Asia


With more than half the world’s population, Asia cannot afford rising inequality or the attendant instability. Chandran Nair urges “fair-shares prosperity – the deployment of capital, private and public, to create a positive impact as well as generating financial returns.”


The Myth of Technological Progress

Our current economic model assumes and appears to blindly advocate that technology and free markets can be the main drivers of human progress and development, thereby also overcoming challenges such as alleviating poverty.


An Asian Answer in Afghanistan

In short order, Afghanistan has seen copies of the Koran burned at the United States’ Bagram airbase, 16 people – including children – killed by a US soldier, and, just last week, brazen insurgent attacks on Kabul that claimed the lives of eight policemen and three civilians.


Chandran Nair speaking on Al Jazeera

China and the rest of Asia should not adopt the sort of consumption-led economic model that we have adopted for the last three, four decades from the West. I think the time is up for that principle because I believe that a world in which five to six billion Asians in 2050 are consuming like the average American or European is not one that can be sustained...


We should stop talking of an Asian century

Chandran Nair in FT Opinion: As economic power continues its shift from west to east, talk of an Asian century is once again widespread. President Barack Obama’s unveiling of a new US defence strategy last month with the Asia-Pacific region at its heart merely underlined this trend.


Using Mongolia’s wealth to spur social development

This Central Asian country sits on vast natural resources. Besides its abundant forests and fisheries, mines contain major deposits of coal (at Tavan Tolgoi), gold (Boroo and Gatsuurt), copper (Oyu Tolgoi and Erdenet) and uranium (Martha and Saddle Hills).


Has India's most powerful businesswoman lost her way?

The second installment of illustrated articles asks: Do Indian families need a big American snack food company to teach them new ways? Indra Nooryi, CEO of PepsiCo thinks so... "I want every product you eat and drink to be a PepsiCo product. I want a larger share of your stomach…”


Book Review

This is the first series of book reviews by Asian writers on global affairs. Title: State-Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery,(Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Author: Atul Kohli


Can Asia Save the World?

Western capitalism is clearly going through a structural crisis, but more importantly perhaps one of consciousness. The capitalist diktat, by preaching excessive consumerism, has conveniently ignored natural resources’ constraints, thus greatly threatening our collective future.


Famine to Feast

During the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese faced food shortages and starvation. Today, nearly 100 million people are obese in the world's fastest-growing economy, more than five times the number in 2005.

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