Asia Must Free Itself From Western Chains

Asia Must Free Itself From Western Chains

What Asia needs is for the best research about the region to come from universities within Asia – not from Harvard or Cambridge. Therefore Asia needs a rallying call – the launch of 100,000 PhDs. It must ask 100,000 of its smartest graduates to launch a revolution of original thinking and research that will allow the region to move beyond the ideologies that have driven it for the past 50 years.

Financial Times

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Can De-Chemicalizing Agriculture Save the Planet?

Can De-Chemicalizing Agriculture Save the Planet?

No group has more at stake at the COP-18 climate summit than the world's farmers. With crop yields increasingly susceptible to severe droughts, desertification and other weather-related events, farmers are depending more and more on agrochemicals to bolster their harvests. While that may be good for agribusinesses, argues Chandran Nair, it is ruinous for farmers — and for the health of the planet.

The Globalist

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4th OECD World Forum, India - Keynote Address by Chandran Nair

4th OECD World Forum, India - Keynote Address by Chandran Nair

Chandran Nair identified three principles that should inform policies in the Asian continent. The first is that, if resources are limited, we should make economic activity subservient to maintaining the vitality of these resources. The second principle is that collective welfare should take precedence over individual rights. The third is that we should re-price resources, to reflect their importance for collective well-being.

OECD

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Focusing Science on the Damage

Focusing Science on the Damage

Science must be directed to serve the public good by helping governments to make more informed decisions rather than just aiding the development of new technologies. Chandran suggests having rules that restrain the development of extractive technologies can become a catalyst for other new technologies that allow us to live within our resource and environmental means.

The International Herald Tribune

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