Sanjeev Sanyal

Sanjeev Sanyal

Sanjeev Sanyal is an internationally acclaimed economist, environmentalist, urban theorist and the best-selling author of The Ocean of Churn & The Land of Seven Rivers. He tweets as @sanjeevsanyal

Articles by Sanjeev Sanyal
Great cities and societies are not those that unquestioningly preserve everything from the past. They evolve and add new things while retaining the best from the past
Great cities and societies are not those that unquestioningly preserve everything from the past. They evolve and add new things while retaining the best from the past

The new architecture of a new India

PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 08:23 PM IST
India needs iconic buildings for functional reasons, to reflect new aspirations, and move past the colonial legacy
Close
Reforms include a national recruitment agency, compulsory retirement, rationalisation of autonomous bodies, and a taxpayers charter(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Reforms include a national recruitment agency, compulsory retirement, rationalisation of autonomous bodies, and a taxpayers charter(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Transforming public administration

UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2020 07:25 PM IST
A new set of reforms seeks to improve the quality of bureaucracy and the nature of State-citizen interface
Close
A law will be introduced to allow farmers to sell their produce as they wish. Barrier-free interstate trade will be encouraged(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A law will be introduced to allow farmers to sell their produce as they wish. Barrier-free interstate trade will be encouraged(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Ending Inspector Raj in agriculture, writes Sanjeev Sanyal

By Sanjeev Sanyal | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 05:43 AM IST
The Centre’s initiative in freeing up agri-trade will have a huge impact on the rural economy
Close
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Red Fort on the occasion of 69th Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi. Neither the national capital nor Delhi’s Red Fort have any special place in it beyond tradition. Freedom belongs equally to residents of the smallest village in Meghalaya or Kerala.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Red Fort on the occasion of 69th Independence Day celebrations in New Delhi. Neither the national capital nor Delhi’s Red Fort have any special place in it beyond tradition. Freedom belongs equally to residents of the smallest village in Meghalaya or Kerala.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT)

Why PM’s Independence Day speech should move out of Delhi

PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2017 11:02 AM IST
The symbolic importance of Independence Day would be greatly enhanced if the Prime Minister would deliver his annual speech from a different location every year
Close
The law on transparency of rules should suit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative(PTI photo)
The law on transparency of rules should suit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India initiative(PTI photo)

We need a law to streamline the rules

UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2016 11:46 AM IST
To know the rules under each piece of legislation, there should be a law that would stipulate that they would be available on websites, they should be presented as a unified whole and each change in them should be notified
Close
From a bronze Ganesh statute to a Jain figure of Bahubali, the US returned more than 200 pieces of artifacts to India during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June.(PTI file photo)
From a bronze Ganesh statute to a Jain figure of Bahubali, the US returned more than 200 pieces of artifacts to India during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June.(PTI file photo)

Why retrieved antiquities should be sent back to place of origin

UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2016 07:57 AM IST
It is not enough to end the plunder of our antiquities. We need to let our gods return home. The only sensible way to prevent future theft is to document them carefully in a publicly accessible National Antiquities Register
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Let us mind our languages

PUBLISHED ON OCT 06, 2016 09:16 AM IST
Close
Munshi Premchand’s Idgah may be a great story but, at the risk of offending his fans, it may no longer resonate with most school children
Munshi Premchand’s Idgah may be a great story but, at the risk of offending his fans, it may no longer resonate with most school children

Indian languages face threat of fossilisation, need revitalisation

UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2016 10:42 PM IST
Indian languages need innovation more than preservation
Close
HT Image
HT Image
Close
The maintenance of the drainage networks is critical for avoiding repeated floods.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
The maintenance of the drainage networks is critical for avoiding repeated floods.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Drainage networks, not roads, are arteries of the city

UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2016 08:29 AM IST
The maintenance of the drainage networks is critical for avoiding repeated floods but they are also a solution to another major problem faced by Indian cities – the lack of walking and cycling paths.
Close
HT Image
HT Image

We must write our own story

PUBLISHED ON AUG 11, 2016 07:59 AM IST
Close
Even our politics is impacted by who did or did not pull down a temple in the sixteenth century. If anything, we Indians are obsessed with history.(AFP file photo)
Even our politics is impacted by who did or did not pull down a temple in the sixteenth century. If anything, we Indians are obsessed with history.(AFP file photo)

Distortion or depreciation: The problems facing Indian history writing

UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2016 01:23 AM IST
The problem is that the official history contained in our textbooks simply does not ring true to most Indians
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Of farmers and pay hikes

By Sanjeev Sanyal | None
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2008 09:52 PM IST
At first sight, it appears that the cost will be borne by the banking system rather than the budget, writes Sanjeev Sanyal.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved