Saturday, January 5, 2008

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran

A few words on cars and India

"Some commentators despair when talking about energy and environment topics. They observe that India and China are leading the world's drive toward a planet of a billion cars, and worry about the implications for global warming and resource wars."

"What my ECONOMIST colleague Iain Carson and I argue in ZOOM is that there is a countervailing force that must also be accounted for: the extraordinary ingenuity of Indians, Chinese and others in the fast-rising parts of the world."

"That means that India does not merely have to follow in the West's dirtiest traditions: just as African villagers skipped land line telephony and went straight to mobile phones, so too can Asian energy users."

"Indian carmakers and energy companies can leapfrog ahead to a cleaner, smarter and more sustainable paradigm of growth. Cars do not have to be as dirty as the giant gas-guzzling behemoths commonly seen on American roads, for example."

"As we enter a new Golden Age of Innovation in cars and energy, an age not seen since the days of Henry Ford, Edison and Tesla over a century ago, the keys to our energy and environmental future may be held by the innovators of Bangalore, Brasilia and Beijing as much as those in Berlin and Boston."

Vijay V. Vaitheeswaran, co-author of 'Zoom: The global race to fuel the car of the future'

Over the e-mail on Jan 2.

1 comment:

Murali said...

About Vijay...

VIJAY V. VAITHEESWARAN is an award-winning correspondent for The Economist.
He joined the staff as the London-based Latin America Correspondent in 1992. He opened its first office in that region in Mexico City, and served as bureau chief until 1997. As the magazine’s Global Environment & Energy Correspondent, he covered the politics, economics, business and technology involved in those topics from 1998 to 2006. His portfolio now encompasses global health, pharmaceuticals and innovation.
Vijay is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and teaches at NYU’s Stern Business School. He is a regular commentator on television and radio programs including Nightline and Marketplace, on the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal, and at other media outlets.
Vijay’s new book, “ZOOM: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future”(, co-authored with Economist colleague Iain Carson, has just been published and has already been named one of the Best Business Books of the Year by the Financial Times. His previous book was “Power to the People”. Harvard’s John Holdren, reviewing it in Scientific American, called it “by far the most helpful, entertaining, up-to-date and accessible treatment of the energy-economy-environment problematique available.”
Vijay’s writings have received various prizes in America and abroad. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was born in Madras, India, and grew up in Cheshire, Connecticut. He now lives in New York.