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Conservation

Knowing our planet
By Sushant Sharma | 24 Oct 2009

Christopher Lloyd has compiled the life history of earth in an interesting format making his book 'What on earth happened' an enjoyable read.

 
General

Why this economics?
By Sushant Sharma | 14 Nov 2011


 
Global Society

Caught in the net
By Sushant Sharma | 23 Mar 2011

Social networking websites like Facebook have captured the attention of the younger generation. Little surprise that the youth of today likes to meet and greet friends on the web than in real life.

 
Governance

Enough! No more corruption!
By Sushant Sharma | 23 Jun 2011

Contrary to their popular perception, youth of India have not only become vocal on political issues like corruption and governance, but they are also actively participating in public protests, giving hope for a better future.

Crisis for identity or identity crisis?
By Sushant Sharma | 12 Oct 2010

The hurry with which the government is pushing its most ambitious project to assign a number (UID) to every citizen without any feasibility study or public debate has raised many questions.

 
Indian Society

Rediscovering Gandhi
By Sushant Sharma | 14 Jan 2011

Gandhi Katha by Narayan Desai is an effort to involve people in the quest to understand the man behind the Mahatma.

Will the idiots make us any wiser?
By Sushant Sharma | 21 Jan 2010

The record success of the movie 3 idiots has brought Indian education system into focus. How do students view it: will they aspire for excellence or use the 'system' as an excuse for their failures?

Breaking barriers with Love
By Sushant Sharma | 11 Nov 2009

Chetan Bhagat once again uses his magic wand and touches the hearts of the youth with his "incorrect" language and believable plots that have a dash of drama in his latest novel '2 states'.

 
Risks and Hazards

Saving the planet
By Sushant Sharma | 21 Oct 2010

Chris Goodall's well researched book, 'How to live a low carbon life', provides a practical approach to low-carbon living and shows how easy it is to take responsibility by each one of us.

Testimony of a natural upheaval
By Sushant Sharma | 28 Jun 2010

Amy Seidl's book is a perfect blend of remarkable personal observation, scientific facts and motherly concern for the land and children.

 
Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

Lead View
People, Partition and the Pain
By Rina Mukherji
15 Aug 2013

Dr Jayanti Basu's book analyzes the complex feelings of hatred and longing for the homeland that have contributed to shaping the personalities of a generation of people who were forced to ..
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