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   Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Agriculture - Duties and Rights - Education - Environment - Food - Global - Governance - Health - Indian Economy - Indian Society - Physical Development - Social Welfare - Water and Sanitation

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Duties and Rights

Long live political cartoonists!
By S. G. Vombatkere | 20 Sep 2012

The charge of sedition against Aseem Trivedi for his cartoons is patently incorrect and has put back focus on the need to abolish Section 124A.

Odisha's little Gandhians
By S. G. Vombatkere | 01 Aug 2011

After inspection of the villages peacefully resisting the POSCO project in Odisha, the NCPCR has justified the children's participation in the ongoing agitation terming it 'voluntary'.

Lying down for Justice
By S. G. Vombatkere | 14 Jun 2011

Hundreds of children are opposing the government plan to acquire lands and forests for the Posco plant. This unique action by children is a warning to the policy makers to reconsider their development strategy before it is too late to make a course correction.

Farmers know what they need
By S. G. Vombatkere | 26 Feb 2010

As sustained propaganda to establish private laboratory's control over farmers' rights is gathering momentum, a unique Farmers' Jury comprised of small and marginal farmers from diverse communities and regions asserted their right to be consulted for farm research and policy making.

 
Global Politics

Military ties for industrial interests
By S. G. Vombatkere | 01 Oct 2010

A careful examination of deepening strategic ties between India and U.S.A. has become necessary, particularly when direct military-to-military dealings are proposed sidelining democratic functioning.

India's strategic hot potato
By S. G. Vombatkere | 11 Sep 2010

Willingly or forced by global developments, India got into an uncomfortable strategic embrace with USA and invested heavily in Afghanistan's reconstruction. But as USA is desperately looking for a way out of Afghanistan, India may soon find itself in a difficult situation.

 
Governance

Is 50 years not enough?
By S. G. Vombatkere | 24 Oct 2012

It is vital for national security that all documents on events related to the 1962 Sino-Indian border dispute and armed conflict, be fully declassified with unrestricted access to academicians and serious students of strategy.

Bungling government creates an icon
By S. G. Vombatkere | 18 Aug 2011

Unprecedented public support for Anna Hazare's demand for Jan Lokpal Bill has rattled the political class. People power has won the first round of the decisive bout but greater challenges lie ahead.

Making the State master of citizens
By S. G. Vombatkere | 28 Jul 2011

The Aadhar project's primary aim is to bring every citizen under the watchful eyes of the state. UID will enable and support surveillance and tracking, irrespective of its declared primary aim of enabling services for the poor.

Who gains from armed conflicts?
By S. G. Vombatkere | 17 May 2010

In any armed conflict, people, including soldiers and militants, lose limbs and lives. However, corporate greed, by ignoring the heavy socio-economic costs involved, create situations for the conflict.

Non-alignment with violence
By S. G. Vombatkere | 06 Apr 2010

As war between Maoists and government forces intensify, it is not a crime to underscore the futility of violent methods to agitate and to curb agitations.

 
Risks and Hazards

Fukushima rings the warning bell
By S. G. Vombatkere | 14 Mar 2011

The accident in the nuclear power plant at Fukushima after the earthquake and tsunami has raised serious questions about the safety of nuclear energy based power plants.

 
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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