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   Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Drylands too conserve biodiversity
By Rina Mukherji | 20 Dec 2012

The animals, birds and biomes in dryland regions provide spectacular examples of adaptation to scarce water resources.

Global Politics

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 migrate from East Bengal post partition.

Global Society

A border that was never accepted
By Rina Mukherji | 18 Apr 2012

Subha Das Mollick's documentary Crosswinds Over Icchamati, attempts to dwell deep into the psyche of Bengali people divided against their will.


Land erosion paves way for infiltration
By Rina Mukherji | 25 Nov 2009

With the Ganges eating up crucial land, India's border with Bangladesh remains a leaky zone, allowing militants and migrants alike to sneak in


Women deliver, but governments don't
By Rina Mukherji | 18 Feb 2011

A new book based on a successful model of local healthcare provides valuable lessons for the policymakers to improve India's performance in reducing maternal and infant mortality figures. But are they willing to think beyond the donor based stand alone programmes for public healthcare?

Teen pregnancies and contraceptive needs
By Rina Mukherji | 29 Jul 2010

Reducing unintended pregnancies among adolescents will not only reduce maternal and newborn deaths, but will also improve the educational and employment opportunities for young women.

The elusive MDG-5
By Rina Mukherji | 30 Jun 2010

Reducing maternal mortality is critical for every nation but the key to achieving MDG 5 lies in achieving MDG 3 - promoting gender equality and empowering women.

Indian Society

Journey from purdah to power
By Rina Mukherji | 21 May 2012

The difficult journey traversed by the women's movement in India can be best understood through the gamut of posters and visual media used to create awareness on the women's struggle. 'Our pictures, our words - A visual journey through the women's movement' examines the processes which contributed to Indian feminism becoming a broad-based movement for human rights.

Save nature, the tribal way
By Rina Mukherji | 18 Sep 2011

Nilanjan Bhattacharya's film Johar-Welcome to our world highlights the sustainable practices of our indigenous peoples which they nurtured on the strength of their bonds with the forests

The mission unholy
By Rina Mukherji | 18 May 2011

India has been under attack for more than a millennium. The wicked attempts to destroy its civilization and denigrate the beliefs of the natives continue unabated despite the nation achieving political independence from the Europeans after the painful partition.

Women lead the resurgent India
By Rina Mukherji | 18 Jan 2011

Unlike their counterparts in the west, Indian women had to face lot many hurdles in their efforts to attain economic independence but they have achieved the impossible without giving up their family responsibilities..

Women suffer for family honour
By Rina Mukherji | 15 Jun 2010

Family as an institution has served us well, but one needs to confront practices that oppress and infringe on the basic rights of individuals.

Do we know the real Sita?
By Rina Mukherji | 27 Jan 2010

Ram is never worshipped without Sita, but the popular image of Sita, influenced by Tulsi's Ramcharitmanas, written during medieval period of cultural subjugation, is vastly different than her real personality of a bold, brave and independent woman.

The Lost World of the Nats
By Rina Mukherji | 12 Jul 2009

King of India, a documentary brings to the fore the Nat community of India who was once welcomed and cherished but in modern India feels both lost and isolated.

Tribal marginalization and growing resentment
By Rina Mukherji | 05 Jul 2009

Lack of basic amenities and deteriorating living conditions have forced the tribals to become easy prey of Maoists.

Risks and Hazards

Do earthquakes trigger floods?
By Rina Mukherji | 03 Nov 2011

Experts say a direct link exists between earthquakes, landslides and the severity of floods experienced in the Brahmaputra basin.

Climate change, population and gender equity
By Rina Mukherji | 29 Oct 2010

Allowing women to make their own reproductive health decisions to control population by ensuring safe childbearing and longer life expectancy is the only solution to save our planet.

Copenhagen can't compensate them
By Rina Mukherji | 30 Jan 2010

As industrialised nations refuse to drastically cut down their GHG emissions, the poor living on the coastlines bear the brunt of the rising seas.

Ecological ramifications of big dams
By Rina Mukherji | 20 Aug 2009

Water and Sanitation

Cities too need 'nirmal' push
By Rina Mukherji | 23 Apr 2011

India's success in rural sanitation has to be replicated at the urban level, as the rising migration to cities is leading to serious sanitation and health problems.

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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