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Carmen Miranda       Carmen Miranda
Environmentalist, Artist and Development Communication Expert

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Green Brush

For Carmen, environment protection is an emotional issue beyond science and arguments. The self-destructive polices adopted by the policy makers in their quest for growth figures make her restless. Effectively using her skills in art and writing, she continues to spread awareness about dangers of environmental degradation and climate change.

The clamour to re-open the mines
25 Oct 2012

Widespread mining in Goa has not only devastated the state's ecology but also resulted in grave human rights violations of thousands of residents. The economic security of few cannot justify the destruction of environment, livelihoods and health of the majority of people.

Hiding behind the growth veil
21 May 2012

The last thing we need is the increasing inclination of the State to suppress important reports concerning environment and ecology and allowing the destructive forces to play havoc with the natural wealth of the country.

First check obscenity of corruption
14 Feb 2012

It is baffling that people from the land of Khajuraho get more agitated when their representatives are caught watching pornography in the assembly, but continue to ignore widespread corruption, violence and damage to public health and environment.

Protect or perish
13 Aug 2010

With nature's power in full demonstration in various parts of the world, isn't it time to review the environmentally unsustainable economic and development models that we have been following?

A tough act to follow
05 Jun 2010

Jairam Ramesh, as India's Environment and Forests Minister, handles one of the most difficult jobs in the Indian cabinet. He has to reconcile between ecological balance and economic growth, and that too at a time of the global economic crisis, and the biggest environmental crisis in living memory.

An uphill task
30 Apr 2009

Saving the Western Ghats




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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