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‘Provocation’ is spontaneous but crisp response to provocative & compelling news. Far from making a judgement, 'Provocation' aims to raise additional questions.
Corruption Watch
By D-Sector Team | 12 Jul 2013

Free Will
By D-Sector Team | 24 May 2013

Coke Nation
By D-Sector Team | 06 May 2013

Rickshaw Watch
By D-Sector Team | 05 Apr 2013

Neta 'on line'
By D-Sector Team | 21 Mar 2013

Fiscal Noise
By D-Sector Team | 01 Mar 2013

Head Count
By D-Sector Team | 23 Feb 2013

Land Grab
By D-Sector Team | 13 Feb 2013

Resilient Dynamism
By D-Sector Team | 23 Jan 2013

Ceremonial Waste
By D-Sector Team | 15 Jan 2013

Youth Bulge
By D-Sector Team | 18 Dec 2012

Climate Conundrum
By D-Sector Team | 11 Dec 2012

Just Degree
By D-Sector Team | 30 Nov 2012

River folly
By D-Sector Team | 31 Oct 2012

Dirty Scam
By D-Sector Team | 07 Oct 2012

Misguided subsidy
By D-Sector Team | 08 Aug 2012

Public Water
By D-Sector Team | 05 Jul 2012

Hydro Dawdle
By D-Sector Team | 26 Jun 2012

Dead End
By D-Sector Team | 16 Jun 2012

Olfactory Call
By D-Sector Team | 06 Jun 2012

Debt trap
By D-Sector Team | 01 Jun 2012

Green Justice
By D-Sector Team | 19 May 2012

Bluff Times
By D-Sector Team | 10 May 2012

Caricature Gain
By D-Sector Team | 16 Apr 2012

Sickness in healthcare
By D-Sector Team | 21 Feb 2012

Recession-free industry!
By D-Sector Team | 20 Jan 2012

Stop banking the bankable!
By D-Sector Team | 11 Jan 2012

Dependent citizenry in making?
By D-Sector Team | 25 Dec 2011

First make Bharat a Ratna!
By D-Sector Team | 21 Dec 2011

Wafer Politics
By D-Sector Team | 19 Dec 2011

Isn't democracy deficit?
By D-Sector Team | 17 Dec 2011

Divide and misrule
By D-Sector Team | 15 Nov 2011

Elect through e-vote
By D-Sector Team | 01 Nov 2011

Not enough green
By D-Sector Team | 24 Oct 2011

Bare all, please!
By D-Sector Team | 15 Oct 2011

Watch your food, not ad!
By D-Sector Team | 10 Oct 2011

Stupid IDea
By D-Sector Team | 03 Oct 2011

Whose line is it, anyway?
By D-Sector Team | 27 Sep 2011

Forced to fast
By D-Sector Team | 19 Sep 2011

Blame the poor!
By D-Sector Team | 15 Sep 2011

The biggest hurdle
By D-Sector Team | 03 Sep 2011

Science turns slave
By D-Sector Team | 29 Aug 2011

No more no hope!
By D-Sector Team | 18 Aug 2011

The throne is shaking!
By D-Sector Team | 10 Aug 2011

World under watch
By D-Sector Team | 03 Aug 2011

Crazy to serve
By D-Sector Team | 28 Jul 2011

Impregnated by corruption
By D-Sector Team | 26 Jul 2011

Return of crusades
By D-Sector Team | 24 Jul 2011

Salesman Ratna
By D-Sector Team | 23 Jul 2011

Cheap idea
By D-Sector Team | 22 Jul 2011

Followers of Fai
By D-Sector Team | 20 Jul 2011

Musical chairs
By D-Sector Team | 14 Jul 2011

Development begins from home!
By D-Sector Team | 12 Jul 2011

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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