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Book Shelf

d-sector takes a look at the world of books and brings to its readers commentary on selected titles that provide interesting insights on various facets of human development. The short-reviews are aimed at generating interest on the subject as much as adding variety to the contents on the portal. While recent non-fiction books will feature prominently on this page, some vintage books of immense significance will be revisited as well. Sudhirendar Sharma will run this page for d-sector every month.
 
Publishers are encouraged to send their books for commentary on d-sector though the selection of books for review will remain the prerogative of the d-sector team.

 

Spoiling Tibet
Posting Date: 28 Feb 2014

A Journey in the Future of Water
Posting Date: 28 Feb 2014



Yamuna Manifesto
Posting Date: 28 Feb 2014

The Kingdom at the Centre of the World
Posting Date: 02 Jan 2014



On Western Terrorism
Posting Date: 30 Nov 2013

Abominable Science
Posting Date: 30 Nov 2013



Heroic Krsna
Posting Date: 30 Nov 2013

On Gaia
Posting Date: 30 Oct 2013



Creating Capabilities
Posting Date: 30 Aug 2013

Small Stories, Big Changes
Posting Date: 30 Aug 2013



In the body of the world
Posting Date: 30 Aug 2013

Who owns the future?
Posting Date: 30 Jul 2013



Big Data
Posting Date: 30 Jul 2013

Enough is enough
Posting Date: 30 Jul 2013



Cell Phone Nation
Posting Date: 30 Jun 2013

Small is still Beautiful
Posting Date: 30 Jun 2013



Shoes of the Dead
Posting Date: 30 Jun 2013

Winner Take All
Posting Date: 24 May 2013



Wave
Posting Date: 24 May 2013

An India for Everyone
Posting Date: 24 May 2013



Provocations for Development
Posting Date: 05 Apr 2013

Water Drops
Posting Date: 05 Apr 2013



River Dog
Posting Date: 05 Apr 2013

Psychology in the Bathroom
Posting Date: 08 Mar 2013



China's Silent Army
Posting Date: 08 Mar 2013

Paper Promises: Money, Debt and the New World Order
Posting Date: 31 Dec 2012



Rippling: How social entrepreneurs spread innovation
Posting Date: 31 Dec 2012

Architecture and Design versus Consumerism
Posting Date: 31 Dec 2012



Why doesn't microfinance work?
Posting Date: 30 Nov 2012

The new religious intolerance
Posting Date: 30 Nov 2012



River Bagmati: Bounties become a curse
Posting Date: 30 Nov 2012

What Money Can't Buy
Posting Date: 28 Oct 2012



Science and Public Reason
Posting Date: 28 Oct 2012

Slam-dunking Walmart
Posting Date: 28 Oct 2012



Zero Degrees of Empathy
Posting Date: 18 Sep 2012

Why everyone (else) is a hypocrite
Posting Date: 18 Sep 2012



School Education: Pluralism and Marginality
Posting Date: 18 Sep 2012

On Bullshit
Posting Date: 30 Jun 2012



The Shaman in Stilettos
Posting Date: 30 Jun 2012

How much is enough
Posting Date: 30 Jun 2012



Growing stories from India
Posting Date: 30 Apr 2012

Slow Violence and Environmentalism of the Poor
Posting Date: 30 Apr 2012



Water: Asia's New Battleground
Posting Date: 30 Apr 2012

Big-box Swindle
Posting Date: 30 Nov 2011



Unnatural Selection
Posting Date: 30 Nov 2011

Climate Change
Posting Date: 06 Oct 2011



Dead Ringers
Posting Date: 06 Oct 2011

The Politics of Belonging in the Himalayas
Posting Date: 05 Oct 2011



Consumptionomics
Posting Date: 06 Jul 2011

Corporate Water Strategies
Posting Date: 06 Jul 2011



Understanding Gandhi
New Delhi |  Posting Date: 06 Jul 2011

Economy of Permanence
Posting Date: 27 Mar 2011



Alien Technology
Posting Date: 27 Mar 2011

How to Win Campaigns
Posting Date: 27 Mar 2011



Rural Poverty Report 2011
Posting Date: 24 Feb 2011

The Sustainability Transformation
Posting Date: 24 Feb 2011



Interrogating Development
Posting Date: 24 Feb 2011

State of India's Livelihoods Report 2010
Posting Date: 31 Jan 2011



Transboundary Water Management
Posting Date: 31 Jan 2011

Chinamerica
Posting Date: 31 Jan 2011



The Spirit Level
Posting Date: 23 Nov 2010

Delete
Posting Date: 23 Nov 2010



McDonaldisation, Masala McGospel and Om Economics
Posting Date: 23 Nov 2010

Rebels for the Soil
Posting Date: 30 Oct 2010



Outlaw
Posting Date: 30 Oct 2010

Poverty Capital
Posting Date: 30 Oct 2010



Power and Love
Posting Date: 09 Sep 2010

Ant Encounters
Posting Date: 09 Sep 2010



Out of this Earth
Posting Date: 09 Sep 2010

Small Change
Posting Date: 23 Jul 2010



What's eating you?
Posting Date: 23 Jul 2010

Fair deals for watershed services
Posting Date: 23 Jul 2010



Good Cop, Bad Cop
Posting Date: 12 Jun 2010

What Works in Development?
Posting Date: 12 Jun 2010



The Aid Trap
Posting Date: 12 Jun 2010

Vulnerable India
Posting Date: 09 May 2010



The Conservative Nanny State
Posting Date: 09 May 2010

Criminal Tribes of Punjab
Posting Date: 09 May 2010



The Vanishing Face of Gaia
Posting Date: 06 Apr 2010

Taming the Anarchy
Posting Date: 06 Apr 2010



Portfolios of the Poor
Posting Date: 06 Apr 2010

When the Rivers Run Dry
Posting Date: 08 Mar 2010



Inclusive Value Chains in India
Posting Date: 08 Mar 2010

Squatting with Dignity
Posting Date: 08 Mar 2010



A Calendar of Resistance
Posting Date: 15 Feb 2010

The New Economics
Posting Date: 15 Feb 2010



Foreign Aid for Indian NGOs
Posting Date: 15 Feb 2010

The Atlas of Water
Posting Date: 07 Jan 2010



Women in Green
Posting Date: 07 Jan 2010

Hind Swaraj
Posting Date: 07 Jan 2010



Unleashing Nepal
Posting Date: 09 Dec 2009

Why not socialism?
Posting Date: 09 Dec 2009



India: The Emerging Giant
Posting Date: 09 Dec 2009

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 ..
Book Shelf

Yamuna Manifesto

A Journey in the Future of Water

Spoiling Tibet

On Western Terrorism
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