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Time to revive native cow breeds
By Devinder Sharma  | 03 Aug 2011

Very high milk productivity of Indian cow breeds in Brazil proves that with proper nutrition, veterinary care and genetic development our desi cows can help us meet our growing milk demand. After decades of indifference, policymakers are now turning their focus on native breeds.

Oceans under threat
By Pandurang Hegde  | 30 Jul 2011

There are heavy pressures on coastal areas and oceans due to the unregulated developmental activity. To save the oceans, we need to put a check on marine pollution, ocean acidification and over-exploitation of marine life.

The last hope of common man
By Devinder Sharma  | 12 Jul 2011

In recent times, the Supreme Court has given some crucial judgements to curb the anti-people policies being pushed by governments in the name of development and growth. Considering the abject surrender of policymakers and media before the corrupt, judicial activism remains the only hope for the marginalised Indians.

Carbon Crunching
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 06 Jul 2011

The World Bank has signed an agreement with the state government of Himachal Pradesh for the largest carbon revenue project. However, the conditions of the agreement indicate that instead of putting the carbon revenue mechanism to the competitive advantage of the stakeholders, such projects continue to serve the interest of the clients.

Increasing prosperity, disappearing girls
By Pandurang Hegde  | 30 Jun 2011

Contrary to popularly held opinion, the female to male ratio is on decline despite continuous economic growth in India. Curiously, the backward regions with poor education seem to be doing better on child sex ratio in comparison to the better-off areas.

Nations divide, rivers unite!
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 18 Jun 2011

Rivers in South Asia flow across national boundaries and therefore, neighbouring countries remain in dispute over the usage of flowing water. Absence of effective institutional mechanisms and political accord make it expedient to bind communities with common cultural threads using multiple cultural maps of South Asia, superimposed on the river basins.

Villages sinking in Bagmati's sand
By Dinesh Kumar Mishra  | 10 Jun 2011

While the habitats caught between the river embankments in north Bihar are getting buried under the sediments brought in by floodwater, the flood control planners fail to realise the long term impact of their engineered solutions.

When the will is weak
By Pandurang Hegde  | 04 Jun 2011

Celebrating the World Environment Day is meaningless if political leadership does not back their words with actions. To save our precious natural resources, we need leaders with broader vision and commitment required to protect the environment. Unfortunately, the current lot lacks the vision and strength necessary to act decisively for the cause of Nature.

Unhappy! So what?
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 31 May 2011

The social pressure to feel happy has made people more miserable. The market is the sole gainer of this desperate search for happiness, offering unending items and services to make the consumer feel better.

Green projects with red results
By Pandurang Hegde  | 23 May 2011

Mini hydel projects, initially considered by environmentalists as green alternatives for power generation, have become threat to fragile ecosystems. The lure of high returns on investment, in addition to various incentives, created a mad rush among private players leading to destruction of natural forests.

Fighting hunger without farmlands
By Devinder Sharma  | 12 May 2011

Policymakers and supporters of land acquisition for so-called development projects do not realise that by diverting good productive farm land for non-agricultural purposes, they are pushing the next generation into hunger and malnutrition.

Not willing to learn
By Pandurang Hegde  | 06 Apr 2011

Are our nuclear power obsessed politicians, industrialists and scientists willing to learn from the crisis in Japan? Or they need more disasters like Fukushima to realize their folly?

The sky isn't the limit
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 30 Mar 2011

Climate Change, reducing size of arable land and availability of freshwater have forced some thinkers to explore options of vertical farms. But the capital-intensive nature of farmscraper remains a major concern.

UP goes the Punjab way
By Devinder Sharma  | 25 Mar 2011

Considering the role of mandis in making Punjab food bowl of country, it is urgently required to set up a nationwide network of mandis in India. Though late, but UP government has taken a right decision to increase their number.

Forests for People
By Pandurang Hegde  | 21 Mar 2011

To bring back the dwindling forest cover, we need active participation of the people, especially forest communities, while ensuring food and water security for them.

Don't wait for another Gandhi
By Devinder Sharma  | 18 Mar 2011

Despite ongoing dance of death on farmlands and multitude of crises in Indian agriculture, it is beyond comprehension why the various farmer movements in the nation haven't been able to mobilise the suffering masses.

Better late, than never
By Devinder Sharma  | 01 Mar 2011

Pranab Mukherjee has made a beginning to improve the conditions of the deprived and marginalised sections but the policies need much higher allocations to make any positive transformation in the lives of the poor.

Changing air in Arabia
By Pandurang Hegde  | 21 Feb 2011

The overthrow of authoritarian regimes in the Arab world by non-violent people's struggle gives new hope to the humanity. But will these upheavals change the fundamentals of society towards more humane, secular, tolerant of the diversity in ideologies and ecologically responsible behavior?

Diversity deprived education
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 16 Feb 2011

As the entire education system has remained urban centric and is now becoming globalised with textbooks heavily borrowing from the western ideas and terms, the majority of children in a vast and diverse civilisation like India do not feel any relationship with the content, leading to alienation of majority.

Market opens for camel milk
By Devinder Sharma  | 10 Feb 2011

As demand for camel milk is on the rise globally, India can use the opportunity to effectively market the camel milk products and help improve the socio-economic conditions of the camel owners.

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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!!   

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