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Views of domain experts and renowned commentators on diverse issues.

Protect or perish
By Carmen Miranda  | 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?

After much hype, Jatropha bubble bursts
By Devinder Sharma  | 03 Aug 2010

Projected as the crop of the future, Jatropha was pushed by the industry and the governments with equal force. However, much to the disappointment of the farmers and misery to the poor and hungry, the alternative fuel crop has failed to fulfil the expectations of the world.

Clouds under attack
By Pandurang Hegde  | 02 Aug 2010

As part of cloud seeding technology, rockets and airplanes are being used to target the clouds as if nature can be forced to yield through precipitation. But should we allow these private profit motives to get priority over well-tested methods of drought proofing?

Empty rhetoric for empty stomachs
By Devinder Sharma  | 18 Jul 2010

The establishment needs to think beyond entitlements to completely remove hunger and malnutrition from India. Unfortunately, the proposed National Food Security Act fails to inspire much confidence.

Democratic rights under attack
By Devinder Sharma  | 06 Jul 2010

The schizophrenia displayed by industry organisations over nation wide protests against price rise indicates their rising intolerance for people's movements. If the suffering people are not even allowed to raise their voice what options they will have other than taking recourse to violence?

A crime that goes unpunished for 25 years
By Devinder Sharma  | 25 Jun 2010

Ignored and forgotten by successive governments, over 200,000 Narmada Dam oustees have been waiting for a rehabilitation package for almost a quarter of a century.

The Politics of Raajneeti
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 23 Jun 2010

Raajneeti is not an epic but a film that mirrors the political reality on one extreme and the masses disconnect with reality on the other. Behind its unexpected success lie its disturbing undercurrents.

Spurious seeds flood the Indian market
By Devinder Sharma  | 18 Jun 2010

The poor regulation and absence of strict punitive measures in the present seed law encourage spurious seed manufacturers and sellers to exploit farmers.

Assured procurement can boost pulses production
By Devinder Sharma  | 15 Jun 2010

Instead of encouraging Indian farmers to grow pulses by ensuring purchase by government agencies at attractive prices, suggestions are put forth to outsource production to other countries without comprehending socio-economic and political implications.

Bhopal re-enacted in Punjab unabated
By Pandurang Hegde  | 15 Jun 2010

Bhopal has many lessons for us. The most crucial one is de addict our farms from chemical agriculture and put hold to corporate control over our lives and farms.

It's all about market!!
By Devinder Sharma  | 05 Jun 2010

World Environment Day celebrations get global publicity because these are mostly supported by companies engaged in selling green technologies.

My words, it's still fun!
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 05 Jun 2010

On the eve of the World Environment Day, Sudhirendar Sharma reminiscences personal account of environmental journalism of the past three decades. Self-critical and somewhat amusing, it unfolds many layers of what constitutes 'environment' and how indeed it has been perceived.

Seeds of hope
By Pandurang Hegde  | 05 Jun 2010

Environment protection is more than symbolic celebration once or twice a year. In an individualized and consumption driven society, local communities and grassroot movements are the real champions of environment conservation.

Does soccer give GDP a kick?
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 28 May 2010

People's sport football has come to symbolize political power, national pride and economic prowess. Can South Africa make expected socio-economic gains by hosting the world cup?

Wrong policies behind Rajasthan's water crisis
By Devinder Sharma  | 25 May 2010

Desert state Rajasthan, which has long been renowned for its traditional water harvesting methods, is today facing an acute water crisis. Policy makers blame the deficit rainfall for the crisis, but in fact misplaced agriculture and development policies have created the emergency.

Preserve biodiversity through community initiatives
By Pandurang Hegde  | 22 May 2010

The year 2010 has been declared by the United Nations as 'The International Year of Biodiversity'. But the governments in most countries remain indifferent to the massive loss of species of trees, plants, insects, fish, birds and animals that balance the life-cycle on earth.

Need water, pay money!
By Devinder Sharma  | 11 May 2010

Governments in power cite water scarcity as the prime reason behind their failure to ensure regular supply of safe drinking water to all citizens. But how come the private tankers and water bottlers always find enough water to sell?

Nature's call isn't a dial away
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 30 Apr 2010

A recent UN report expresses surprise that India has more mobile phones than toilets but the fact remains that the issue of sanitation in India is more complex than viewed from the western perspective.

Seeds under siege
By Pandurang Hegde  | 26 Apr 2010

International Seeds Day (April 26) reminds us of concerted attempts by the large seed corporations to destroy seed diversity of the world to expand their markets and profits.

Reduced to a ritual
By Pandurang Hegde  | 21 Apr 2010

The true spirit of Earth Day is to live in harmony with nature as older civilizations have lived for thousands of years.

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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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