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Views of domain experts and renowned commentators on diverse issues.

It's raining FTAs!
By Devinder Sharma  | 07 Aug 2009

Manmohan Singh government is in a hurry to sign FTAs without considering the consequences or taking the nation into confidence.

Economy first, Ecology last?
By Pandurang Hegde  | 30 Jul 2009

Riding high on its return to power, UPA government is in a hurry to accelerate India's GDP. But the economist Prime Minister will have to ensure that his overambitious economic policies do not further erode the nation's environment but perform in tandem with it.

Poison on your plate
By Devinder Sharma  | 21 Jul 2009

Food adulteration has taken dangerous proportions but both consumers and regulatory bodies are completely indifferent to the risks of adulterated food products.

Turning People into lab rats
By Devinder Sharma  | 19 Jul 2009

Government is in a tearing hurry to allow production and sale of GM food in the country but who will take the responsibility in case its consumption turns out to be harmful for health.

'Out of toilet' solutions!
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 18 Jul 2009

Given our cultural history equating cleanliness to distancing of 'refuse' from human habitation, many Indians are not keen on using the toilet. But then toilets offer no better solution if the municipal sewage continues to contaminate our shrinking water resources!

Food Security Act: Implementation, not intention, holds the key
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 09 Jul 2009

India may soon have a right-to-food Act to ensure that everyone in the country gets sufficient food to eat. But will this Act fulfill our long cherished dream to feed the hungry or end up as another failure like Public Distribution System ?

NREGS injection to rescue ailing farm sector
By Devinder Sharma  | 08 Jul 2009

Pranab Mukherjee's effort to integrate NREGS with agriculture, forestry and water conservation in the Budget 2009 may help revive the rural economy.

Need for a Ministry of Development Impact
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 01 Jul 2009

Since the planners are primarily concerned about faster growth, post-project assessment of current development can only help us understand the real value of environment.

Development at discretion of MPs
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 23 Jun 2009

Since its launch in 1993, the MPLAD scheme has remained controversial amid charges of corruption and inefficiency; still the new government wants to increase the annual allocation from Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore.

Manmohan govt throws in the towel, developed world cheers
By Devinder Sharma  | 19 Jun 2009

As the new government of India buckles under US pressure, WTO Doha Round looks set to be concluded as per the dictates of the OECD

Environmental costs of transporting water
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 05 Jun 2009

With increased emphasis on fulfilling individual requirement for water, the ecological impact of water transfer from distant sources is not taken into consideration.

WTO rejoices over Kamal Nath's exit from Commerce Ministry
By Devinder Sharma  | 29 May 2009

By removing Kamal Nath from WTO negotiations, Manmohan Singh has cleared the path of US & EU negotiators to conclude the Doha Round as per their liking.

Verdict 2009 is for Dal-Roti
By Devinder Sharma  | 18 May 2009

2009 parliamentary election results though varying in different states clearly indicate a preference for socially responsible and compassionate governance

Child labour -- The ugly side of American agriculture
By Devinder Sharma  | 12 May 2009

Child labour in American Agriculture? You must be kidding!

Plants have become less healthy, and so have you
By Devinder Sharma  | 05 May 2009

From Indebted Soul to Liberated Spirit of Prosperity
By Elizabeth Kucinich  | 01 May 2009

Paradox India: Ignoring Human Resources
By Krishan Khanna  | 01 May 2009

India has 300 million people unemployed or underemployed yet there is a shortage of trained manpower. A note prepared by Krishan Khanna of iWatch (revised in February 2009) provides some valuable inputs:

US moving towards patenting our Holy Cow
By Devinder Sharma  | 26 Apr 2009

Earth Day Resolve: Close Five Food Giants, Save Water
By Devinder Sharma  | 22 Apr 2009

Agricultural universities ignore sustainable farming
By Devinder Sharma  | 10 Apr 2009

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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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