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Point of View
Views of senior development practitioners and activists on wide range of issues.

Towards conflict free land acquisition
By Archana Vaidya  | 05 Aug 2011

Before acquiring lands for development, the governments must ensure that the original land-owners are made stakeholders in the progress, instead of being left behind homeless and jobless.

Odisha's little Gandhians
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 01 Aug 2011

After inspection of the villages peacefully resisting the POSCO project in Odisha, the NCPCR has justified the children's participation in the ongoing agitation terming it 'voluntary'.

Making the State master of citizens
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 28 Jul 2011

The Aadhar project's primary aim is to bring every citizen under the watchful eyes of the state. UID will enable and support surveillance and tracking, irrespective of its declared primary aim of enabling services for the poor.

Stop CDM for coal power plants
By Shankar Sharma  | 19 Jul 2011

It would be criminal wastage of public funding if CDM encourages more coal based power projects on the premise that the super critical technology is to be deployed in the plants. Instead, CDM in developing countries should first focus on efficiency improvements measures in generation, transmission, distribution and utilization of electricity and locally available renewable energy sources.

Deceptive intervention for millets
By Biju Negi  | 12 Jul 2011

Since time immemorial farmers of Uttarakhand have been growing several nutritious varieties of millets without using any external or chemical inputs. But now the government, under influence of agri-business, is making them dependent on harmful chemicals and costly commercial seeds.

Let clean Ganga flow unhindered
By Shankar Sharma  | 27 Jun 2011

The recently announced loan by the World Bank will not make much of difference to River Ganga unless long term policies are put in place to protect its natural flow in the Himalayas.

In search of sustainable growth
By Shankar Sharma  | 24 Jun 2011

The policymakers say that to eradicate poverty, India needs to grow at the rate of 9 percent for the next 20 years. But why ignore the long term social, economic and environmental impacts on the vulnerable sections of our society of environmentally unsustainable ways to growth?

Lying down for Justice
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 14 Jun 2011

Hundreds of children are opposing the government plan to acquire lands and forests for the Posco plant. This unique action by children is a warning to the policy makers to reconsider their development strategy before it is too late to make a course correction.

India ideal for renewable energy
By Shankar Sharma  | 27 May 2011

India's tropical location and low energy demand for majority of people, make the country most suitable to widen its renewable energy base and thereby reduce over-dependence on conventional sources of energy.

The mission unholy
By Rina Mukherji  | 18 May 2011

India has been under attack for more than a millennium. The wicked attempts to destroy its civilization and denigrate the beliefs of the natives continue unabated despite the nation achieving political independence from the Europeans after the painful partition.

Energy or illusion?
By Shankar Sharma  | 10 May 2011

The overall cost of establishing and running a nuclear power plant, and long term burden to safe-keep the spent nuclear fuels for centuries, are enormous and can not be ignored by our society and government.

We need new system, not laws!
By Kuldeep Ratnoo  | 06 May 2011

To remove corruption, we need to change the alien system of governance which encourages exploitation of public resources for personal benefits. A new law wouldn't make a big difference unless power is decentralised up to the panchayat level.

More frightened than their corrupt masters
By Kuldeep Ratnoo  | 27 Apr 2011

The mass mobilisation across the nation against corruption has terrified the so-called intellectuals who fear rising influence of people over policy making process would be detrimental to their authority and appeal.

Cities too need 'nirmal' push
By Rina Mukherji  | 23 Apr 2011

India's success in rural sanitation has to be replicated at the urban level, as the rising migration to cities is leading to serious sanitation and health problems.

Public perpetuates corruption
By Samir Nazareth  | 13 Apr 2011

Any movement against corruption will not yield results if the citizens refuse to accept their responsibility to oppose it in their daily life. People must realise that if they don't want to sacrifice their personal interests to fight corruption, no law will be effective in curbing it.

Arabic lessons for India
By Samir Nazareth  | 24 Mar 2011

People in the countries with higher HDI are revolting against their rulers whereas Indian masses, despite being deprived of basic amenities, do not seem to be in revolting mood. Is democracy with a free civil society making the difference?

Still unclear on nuclear?
By Shankar Sharma  | 18 Mar 2011

Considering the grave consequences of a nuclear emergency as seen in Japan, India will do better to do an objective analysis of all the costs and benefits to the society of nuclear power plants.

Fukushima rings the warning bell
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 14 Mar 2011

The accident in the nuclear power plant at Fukushima after the earthquake and tsunami has raised serious questions about the safety of nuclear energy based power plants.

People want Bijli, not bullet
By Shankar Sharma  | 10 Mar 2011

Rising cases of people's unrest against poorly planned power projects are a matter of great concern and the policymakers must strive to ensure that the proposals are based on overall societal welfare.

Budget takes green turn
By Archana Vaidya  | 07 Mar 2011

The budget for the year 2011-12 aims to incorporate green concerns into development aspects and to give a big fillip to renewable energy technologies.

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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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