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

Protect people, conserve wildlife
By Archana Vaidya  | 25 Feb 2011

The revised guidelines of MoEF regarding Critical Wildlife Habitat are not in consonance with the spirit of Wildlife Protection Act and Forest Right Act.

Burning forest to warm body
By Samir Nazareth  | 24 Feb 2011

The recent GAC report of the World Economic Forum indicates that the business and political powers are still in denial mode on threats emerging from Climate Change.

Women deliver, but governments don't
By Rina Mukherji  | 18 Feb 2011

A new book based on a successful model of local healthcare provides valuable lessons for the policymakers to improve India's performance in reducing maternal and infant mortality figures. But are they willing to think beyond the donor based stand alone programmes for public healthcare?

Corner the corrupt
By Ashok B Sharma  | 07 Feb 2011

Under attack from Supreme Court and the opposition for its inaction on unearthing the black money deposited in tax heavens, the Government has taken some initiatives in line with global developments but much need to be done to curb the corrupt practices behind continuous wealth drain.

Profitability before environment
By Samir Nazareth  | 04 Feb 2011

Davos Declaration of WEF 2011 clearly states that long term sustainability is not possible without ensuring profitability. With the profit motive as a cornerstone for the business and industry, any consideration of environmental destruction and social upheaval are inconsequential.

Women lead the resurgent India
By Rina Mukherji  | 18 Jan 2011

Unlike their counterparts in the west, Indian women had to face lot many hurdles in their efforts to attain economic independence but they have achieved the impossible without giving up their family responsibilities..

India must redefine equity
By Samir Nazareth  | 12 Jan 2011

The success story of India has few gainers and more losers. Can the disparity be removed by following the policies which widened it in the first place?

NGOs have failed the people
By Gopal Krishna  | 03 Jan 2011

By legitimizing the withdrawal of the government in order to facilitate corporatization of entire range of the state's functions, NGOs have mortgaged citizens' sovereignty.

Relinquishing its authority
By Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon  | 20 Dec 2010

MoEF' proposal to set up a new institution to manage the approvals of development projects will bear fruit only if the existing faulty regulatory framework is done away with.

Beckoning the devil
By Surekha Sule  | 29 Nov 2010

As the developed world is moving away from nuclear energy for its inherent risks and heavy maintenance costs, India becomes an eager buyer of obsolete nuclear reactors and harmful technology to please nuclear powers' business lobbies.

Realistic demand forecasting for energy
By Shankar Sharma  | 22 Nov 2010

Without realistic analysis of the existing conditions, the government agencies push to achieve unrealistic targets for power generation capacity.

Power sector can ruin Western Ghats
By Shankar Sharma  | 12 Nov 2010

Protecting Western Ghats is crucial for India's environment but the proliferation of the power projects in the region may cause massive and irreversible damage to the beautiful and sensitive mountains.

Lighting a green lamp
By Ashirbad S Raha  | 09 Nov 2010

While India awaits a revolution of renewables to meet its economic and development goals in a sustainable way, the questions regarding the funding and implementation of green energy policies have become louder.

Kala Cola
By Shalini Bhutani  | 02 Nov 2010

The latest Diwali special advertisement by Coca-Cola uses ancient Warli tribal art for commercial objectives.

Climate change, population and gender equity
By Rina Mukherji  | 29 Oct 2010

Allowing women to make their own reproductive health decisions to control population by ensuring safe childbearing and longer life expectancy is the only solution to save our planet.

Solar power remains the best bet
By Shankar Sharma  | 19 Oct 2010

If we consider the 'life cycle analysis' of the costs and the impacts of various energy technologies available to us, solar power technology remains the best possible energy source.

Put renewable energy on CSR menu
By Samir Nazareth  | 12 Oct 2010

Businesses can make a very positive intervention in the society by adding renewable energy projects to their CSR activities, which will help improve the socio-economic conditions of the marginalised.

Who will save Goa?
By Hartman de Souza  | 03 Oct 2010

Wild rush to mine Goa has almost ruined the once beautiful coastal state. Alarmed by the widespread destruction, citizen groups have come together to bring some sense to the government’s development planning, but politicians continue to give a hoot to their concerns for nature.

Military ties for industrial interests
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 01 Oct 2010

A careful examination of deepening strategic ties between India and U.S.A. has become necessary, particularly when direct military-to-military dealings are proposed sidelining democratic functioning.

Solar Mission ignores environmental impact
By Shawahiq Siddiqui  | 21 Sep 2010

Contrary to popular assumptions that there is 'zero' environmental impact of solar energy development in the country, there are serious potential environmental risks associated with National Solar Mission that can not be ignored.

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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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