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

Unfair share, uncertain futures
By Shalini Bhutani & Kanchi Kohli  | 20 Sep 2010

As the world finalises an International Regime on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS), concerns in India remain regarding the efficacy of National Biodiversity Authority to ensure that the commercial entities share their benefits with the local communities and guarantee biodiversity conservation.

India's strategic hot potato
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 11 Sep 2010

Willingly or forced by global developments, India got into an uncomfortable strategic embrace with USA and invested heavily in Afghanistan's reconstruction. But as USA is desperately looking for a way out of Afghanistan, India may soon find itself in a difficult situation.

Theatre of the absurd
By Hartman de Souza  | 03 Sep 2010

Niyamgiri and its tribal inhabitants are saved, at least for the time being! But before we begin to sing praise of the government and its minders, isn't it prudent to review the actions and inactions of the same government which remained a mute spectator, even an active facilitator, while destruction of the Niyamgiri hill continued unabated for years?

Capacity sans sustainability
By Shankar Sharma  | 31 Aug 2010

In view of the social, economic and environmental impacts of fossil fuels, and their limited availability, India needs a paradigm shift in its approach towards the energy sector. A detailed critique of Integrated Energy Policy is put up here for objective analysis by concerned experts and stakeholders.

Growth without governance
By Vikas Chawla  | 30 Aug 2010

India can take pride in its high economic growth rate but shoddy implementation of government programmes force majority of citizens to live without basic amenities.

How Green can be the Green India Mission?
By Shankar Sharma  | 26 Aug 2010

The proposed Green India Mission would fail to make significant difference if the policy of sacrificing the existing natural forests for the so-called developmental programmes continues unabated.

Silent resistance awakens government
By Ashirbad S Raha  | 17 Aug 2010

With the government appointed expert panel also finding the proposed Vedanta project hazardous to Niyamgiri hills and the Dongria Kond community residing there for centuries, the tribals' struggle to save their culture, livelihoods and land has got a major boost.

Private appropriation of public funded research
By KM Gopakumar  | 11 Aug 2010

Indian government has proposed a bill to protect and utilise public funded intellectual property. But scientists and researchers are concerned about some of the objectives and orientation of the Bill.

Crouching data, hidden forest
By Kanchi Kohli, Manju Menon and Vikal Samdariya  | 06 Aug 2010

The Ministry of Environment and Forests has taken steps towards transparency and inclusiveness in its conservation approaches, but the forest clearance process remains shrouded under mystery and should be open to public scrutiny.

Teen pregnancies and contraceptive needs
By Rina Mukherji  | 29 Jul 2010

Reducing unintended pregnancies among adolescents will not only reduce maternal and newborn deaths, but will also improve the educational and employment opportunities for young women.

Green power is the need of the hour
By Samir Nazareth  | 23 Jul 2010

India's policymakers have long been known for their short-sightedness. Now, instead of tapping the huge renewable energy resources, government is blueprinting fuel-based projects to meet power needs, overlooking their harmful consequences and the vast alternative energy resources the nation sits on.

Revenue rules over rights
By Hartman de Souza  | 12 Jul 2010

Environment ministry of India says the Dongria Kondh tribals are threatened by the proposed Niyamgiri mine in Orissa. Yet, Prime Minister's office is keen to grant it approval. Do these poor tribals not qualify as being people under the constitution?

Sacrificing the commons
By Kuldeep Ratnoo  | 01 Jul 2010

Despite knowing well that violence will never help the poor tribals, many civil society activists continue to defend Maoist brutalities. Can they remain indifferent to the cries of those who lose their loved ones in a futile battle? At the same time, the government and the industry can not be allowed to marginalise and exploit the poor tribals.

The elusive MDG-5
By Rina Mukherji  | 30 Jun 2010

Reducing maternal mortality is critical for every nation but the key to achieving MDG 5 lies in achieving MDG 3 - promoting gender equality and empowering women.

Women suffer for family honour
By Rina Mukherji  | 15 Jun 2010

Family as an institution has served us well, but one needs to confront practices that oppress and infringe on the basic rights of individuals.

A tough act to follow
By Carmen Miranda  | 05 Jun 2010

Jairam Ramesh, as India's Environment and Forests Minister, handles one of the most difficult jobs in the Indian cabinet. He has to reconcile between ecological balance and economic growth, and that too at a time of the global economic crisis, and the biggest environmental crisis in living memory.

Brand Environment has arrived
By Kanchi Kohli  | 05 Jun 2010

As symbolism has swept aside environmental consciousness, detracting people from the core set of issues, the casualty is conservation.

Who gains from armed conflicts?
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 17 May 2010

In any armed conflict, people, including soldiers and militants, lose limbs and lives. However, corporate greed, by ignoring the heavy socio-economic costs involved, create situations for the conflict.

Real estate SEZs flourish courtesy MoEF
By Kanchi Kohli  | 13 May 2010

The ministry of environment and forests has diluted and ignored its own rules and regulations to favour real estate developers in the SEZs.

Power production sans efficiency
By Shankar Sharma  | 06 May 2010

Without taking actions to drastically reduce power sector inefficiency, our policy makers continue to push conventional power projects detrimental to environment.

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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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