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

Stampede of Paid News
By Gopal Krishna  | 24 Apr 2010

The sudden spurt in the instances of paid news, particularly during elections, is a blot on free press and democracy. Can Press Council and Parliament take measures to curb such dangerous tendencies?

India asleep over asbestos risks
By Krishnendu Mukherjee  | 23 Apr 2010

World over, for long, asbestos is known as being dangerous to human health. However, India, a dumping ground for asbestos, has no effective protection or restitution available.

Non-alignment with violence
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 06 Apr 2010

As war between Maoists and government forces intensify, it is not a crime to underscore the futility of violent methods to agitate and to curb agitations.

India needs biosafety authority, not biotech authority
By Ashok B Sharma  | 05 Apr 2010

As more scientists raise doubts about long terms health and environment impact of GM crops, government should be more concerned about biosafety aspects than commercial interests of GM crop developers.

Alarm bells for groundwater
By Gopal Krishna  | 02 Apr 2010

India is the largest groundwater user in the world, but if current trends continue, within 20 years 60 percent of all aquifers in India will be in a critical condition.

Urban slums and Rajiv Awas Yojana - A magic wand, for whom?
By K. A. Ravi  | 22 Mar 2010


Korba Chimney accident: Unanswered questions
By Krishnendu Mukherjee  | 17 Mar 2010

Amassing wealth through exploitation of natural resources is the new mantra of industry and every one is in a hurry. However, the environmental and human costs of such hasty development are irreparable.

Sharavathy: A river damned
By Shankar Sharma  | 05 Mar 2010

In the mad rush to imitate western model of development, we have killed many mighty rivers of India, badly affecting the people and environment. River Sharavathy of Western Ghats is now being squeezed to death.

The Geo-politics of GM Crops
By Ashok B Sharma  | 04 Mar 2010


What a stupid idea, sirji!!
By Kanchi Kohli  | 26 Feb 2010

As mobile service provider companies twist environment activism into commercial opportunity, earnestness is getting replaced by absurdity.

Can we save the Sundarbans for our children?
By Krishnendu Mukherjee  | 24 Feb 2010

The international community will have to take effective measures to protect the Sundarbans, the World’s largest mangrove forest and South Asia's largest carbon-sink, from the rising seas.

Indian republic at 60: of the rich, by the rich, for the rich
By Kuldeep Ratnoo  | 18 Feb 2010


Protect Western Ghats from power plants
By Shankar Sharma  | 17 Feb 2010

If we can improve our efficiency in power generation, delivery and conservation, it could save enough power required to be generated through new power plants and thereby, we can protect the priceless Western Ghats from the destruction caused by such projects.

Act green, get bonus!
By Shankar Sharma  | 03 Feb 2010

Our forests, rivers, coastal areas and the overall biodiversity are immensely valuable and crucial for the health of the nation. Therefore, any initiative to reward their protection should be welcomed.

Do we know the real Sita?
By Rina Mukherji  | 27 Jan 2010

Ram is never worshipped without Sita, but the popular image of Sita, influenced by Tulsi's Ramcharitmanas, written during medieval period of cultural subjugation, is vastly different than her real personality of a bold, brave and independent woman.

New guidelines for biodiversity conservation
By Kanchi Kohli  | 20 Jan 2010

National Biodiversity Authority has come up with a set of guidelines for the declaration of Biodiversity Heritage Sites across the country. But the existing laws limit the scope for expanding the role of local community in biodiversity conservation.

Technology is limited, not energy
By Ashok Kundapur  | 15 Jan 2010

As fossil fuels are fast depleting, efforts are on to find alternative and cleaner methods of energy production. Nature has abundant sources of energy but unfortunately, the technology to utilize these greener alternatives is still not fully developed.

Nuclear bill unclear on criminal liability
By Gopal Krishna  | 14 Jan 2010

The proposed legislation to fix liability for nuclear damages intends to provide a legal protection to multinational nuclear suppliers and to shift the burden on the public sector operators of reactors in the event of a disaster.

Regulate ecologically destructive growth
By Gopal Krishna  | 30 Dec 2009

If one takes cognizance of the irresponsible acts of omission and commission by environmental regulatory agencies in India, it makes a strong case for a fully autonomous NEPA.

The great energy divide
By Shankar Sharma  | 24 Dec 2009

Instead of blindly adding millions of MW of additional capacity and increasing GHG emissions to bridge the energy divide, India needs to adopt an integrated approach based on renewable energy sources and decentralized supply systems at its core.

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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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