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

Environmental cancer spreading far and wide
By Gopal Krishna  | 24 Dec 2009

There's an alarming rise in work-related cancers in the country, but the government has failed to put any measures in place to prevent the epidemic or raise awareness

Acting upon a remote appeal
By Kanchi Kohli  | 07 Dec 2009

It seems in recent times, under pressure from civil society groups, EAC members are beginning to be conscious of addressing environmental concerns prior to the grant of clearance.

Climate Concern or Commerce?
By Gopal Krishna  | 07 Dec 2009

Can Copenhagen Conference finalize the emission reduction targets of the developed countries in the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020) and make available sufficient public funding for developing nations for low emission growth?

The selective amnesia of establishment
By Kanchi Kohli  | 02 Dec 2009

The Environment Ministry cites the section 4.4 of FCA, 1980 to stop construction activity for mining project in Orissa's Niyamgiri Hills. But the ministry overlooked this section in the case of refinery project in Lanjigarh? Is it ironic or strategic?

Global seed rules sponsored by...
By Shalini Bhutani  | 28 Nov 2009

Multinational seed companies are influencing the international laws governing seeds production and distribution.

Land erosion paves way for infiltration
By Rina Mukherji  | 25 Nov 2009

With the Ganges eating up crucial land, India's border with Bangladesh remains a leaky zone, allowing militants and migrants alike to sneak in

Knowledge empowers? Can't say!
By Swaty Prakash  | 23 Nov 2009

In a world overloaded with information, we read and hear contradictory studies and reports each backed by scientific data and arguments, increasing our doubt with knowledge.

Bio-coning consumers on GM food
By Bhaskar Goswami  | 18 Nov 2009

Amidst increasing discomfort among people about long term health and environment impact of GM food, the biotech industry has now resorted to launch its own 'technology ambassadors' to deceive the unsuspecting consumers.

Biological pest control better than GE
By Rajiv Gupta  | 12 Nov 2009

Few scientists on behalf of agri-corporates are pushing genetically engineered crops like bt brinjal claiming their inherent pest resistance. But the facts about their adverse effects on health and environment are kept secret.

No more Dalai Lama after him?
By Tenzin Ananda  | 06 Oct 2009

The Sino-Tibetan politics and the current situation may have forced the current Dalai Lama to indicate that he may well be 'The Last Dalai Lama' since he does not want to be reincarnated in Tibet which is under the control of the People's Republic of China.

Mandate to protect traditional wisdom
By KM Gopakumar  | 04 Oct 2009

Emerging water crisis requires policy reversal - Part 2
By Gopal Krishna  | 25 Sep 2009

A problem can be solved only when one accepts the existence of the problem. After the first part of this series brought to the fore the troubles that plague the country's water resources, the second and concluding part of this series provides an in-depth look at some solutions to ease the water crisis. Ed.

Emerging water crisis requires policy reversal
By Gopal Krishna  | 23 Sep 2009

As the nation reels under drought, we continue to erode our water resources senselessly. Our rivers face a constant assault from industrial pollutants, government's apathy, and failure of the water policies. In this two-part series, the author takes a close look at the problems along and offers some possible solutions, which if not paid heed to, could worsen the water crisis. Ed.

WIPO aims for a global patent regime
By KM Gopakumar  | 22 Sep 2009

While the developing world makes desperate efforts to achieve economic progress, few industrially developed countries and their large corporates resort to exploitative monopoly trade practices to keep them poor by setting agenda of international oganisations like WIPO.

State of Environment Report - 2009
By Gopal Krishna  | 18 Sep 2009

On 11th August 2009, India's State of the Environment Report for the year 2009 was released by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The report has been prepared by Development Alternatives, a prominent New Delhi based NGO.

Purifying Water the Green Way
By Rajiv Gupta  | 15 Sep 2009

Water purification has always been considered important for healthy living. Before water purification became a commercial activity, societies the world over knew effective and efficient ways of purifying water.

Health hazards of night shift work
By Rajiv Gupta  | 07 Sep 2009

With increased industrial and commercial activities, night shift has become more of a norm than an exception. However, the devastating impact it has on the psyche and the physique of the workers is generally ignored.

GM seeds no guarantee for better yield
By Manohar Parchure  | 06 Sep 2009

To exploit the mad rush for increased productivity, GM seeds are aggressively marketed by the agribusiness. But it is crucial to know that several factors other than seed play important roles in determining productivity and pest resistance.

ASEAN FTA ignores Kerala's apprehensions
By Bhaskar Goswami  | 05 Sep 2009

While the central government hopes to make gains on agreement on services and investment through FTA with ASEAN, the concessions offered in agriculture would be detrimental to the Kerala farmers in particular and the Kerala economy in general.

Social impacts can no longer be ignored
By Vatsala Ravikrishnan  | 01 Sep 2009

As awareness about impact of market driven development is expanding, need for Social Accounting and Audit of organisations is increasingly being felt.

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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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