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

New Green Tribunal with old mindset
By Gopal Krishna  | 21 Aug 2009

The proposed National Green Tribunal is a welcome step but to make it effective several anomalies in the Bill must be removed and its composition be expanded to include experts from relevant fields.

Corporate take over of biodiversity through FTAs
By Bhaskar Goswami  | 20 Aug 2009

In the global trade, WTO and FTAs are used as effective tools by rich nations to put in place IPR regimes favourable to their companies, much to the detriment of the poor farmer, the keeper of biodiversity.

State of Environment Report -2009
By Rajiv Gupta  | 18 Aug 2009

CAG wants speedy environment clearances by power PSUs
By Himanshu Upadhyaya  | 09 Aug 2009

While audit reports of CAG indict power PSUs for overlooking geological risks, yet it recommends faster the environmental clearances for the hydro-power projects.

Indo-EU FTA will hurt farmers beyond WTO
By Bhaskar Goswami  | 27 Jul 2009

India's keenness to sign a bi-lateral trade agreement with EU while remaining committed to WTO is incomprehensible particularly when the terms and conditions invariably favour EU companies over poor Indian farmers

Palampur Lessons: Green washing corporate crime
By Gopal Krishna  | 15 Jul 2009

World Environment Foundation, a UK NGO, which earlier awarded Satyam for its Corporate governance practices has faced a lot of flak from environmentalists for announcing an award to the mining giant Vedanta for its environment management.

Concerns beyond G-8
By K. A. Ravi  | 12 Jul 2009

The recent G8 summit at L' Aquila in Italy has left a lot of expectations unmet, and horde of crucial global issues ignored. But will G-8 survive till the next summit?

Budget 2009 deserves serious debate
By K. A. Ravi  | 09 Jul 2009

Inclusive Growth, aimed in the Budget 2009-10, doesn’t find place of priority in debates and discussions in mainstream media, and therefore it is crucial for development community to be more vocal about it.

Tribal marginalization and growing resentment
By Rina Mukherji  | 05 Jul 2009

Lack of basic amenities and deteriorating living conditions have forced the tribals to become easy prey of Maoists.

Locomotive theory
By Abheek Barman  | 16 Jun 2009

As free migration of people across states helps India make economic progress, China’s rigid control over citizens’ movement is now affecting its economy.

Calling all rights-thinking individuals
By K. A. Ravi  | 15 May 2009

Media prefers mud-slinging over manifestoes
By Kuldeep Ratnoo  | 15 May 2009

Hunger is a man-made crisis
By Jayati Ghosh  | 01 May 2009

The global food crisis may have dropped out of the headlines but price rises and the factors that created them are still very much with us today.

An uphill task
By Carmen Miranda  | 30 Apr 2009

Saving the Western Ghats

Improve tax fairness and help the developing world
By Angel Gurría  | 24 Apr 2009

Honeybees in Danger
By Evaggelos Vallianatos  | 12 Apr 2009

Silence Meets Despair of Afghan Women
By Marie Cocco  | Washington | 02 Apr 2009

Water Woes
By Kuldeep Ratnoo  | 02 Apr 2009

Water: Commodity or human right?
By Mary Shaw  | 22 Mar 2009

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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!!   

Lead View
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