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Views published elsewhere but worthy to read.

Vaccines Save Lives... or don't they?!
By d-sector Team  | 06 Mar 2009

Do vaccines save life ..or do they take lives ? Blasphemous thought ? Well this writer doesn't think so ..and seeks to marshal the facts on the point!

Why don't Development Practitioners and Academics collaborate ?
By James E. Foster  | 02 Mar 2009

Like in Technology and Corporate Management, it would be a win-win situation if Development Practitioners and Academics get to collaborate more and more, says the author of 'Productive Collaborations between Development Practitioners and Academics'.

Finn's Facts: We must stay vigilant against the rush for our land by multinational corporations
By Finnigan Wa Simbeye  | Dar Es Salaam | 02 Mar 2009

Land for sustaining agricultural into the 21st century is the target of MNCs in various parts of Africa, says this columnist of the African newspaper This Day.

Critical Reforms of IMF Policies Demanded
By Bobby Ramakant  | 02 Mar 2009


Agriculture and Climate Change: An Agenda for Negotiation in Copenhagen
By Gerald C. Nelson  | 01 Mar 2009

The first in a series of briefs prepared to support the goal of putting agriculture on the agenda of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations in Copenhagen in December 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
People, Partition and the Pain
By Rina Mukherji
15 Aug 2013

Dr Jayanti Basu's book analyzes the complex feelings of hatred and longing for the homeland that have contributed to shaping the personalities of a generation of people who were forced to ..
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