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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 migrate from East Bengal post partition.

Drylands too conserve biodiversity
By Rina Mukherji  | 20 Dec 2012

The animals, birds and biomes in dryland regions provide spectacular examples of adaptation to scarce water resources.

Change the policy diet
By J. George  | 20 Dec 2012

The complicated policies and programmes implemented to reduce hunger will only increase food insecurity in the country

Equity over traditions
By Amitangshu Acharya  | 10 Dec 2012

While it has become glamorous to talk about revival of traditional water harvesting structures, preference for unaesthetic pipelines over the ephemeral stepwells has more to do with dignity than just convenience.

Is 50 years not enough?
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 24 Oct 2012

It is vital for national security that all documents on events related to the 1962 Sino-Indian border dispute and armed conflict, be fully declassified with unrestricted access to academicians and serious students of strategy.

Long live political cartoonists!
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 20 Sep 2012

The charge of sedition against Aseem Trivedi for his cartoons is patently incorrect and has put back focus on the need to abolish Section 124A.

Genetic wealth belongs to people
By Shalini Bhutani  | 25 May 2012

The Government of India has been vocal at the CBD fora asking for a legally binding international regime on access and benefit-sharing. The doublespeak is that in its national law - the BD Act, it merely asks for consultation with 'benefit claimers'. The BD Act does not ask for the full prior informed consent (PIC) of India's people.

A border that was never accepted
By Rina Mukherji  | 18 Apr 2012

Subha Das Mollick's documentary Crosswinds Over Icchamati, attempts to dwell deep into the psyche of Bengali people divided against their will.

The democracy 'Ramlila'
By Biju Negi  | 14 Feb 2012

Elections in India are no different than yearly enactment of Ramlila, with the fact that the drama is old and, like in the case of the Ramlila, people know its script and dialogues verbatim.

Leave the adivasi alone!
By Narendra Bastar  | 30 Jan 2012

The poor adivasi is suffering more in Independent India than ever. But the government, civil society, corporates or Maoists, every group has its own agenda and vested interests to fulfil at the cost of vulnerable adivasi.

Nuclear power at what cost?
By Shankar Sharma  | 30 Nov 2011

When the developed world is rethinking on its nuclear power policy, Indian government seems very keen to follow a dangerous path without fully exploring various cheaper and sustainable options of energy production.

Let there be light
By Shankar Sharma  | 04 Nov 2011

With grave mismatch between production and demand for electricity, frequent power cuts have become a norm in most states of India. While rural India is deprived of basic life line energy supplies, the urban areas are splurging on scarce energy sources. This situation cannot continue indefinitely.

Do earthquakes trigger floods?
By Rina Mukherji  | 03 Nov 2011

Experts say a direct link exists between earthquakes, landslides and the severity of floods experienced in the Brahmaputra basin.

Caught between two Acts
By Shawahiq Siddiqui  | 20 Oct 2011

In view of contradictions between the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Forest Rights Act, 2006, there is a need to create institutional synergies between these two laws for the benefit of traditional conservators of India's rich biological diversity.

Poor ideas to remove poverty
By Gopal Krishna  | 28 Sep 2011

While the Planning Commission has repeatedly failed to provide any worthwhile solution to eradicate poverty, its insincere attempts to deliberately hide the actual number of poor in the country makes one question its relevance in present times.

Save nature, the tribal way
By Rina Mukherji  | 18 Sep 2011

Nilanjan Bhattacharya's film Johar-Welcome to our world highlights the sustainable practices of our indigenous peoples which they nurtured on the strength of their bonds with the forests

Dark clouds over coal based power
By Shankar Sharma  | 26 Aug 2011

As supply of coal is becoming uncertain, the future of many coal-based power plants has come under clouds. However, this crisis could become an opportunity if focus is shifted to renewable energy options.

Bungling government creates an icon
By S. G. Vombatkere  | 18 Aug 2011

Unprecedented public support for Anna Hazare's demand for Jan Lokpal Bill has rattled the political class. People power has won the first round of the decisive bout but greater challenges lie ahead.

Tightrope walking on LARR Bill
By Archana Vaidya  | 18 Aug 2011

Proposed Draft Land Acquisition Resettlement and Rehabilitation Bill (LARR) aims to provide better safety mechanism to land owners and dependents but some of its conditions could turn out to be too stringent and difficult to implement.

Crisis before capitalism
By Ashok B Sharma  | 10 Aug 2011

As lingering financial crisis in the developed world is casting its shadow on the developing countries, it is time to look beyond capitalism for sustainable and equitable development.

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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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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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