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Journey from purdah to power
By Rina Mukherji  | 21 May 2012

The difficult journey traversed by the women's movement in India can be best understood through the gamut of posters and visual media used to create awareness on the women's struggle. 'Our pictures, our words - A visual journey through the women's movement' examines the processes which contributed to Indian feminism becoming a broad-based movement for human rights.

Do you know about Monsanto?
By Pandurang Hegde  | 27 Dec 2011

The detailed profile of agribusiness giant, compiled after prolonged investigation by award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin, provides insight into the corporate ways to control the food supply chain.

Global life expectancy on the rise: WHO
By d-sector Team  | 16 May 2011

Addressing violence against women and girls in sexual and reproductive health services
By d-sector Team  | 26 Aug 2010

Climate cash must not increase developing countries' debt
By d-sector Team  | 01 Jun 2010

Deforestation dips but all's still not well
By d-sector Team  | 30 Mar 2010

Gorillas fast disappearing from central Africa: UN report
By d-sector Team  | 30 Mar 2010

World on track to meet drinking water target of MDGs: UN
By d-sector Team  | 24 Mar 2010

Migratory birds under threat, says US Report
By d-sector Team  | 24 Mar 2010

Drug-resistant TB now at record levels: WHO
By d-sector Team  | 23 Mar 2010

Urban policies benefit the rich and powerful: UN
By d-sector Team  | 22 Mar 2010

Few countries have laws prohibiting violence against women: UNDP
By d-sector Team  | 15 Mar 2010

WB blueprint for Economic Cooperation in South Asia
By d-sector Team  | 02 Mar 2010

Partnerships needed to save children: UNICEF
By d-sector Team  | 06 Feb 2010

Human Rights defenders under attack: HRW
By d-sector Team  | 25 Jan 2010

HRW's digest on Crimes against Humanity in Rwanda
By d-sector Team  | 21 Jan 2010

Women vulnerable to climate change: UNFPA
By d-sector Team  | 21 Jan 2010

Global trade logistics improving - WB
By d-sector Team  | 21 Jan 2010

Presence of Maoists help save forests
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jan 2010

Report on migration issues in India
By d-sector Team  | 09 Jan 2010

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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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