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Agriculture - Duties and Rights - Education - Environment - Food - Global - Governance - Health - Indian Economy - Indian Society - Physical Development - Social Welfare - Water and Sanitation
Food diversity can fight hunger
By Pandurang Hegde | 22 May 2013
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT - Food - International policies and programmes

To pee or not to pee
By Sudhirendar Sharma | 21 Apr 2013
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT - Water and Sanitation - Water Availability and Distribution

Making sense of growth
By Sudhirendar Sharma | 04 Apr 2013
SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Indian Economy - Impact on Citizens

Save languages, save biodiversity
By Pandurang Hegde | 20 Feb 2013
GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT - Global Society - Cultural Diversity and Homogenization

Chasing the mirage
By Pandurang Hegde | 20 Dec 2012
SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Indian Economy - Impact on Citizens

Thumbs down to microfinance!
By Sudhirendar Sharma | 12 Dec 2012
SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT - Social Welfare - National policies and programmes

Can we afford to forget Bhopal?
By Pandurang Hegde | 30 Nov 2012
ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPMENT - Risks and Hazards - Chemicals and Toxins

Yamuna may remain a sewer?
By Sudhirendar Sharma | 21 Nov 2012
ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPMENT - Risks and Hazards - Wastes and Pollution

Toilet and the idea of a toilet
By Sudhirendar Sharma | 29 Oct 2012
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT - Water and Sanitation - Access to improved Sanitation

The clamour to re-open the mines
By Carmen Miranda | 25 Oct 2012
ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPMENT - Risks and Hazards - Natural Resources Exploitation

Milestone or Millstone?
By Sudhirendar Sharma | 03 Jul 2012
ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPMENT - Conservation - National Policies and Programmes

Food coupons for profit?
By Devinder Sharma | 21 Jun 2012
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT - Food - National Policies and Programmes

Rio+20: Listen to communities
By Pandurang Hegde | 20 Jun 2012
ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPMENT - Conservation - National Policies and Programmes

Green ministry or green signal?
By Pandurang Hegde | 05 Jun 2012
ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPMENT - Conservation - National Policies and Programmes

Hiding behind the growth veil
By Carmen Miranda | 21 May 2012
ENVIRONMENT DEVELOPMENT - Conservation - National Policies and Programmes

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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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