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Ganga cleanup: Some unanswered questions
By Sudhirendar Sharma  | 27 Jun 2011

The euphoria and cynicism generated by the World Bank's $1 billion loan is similar to the enthusiasm Rajiv Gandhi's Ganga Action Plan had generated in 1984. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Parliament had found in 2004 that Rs 960 crore spent on the project (till then) only ended-up increasing the level of pollution in the river.

Baiga tribals show the way in forest conservation
By Mahim Pratap Singh  | 30 Dec 2009

Beyond Ecological Imperialism
By Jayati Ghosh  | 22 Dec 2009

Trade: A lost decade for the WTO?
By Peter Costantini  | 07 Dec 2009

Ten years ago, the Seattle Ministerial of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) flashed over into a 'Battle of Seattle' before the eyes of a startled world.

Legitimacy of WTO hangs by a thread
By Michelle Pressend  | 30 Nov 2009

WTO Ministerial at Geneva is an opportunity for the world leaders to bring transparency and balance in the working of the institution, which has long been favouring developed nations and their multinational corporations.

One Hundred Years of Violence
By Claude Alvares  | 26 Nov 2009

Delhi doesn't want to pay for climate change, but it's already bearing the costs
By Stephanie Nolen  | 06 Sep 2009

Let the Games go on
By Ramaswamy R. Iyer  | 04 Aug 2009

WTO, GMO and Total Spectrum Dominance
By F. William Engdahl  | 12 Jul 2009

WTO rules put free-trade of agribusiness above national health concerns

The Great Gene Robbery II
By Devinder Sharma  | 24 Jun 2009

A Report on Volunteerism - Executive Summary
By Elisha Evans and Joe Saxton  | 11 Jun 2009

Voluntary involvement is one of the most powerful change agents in history. In a globalised world, is volunteerism fading ? No, says this remarkable report, pointing out that it is our perception and approach to volunteerism that needs finetuning. "volunteering is more than a mere gift of time; it is an opportunity; a privilege; a stride towards greatness."

Monsanto's Harvest of Fear
By Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele  | 05 Jun 2009

Monsanto already dominates America's food chain with its genetically modified seeds. Now it has targeted milk production. Just as frightening as the corporation' tactics-ruthless legal battles against small farmers-is its decades-long history of toxic contamination.

Five things the Environment Minister must do
By Gopal Krishna  | 05 Jun 2009

The Great Gene Robbery
By Claude Alvares  | 04 Jun 2009

The New Nationalist Movement in India
By Jabez T. Sutherland  | 04 Jun 2009

Four decades before Indian independence, a writer raises the question, "Why is England in India at all?"

India's Food Security & Farming: Some National Parties
By d-sector Team  | 21 May 2009

Aid and the financial crisis: Shall we expect development aid to fall?
By Emmanuel Frot  | 13 May 2009

Developing countries are expected to be severely hit by the recent financial crisis. Based on previous crises, aid flows to developing countries should be down by 13%.

An Illiterate's Declaration to the Literacy Preacher
By Dayal Chandra Soni  | 04 May 2009

End of laissez-faire: What next?
By Dr. D.B. Nihalsingha  | 01 May 2009

Here we go again
By Ricardo Hausmann  | 01 May 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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