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Sharp Quotes
By D-Sector Editorial Team

Interesting, profound or out of the box comments on various issues.
"In the current system, the subsidy is with the storekeeper. In the coupon system, it will be directly with the poor. "
- Kaushik Basu, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India

"The biggest loser is India, the nation. A small bunch of carpetbaggers has virtually destroyed Brand India by its negligence, incompetence and malfeasance (during CWG preparations)."
- Sudipto Mundle, Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Delhi

"You can’t commute four-five hours in your AC car and say that you are helping the planet by living in eco-friendly homes. "
- Chitra Vishwanathan, Indian Architect

"I’m not sure we’ve attained the objective of projecting ourselves as a great rising economic power to the Western world or even to Africa through Commonwealth Games."
- Mani Shankar Aiyar, former sports minister of India

"India needs an ever-green revolution which means increasing productivity in perpetuity with no impact on ecology. It means increase in production through productivity improvement as land is shrinking and water getting scarce."
- - Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, renowned agricultural scientist

"Development hides more than, it reveals…Few ask, 'infrastructure, yes, but for whom'?"
- Rohit Negi, Professor, Ambedkar University, on commonwealth constructions

"Panditji was the greatest democratic dictator in history, but twelve years of his Prime Ministership were largely wasted."
- Abhijit Banerjee, Director, Abdul Jameel Poverty Action Lab, MIT

"It seems the former Indian policy of Garibi Hatao has been replaced by new one: Garib Hatao."
- Craig Jeffery, professor, St. John’s College, Oxford University

"There are limits to techno-interventions. We tend to underestimate the human and ecological costs. "
- Jairam Ramesh, Environment and Forests minister of India

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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