THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
16 July 2018
GOSIKHURD IRRIGATION PROJECT
Thirty-four years of irregularities and failures

The recently released CAG audit report on Maharashtra has heavily criticized the time and cost overruns in Gosikhurd irrigation project in Vidarbha. Himanshu Upadhyaya analyses the report to list the shortcomings of the project.

Public Funds Water Government MAHARASHTRA
RURAL WOMEN
Unheard and unknown they lead

Issues that affect underprivileged women have not got enough attention in the mainstream feminist movements in India. Yet the women from rural areas and from lower classes and castes have been leading struggles for their rights, says Navya P. K.

Environment Women's Representation Women
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Incandescent bulbs continue to flicker

Recent research by the Prayas Energy Group shows that notwithstanding a big spike in demand for LEDs in recent years, more steps are needed to phase out incandescent bulbs.

Energy Economy Environment

CRIME SURVEYS
The way we measure hate crimes is simply bogus

Safety and criminality in society must be assessed directly from the people themselves. The government is deluding itself and citizens by conflating law enforcement statistics with crime data, writes Tara Krishnaswamy.

Government Justice Caste Adivasis Society
WATER CRISIS
What you can’t measure properly, you can’t manage properly

Shripad Dharmadhikary critiques the recently released NITI Aayog’s report on Composite Water Management Index.

Water Government
AGRARIAN DISTRESS
The missing ‘market’ for agriculture

The first of a three part series on the crisis facing farmers today by Kannan Kasturi.

Agricultural Trade Agriculture Farmer Suicides
NUCLEAR POWER
What nuclear weapons have done to us

Pokhran-II  happened on May 1998, Firdaus Ahmed writes if nuclear weapons have made us more secure in these last twenty years.

Nat. Security OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
URBAN RIVERS
Concrete riverfronts or ecological rejuvenation?

A two-day dialogue on urban rivers held in Pune focused on the plight of urban rivers. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports and presents his views.

Urban Water Environment
CAG AUDIT IN ODISHA
Waiting for compliance patiently

Himanshu Upadhyaya examines a CAG audit report to point out the blatant non-compliance of environmental laws largely by the Forest officials.

Environment Odisha
TEESTA STAGE III HEP
Violating laws, making losses, damaging environment

Teesta Urja’s penchant for getting into trouble and illegalities continues unabated. Soumik Dutta reports.

Economy Environment Sikkim
BRIDE TRAFFICKING
The stories of Paros

Shoma A. Chatterji brings focus to the issue of bride trafficking, a lesser known but widely prevalent practice in parts of India, through movie Paro.

Women's films and books Society Women
MAHANADI WATER DISPUTE
Setback for optimal river basin planning

Shripad Dharmadhikary explains why setting up a tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi Water Dispute will not help the people or the river.

Environment Odisha Chhatisgarh
PASSIVE EUTHANASIA
Freedom to choose death

The Supreme Court in a landmark judgment has allowed passive euthanasia, thereby giving succour to terminally ill patients and their relatives, but is India culturally ready for this move? Ramesh Menon reports.

Health People
ARMY POLITICS
Dissension in the top brass?

Firdaus Ahmed reflects on the possibility that there is a budding pushback from the army commanders to their Chief’s increasing proximity with the ruling party at the Center.

Nat. Security OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
SHORT FILM
Questioning a sacred relationship

Shoma Chatterji reviews a beautiful short film Amma Meri that was screened recently in a film festival.

Reviews People Society Films and Books
SMART CITIES MISSION
What is a Smart City?

Last month the government announced the list of 9 new Smart Cities, taking the total of Smart Cities to 99.  Prachee Mishra of PRS legislative takes a look at the Smart Cities Mission and a few issues with it.

Cities Government
BOOK REVIEW
Can the future be what we want it to be?

Darryl D’Monte reviews the book Alternative Futures: India Unshackled edited by Ashish Kothari and K. J. Joy.

Environmental Reviews Reviews Books
FILM REVIEW
Sweet and sour nature of life

4 Tamarinds and Toffees is a delightful and nostalgic film on two women directed by a young and thoughtful director, writes Shoma Chatterji.

Reviews Films Women's films and books
NUCLEAR WEAPONS
Are India’s nuclear weapons in safe hands?

Firdaus Ahmed ponders if India’s nuclear weapons are in safer hands or not.

Nat. Security OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS
Major problems of our time are all interconnected

Recently Darryl D’Monte interviewed the famous physicist Fritjof Capra at the annual meet of Greenaccord international environmental journalists in Italy. Here he reports on Capra’s separate remarks about the environment, along with quotes from his books and blogs.

Economy Environment Society
RIGHT TO HOUSING
Urban poor lack a roof over their head

Looking into what’s happening in the State of Karnataka, Kathyayini Chamaraj discusses the housing needs and rights of the urban poor.

Government Urban Poor Poverty
LABOUR WAGES
Decoding the code on wages

This past August the Code on Wages was introduced in the Lok Sabha and subsequently referred to the Standing Committee on Labour for examination. Vinayak Krishnan of PRS Legislative explains the Code and its pros and cons.

Labour Issues Economy Laws
OBITUARY
A guardian of rivers

Himanshu Upadhayay pays a personal tribute to the inspiring and dedicated river activist Latha Anantha, who passed away on 16th of November.

Water OP-ED
DELHI POLLUTION
Forget politics, focus on smog science

It’s not the crop burning, stupid. It’s vehicles that create smog and the media should educate the public. Anup Kumar explains.

Urban Environment Media
ROTAVIRUS VACCINE
Defeating the deadly diarrhea

Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child mortality in our country. Reasonably priced vaccines backed by the government are now available to help stop this malady, says Swapna Majumdar.

Child health Children Health
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Chugging along in the name of sustainability

Kanchi Kohli raises questions on the Voluntary National Review report which shows India’s efforts to achieve seven of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals.

Government Health Poverty
CRIMES AGAINST JOURNALISTS
Impunity prevails, but what is the solution?

In 50 percent of the killings of Indian journalists since 2010 there have been no arrests so far. We need to come together to protect our tribe, urge Geeta Seshu and Sevanti Ninan.

The Press Media
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
A common, invisibilized malady

October is domestic violence awareness month. Pushpa Achanta shares stories of victims of domestic violence to point out why the dilution of IPC Section 498A by the Supreme Court is a blow to the fight against domestic violence.

Gender Violence Gender Law and Policy Women
MINING IN ODISHA
More money for more dust

Harapriya Nayak and Santosh Dora share their experience of working with the tribals of a small village in Odisha, who were suffering because of heavy mining happening in their area and how they brought about a change.

Mining Environment GUJARAT
HIGH SPEED TRAIN
Will biting the Bullet Train leave us with no teeth?

Darryl D'Monte analyses why the proposed Bullet Train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is not the need of the hour, nor worth the cost.

Transport Environment OP-ED
WOMEN ARTISANS
Breaking the male bastion of Kumartuli

Women are making a mark in a profession almost entirely dominated by men. Shoma Chatterji talks to the women idol makers of Kumartuli to find out about their struggle and success.

Business Society Women
SC/ST EMPOWERMENT
How successful has been the SC/ST Sub-Plan

It has been more than 3 decades since the scheme of Scheduled Castes Sub-Plan and Tribal Sub-Plan was implemented. It was given statutory status by converting it into an Act in Karnataka in 2013.  Kathyayini Chamaraj examines the promises of the scheme and Act and questions the outcomes.

Government Adivasis
DIABETIC RETINOPATHY
Ignorance can lead to blindness

There are 70 million diabetics in India, 80 percent of them have vision problems about which they are either not aware or lack access to good eye care. Swapna Majumdar reports how NGOs are partnering to reach out to the marginalised and providing them better eye care and prevention.

Women's Health Health
NUCLEAR AGE WAR
The myth of a nuclear peace

The  two-front war remark made by the Indian Army Chief recently makes Firdaus Ahmed question the usage of nuclear weapons in case of such a war.

Nat. Security OP-ED Subcontinental Musings
MALNUTRITION IN INDIA
The national nutrition strategy explained

Nivedita Rao of PRS Legislative presents the current status of malnutrition and measures proposed by the recently released National Nutrition Strategy by NITI Aayog.

Food Security Children Health Laws and Governance
BOOK REVIEW
Indira Gandhi’s elite environmentalism : a paler shade of green

Darryl D’Monte reviews Indira Gandhi – A Life in Nature , a new book focussing on Indira Gandhi as a naturalist.

Environment Reviews
LOOKING BACK
Muslim identity in Bollywood cinema

With the instant triple talaq been declared unconstitutional, Shoma Chatterji finds it interesting to look back at how the Muslim identity has been represented in Hindi cinema and if it will change now.

People Society Films and Books Media
POLITICAL WEAPONS
The lipstick and the burkha

Inspired by a recently released movie, Shoma Chatterji explores how the lipstick and burkha establishes a woman’s identity in public spaces and liberates them in private.

Media Women's films and books Women
LARGE HYDROPOWER PROJECTS
Throwing good money after bad

Shripad Dharmadhikary critically examines the proposed push for hydro power projects in the recently released Draft National Energy Policy for public comments by NITI Aayog.

Environment Government
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