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24 October 2014
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URBAN AGENDA
What will it take to make our cities really smart?

The thrust on ‘smart cities’ by PM Narendra Modi has been impossible to miss since he took over the reins. Sujaya Rathi and Shrimoyee Bhattacharya look at critical considerations to be made at the pilot stage of the evolutionary journey towards such urban centres.

Urban Cities Government

CPI MOVEMENTS
Has the Modi government kept its promises on inflation?
S Venkatraman presents an interesting set of charts to capture the movement of the consumer price index and finds that the answer to this question may not be an easy one to arrive at.
Consumers

MUNICIPAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Urbanisation challenge: What will drive the funds?
Indian cities have neither the funds required to realise their envisaged progress, nor credible systems to ensure effective utilisation of what they have. Srikanth Viswanathan emphasises the need for accountability and more robust financial management by municipal corporations, and the possible steps to achieve that.
Public Funds Cities

100 DAYS OF MODI GOVT
There are more things in heaven and earth than stock markets!
The media frenzy over Narendra Modi’s first 100 days in office is complemented by the cheer in markets, but Devinder Sharma sounds a caveat against judging the performance of the government by the standards of markets alone.
Agriculture Government opinions Devinder Sharma OP-ED

PORT REDEVELOPMENT
Mumbai in the dock
The redevelopment of port land in Mumbai, dominated by the grandiose proposals of Nitin Gadkari, now rests primarily on the wishes of the Mumbai Port Trust, while it ignores the real needs of the city at large. Darryl D’Monte exposes the contradictions.
Urban Cities

PDS ALTERNATIVES
If you want food security, why not have food coupons?
The erstwhile UPA government’s Food Security Act, now set to be implemented by the present government, could mean unendurable strain for the country’s public distribution framework. P V Rajeev spells out better alternatives to explore.
Food Security Government Opinions Agriculture Policy

BUDGETING FOR AGRICULTURE
How about smart villages, Mr Modi?
For over two decades now, agriculture has suffered overall neglect as successive governments, led by World-Bank prescribed growth models, have issued disproportionate doles to industry. While the present allocations do not spell much hope, Devinder Sharma suggests what the Modi government may still do to reverse the trend.
Agriculture Devinder Sharma Agriculture Policy

UNION BUDGET 2014
No big bang in Jaitley’s budget
Key highlights and provisions of Arun Jaitley’s maiden budget, presented in Parliament on 10 July:
Public Funds Government

OP-ED: UNION BUDGET PREVIEW
What we should score Arun Jaitley on
As the country eagerly awaits the new government’s maiden budget, Shankar Jaganathan evokes the realities of the Indian economy to provide a reference framework within which to judge the Jaitley budget.
Public Funds Government Opinions

THE PATH TO DEVELOPMENT
Why UPA’s folly could be Modi’s too
With Narendra Modi at the helm, the push towards market-driven development looks likely to be continued, leading to an eventual defeat of real expectations from the voter, says Pradeep Baisakh as he analyses the causes behind the UPA debacle.
Public Funds Government Opinions Poverty

DEVELOPMENT
Should Modi now steer India towards Gujarat?
Throughout the campaign of Narendra Modi, the Gujarat development model had been widely credited with the potential to change India’s future. As the new government completes a month in power, Ramesh Menon stresses the need to seriously question if it is really one that should be replicated in every Indian state.
Education Health GUJARAT States

INTERNAL MIGRANTS
Could Aadhaar be the game changer for footloose labour?
Several recent studies bring out the abysmal deprivation from entitlements among India’s vast internal migrant population. Shambhu Ghatak throws light on the problems faced by migrants and explores if the UID can indeed live up to its promise of making mobility a smoother process.
Labour Issues Government Urban Poor

NGOS UNDER FIRE
Why the IB report is undemocratic
The recent ‘secret’ report from the Intelligence Bureau accusing select NGOs of scuttling Indian development is not only an unjust indictment of these organisations, but also an insult to the intelligence and voice of the common man. Sakuntala Narasimhan elaborates.
Government Opinions Human Rights

 

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Moving in, staying out
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Ideas to market Jackfruit
Living with 'installments'
The great drain robbery
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Albert Pinto's missing anger
A canal of misery
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Making silk looms spin faster
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The first true BRT in India
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New sparkle in Assam's jewels
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Meet on quality of growth and inclusive development
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Fishy, with lots of money
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Sericulture gets a boost
From snow ball to coconut lassi
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Driving away cars from city centres
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Lured to sell, driven to buy
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Milkmen of a dying village
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Give us a break, Mr Sreedharan
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Artisanal weavers struggling to survive
The new avatar of banks
India's coal-to-liquid push short-sighted
From Busway to BRT
Too much fruit, too little bounty
High growth: In deep waters
Power to the rich, literally
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Two classes, two unions
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Brass metal work losing its shine
Tripura taps the rubber economy
Uneasy quiet on the POSCO front
SEZs: A history of injustice and abuse
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A rural B-school for women
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Carts, kiosks and Indian retail
Tender coconut juice, instantly chilled
A 'sour' source of delight and livelihood
Lives strangulated by needle and thread
Looking beyond the chicken's neck
Jobs, skills, shortages and future-proofing
Traditional knowledge receives a boost
A storehouse of untapped potential
Training the millions left behind
Pune's BRT stumbles at the start
Bit by byte, IT firms make rural plans
More self-goals by the PFC
SEZs: Invitation to chaos?
Citizens input on power tariffs
Tender coconuts break into corporate offices
Darjeeling tea's lessons for handlooms
The 'Free trade' explosion
Thirty years with a load of fish on her head
Caution - road work ahead
Bt: Flaky results, pre-determined consensus
Look who's on the road
A floundering trade
Does Jamnagar diesel equal Basmati?
Compact biogas plant making waves
Livelihoods caught in the nets
Making motorists pay
Reviving the cotton-to-cloth chain
Ahmedabad takes the bus
What's in a brand name?
An independent voice for workers
Beyond the Clemenceau's recall
The high cost of 'easy' foreign exchange
GDP planning: number crunching won't do
Too little, for too long
Build first, sell next, approvals later
Basmati beset by debate and delay
Weaving woes on the handlooms
A new coalition backs garment workers
Power-play, for the people
How many bullets maketh a dam?
The dams balance sheet
A drive through hell
Low cost rural houses from local materials
An exceptional nation
Micro credit gathers force
A prescription that suits the doctor!
Mindful markets
Entertainment tax bonanza in Kerala
Serving up success
Weeds of hope
Businesses, growth and the good society
Less scrutiny of PSUs planned
Snakes and Ladders in Chingrajpara
Into the maze of the EGS scam
The enterprising labour of small vendors
Special Exploitation Zone
The whole world's bhujia
'Middle class' palaces
'Regularly' employed in Chingrajpara
Connecting outlays to outcomes
GI protection: too little, too slow
Budget 2005: Rhetoric vs. reality
The hamaal: weightlifter or pack mule?
Salvaging VAT's left
Brains and bullocks
Pulling the workhorse, driving the rickshaw
Water canals, or treasury drains?
Tsunami hit saltmakers suffer govt silence
A breach in the interlinking plans
Pracharak to politician, and now, activist
Recruiting debt
Bangalore airport: real estate or runway?
Death knell for low cost medicines
Flower power
The future of Pune's public transport
VAT, or something like it
Bustling, struggling, progressing
Keep away, Anjammas tell GM pushers
Waiting and guessing
Shifting designs
Tax better, spend better
This money grows on trees
 

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