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When one man stood up against a 35-storey giant

Quarter Number 4/11 tells the story of a factory worker’s failed struggle to retain his home in the face of forced eviction by a high-profile real estate development in the heart of Kolkata. Shoma A Chatterji traces the narrative that is a stark commentary on development trends within the country.

Displacement Society Films and Books Human Rights

Who decides where your city ends?
As Bengaluru is proposed to be split up into different municipal corporations, Mathew Idiculla explains why it is important to examine how decisions regarding cities and their boundaries are taken.
Cities Government

Why Raghuram Rajan has lost patience with defaulting promoters
“We need a change in mind set, where the wilful or non-cooperative defaulter is not lionized as a captain of industry, but justly chastised as a freeloader on the hardworking people of this country,” said the RBI governor in his recent lecture at IRMA, Anand. An unedited transcript of his speech:
Public Funds Laws

Are there smarter ways to run our cities?
The ruling government has allocated 7,060 crores of rupees for smart cities, but do our realities allow for westernised ICT-driven smart cities? Darryl D’Monte dwells on what would really make our cities smart, based on deliberations at the second Urban Age conference.
Waste Cities Government Urban Poor

Is lower inflation here to stay?
Most measures of inflation over the last couple of months point to an encouraging downward movement in price indices; Shambhu Ghatak deconstructs these measures and quotes observations of the RBI to show why it may still be premature to take low inflation for granted.
Agriculture Trade Government

Crying out for clarity
The e-commerce space in India has been growing in leaps and bounds but inchoate rules and dated laws have created ‘grey areas’ that need to be cleared at the earliest. Akshatha M outlines the key issues in the debate.
Trade Government Laws

Workers leave agriculture, but where are they headed?
The declining participation of labour force in agriculture could have been treated as a natural, inevitable phase in the country’s transition towards industrialisation, but for the employment trends visible in the industrial sector. Kannan Kasturi’s analysis captures the real cause for worry.
Agriculture Livelihood

Kerala: A murky ‘state’ of affairs
From misguided attempts at prohibition and moral policing to scams in higher education and declining development, things in Kerala have been taking a rather sordid turn and hitting headlines for all the wrong reasons. P N Venugopal recapitulates some of the most recent developments.
Government KERALA Society States

A lot needs to be done to realise Modi’s dreams for Khadi
In October 2014, a draft consultation paper from the Planning Commission detailed the many issues faced by India’s handloom sector and the failure of earlier schemes to solve the problems faced by weavers. Elizabeth Soumya summarises key points from the report.
Livelihood Government

Would you dare to ‘make in India’?
Prime Minister Modi’s clarion call to manufacture in India signifies a lofty vision, but can that be realised without some critical reforms that would make manufacturing sustainable and rational? Amar Kumar raises pertinent questions.

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. Researchers 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

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.

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

There are more things in heaven and earth than stock markets!
Mumbai in the dock
If you want food security, why not have food coupons?
How about smart villages, Mr Modi?
No big bang in Jaitley’s budget
What we should score Arun Jaitley on
Why UPA’s folly could be Modi’s too
Should Modi now steer India towards Gujarat?
Could Aadhaar be the game changer for footloose labour?
Why the IB report is undemocratic
Will passengers have to bear the burden of Mumbai Metro?
Can farmers look ahead to “acche din” as well?
The economics of a strong democracy
Will The NYT bat against Washington apples in India?
Oxford study validates Indian environmentalist claims
On the right track, but miles to go
What they say about the things that really matter
How parties are wooing the young voter
What a cell phone could mean for a poor woman
What bankers don’t tell you about their bad loans
Areca nut opens up new horizons for Assamese youth
Can Bangalore’s planners solve its commuter woes?
Mundra SEZ: Deemed, but not approved
For whom the tolls rile
The strange case of ICTT Vallarpadam
What constrains our social enterprises?
When every Indian has a bank account
At Kandla, no room for marine ecosystem
Delhi's cry: No more dead men walking
Why your bag of vegetables costs more every week!
Should there be a Nobel for economists?
Greening the finance sector
One Person Companies: Speed without effective brakes?
Helping businesses help society
Can rural India get the 'power' to choose?
Who's importing all that gold?
Our cheese has moved, and only we must find it
Transferring benefits, but where?
Irreconcilable differences : The Right-Left Divide in Economics
Why the Current Account Deficit matters to you and me
Why I root for right to food, for all
Death knell for music?
Humble jackfruit eyes haute cuisine status
Reading beyond Siddaramaiah’s lines
60 to a dollar: Good, bad or ugly?
Beware of disaster profiteering
Seaplane grounded!
A 'pilot' that lost direction
When a legend returns
'Pearl of water' transforming lives
Ballia: Chasing elusive dreams
Corporate interests rise above all
Professional or mercenary?
A bumpy road ahead for electric vehicles
BUDGET: Why more taxes may be good
Founders would have wanted inheritance tax restored
Why ants didn't win the Nobel prize
FDI in reverse
In praise of transfers
FDI: Just the facts, please
CNG isn't really the answer
Making CMPs more useful
The key to the handloom crisis
Who profits? Who pays?
Building the Transit Metropolis
Welcome, foreign investors!
Growing business at the bottom of the pyramid
Where woodcraft is a way of life
Oil subsidy is all gas
Moving in, staying out
RBI frees deposit interest rates
Manufacturing a policy
Cooking the dam books
Ideas to market Jackfruit
Living with 'installments'
The great drain robbery
Agitation looms in Kerala over National Highway widening
MGNREGA payment woes: bad to worse?
Albert Pinto's missing anger
A canal of misery
Plugging the skills gap
Making silk looms spin faster
Untying the states
Kerala going greener
The first true BRT in India
Varanasi weavers get GI protection
New sparkle in Assam's jewels
Bihar's bridges, way to a new work culture
Meet on quality of growth and inclusive development
The spirits of Mumbai's cars
Fishy, with lots of money
Inflation: perception and reality
Making sense of the rural rush
G20: The 'trillion' dollar magic trick
Kerala crisis prescription: unconvincing, no rigour
Bodo weavers spin money in Bhutan
HDI Oscars: Slumdogs versus millionaires
Whose crisis is it, anyway?
World Bank's CAS: The forward march of failure
Sericulture gets a boost
From snow ball to coconut lassi
SEZs: engine derailed?
Driving away cars from city centres
Selling thick and fast: land and dreams
Lured to sell, driven to buy
Nagpur's land party: risky, unregulated
Milkmen of a dying village
Nagpur cargo hub plan drives villagers desparate
Give us a break, Mr Sreedharan
PPPs: Tall claims, but little evidence
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
Wanted: talented young to match jobs galore
Two classes, two unions
Villagers protest plans for salt factory
Brass metal work losing its shine
Tripura taps the rubber economy
Uneasy quiet on the POSCO front
SEZs: A history of injustice and abuse
How about a fruit ice cream?
India's investment opportunities in sustainable business
A rural B-school for women
Courses and jobs aplenty, but students uncertain
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?

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