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Have we gained or lost?

Pradeep Baisakh looks at the effects of the economic reforms started 25 years ago.


Water guzzlers in water-stressed areas
This summer, stories of the impacts of drought and water scarcity that mostly highlight the conditions of farmers, cattle, domestic water supplies in villages, towns and cities have been regular. What is often not reported is the situation with industries, particularly the coal based thermal power plants, reports Shripad Dharmadhikary.

The skills journey: A long history but no destination in sight
In the second and concluding part of his exposition on India’s skill development efforts, Shambhu Ghatak traces the journey under the UPA and NDA governments, only to find that while the thrust remains the same, the end is far from sight.
Livelihood Education

The gap between where we are and where we want to be
The Skill India Mission aims to provide skills training to around 402 million people by the year 2022. In the first of a two-part series, Shambhu Ghatak upholds estimates of skilled workforce from various reports to highlight the yawning gap that needs to be bridged.
Livelihood Education

The long arms of trade
As the countdown for the tenth Ministerial Conference of the WTO to be held in Nairobi, Kenya through 15-18 December commences, Shalini Bhutani emphasises the need for a cautious deliberation on how trade rules affect key sectors and all stakeholders.
Agricultural Trade

Addressing Make in Africa, at the India-Africa Summit
India and Africa both share interest in manufacturing, so how will this play out at the ongoing India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) in Delhi? And will we see a coherent strategy from the present Indian government for engaging the continent? Anoo Bhuyan looks into these questions and more.
Government opinions

Losing our rivers to grand plans
As per the National Waterways Bill recently introduced in the Parliament, 101 stretches of rivers in the country will be declared as National Waterways. There are many advantages of waterways but these advantages will be realised only when certain conditions are met, and only under certain circumstances says Shripad Dharmadhikary.
Water Government opinions

Idle generators in the midst of power deficit
The Southern region of India is expected to face high energy deficit this year while the Western and Eastern region will have a surplus of energy generation. Kannan Kasturi explains why such regional skew in energy generation and energy consumption exists and what it will take to resolve it.

Is environment protection on our agenda at all?
At a recent conference hosted by the environment ministry, attendees adopted several resolutions with a purported view to developing India’s environmental future. Kanchi Kohli analyses some of these and their real, likely portent.
Environment Government

Kerala pioneer eyes new horizons for jackfruit industry
A new food processing company in Kerala proposes to market innovative products, the success of which could well place the largely neglected jackfruit in the focus of attention of bigger players in the state’s food processing industry. Shree Padre reports.
Agriculture KERALA

The real challenges to sustainable development
With the expiry of the MDGs which guided global development till 2015, the international community is now negotiating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2016-2030. Prahlad Shekhawat summarises the ensuing debates and explores a way forward.
Agriculture Environment Government Poverty

Not everyone wants a plastic-free future!
A petition filed by an NGO before the NGT seeks a phasing out of the use of plastic bottles and multi-layered plastic packaging, but there is a strong opposition to the proposal from a significant section of stakeholders belonging to the industry. Devanik Saha reports.
Environmental Hazards Waste Environment

Will free trade allow free voices too?
Shalini Bhutani takes a close look at the law and ensuing policy on trade in India, and asks whether the regulatory framework on trade issues nurtures the idea of public consultation.
Trade Government Laws

Have we gained or lost?
Skills-building an imperative for rural India too and here’s why!
Daily wage-earners in Delhi find little cause to cheer for AAP
What will it take to make our cities environment-smart?
Rethinking food security and hunger
Confluence of hope: Converging for a better world
Why Jaitley’s budget has failed to bring cheer to our farmers
Highlights from the Union Budget 2015
A broad vision for a better experience
For the love of the seed industry
Why easy land is no guarantee of industrial growth
What are contract workers across the country pressing for?
'Krisis': Can Greece inspire India?
Kerala’s royal connection: The luxury ‘uru’
A sudden cloud over Maharashtra’s nutritional progress
Pursuing development: The perils of the beaten track
The false promise of a demographic dividend
What ails Sikkim’s Teesta hydropower project?
When one man stood up against a 35-storey giant
Who decides where your city ends?
Why Raghuram Rajan has lost patience with defaulting promoters
Are there smarter ways to run our cities?
Workers leave agriculture, but where are they headed?
Kerala: A murky ‘state’ of affairs
A lot needs to be done to realise Modi’s dreams for Khadi
Would you dare to ‘make in India’?
What will it take to make our cities really smart?
Urbanisation challenge: What will drive the funds?
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
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 bankers don’t tell you about their bad loans
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
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
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!
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
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?
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
Common minimal budgeting
Fast, smooth, and affordable - but when?
Train to nowhere
What’s in a Name, Part II
Dial R to reroute funds
Orissa's labour industry
Migrant labour, migrating debt
What's in a name?
Defence or development?
Money for nothing
The shadow economy
What can save Kerala's small coir?
Diamond Point : where dignity is auctioned
Organising inside the home
Business for benefit
Chinks in the armour
Bridging the banking divide
Thanjavur : summer of discontent
Geographical indications in jeopardy
Progress by any other measure
Livelihoods : the numbers tell
Unemployment and migration
Money talks, ... and walks
A burdensome livelihood
Financing inequality and impunity
The rise of India and WSF
Leadership by non-believers
Judge derails expressway plans
A surge for consumer rights
Rescuing the coconut economy
A weekly struggle
Leading a horse to water
A depressing flavour
Old books in old lanes
These food subsidies inflate prices
Did India win or lose at Cancun?
Disquiet before Cancun
Saviour of the hassled commuter
Ganging up on development
Unmapped, yet visited
Re-routing livelihoods
Budget, Women & The Yawning Gap
From then till now
Production cost Rs. 60, auction price Rs. 47
Technology Transforms Rural Women
Making a Govt Scheme work
Dignity though Papad making
Business with humanitarian goals

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