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'Four goals, five drivers and 11 thrust areas' formed the framework for Suresh Prabhu’s railway budget, otherwise shorn of big ticket announcements or details about the nitty gritty of execution. Here’s a look at some key announcements in the Budget speech.

Public Funds Economy

Swachh Bharat: What are we missing?
From the time of the PM’s speech on 15 August 2014, where he announced his commitment to a ‘Swachh Bharat’, what has changed in the WASH sector in India? Himanshu Upadhyaya reports from notes taken as a delegate at the recent India WASH Summit in the capital.
Public Health Sanitation Human Rights

Will the Aam Aadmi Party deliver true 'swaraj'?
The initial euphoria over its emphatic electoral win over, the focus is now on realities within which the AAP will have to deliver on its promises. T R Raghunandan explores if the party can realise its vision of ‘swaraj,’ living up to the true ideals of decentralisation.
Government opinions OP-ED Women's Representation

Who will benefit from the ‘Manhattanisation’ of Mumbai?
The Mumbai municipal authorities have delivered a draft 20-year development plan for the city, but implementation of many of the proposals therein could well deliver the final blow to a city already gasping for breath, says Darryl D’Monte.
Transport Urban Cities MAHARASHTRA

What’s turning women in labour away from hospitals?
Institutionalised delivery is encouraged as a means of reducing maternal/infant mortality, but the misbehaviour meted to pregnant women in government hospitals deters them, and others who hear of their experiences, from seeking such care. Ruhi Kandhari reports.
Public Health Women's Health Health

For the love of the seed industry
It was a Valentine’s Day vow with a difference. The bond between the private seed industry and the public agricultural sector received a fillip at the recently concluded Indian Seed Congress in Agra over the weekend, reports Shalini Bhutani.
GM Crops Agriculture Economy

Is this committee overestimating leakages in ration to curb the food security act?
The report of a high level committee under BJP MP Shanta Kumar proposes radical restructuring of the PDS and reduced coverage of the food security act. But is the estimate of leakages in the report flawed in itself? Shambhu Ghatak presents alternative findings.
Food Security Public Funds

Challenges of the brass in a political minefield
A recent announcement by the army chief that officers of all ranks of the army will donate a day’s pay to the PM’s relief fund for Kashmir floods has triggered an interesting exchange, throwing light on the broader trends of politicisation within the military. Firdaus Ahmed has more.
Nat. Security Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED

When people are merely roadblocks
A series of recent executive orders, amendments to law and ministerial directives either seek to curtail avenues of public participation and consent over projects of critical impact, or do away with them altogether. Kanchi Kohli tracks the trend.
Environmental Law and Regulation Laws

SEZ today, gone tomorrow!
In six states of India, close to 5500 hectares of land acquired for 52 SEZs were subsequently de-notified and diverted for commercial purposes! Himanshu Upadhyaya draws attention to this and other findings in the CAG audit of SEZ performance, which leave several questions unanswered.
Public Funds Displacement Land

'Krisis': Can Greece inspire India?
The dramatic political transformation going on in Greece, with the victory of the leftist party SYRIZA, is worth watching closely for all those in India who hope for a just, sustainable future. Ashish Kothari deliberates upon the lessons to be learnt.
Economy Environment OP-ED Human Rights

Delhi’s big battle in figures
As Delhi readies for the fiercely contested Assembly elections, here are a few details beyond the din of the campaigns that we bet you didn’t know! S Venkatraman captures them in an easy-to-grasp visual.
Elections DELHI

GPOD: Bringing management principles to gram panchayats
As Gram Panchayats in Karnataka go to the polls this year, Madhavi Rajadhyaksha explores the untapped potential of these grassroots institutions and suggests ways in which their capabilities may be leveraged and capacity strengthened.
Panchayats KARNATAKA

Pursuing development: The perils of the beaten track
Missing: Intellectual Property Rights with a social lens
What the new processes mean for the dispossessed
Will 2015 be a year of hope?
A critical role for India at the helm of a new order
“We don’t need toilets, give us electricity and water”
SC verdict puts the spotlight on Bangla immigrants in Assam
How much do you know about the air you are breathing?
‘Lighting up’ the lives of the poor
Defining, celebrating and protecting our rivers
A time to take up the reins
Is lower inflation here to stay?
Crying out for clarity
Who will lead the anti-corruption agenda in the health sector?
Kerala: A murky ‘state’ of affairs
A lot needs to be done to realise Modi’s dreams for Khadi
If the Ganga is so hot, can the Yamuna be far behind?
A better life through literacy
The vision for our villages
Will the government heed calls to save rural jobs?
An old policy Modi must hold on to
Preparing the framework for a new Ganga vision
The laws we forgot we had
A season of change
The CAG memoirs: A committed crusader’s log
No liquor, no drinking?
Sunburn warning for India’s day in the sun
An uncertain future for our fauna
Who will broaden their horizons?
Why a depoliticised police force is a distant dream
What good is an auditor without information?
Tracking fears, hopes and facts in a new state
Is the lack of human resources choking your city?
Indo-Pak talks: Getting past the eyewash
All set to lose out on the gains?
What our cities are crying out for
Clearance revoked, but you can still have the forest land!
If you want food security, why not have food coupons?
Two states with healthcare for one
When a tsunami is manufactured
'E' is for efficiency, but what about empathy?
No big bang in Jaitley’s budget
What we should score Arun Jaitley on
Why UPA’s folly could be Modi’s too
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
Could Aadhaar be the game changer for footloose labour?
How Sikkim’s casino dream turned sour
Why the IB report is undemocratic
Removal of Governors: What does the law say?
Are Indians accountability-challenged?
Can farmers look ahead to “acche din” as well?
The message from voters in 2014
Voices Modi and Kejriwal must listen to, beyond the noise
How an MLA hopeful lost the race even before he could contest
Why voters in Telangana are still puzzled
India’s “third gender” enters poll fray with new hope
What sways the urban voter?
Chennai voters wary of disappearing acts
Can educated MPs do more for education?
Homecoming election for Harvard professor, courtesy Mamata
What they say about the things that really matter
Women MPs: At par, but rare still
How parties are wooing the young voter
Leading from the capital
Will the Western Ghats decide Kerala’s mandate?
Why Bihar’s child is different from Himachal’s
Could Modi be a development disaster?
Rampant diversion, tardy reforestation in Himachal
Rating our MPs: A few ground truths
Tracking Chennai’s faces in Parliament
Not just one party or the other!
The not-so-glittering stars in Parliament
Let the fight go on
Of Hyderabad’s ‘Sansad Ratna’ and his peers
NaMo-RaGa brand war drowns out Assam’s cries
How well do you know your MPs, Kolkata?
When a river is reduced to an adjective
Mr. Leader, I have a question...
Pragmatism over principles is the norm today: Usha Ramanathan
Could being ‘right’ be wrong for AAP?
What has your MP done for you?
New body should have better pay, more autonomy
Lessons from the "other" Indo-Pak conflict
UP NREGS: Whither guidelines?
Spaced out in Mumbai
Does the loser take it all?
Exploring state-people relations
"Compelling citizens to take an Aadhaar card is unconstitutional"
Nothing to audit
Is CCI a bypass lane for the laws?
Building towns to save our cities
Fewer takers for NREGS after long wage delays
Can accreditation ensure accountability?
Bharat Nirman: The numbers don't lie
NREGA workers kept waiting for wages
The Telangana prophecy: Will more states mean more conflict?
Why Assam burns again
Seeking new homes in Hyderabad
Six months for a job card?
River basin management: Missing the boat
Why the Current Account Deficit matters to you and me
Solar scam heat scorches Kerala
Promises made to be broken
NaMo Narmada: Who gains?
President Mukherjee must reject the Food Security ordinance
The State is snooping: Can you escape?
New report on POSCO - who's listening?
Uttarakhand tragedy: How we ignored the writing on the wall
MIS = Too many mistakes!
Modi-Nitish Kumar 'shadow boxing' to continue: Dr. Sandeep Shastri
Court battle likely after CIC's RTI ruling
Big Brother watching you, but who watches him?
No respite from hunger
Old trick, new attack
"I am neither an atheist nor a theist"
Both of India's politics on display in KA
Why India needs an alternative model of development
Corporate interests rise above all
Bangalore's MLA races may spark change
Winds of change in killing fields
The strange case of India's missing dams
Chidambaram's lip service to his own goal
Cauvery: Preferring politics to solutions
Law, justice, and the 'placebo' of compensation
Is India at its 'progressive moment'?
Should bribe-givers be let off?
Police forged complaint to arrest reporter
Tamilnadu's striking progress in welfare
Complaints? Who's listening?
Clearing the view
Bangalore's graduate MLC race has stark contrasts
Is Mumbai growing anymore?
Karnataka Lokayukta report may go in vain, feel some
Static in the 3G signal
Measuring how netas perform
How valid is the criticism?
The Lokpal we will finally get
Setting the stage on fire
What Digvijay Singh forgot to tell the PM
What powers must the Lokpal have?
Who won? Politics.
Pie in the planning sky
Honest is, as honest does
Jharkhand's "government by fiction"
Wounded pride, or vanity?
More responsibilities, less funds
Planning for Mumbai
Is the LDF coalition’s confidence wearing thin?
Bombay HC sets aside dubious circular
Narmada authorities allowed to proceed with impunity
Starvation stalks Balangir, government in denial
Democracy in the deep woods
Embankments that doom the people
Gas clouds over the government
e-Governance impact beginning to show
A town full of surprises
Once bitten, twice not shy
Civil litigation? No, thanks.
The great Goan land scam
The importance of Hyderabad
Questions of policy
Sehore: Once vibrant, now in disarray
Elections 2009: A grand success
Nagas revere this bureaucrat from the mainland
Jumping into the fray themselves
Big money seeks common man's blessing
SC keeps door open on negative voting
Parastatals and task forces - the new decision-makers
Reckless borrowing, unholy redemption
High-rise fantasies
A mother's plea: protect our seafarers from pirates
Models of reform
CAG conference: Caged tiger, much ado
For the people, by the government?
Mumbai's eye in the sky
Scamming the law, pretext of inability
A run on the Yamuna banks
Kosi breaches repeatedly, governments merely fiddle
'Street' fight in Bangalore
Old Port Trust lands on the dock
Early gains from Forest Rights Act
Unanswered questions, forgotten middle path
The law on horse-trading
Still fighting, in a maze of law and usury
CAG indicts SEZ policy
Modi's secession?
Lessons from good telecentres
CAG report slams Vidarbha waiver package
CAG: Compensatory afforestation a hoax in M.P.
Neither law nor justice
Assam's poorest district moves forward
No future without a past
Government itself to blame for backlog of cases
Living under constant threat of eviction
Getting the roll call wrong
Telecentre musings
Managing global cities
Privatisation in the Krishna basin is recipe for conflict
Resettlement policy: promising start, and a let down
Rioters against ration dealers
NREGA battling cancerous corruption in Orissa
SEZs: A history of injustice and abuse
Paying no heed to groundswell of opinion
State governments unwilling to relinquish control
Playing politics with floods
Grounded till thirty
Women leaders denounce amendment to panchayat law
Re-engineering the Comptroller and Auditor General
Mumbai sinking
In Maharashtra, the government loves calamities
Privatisation turns murkier in K East ward
The willful breaking of Narmada promises
A mortal blow to Panchayat Raj
A red dawn that set too soon
A model for sanitation for the urban poor
Hope in the season of hopelessness
Replying with bullets
Telangana by-election hits tobacco warning
Mumbaikers mobilise for civic polls
TB: gravest danger to India - II
TB: gravest danger to India
India's pro-asbestos position sets back international treaty
RG/PG - new twist to land grabs
Drains that dewater the state exchequer
Myths about police work
Grinding questions for a grand Authority
Acquiring offices for profits
Mission not accomplish-able
Our best hope for urban India
Unreasoned push for large storage projects
Iodised salt: The lesser known facts
Shunglu committee : familiar fait accompli
Emphasis on mixed use needed
A forum of diminishing value
Thwarting women in power
States unhappy with centralised clearances
Monsoon worries once again
Farmers' win in court boosts morale
How things change in government
Crime in the city
No need to amend the 'Office of profit' law
Pune's draft development plan under a cloud
Police reforms book a breath of fresh air
Bureaucracy stands in the way of benefits
Selling piped water or pipe dreams?
Police reforms: creative dialogue needed
To serve and protect
Between sting and scam
Between sting and scam
CAG audits of PSUs must stay
Criminals as leaders -- yet again?
Pradhans under the eyes of Asha Ashram
Envisioning a different city
Bangalore: Whither the future?
Delhi water project soaked in controversy
For the people, by diktat
RTI law: the long road ahead
Pass the (iodised) salt, please
Good governance, by the book
A city's recipe for watery disaster
Combating terrorism : lessons from London
Floods in Sutlej, made in China
Breathing new life into ward committees
Public prosecution - in need of reform
Mixed results for municipal water reforms
Defence budget leaves out Rs 26,000 crores
Cracks in the CAG's scanners
TN's e-Gov experiences spotty, but ongoing
RTI finding : Cities subsidising the rich
Making utilities accountable
Citizens' forum to support whistleblowers
5-month old Kerala government : wavering
Accelerated corruption, a trickle of irrigation
Urban services: Too many cooks
A classroom for leaders
PC or PC? Who sets the policy?
A ‘shocking’ development
Local water: battle of scales
Leaky rural water supplies
Knowing our legislators
Less populous, more powerful
Taken for a taxing ride?
Revamping municipal delivery systems
More reforms, says Election Commission
Right-to-information or disclosure?
Delivering change
Everybody loves a good calamity
The electoral roll farce
Second generation reforms: delivery
Environment and the new Government
A uniform betrayal
Municipal budgets and poverty
Janaagraha spreads out
Could these candidates be lawmakers?
Elections : the Kerala story
Frequencies of expectation
Andhra's electoral earthquake
Talk: Decriminalising Indian politics
Why this election is different
A new property map for Karnataka
Land, law and planning
Voting : Frequently asked questions
Watching the candidates
Despising politicians is dangerous
Infotech and creating resources
Fighting crime on the tracks
Reporting the crime
Government : simpler and cost-effective
Undermining a fine system?
Systems for better governance
A collective enterprise
Lad-ders of indiscretion
Rescuing the police force
New federal roadmaps
Seven lakh voter entries corrected
Historic, unparalleled and more
A progressive law for local planning
Ending municipal water shortages
AP's largest signature campaign
Electronic land
K R Puram's local elections
The transformation of Mendha-Lekha
Delhi's citizens acting en-masse
Nothing intractable or immutable
Public verification of electoral rolls
Seek and hide
Curtail autocratic party bosses
Better accounting paying off
Civil society and political parties
Liberalization, literacy, governance
Societal flaws, stalled citizenship
Testing your municipality's work
Tomorrow's citizens participate today
Better, not just different
The Indian state : Founded on activism
Hyperactive state, governance crisis
PROOF : The Citizen-Government bridge
Strengthening communities - A biz model
So you want to vote
Better lived than talked about
Fiscal deficits and decentralization - II
Interview : Ugly duckling to swan
Govt and Non-Govt Organizations : Partnerships
Productivity of our public services
Public Services : The final assessment
More stories of Parivartan
Voting and the public good
PROOF: Q3, Sustaining the partnership
What ails our Public Services? -- II
Corruption and public services
Public services in a weak civil society
Democratising the Panchayats
What ails our Public Services? -- I
Reinventing Rural Governance
Improving Accountability in Panchayati Raj
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