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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 Economy Devinder Sharma OP-ED

Why I wouldn’t mind Modi’s 'juggernaut'
In response to an earlier piece by Leo Saldanha on India Together, Prakash Belawadi argues that many of the points raised by Saldanha in particular, may not be so incriminating after all.

What the Modi juggernaut entails
The sweeping mandate in favour of the BJP under Narendra Modi was largely an outcome of the articulation of his idea of development, popularised as the “Gujarat Model.” But what could the defining features of such a model be? Leo F Saldanha elaborates.
Environment OP-ED

A dream come true, but can it seed another?
The overwhelming mandate won by the BJP under Narendra Modi has led to continuing upward rally in the markets, but can it also inspire similar cheer in the social space? Shankar Jaganathan remains optimistic.
Elections Education Health OP-ED

A scheme for a better parliament
Though the quality and calibre of our representatives in Parliament, and consequently its functioning, has often come under a cloud, options for induction of apolitical talent in Parliament are limited. P V Rajeev envisions a scheme that could make it possible.
OP-ED People Society

What they say about the things that really matter
Responsible governance, economic security for the maximum numbers and ecological sustainability are the three key challenges facing the country today. Ashish Kothari deconstructs the Congress, BJP and AAP manifestos to see what these parties promise on these fronts.
Elections Economy Environment Government

Building towns to save our cities
Some of the most populous cities in the country are the ones that suffer most from liveability issues due to crumbling infrastructure, congestion, pollution and associated problems. Sujaya Rathi, Anantha Lakshmi discuss a potential solution.
Urban Cities Government
Big money seeks common man's blessing
It was once hoped that curbing election expenses would keep the process fairer. Today, the opposite is true, and neither the UPA nor the NDA wants to disturb this comfortable arrangement. Kannan Kasturi reports.
Elections Government RTI Law and Policy Urban Poor Creative Media opinions RTI opinions Society Films and Books Women's Representation Agriculture opinions Child health Literacy Education opinions Environment opinions

Kokkarni, saviour of paddy
What do you for water when you are a paddy cultivator and a good portion of the hills around you are rocky outcrops, not ideal for catchment? Enter the kokkarni. Shree Padre reports on the revival of the practice in Palakkad, Kerala.
Environment KERALA Economic Issues Health Laws and Governance RTI Law and Policy Creative Media opinions Land ORGs Exposes RTI opinions Society Films and Books Women opinions HIMACHAL Environmental films and books Politics Media Interviews People GOA Tourism Education opinions Profiles Environment opinions Environmental Reviews

Awakening the somnolent state
The common thread between our external and internal security predicaments is our approach to time. Most security issues are long-standing and seemingly interminable. If we understood why this is so, we can change it, writes Firdaus Ahmed.
Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Economic Issues Health Laws and Governance RTI Law and Policy Urban Poor Creative Media opinions Land ORGs Exposes RTI opinions Society Films and Books Business Women opinions Women's Representation HARYANA HIMACHAL Politics Health Interviews People Agriculture opinions Literacy Tourism Profiles Environment opinions

The dull days of White Gold
Across India, cotton growers make up the largest group of the over 180,000 farmers who committed suicide between 1997 and 2007. There's nothing like an election to spur policy change, though, notes P Sainath.
P Sainath Agriculture MAHARASHTRA OP-ED Creative RTI opinions Women's Representation TRIPURA Environmental films and books Child health Tourism

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