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01 August 2014
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PUBLIC FUNDS CITIES E-GOVT ELECTIONS LAW AND ORDER NAT. SECURITY GOVERNMENT OPINIONS PANCHAYATS ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND REGULATION
CAG AUDIT IN WEST BENGAL
Clearance revoked, but you can still have the forest land!

A CAG audit report finds that despite the revocation of clearance for forest land diverted to a public sector power company, the land continues to be used by them. Himanshu Upadhyaya details this and other findings, which show thegloomy picture of forest governance in West Bengal.

Forests Wild Life Environment

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 Economy Opinions Agriculture Policy

CLASS POLITICS
What have the reserved constituencies voted for?
In the 2014 elections, the BJP won 66 out of 131 seats reserved for SC/ST candidates, which is the highest for any single party since 1991. Prabhu Mallikarjunan looks at the statistics and tries to decipher what this says for voting behaviour in these constituencies.
Elections Caste

TELANGANA TROUBLES
Two states with healthcare for one
Already struggling with low budgetary allocation for healthcare and shortage of trained staff, health services in Telangana and residual Andhra Pradesh have taken a more serious hit due to issues arising out of bifurcation. Tejaswini Pagadala reports.
Public Health Health ANDHRA

NARMADA DAM PROJECT
When a tsunami is manufactured
In view of the alleged corruption in rehabilitation of dam-affected families, the Jabalpur HC has imposed a stay on the decision to raise the height of the Narmada dam further. Recalling the history of the project till date, Himanshu Upadhyaya asks why a higher dam should be considered at all.
Water Displacement GUJARAT Human Rights

FOREST DIVERSION CLEARANCE
'E' is for efficiency, but what about empathy?
The MoEF’s recent move introducing e-filing of applications for approval of forest land diversion may facilitate procedural agility and efficiency, but precludes the interpretation of environmental and human complexities critical to a fair process. Kanchi Kohli elaborates.
Livelihood Forests Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

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 Economy

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 Economy 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 Economy Opinions Poverty

TAPAS PAL CONTROVERSY
Spewing venom, leaders remain above hate speech laws
The abhorrent remarks by actor-turned-Trinamool MP Tapas Pal, stating that he would get the women among his opponents raped, have left many outraged but drawn mild reactions from his party and no legal action at all. Shoma Chatterji exposes the milieu where leaders like Pal enjoy complete impunity.
Laws Society Women

AAP IN PUNJAB
Why Punjab still holds aloft the flag of 'new politics'
While the entire country appeared unimpressed by the Aam Aadmi Party and its promises, Punjab not only sent four of its candidates to the Lok Sabha, but as recent data shows, also overcame the rural-urban divide in its mandate for the party. Srinivasan Ramani explores why.
Elections PUNJAB

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 Economy Urban Poor

LEGAL GAMBLING
How Sikkim’s casino dream turned sour
Financial irregularities, a probable political conflict of interest and unsavoury social impact have thrown a cloud over the potential of Sikkim’s casino industry, once envisioned to attract revenues for the state from gaming tourism. Soumik Dutta reports.
Tourism Society States
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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
Competing effectively in MP panchayats
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
UID and the not-so-civil society
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
 

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