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BUDGET 2013
Chidambaram's lip service to his own goal
Taking a 360-degree view of the Union Budget 2013, Shankar Jaganathan points out that despite 'inclusive and sustainable development' being a stated goal, the emphasis has primarily been on growth and finances.
Public Funds Government

OPINION/ECONOMY
BUDGET: Why more taxes may be good
It is time for the Union Budget 2013. Shankar Jaganathan argues why, in an economy such as India, despite the general public vote against taxes, raising the tax-to-GDP ratio is more critical than restraint in fiscal spending.
Public Funds Economy

OPINION: TAXATION
Founders would have wanted inheritance tax restored
Given our Constitutional mandate to "endeavour to eliminate inequalities in status, facilities and opportunities," Shankar Jaganathan explains why reintroduction of the Inheritance Tax may be a step worthy of serious consideration.
Public Funds Economy

POLITICS OF NEUTRALISATION
Law, justice, and the 'placebo' of compensation
Governments have taken to announcing monetary compensation for victims' kin in cases of criminal acts as well, but it hardly masks their failure to impose the rule of law or bring about systemic improvements, says Harish Narasappa.
Government
URBAN DESIGN
Delhi is designed for rape
It will require a change in the DNA and design of the city for a reduction in the number of rapes in Delhi. Addressing the structural problems of Delhi is a critical component of improving the situation, argues Jacob John.
Cities Opinions DELHI

URBAN DESIGN
Delhi is designed for rape
It will require a change in the DNA and design of the city for a reduction in the number of rapes in Delhi. Addressing the structural problems of Delhi is a critical component of improving the situation, argues Jacob John.
Cities Opinions DELHI
CHILD ABUSE AT HOME
Norway episode: Problem of evolving societies?
The issue of parental authority to resort to corporeal punishment on children is a matter still hotly debated in large sections of our society writes Shankar Jaganathan.
Children Society

FAIR TRADE
Tips for change
Can we tap into the power of crowds and popular fashion to address persistent poverty? And what would such an effort look like, wonders Gijs Spoor.
Opinions

ACCELERATING CHANGE
Innovation in India
The inability of India to adequately provide for its own population no longer reflects a failure of implementation, but rather of a failure of innovation, writes Aditya Dev Sood.
Opinions

INNOVATION
Invest in design
If we want to accelerate innovation in the marketplace and public squares of our society, we need also to invest more in design, writes Aditya Dev Sood.
Opinions

OPINION/LOKPAL BILL
What powers must the Lokpal have?
Disagreements on the Lokpal, even amongst the reform-minded, have arisen because globally there is no consensus about the exact role of the ombudsman. Rajeev Kadambi looks at the options before the Hazare-Government panel.
Government Opinions Laws

OLD CONCERNS UNADDRESSED YET AGAIN
Agitation looms in Kerala over National Highway widening
A massive agitation is brewing in Kerala against the proposed widening of Natonal Highways 47 and 17. It is spearheaded by the NH47- NH17 Joint Action Council. P N Venugopal examines their case.
Transport Economy KERALA
OPINION
Nuclear Liability Bill: Who bears the brunt?
The nuclear liability bill by capping the liability arising out of a nuclear incident appears to be an effort to protect the nuclear industry at the cost of the fundamental rights of the citizens writes Mathew Prasad Idiculla.
Energy Human Rights
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