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RURAL INDIA
The case of sustainable poverty in rural India

In what appears to be a damning indictment of the Five Year Plans, launched in 1951, as well as the economic reforms process that began in 1991, the first ever socio-economic survey has painted a dismal picture of rural India, says Devinder Sharma.

Livelihood Devinder Sharma Poverty

POVERTY
Rethinking food security and hunger
A recent report from IFPRI indicates concrete progress by India in reducing hunger and malnutrition, while many experts continue to stress the unsatisfactory outcomes under GDP-driven growth. Prahlad Shekhawat calls for a new approach to address the real problems that lie somewhere in between.
Food Security Economy Government Poverty

OP-ED: DRESS CODES FOR WOMEN
Must women play football in sarees?
Women in India have continually faced restrictions on how they dress, whether it is on wearing jeans to college or sports gear on the fields. Shoma Chatterji looks at this persistent trend of sartorial repression and urges women to reject such diktats.
Women opinions Society Women

EDUCATION
Where is teaching headed in the Modi regime?
Despite the simplistic articulation of teachers' roles and teaching, including that by PM Modi, and the alignment of education to a broader nationalistic agenda, could there be potential ‘teachable moments’ under the new regime? Shivali Tukdeo and Savitha Suresh Babu explain.
Education Government

EXPEDITING JUSTICE
The role of data in judicial reform
It is commonplace to cite the number of cases pending in Indian courts as evidence of a judicial crisis and suggest reforms based on the same. Aparna Chandra highlights why the numbers themselves need to be questioned and understood better for effective reform.
Justice Laws

TERROR BOAT CONTROVERSY
What the maritime 'non-incident' on New Year’s Eve tells us
The recent episode in which a mysterious boat was intercepted by India off the coast, and blew itself up, may or may not have anything to do with Pakistani terror, but has important implications for national security strategy, external relations and domestic political dynamics. Firdaus Ahmed explains.
Nat. Security Government Firdaus Ahmed Subcontinental Musings

BRICS DEVELOPMENT BANK
A critical role for India at the helm of a new order
India’s decision and actions in appointing the first president of the BRICS New Development Bank will signal its thrust on social and environmental sustainability, not only within the new financial order but also domestically, writes Sunita Dubey.
Environment Government

HLC REPORT ON ENVIRONMENT
Missing the woods and the trees
Ever since the report of the Subramanian Committee, set up to review and amend key environmental legislation, was leaked, several questions have been raised regarding its real implications for the environment. Darryl D’Monte explains some of the most critical concerns.
Forests Wild Life Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

OP-ED: PREPARING GEN-NEXT
Why ‘skilling’ India must focus on schooling
The thrust on vocational skills and values among the youth has more often looked at solutions based on extraneous skill-development modules. E S Ramamurthy explains why a more skilled future workforce must entail fundamental reforms in schooling.
Livelihood Curricula Education opinions Children Education

LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN KERALA
Are too many ‘gramasabhas’ posing a challenge to governance?
As the Kerala government takes steps to re-inspire citizens to engage in grassroots level governance, P Mohammad Nizar draws attention to certain critical issues that must be addressed for the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the state to be effectively revitalised.
Panchayats Government KERALA

INDIAN SPIRITUAL GURUS
Devotion and deception in the land of 'Godmen'
Baba Rampal is the most recent in a long line of Indian religious gurus who have hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Revathi Siva Kumar looks at a long list of Indian ‘godmen’ over the ages and tries to explain the influence they exert on a mesmerised flock.
Society

CLIMATE ACTION
A time to take up the reins
The official Indian response to the recent US-China climate deal is characterised by its historical stance on differentiated responsibility and over-reliance on coal energy. Sunita Dubey calls for an urgent re-assessment of its position and stresses the need for stronger commitment.
Climate Environment Government

BLOG: MANUFACTURING
Would you dare to ‘make in India’?
Prime Minister Modi’s clarion call to manufacture in India signifies a lofty vision, but can that be realised without some critical reforms that would make manufacturing sustainable and rational? Amar Kumar raises pertinent questions.
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Music of the monsoon
Albert Pinto's missing anger
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Acts of choice
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Are Indian policy makers listening?
A limited 'tribute' to an unlimited legacy
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Models of reform
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For the people, by the government?
Breaking the silence
Heed the silent protest
A forgotten Bengali hero
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The trouble with Eden
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Niketa's choice
Modi's secession?
A creeping insularity
Kerala's development paradox
The Dr Watson problem
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Kabul then, Myanmar now
A world without women
Delhi's Tibetan glitch
Unacceptable underside of 'deterrence by punishment'
Attitudes to sex need healthy injection of science
Manufacturing consent through selective knowledge
Concern over content and conduct
The Nagaland model for Kashmir
Whose media are they anyway?
Better traffic ahead
State has no religion
Attacking real democracy
Patriot, not chauvinist
Contesting the language of development
Are judges over-reaching?
Sex education and survival tools
This summer, at a border near you
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Under pressure, India makes U-turn
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Information or technology?
Has the Bt cotton bubble burst?
Rich daddy, poor daddy
Rise of the moneylender
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Sound and fury over the Broadcast Bill
Grand manoeuvre, yes, but to what end?
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The rising import of 'suicides'
Long distance call
Reservations and the 'politics of illusion'
Importing a farming crisis
Much research, but no decisive action
Behind the lessening of true potential
A convenient collusion
Nukes in favour, crops downgraded
An autonomous NREG Agency needed
Stop the violence
An exceptional nation
Far from labouring the point
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Parliament - still a man's world
Counting people, discounting their worth
Conflict of approaches
Naidu, but with another name!
'Not the litmus test for patriotism'
Winds of change
Latest judgment proves it all
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Remembering Dandi
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A credible low-income housing policy
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Not that simple
Once upon a Sankranti
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Classes everywhere, not a stop to think
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Your quake, my insecurity
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Alang: give us a break
Urban residents: second-class citizens
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Tax India, fail Bharat
Obscuring reality
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Harvesting flood relief
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New aspirations
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Little panchayat, percentage raj
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A new security agenda
Appropriating Nehru
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Entente with the east
Not so stunning a verdict
Mass media versus mass reality
Pick your favourite millionaire
Peace: more important than Cricket?
India becoming a GM-trashbin?
Perception isn't reality
The millions who cannot vote
Rural poor to pay for urban elite
Storm in the vale
Despising politicians is dangerous
Beyond violence and silence
The feel good factory
I'm the traitor
Turning farmers into brokers
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Rice is now Oryza syngenta
A question of honour
India Shining?
Globalisation, values and democracy
The Tower of Gabble
Leadership by non-believers
This irony beacons hope
Nothing much to feel good about
The last mile
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Busy exploiting hunger
The good insiders
Not yet history
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New federal roadmaps
No run outs please, we're Indian
Flogging a dead horse
Civic unity amid political diversity
A national confidence syndrome
A curious bond
The base of the pyramid
Living in truth : hope in Koinpur
No GM please, we are British
Rigged results, failed promises
Great expectations
Missing the security target
At home, at work
Investigative journalism : Not dead
The great trade robbery
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Lies in the name of 'security'
In the name of servitude
Images that promote fear
Beyond the cola wars
River links and judicial chinks
The matter of relief
Disquiet before Cancun
Man and cow - a new equality of species
Must remain 'unfinished’
Grounded at fifty
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How can I help you?
Reorienting research priorities
Questions in search of answers
My fair lady
Must boys tease girls?
Drought in the driver's seat
Chowkidar to the Empire?
Better, not just different
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Hitting dowry for a six
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The bus to Mumbai
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A gruel-ing season
Hi-tech, low nutrition
Lessons from Baghdad
Who defines obscenity?
History as politics
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Further to the margins - by law
Kashmir after Nadimarg
Another kind of war
Making agriculture attractive
Beware the benevolent partisan
Limited nuclear war, limitless anxiety
Patent nonsense
Cricket, women and war
Why we will say 'no'
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A scientific fairytale
Suppressing criticism
A debt we can do without
Out of the Wreckage
Burning aspirations
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