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26 October 2014
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FIRDAUS AHMED RAJNI BAKSHI DEVINDER SHARMA SUBRAMANIAM VINCENT RAMESH RAMANATHAN RAJESH KASTURIRANGAN SUJATHA BYRAVAN RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR KALPANA SHARMA DILIP D'SOUZA AMMU JOSEPH MONBIOT ASHWIN MAHESH VIDEH UPADHYAY R BALASUBRAMANIAM RAMACHANDRA GUHA P SAINATH

 

IPR LAWS
An old policy Modi must hold on to

The government’s clarification on the Indo-US joint statement on Intellectual Property Rights issued during Modi’s visit to the United States highlights the imperative of maintaining India’s original stance on patent laws and refusal to yield to US demands made in its Special 301 Report. Shambhu Ghatak has more.

Trade Government Health Laws

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
Building the lives of those who build our houses
Sordid living conditions, poor educational and medical facilities, and lack of childcare inevitably characterise the lives of construction workers in the country. Are they ever going to be able to reap the benefits of the growth they facilitate? Kathyayini Chamaraj examines.
Labour Issues Livelihood Work+Life Human Rights

TRIBUTE
Remembering Ananthamurthy, the critical insider
UR Ananthamurthy's brutally honest stance on Brahmanism, or in fact on any of the subjects that concerned him, has been fiercely debated in his life and death. In a tribute to the recently deceased stalwart of public thinking, Prakash Belawadi seeks to find clues to his inquiring spirit.
People Caste

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 Government Agriculture Policy

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 Government

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 Government Poverty

IB REPORT
Decoding the red alert on green NGOs
The accusations of the Intelligence Bureau against foreign environmental NGOs appear hollow and misguided when one looks at the direction and substance of their work in India so far. Darryl D’Monte urges the government to restrict itself to scrutiny of forex norms followed, without stifling the expression of dissent by these NGOs.
Energy Environment Displacement

NGOS UNDER FIRE
Why the IB report is undemocratic
The recent ‘secret’ report from the Intelligence Bureau accusing select NGOs of scuttling Indian development is not only an unjust indictment of these organisations, but also an insult to the intelligence and voice of the common man. Sakuntala Narasimhan elaborates.
Economy Government Human Rights

WHO SHOULD REGULATE?
Old approvals from a new regulator?
The SC orders the government to constitute an independent environmental regulatory authority. While the flaws in the current arrangement are plain, it is not clear if independence of the regulator alone can address these, writes Kanchi Kohli.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

STATE VERDICTS 2013
Bad Economics, bad politics
The real reason behind the Congress' performance in the recently concluded Assembly Elections may not be the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party per se, but more the economic concerns of the real aam aadmi. Devinder Sharma analyses.
Devinder Sharma OP-ED

CRONY CAPITALISM
Tainted firm escapes scrutiny, but why?
With the World Bank 'banning' construction major Progressive Constructions Ltd on graft charges, R Uma Maheshwari urges a review of the contracts awarded to it in connection with the critical Polavaram Dam project.
Public Funds ANDHRA

DELHI 2013
Does the loser take it all?
In a rare occurrence in the Indian electoral scene, a losing party is not only hogging a larger share of the limelight but also apparently bringing about real changes in the way that politics has been practised in the country. Anoo Bhuyan analyses the real impact of the Delhi elections.
Elections Government DELHI

THE AAP PHENOMENON
A tipping point for Indian democracy
The translation of support for the Aam Aadmi Party into votes in the Delhi Assembly Elections 2013 augurs well for the Indian democracy, long struggling to break free from a corruption-ridden, archaic political establishment, writes R. Balasubramaniam
Elections DELHI

 

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The millions who cannot vote
Rural poor to pay for urban elite
Storm in the vale
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The feel good factory
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India Shining?
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Leadership by non-believers
This irony beacons hope
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