THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
01 September 2014
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 Opinions

DEFINING POVERTY
Mr. Leader, I have a question...
As the rhetoric among political parties over their commitment and promises to the people rises, Shankar Jaganathan articulates that one question that will test what they truly stand for.
Food Security Children Government OP-ED

RURAL MIGRATION
The women left behind
Across rural India, the phenomenon of migration creates an entire class of women left behind to fend for themselves in the face of increased vulnerability to neglect, discrimination and psychological as well as physical abuse. Puja Awasthi highlights their plight.
Livelihood Gender Violence Women

GM CONTROVERSY
Seeds of doubt
The effect of GM crops on food, agriculture and farmers continues to be highly controversial, polarising scientists and policy-makers alike. Darryl D'Monte outlines some of the recent turns in the debate to show that the truth, perhaps, lies somewhere in between.
GM Crops Agriculture Farmer Suicides

SOCIAL PENSIONS
Significant, but hardly enough!
A survey among beneficiaries of the National Social Assistance Programme shows that while it does provide succour for many, a lot remains to be done for it to become sufficient social security for the masses. Anindita Adhikari reports on the survey findings.

URBAN INEQUALITY
What future for the cities within our cities?
Generalised policies that draw up uniform plans for cities also end up marginalising millions among the urban poor. Shirish Khare emphasises the need for more inclusive and participatory development if India is to meet the huge urbanisation challenge that lies ahead.
Cities Urban Poor

FINANCIAL INCLUSION
When every Indian has a bank account
The new vision for financial inclusion In India as unveiled by a committee appointed by the RBI could well be an effective catalyst for transforming the lives of the people, feels Shankar Jaganathan.
Economy

LIVELIHOODS
Char dwellers turn to sugarcane, but will it be enough?
A number of families residing in the char areas of Assam have apparently staved off misfortune by taking up sugarcane cultivation, but it may require more than just that to stem the trend of migration and improve living conditions in the region. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.
Livelihood ASSAM

MID-DAY MEALS
Look beyond the food
Most studies on mid-day meal schemes tend to focus on the obvious nutritional benefits or lack thereof. Carly E Nichols argues that the impact of these programmes extend far beyond, justifying the need to fund and monitor them more stringently.
Food Security UTTARAKHAND Work+Life

DBT SCHEME
Transferring benefits, but where?
With an eye on the electorate, the UPA government is trying to scale up its Direct Benefits Transfer scheme in a big way, linking it to the Aadhaar project. But given the low levels of financial inclusion and poor financial literacy among beneficiaries, its effectiveness remains suspect.
Public Funds Economy

SOCIAL EQUITY
When growth is another word for violence
The single-track hawkish focus on reforms-driven growth with utter disregard for the environment, equity and indigenous livelihoods is not only futile, but almost an assault by a few against the majority at the grassroots, writes Ashish Kothari.
Environment Opinions Justice

GOVERNMENT ‘DISSERVICE’
Promises made to be broken
The terrible mid-day meal tragedy claiming innocent lives in Bihar recently is just one in a long line of instances that reveal the abysmal quality of services and chronic breach of trust by the government. Sakuntala Narasimhan voices the angst of the people.
Public Funds Government

SLUM DEMOLITIONS
Justice eludes Mumbai's homeless
Displaced by the flawed implementation of Slum Rehabilitation Authority's policy and an unholy nexus of real-estate mafia, thousands of slum-dwellers continue to fight for their basic right to shelter. Swati Priya reports from Mumbai.
Housing Displacement MAHARASHTRA Human Rights
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