India

Wholesale disaster in retail trade

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Corporate Power
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Article
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Imagine a society where 80 percent of all grocery sales are monopolised by just five giant retailers like Walmart, Tesco and Carrefour, locally grown fresh food is largely replaced by processed, low-nutrition plastic-packaged items, and heterogeneity of attire based on traditional and ethnic fabrics is gradually destroyed.... Read more

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Renewables option

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Renewables
Energy Democracy
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Agrarian & Environmental Justice
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has stooped low by alleging that the large-scale protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power station in Tamil Nadu, sustained impressively for six months, are inspired and financed by American and Scandinavian non-governmental organisations. Invoking the “foreign hand” to vilify those who question official projects means denying that Indian citizens have the... Read more

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Durban and the climate change deniers

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COPs
COPs
COPs
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Agrarian & Environmental Justice
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As crucial climate talks begin in Durban, attention is focused on the likely role of the major country groupings. The outcome of the UN climate conference will be largely decided by the interplay of forces between the Basic (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) group formed two years ago, the EU, and the umbrella group of developed countries, led by the US and comprising Russia, Japan, Canada... Read more

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Pro-poor water management: community participation and ownership

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Democratic Public Services
Public Public Partnerships
Public Public Partnerships
Water Justice
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Water Justice report from World Water Week Day 4
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‘Pro-poor urban water provision’ is a big theme at World Water Week in Stockholm this year. The seminar on 'Pro-Poor Urban Water and Sanitation Provision: how can it be supported by participation, benchmarking and WOPs' attracted a nearly full room (200 people). The large turnout indicates an encouraging increased interest in public water management, after many years where market driven... Read more

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Shining and starving

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Agrarian & Environmental Justice
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A tawdry, low-minded elitism always comes naturally to our corporate media. Even so, one is astounded at the depths to which many newspapers stooped while celebrating the 20th anniversary of Manmohan Singh's 1991 Budget, then as Finance Minister, which launched India on the economic policy course of liberalisation, privatisation and globalisation (LPG). A major national daily listed, without... Read more

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Nukes and India

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Renewables
Energy Democracy
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Agrarian & Environmental Justice
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On the wrong side of history?
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Eight weeks into the Fukushima disaster—which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the world's worst-ever industrial accident, at Chernobyl—it is clear the world is moving away from nuclear power and embracing renewable energy as never before. The number of nuclear reactors in the world has fallen to 437 from its 2002 peak (444). Nuclear electricity generation has annually declined by 2... Read more

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The Emerging Geo-Strategic Landscape in Central Asia

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Military Bases
Renewables
Energy Democracy
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War & Pacification
Agrarian & Environmental Justice
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Article
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Recent developments in Afghanistan and Central Asia, largely overlooked by the media’s focus on the prospects of the US and NATO defeating the Taliban, may profoundly alter the geo-strategic layout of the region and have far reaching consequences. Whilst the conflict continues to rage in Afghanistan, the United States, China and Russia are desperately vying for control of Central Asia’s vast... Read more

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A test for India’s foreign policy

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'Green Economy'
'Green Economy'
Renewables
'Green Economy'
Energy Democracy
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Agrarian & Environmental Justice
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Article
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Have our rulers decided to place India on the wrong side of history and arrest her social progress? Going by their policy of forcibly promoting nuclear power regardless of its hazards, environmental damage potential, high economic and social costs, and unpopularity, that seems to be the case.... Read more

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Accepting Fait Accompli

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War & Pacification
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In the April 18, 2011 issue of The Hindu, newspaper Mr. C. R. Gharekhan outlined parameters that India among other countries should propose as the basis for settling the Israel-Palestine dispute. Since Mr. Gharekhan is a former official envoy of the Indian government to West Asia he can be taken as expressing the views of certain circles which do have significant influence in shaping the... Read more

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