India

The equal and opposite effect

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Debt
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A rash of scandals has broken out over contracts for the construction of infrastructure and sports facilities for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. There seems to be much more substance than is usually the case in the allegations that hundreds of crore have been siphoned off in padded-up costs, bribes and kickbacks from the Games budget. The Queen’s Baton Relay inaugural scam and evidence of... Read more

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From GDPism to genuine equity

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Just Solutions
Trade
Renewables
Just Solutions
Trade
Just Solutions
Just Solutions
Energy Democracy
Water Justice
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Agrarian & Environmental Justice
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As someone living in India, where worship of gross domestic product (GDP) growth (GDPism) is the official religion, I am struck by the utter bankruptcy of neoliberalism. India’s two decades-long annual growth of 6-8% has done little to pull the bottom third of its 1.1 billion people out of grinding, degrading poverty or provide healthcare, safe drinking water and education to the majority of... Read more

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To rebuild lives,

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Agrarian & Environmental Justice
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We have seen it before. Every single Prime Minister since the late 1980s has announced "packages" of economic measures and special assistance for Jammu and Kashmir running into millions of dollars — only to find they impress nobody and make a diminishing difference in popular perceptions. We have seen the same thing in the Northeast too, where special "packages" became an annual ritual even as... Read more

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Physician, first heal thyself

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Public Alternatives
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One of the greatest failures of governance in India lies in appalling poor regulation of entrepreneur activities in the public interest. This is as true of vehicular pollution — less than 200 inspectors for Delhi’s 5 million-plus registered motor vehicles — as it is of such diverse areas as natural gas, education, and the higher judiciary. It is often thought that self-regulation is the answer,... Read more

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Yawning nuclear void

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Topic: 
Democratic Public Services
Renewables
Energy Democracy
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Agrarian & Environmental Justice
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Article
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In India's age of philistinism, in which the "god market" flourishes as never before, rank superstition gains new respectability among the country's elite, vicious male-supremacism drives tsunamis of female foeticide, and obnoxiously casteist and incurably obscurantist khap panchayats order medieval-style lynching of young couples, one might be tempted to look for a modicum of rationalist... Read more

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Indian United Progressive Alliance: Time to change course

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Topic: 
Democratisation
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Public Alternatives
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Article
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It’s no aberration that the first anniversary of the return to power of the United Progressive Alliance should coincide with a tsunami of grassroots protests: from Orissa to Maharashtra, and from Tamil Nadu to Uttarakhand, through tribal Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. The protests represent popular resistance to UPA-2’s industrialisation and mining policies and its zealous... Read more

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Force won’t end Naxal problem

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Public Alternatives
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At long last, the uniformly hysterical tone that dominated the early public debate on the Mao­ists’ killing of 76 Central Reserve Police Force personnel in Dantewada has partially yielded to a somewhat sober response from political leaders. Congress general secretary and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh has stepped out and questioned home minister P Chidambaram’s hardline... Read more

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Fighting one's own people

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Topic: 
Middle East Conflict
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War & Pacification
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Article
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For much of history, most of the world's peoples lived as subjects under despotic emperors, kings and princes. The monarch's will was all that mattered -- there was no rule of law. It's only in the last century that significant numbers of people became citizens with political rights.Until the Modern Age, governments made no distinction between proper armed services and the police. Soldiers... Read more

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Big Brother is watching you!

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Topic: 
Just Solutions
Just Solutions
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War & Pacification
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Article
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After promising a serious public debate on the sensitive issue of breach of citizen privacy and other risks associated with the Unique Identity project, the government has rushed headlong into it. There hasn't been a proper discussion of the risks even in the Cabinet, leave alone in Parliament or a larger public forum.The public has been stampeded into and delivered to the UID project through... Read more

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Receding Right

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Public Alternatives
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So resigned have Indians become to the idea of impunity for the powerful, especially in respect of hate speeches and crimes targeting ethno-religious groups, that the mere summoning of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi by the Special Investigation Team generated near-euphoric responses from the media.That Modi was questioned on the Gulberg Society massacre case and related issues for nine... Read more

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