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    The EU-India FTA will harm Indian development

    07 December 2010
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    The EU-India free trade agreement currently under negotiation poses a serious threat development in India, and will have serious implications for many peoples' livelihoods.

  2. Activists from across Asia explain how the EU’s free trade agenda affects them: (2) India

    04 November 2010
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    At the Asia Europe People’s Forum in Brussels we interviewed civil society activists from across Asia, to find out more about the damaging impacts of free trade agreements on the everyday lives of people in their countries.

  3. Obama’s Trip to India: Don’t Rush into a Bilateral Investment Treaty

    Sarah Anderson
    28 October 2010
    Article

    The U.S. and India should not sign a treaty that will only serve the short-term interests of large corporations, and undermine the authority of governments to protect their people from financial crisis.

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    Misplaced euphoria over UN seat

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
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    India 's policy-makers are beguiled by deceptive symbols of “prestige” like the Commonwealth Games, G-20 membership and nuclear arsenals. Is this really what India should do with its growing power?

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    Returning from the Middle Ages

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
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    Three options are available to the litigants after the Allahabad High Court judgment in the Babri mosque case. They can accept the judgment; negotiate a mutual compromise; or appeal the judgment in the Supreme Court.

  6. Relying on Big Brother’s Aadhaar

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
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    The fundamental assumptions underlying Aadhaar are flawed. Its likely social benefits will be minuscule in relation to its cost and the public will pay a huge price through exclusion from social services, surveillance, loss of privacy, and strengthening a Big Brother state.

  7. The Kashmir Interlocutors’ Panel

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
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    There's widespread disappointment over India's choice of negotiators for the recent dialogue over Kashmir, which looks more like an effort to pretend - in advance of Obama's visit to the country - that the government is "doing something" about the situation.

  8. What would Gandhi say to a seat in the Security Council?

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
    Article

    The Indian government should not waste its energies vying for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, but redirect the use of its power radically.

  9. This is no model for development: the "Neoliberal Games" in India

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
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    The flawed neoliberal notion behind India's hosting of the Commonwealth Games, that 'development' starts with attracting foreign capital investment - has brought only corruption and the destruction of communities to Dehli.

  10. Restoring Public Faith In Rule of Law

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
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    One of the few institutions which people respect and trust has injured the faith of large numbers of citizens. How should the Supreme Court deal with the appeals that are certain to be filed before it against the Allahabad High Court judgment on the Babri Masjid issue?

  11. Of tall caims and low cunning

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
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    Aadhaar - the Indian government policy dishonestly marketed as a social security-related scheme, actually originates from “national security” concerns, with nefarious implications for surveillance, profiling and tracking of citizens.

  12. Remove the smokescreen

    Praful Bidwai
    21 October 2010
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    The Indian Prime Minister's call to "go easy" on environmental regulation for fear of scaring off investors follows the flawed ideology that industrial development is the answer to poverty, when actually India's acute environmental deterioration should be the much greater concern.

  13. European retailers: threatening livelihoods in India

    Dharmendra Kumar
    06 October 2010
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    The role of major supermarkets like Tesco in wiping out small retailers across Europe is well known. Now the giants have India in their sights. For a country in which small-scale retail employs 33 million people, what kind of impact will this have?

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    Putting profit before society

    Praful Bidwai
    03 October 2010
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    Mining in India has been significant in contributing to the 45 million people displaced thanks to "development" projects, yet the industry is still not being made to compensate communities for the loss of livelihoods, homes and environmental health.

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    As The State Flounders Amidst Crisis

    Praful Bidwai
    03 October 2010
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    The new, non-violent protest movement that has arisen in Kashmir will continue to gain support as the oppressive and thoughtless tactics of police in the region continue to inflame local resentment against the Indian government.

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    Retrograde shift

    Praful Bidwai
    02 October 2010
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    Manmohan Singh is intent on shifting Congress and UPA politics rightwards. Whether and how Sonia Gandhi resists this will determine the Congress' future.

  17. Power without responsibility? The rise of China and India

    Praful Bidwai
    16 September 2010

    As the Asia-Europe Summit gets ready to meet in early October, what are the implications of the rising power of Asia for progress on tackling poverty, inequality and climate change?

  18. The equal and opposite effect

    Praful Bidwai
    21 August 2010
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    We have never before witnessed such a huge multi-billion rupee racket as the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Every brick and steel bar that goes into the facilities is lubricated with bribes.

  19. From GDPism to genuine equity

    Praful Bidwai
    19 July 2010
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    India's story starkly illustrates the disconnect between GDP and social progress, and the need for radically new economics developed from the bottom up.

  20. To rebuild lives,

    Praful Bidwai
    08 July 2010
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    The Bhopal GoM’s proposals fall short of recommending the minimum the victims deserve in reparation. They also fail to hold Carbide’s and its successor Dow’s feet to the fire.

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