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  1. The truth behind India's nuclear renaissance

    Praful Bidwai
    03 February 2011
    Article

    Jaitapur's French-built nuclear plant is a disaster in waiting, jeopardising biodiversity and local livelihoods.

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    Video: Re-orienting the Left: India

    Achin Vanaik, Prof. Michael Lowy, Emeritus Research Director in Social Sciences at the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, Francesco Martone
    23 January 2011
    Multi-media

    No single political movement in India should assume that it represents the nucleus of a radical left alternative, but be ready to build principled alliances.

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    Misplaced euphoria over UN seat

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
    Article

    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?

  4. Relying on Big Brother’s Aadhaar

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
    Article

    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.

  5. The Kashmir Interlocutors’ Panel

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
    Article

    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.

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

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
    Article

    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.

  7. Of tall caims and low cunning

    Praful Bidwai
    28 October 2010
    Article

    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.

  8. European retailers: threatening livelihoods in India

    Dharmendra Kumar
    06 October 2010
    Article

    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
    Article

    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.

  10. From GDPism to genuine equity

    Praful Bidwai
    19 July 2010
    Article

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

  11. Big Brother is watching you!

    Praful Bidwai
    15 April 2010
    Article

    India’s government has rushed to approve the Unique Identity Project without any discussion of the risks to citizens’ privacy and its possible misuse by the State.

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    Need-based development in a free, just society: the lasting legacy of Mahatma Gandhi

    Praful Bidwai
    17 February 2010
    Article

    An emphasis on popular mobilisation,  essential to enfranchising the millions who were excluded from public life and political processes for centuries, remains one of Gandhi’s epochal successes.

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    Writing on Water

    09 October 2009
    Multi-media

    Inspiring video on the experience of the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board which has broken down barriers between communities and engineers, and is pioneering a model of effective, democratic, accountable public water services.

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    Binayak case puts democracy on trial

    Praful Bidwai
    19 May 2009
    Article

    India has never before witnessed such mobilisation of international and national support for a person imprisoned within its borders. Twentytwo Nobel laureates from different countries have issued spirited statements of protest against the continued detention of Dr Binayak Sen, a public health activist and civil liberties defender.