Rural


Problem of Plenty

In fact, the government may export 4-5 million tonnes of wheat lying in FCI godowns to cope with a storage crisis, a food ministry official said recently. A committee, headed by C Rangarajan, chairman of the prime ministerís economic advisory council (PMEAC), to examine the possibility of exporting wheat, has also recommended exporting that much...


Seeds of Discontent

Seeds are a critical input for long-term sustained growth of agriculture. In India, more than four-fifths of farmers rely on farm-saved seeds leading to a low seed replacement rate....


AADHAAR - Pied Piper of Technology

At noon on 13th January 2011, 15 year-old Sukrity, a resident of North Tripura, became the one millionth resident whose Aadhaar number was generated by the UIDAI. "It took us nearly six weeks to cross 100,000 (0.1 million) enrolments," Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of the Unique Identification...


The State of Panchayats

Her drawing room cabinet brims over with awards, trophies, mementoes and citations she has received over the years from central ministries, departments and non-governmental organisations. Moreover her popularity can be gauged from the fact that she has headed her village Panchayat for over a decade...


The Headlong Rush to Aadhaar

Aadhaar is constantly referred to, as if it is a magic wand that will solve all of Indiaís problems. Except in fairy tales, there are no magic wands. Aadhaar is a limited tool. Bibek Debroy explains


Towards a Panchayat Development Index

It is well recognized that availability of adequate infrastructure in every form - whether it is roads, water, telecom, education, or healthcare - is one of the most important facets of development and growth in our country...


Cards to Nowhere!

Ranjana Sadashiv Sonawane (41) is a disillusioned woman. The mother of three children, Ranjana, who made headlines in September last year when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi traveled to Tembhli...


Internal Security Critical for Growth

26/11 not only brought terrorism right into our drawing rooms and made us the battlefield but also exposed the chinks in the armoury of our security establishment. Moreover, it lobbed homeland security right into the centre of our polity.

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