Rural


The Headlong Rush to Aadhaar

Aadhaar is constantly referred to, as if it is a magic wand that will solve all of India’s 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.


Roadblocks in People's Republic!

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was as big a votary of self-rule as Ahimsa (Non-violence) and Satyagraha. For him, unless every village of India became a self-sustained and self-governed republic, there would be no real democracy...


Letter from the Editor

24th April is observed as Panchayati Raj Day because on this day in 1993, the 73rd Constitutional Amendment was implemented, setting up the three-tier panchayat system — village panchayats, panchayat unions and district panchayats — for grassroots-level governance...


Financial Inclusion Requires a Boost

The backbone of financial inclusion activities is the use of IT solutions, mobile connectivity and biometric identification, says R Gopalan...


Banking system to Catalyse Inclusive Growth

An effective and efficient banking system is the most important requirement for a growing economy to grow further, says Pranab Mukherjee...

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