Society


Time to act is now!

After a long time, there is a sense of excitement amongst people, who are concerned about India's future. There is a mix of aspirations, expectations and perceptions on what India should do...


Community Participation for Growth

Most development programmes become non-starters at the last mile due to lack of community involvement. What is needed is a bottom-up approach - mobilising the marginalised in their own development, creating awareness of the schemes available so as to fuel demand, and encouraging suggestions from them for new initiatives...


Agriculture in India: Are Women Benefiting

Women's economic and social development will not be achieved if the problems confronted by women in agriculture are not addressed. Understanding existing gender roles and relations in land and livestock management is critical for informing gender equitable policies, maximising the productive potential of women and ensuring their economic empowerment...


Community Participation for Growth

Most development programmes become non-starters at the last mile due to lack of community involvement. What is needed is a bottom-up approach - mobilising the marginalised...


Income Inequality has Increased after 12 Years of Economic Reform

Professor Amartya Sen’s stinging criticism of the government’s obsession with faster (unbalanced in his view) growth, has triggered a fierce debate. Labeling it as ‘Stupid’, Sen argues that instead of focusing on double digit growth, which he believes will take care of itself, policy makers should focus on allocating more funds towards health and education..


Biometric Identity

A debate has been raging in India since Manmohan Singh government broadened the sphere of MNIC (Multi-purpose National Identity Cards) to National Population Register (NPR) appending into it a biometrics-based..


Sir James Crosby’s Case for UID

Minus the name of the author and the country, Sir James Crosby’s report on United Kingdom’s now-scrapped Universal Identity Assurance System reads like a treatise on Unique Identity system hitherto rechristened Aadhaar...


Mainstreaming the Marginalised

Economic factors play a pre-dominant role in determining the destiny of the marginalised groups and inviduals. From the short-term, immanent needs perspective, including all the citizens would be one way to reach the marginalised. Another would be converge different schemes of the government on a single platform to effectively and meaningfully target the beneficiaries...

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