Society


India's Floundering Social Sector

India's aspiration to become a middle-income country has to come to terms with its poor performance in the social sector. India is fairly slow in improving social indicators even when compared to other poor countries...


Public Office Private Benefits: India's Corruption Story

Corruption has become integral part of our daily life. Everywhere power is being (mis)used for personal gains and gratification. The more corrupt the state, greater the number of laws. A strong state does not require more laws. It requires laws that are better enforced...


OVERCOMING SOCIAL EXCLUSION: BREAKING THE CYCLE OF CASTE

Breaking the cycle of disadvantage is for those individuals and communities who have spent too long waiting for opportunities to make a contribution and participate...


From a Right to Schooling to a Right to Learning: Rethinking Education Finance

Should elementary education be delivered through the current model that focuses on the expansion of schooling through a top-down, centralised delivery system...


Need for Equal Rights and Privilege for Minorities

As the processes of economic development unfold, pressures are likely to build up and intensify when there is unequal development and some groups or minorities lag behind in the development process. Ideally, development processes...


Reconciling Growth and Environmental Protection:

The environmental impact of infrastructure expansion that will arise from a larger population with rising living standards, rapid urbanisation, growing energy use...


The Great Poverty Debate

Estimates of poverty are highly debated today. How do we measure the 'other India' which is still mired in poverty, without access to basic services? It is time...


'Employment generation is my priority'

Ensuring jobs for poor, especially women, is my top priority for Pilibhit as a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha from this constituency. Financial inclusion initiative under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana will prove to be very useful. But this is only one step.

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