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Reducing poverty the Chhattisgarh way

Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | Prahlad Shekhawat | in Oped

An outstanding example of determined political will, compassionate leadership and smart thinking, the BJP-ruled State offers crucial lessons on how to streamline the system and ensure success of social welfare schemes There is widespread cynicism that most social welfare schemes are doomed to fail given the culture of chronic corruption and...

Not the time for sabre-rattling

Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

It makes sense for the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan to talk despite the grave provocations of the Pakistani Army along the Line of Control. If New Delhi does not engage Nawaz Sharif now, Rawalpindi will gain the upper hand and continue to trouble us Did India respond appropriately to...

It makes sense to back a true friend

Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | Hiranmay Karlekar | in Oped

India should sign the Teesta accord with Bangladesh and implement the enclaves agreement. We’ll need Dhaka’s support to ward off Islamist challenges Pakistan's ceasefire violations along the Line of Control once again underline the urgent need to sign the Teesta waters accord and implement the land enclaves agreement with Bangladesh. This...

Making our cities eco-friendly

Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

The scant resources for organic composting at the disposal of the authorities is affecting waste collection in urban areas. This has led to the proliferation of unhygienic civic conditions Organic composting is assuming an ever-increasing significance in today’s world, as the disposal of increasing quantities of urban solid waste becomes a...

Unworkable in present situation

Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | Aman Sinha | in Oped

The UPA regime's tearing hurry to implement the food security scheme and the unseemly haste of the Congress-led Delhi Government to roll it out in the national capital, have left even proponents of the project shocked. Pitfalls have been ignored The Congress-led Govern-ments at the Centre and in Delhi are fully...

Privileges that reach out to only a few

Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 | Simi Rizvi | in Oped

The whiff of emancipation has been largely enjoyed by women of higher social strata; the others are still untouched by the winds of change. The challenge before society is to make this section truly empowered, writes Simi Rizvi ‘Tere maathe pe ye aanchal bahut hi khub hai lekin/Tu is aanchal se...

Fatalism has become second nature

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | Kushan Mitra | in Oped

What is the value of a life in India? Two lakh rupees? That is what the pilgrims who were run over by a train in Bihar have been promised. We value life at $3,000! But let alone Governments, even people do not value their lives and those of others The death...

Syria’s chemical weapon dilemma

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

The historic ban on poison gas is a valuable deterrent, but it has survived some previous breaches. To that extent, preventing this one is not worth a war A dilemma is by its very nature a choice between evils, and that is what now faces other countries over the use of...

Empowering marginalised with quality learning

Tuesday, 27 Aug 2013 | Nilesh Shukla | in Oped

The Gujarat Government has given special attention to primary schooling needs of thousands of students from the tribal community. It, as well as the NGOs, manage quality schools for the youngsters, writes Nilesh Shukla Swami Vivekananda’s famous dream on education: “We want that education by which character is formed, strength of...

Good project going wrong

Monday, 26 Aug 2013 | KG Suresh | in Oped

The much-debated MP Local Area Development Scheme does serve a purpose when our elected representatives make judicious use of it. But in many instances, funds have either been misused or not used at all. Greater accountability is, therefore, called for With barely a few months left for the general election and...


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