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Aruna Roy, well-known social and political activist, interviewed by Jipson John and Jitheesh PM (

made to dilute even the basic purpose of the law. What kind of law do we need and how can we ensure that whistle-blowers are protected? We need a law that recognises the need for protection of any Human being who has the courage to expose and disclose the working of a corrupt and arbitrary system. Even after the President’s assent, however, the law (diluted as it is) is yet to be notified. The first step, therefore, will be to notify the whis

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Universal Basic Income can be funded by reducing subsidies to the rich -Pranab Bardhan

ogical distress or are victims of the recent disaster of demonetisation. UBIS avoids the problem of deciphering who is poor and who is not, which is an intricate problem in India — the India Human Development Survey found that in 2011-12 about half of the officially poor did not have the BPL card, while about one-third of the non-poor had it. In any case I look upon UBIS not as an administratively easier anti-poverty programme; to me it is mo

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49 elephants killed in Railway accidents between 2016-18: MoEFCC -Shiv Sahay Singh

In 2016, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) released ‘Eco-friendly measures to mitigate impacts of linear infrastructure’, an advisory document for mitigating Human-animal conflicts. Despite this advisory, and many others issued by conservationists and organisations, deaths of wild animals in road and railway accidents have continued unabated. The MoEFCC told the Rajya Sabha, in response to a question by MP

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A solution in search of a problem: on 10% reservations -Sonalde Desai

nal Sample Survey (NSS) of 2011-12 shows that the annual per capita expenditure for 99% of households falls under this threshold, even when we take inflation into account. Similarly, as per the India Human Development Survey (IHDS), the annual household incomes of 98% of households are less than ?8 lakh. Even if we apply all the other criteria for exclusion (e.g. amount of land owned and size of home), the Bill would still cover over 95% of the househ

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P Sainath, acclaimed journalist and Founder-Editor of the People's Archive of Rural India, interviewed by Anuradha SenGupta (

he ratio for the percentage of crorepatis went up to 53 percent. In the 2014 Lok Sabha, the percentage of crorepatis is 82 percent! These are the people who are going to represent some of the poorest Human beings on earth. They're going to represent much better the class forces that sponsored them, that drove them into power. So you have all the time in the world to get the GST Bill passed. The Swaminathan Commission report and that is the mantra o

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MSP was not 1.5 times the cost of production for most kharif crops during the last 6 agricultural years

cost (also called comprehensive cost). ‘A2’ cost of production includes all expenses paid by farmers in cash or kind in production of crops like seed, fertiliser, manure, chemicals, hired Human, bullock and machine labour, irrigation expenses, maintenance cost, etc. It also includes imputed cost of own seed, manure, bullock and machine labour, rent paid for leased-in land, depreciation of assets and interest on working capital. However, 'C

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Why Adam Smith favoured public education -Alex M Thomas

dividual in the Wealth of Nations is embedded, as it were, in the society Smith described in The Theory of Moral Sentiments, which is characterised by good moral sentiments: “All the members of Human society stand in need of each other’s assistance, and are likewise exposed to mutual injuries. Where the necessary assistance is reciprocally afforded from love, from gratitude, from friendship, and esteem, the society flourishes and is happy.

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Stand by those jailed for activism: Amartya Sen

or Amartya Sen told reporters here on Monday. “There is growing intolerance compared to the past. Many activists are now jailed as Maoist sympathisers…it is extraordinary violation of Human rights. Even Naseeruddin Shah is targeted. “We should stand by those who are targeted and ostracised. Or, we not only lose the quality of sympathy but also our analytical ability to distinguish between what is important and what is not,&rdq

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West Bengal tribals battling food scarcity: study -Suvojit Bagchi

-The Hindu Communities are ‘far behind’ in terms of Human development, says survey of 1,000 households by Professor Amartya Sen’s institute Two months after the West Bengal government denied any food scarcity as a possible cause of death of seven persons from a tribal community, a survey report has identified “food scarcity in varying degrees” in about 31% of tribal households in West Bengal. The study titled &

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