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Victims always by Venkitesh Ramakrishnan and Ajoy Ashirwad Mahaprashastra

ics. Vested interests have never been known to have willingly divested themselves unless there was sufficient force to compel them.” Long-standing apartheid Twenty years after the paSSAge of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, the vociferous advocacy of the same by almost all political parties and even the rise of the politics of S.C.-S.T. empowerment across the country, it seems that the q

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Token gesture by V Venkatesan

a visiting faculty member at the National Law School, Bangalore, wrote on her blog: “It does not seem to be focussing only on the tracking of wealth accumulation (though that is of course a neceSSAry component), but also on determining issues of conflict of interest. Hence, a major portion of their declaration deals with gifts, etc., received by judges, and visits, conferences and lectures attended by them, along with honorarium or reimbursement

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Indian green lessons for the West by Sanjoy Majumder

ool their homes. They live close to their workplace," he explains. "Sometimes poverty offers us the most creative solutions. You don't have to waste to grow rich." It's a meSSAge that India will take to Copenhagen - that the answer to low-carbon growth lies in homegrown solutions. And rather than being told what to do by the West, they could actually offer the world some expertise of their own.

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The Split Reality by Ashok Mitra

ribal affairs were in attendance. Most of the chief ministers, however, stayed away; they obviously had more important matters to deal with on the day. The only exception was the chief minister of OriSSA. The absence of chief ministers did not deter the prime minister from unburdening himself. There has been, he said, a systemic failure in giving the nation’s adivasis a stake in the breathtaking economic progress the country is experiencin

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Sugar siege melts Delhi by Sankarshan Thakur

y through the cabinet and the Congress backrooms where demands will be made for urgent corrections to assuage farmers’ ire. To add to the agitated advice from within, the government faced aSSAult from outside. In the Lok Sabha, it lay besieged by the entire Opposition from the CPM to the BJP demanding the withdrawal of the sugarcane ordinance and the uniform fair remunerative price (FPR) order that fixes sugarcane rates at Rs 129.84 a quint

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India willing to be isolated but will not accept legally binding cuts, says Jairam

Comparative analyses of the lifestyles of the most consumerist class in the developed world with their Indian counterparts had shown that India had a low consumption pattern. “So it is not neceSSAry that we will follow the U.S. and Chinese trajectory,” Mr. Ramesh said, using the Gandhian philosophy to say that this was a great opportunity to demonstrate a new paradigm for economic development. He also rejected the effort by the devel

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From dream to reality by NK Singh

ality of the public delivery system, minimize corruption, create an environment which fosters innovation and enable the realization of demographic dividends. To overcome the vested lobbies, it is neceSSAry to redo our rules and regulations, particularly regarding labour and manufacturing, in creating high growth, high employment and a more egalitarian social order. And to change mindsets in tune with contemporary challenges. A lot of issues that are b

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Unfair competition

case of M&A or violation of fair play. Even as that be the case, the CCI should be strengthened to incorporate multi-disciplinary expertise that will enable it to act independently (not neceSSArily autonomously) to consider the impact of inter-play of market forces on society at large. Sector regulators would tend to take a myopic and, perhaps ill-informed, view on such issues. In any case, the mandate of the sector regulators includes

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An action plan for the future by Mohan Dharia

London witnessed such an experiment after the Second World War. The London Municipal Corporation succeeded in voluntarily moving out 15 lakh people to new modern satellite cities. It is neceSSAry to explore the basic cause of the influx from the rural areas. For want of employment opportunities, medical and educational facilities and infrastructure such as roads and communication in the rural areas, people prefer to come to the cities, parti

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Failed Food Summit and rising hunger

The three-day World Summit on Food Security (WSFS) that opened in Rome, Italy on 16 November, 2009 has ended with serious differences among participants. Among those expressing diSSAtisfaction with the final declaration was no less a person than Jacques Diouf, the head of UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Diouf criticised the declaration for not including exact targets to reduce hunger. There is no mention of a deadline for t

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