Apr 01 2003
Marriage – A retail outlet
Indra Chopra looks at the dowry custom cloaked within current-day marriages.
Apr 01 2003
The need for ethical debate
Direct Electro-Convulsive Therapy, banned in the west and some Indian states as a form of medical torture, is finding new advocates. Ethical psychiatrists must strongly disavow the practice, says Bhargavi Davar.
Apr 01 2003
Voting and the public good
Jayaprakash Narayan clarifies on the critical need for decentralization of political power by pointing out the linkage between voting and the public good.
Apr 01 2003
Fiscal deficits and decentralization - II
In the second in a series of two articles, Jayaprakash Narayan discusses on the connection between the fiscal crisis and decentralization of political power.
Apr 01 2003
Kashmir after Nadimarg
Firdaus Ahmed on what India can do to avoid a repeat of Nadimarg.
Apr 01 2003
Legislate, then contradict
Suman Sahai discusses a public interest litigation that seeks to ensure that the rights granted to farmers on seeds as per India's 2001 plant varieties protection law are not taken away.
Apr 01 2003
Coping with the cruel summer
Careful planning, adequate budgeting and close cooperation of government and NGOs will be needed this summer in Barmer and nearby Thar desert areas of Rajasthan, says Bharat Dogra
Apr 01 2003
The movement for inclusive education
Callous school managements and over-anxious parents of abled children are barring 90% of India's 40 million disabled children from entering the nation's classrooms says Gaver Chatterjee.
Apr 01 2003
Hunger, malnutrition, and the media
Lack of media concern for hunger and related issues makes it that much easier for the state to get away with doing nothing. An interview with Prof. Jean Dreze.
Apr 01 2003
Wash your spinach, twice
Research finds evidence of heavy metal contamination of vegetables in Delhi.
Apr 01 2003
Technology Transforms Rural Women
Shruti Gupta on a project in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkand that uses technology to enhance income generation opportunities through productive use of natural resources.
Apr 01 2003
Tehri Dam - Verdict Awaited
A note on Tehri Dam case heard in Supreme Court by Vimal Bhai of the Matu People's organisation.
Apr 01 2003
Interview : Ugly duckling to swan
T R Raghunandan is a hard hitting IAS officer managing Rural Development at the Government of Karnataka. In this interview to India Together, he talks about decentralization reforms and the challenges of winding down prevailing hierarchies in government.
Apr 01 2003
The road to starvation
Last year's poor monsoon is only the most proximate reason for the drought-related suffering; failures in many aspects of governance led inevitably to misery, say Manu Mathai and Ashwin Mahesh.
Apr 01 2003
Productivity of our public services
Fifth in a series of articles adapted from the book Holding the State to Account by Samuel Paul of the Public Affairs Center, Bangalore, the author looks at the low priority given to productivity as a factor for our ailing public services.
Apr 01 2003
Intelligent information
Shelter Associates uses Geographic Information Systems to study slums, and Maharashtra's municipal councils find new opportunities for civic improvement.
Apr 01 2003
Another kind of war
Last month, women's groups were engaged in a vigorous debate with the National Commission on Women (NCW) about a bill on sexual harassment, says Kalpana Sharma.
Mar 15 2003
Disparities in Inequality
Economic prosperity isn't always a sign of social progress. A new study of gender biases around the country finds the wealthier states have much to answer for.
Mar 14 2003
Mental health, administrative disorder
The rape of a schizophrenic girl at NIMHANS reveals a wide gap between the rhetoric and reality of mental health care in India.
Mar 13 2003
Invoice enclosed - please pay immediately
Gene Campaign writes to the Agriculture Minister demanding compensation for Indian farmers payable under the laws for failure of Monsanto-Mahyco's Bt cotton variety.
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Amitabha Basu
  • Retired Scientist
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