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Interview

`Growing food is like printing your own money'

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2014
What inspired you to take up guerilla gardening? The US had a strong tradition of community gardens during World War II. It got lost with the advent of modern agriculture. In the community I live in, there is no space for gardens. Well, there is space, but it is owned by the city authority. There is no access to food that has not been sprayed or injected with chemicals, so I decided to grow my own food.

What's the fuss about Bt brinjal?

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2014
Why did Bangladesh decide to grow Bt brinjal when India and the Philippines had already rejected it?

‘The role of the state should be pragmatic, not ideological’

Issue Date: May 20, 2014
Schumpeter viewed the government as an entrepreneur, but the world debated and rejected his ideas in the 1950s. Some early architects of development studies even deemed it to be irrelevant. Do you think the difference in approach towards this has much to do with the reason behind the difference in economic state of developed and developing economies?

Sinking deltas have not got much attention

Issue Date: May 15, 2014
Why are deltas sinking?

‘India needs to use its development programmes also to reduce burden of NCDs’

Issue Date: Apr 28, 2014
How big is the problem of non-communicable diseases in India?

Reconstructing atmospheric history

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2014
Please describe your model

Model approach

Issue Date: Apr 15, 2014
What do you work on? In practical scenarios, there is often a need to separate objects, or categorise them into groups, based on their characteristics. The characteristics vary from discipline to discipline, and so do the objectives (behind the need to categorise).

Boost for global polio eradication campaign

Issue Date: Mar 27, 2014
After huge struggles, India has finally become entitled to polio-free certification from the World Health Organization. What lessons does the country offer to the world, especially in struggles against communicable diseases?

‘South-East Asia must remain polio-free after certification’

Issue Date: Mar 27, 2014
India is going to be certified a polio-free nation. How do you see this achievement? What is the meaning of this certificate? To be clear, India is not being certified polio-free, but the entire region, which WHO designates as the South East Asia Region, is being certified. No single country can be certified polio-free.

‘Focus of leprosy control programmes has to shift to address new challenges’

Issue Date: Mar 22, 2014
Your comments on the current status of leprosy control
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