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Interview

‘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

Village protesting Kundankulam bans poll campaigning by any party

Issue Date: Mar 19, 2014
Idinthakarai recently banned campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in the village. How will the decision impact elections?

I was dropped because I stood for Western Ghats conservation: P T Thomas

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Mar 19, 2014
Q: You won the elections in 2009 with a good majority. Then why did your party drop you? A: It could be because of my stand on the conservation of the Western Ghats. I don’t see any other reason. Q: What was your stand?
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