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Consumption patterns

Am I a junglee?

Author(s): Sanjay Sondhi
Issue Date: Dec 31, 2013
One day our domestic help sidled up to my wife, Anchal, and whispered, “Doesn’t sahib have any clothes? He keeps wearing these very dirty, worn-out trousers.” My junglee trousers are filthy as I often kneel in gooey mud and at damp spots to take photographs of little things in nature.

Letters - December 16-31, 2013

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2013
Ignoring the success story This is with reference to “Science under siege” (October 16-31, 2013). The article has cast a hurried glance at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR’S) organisational edifice, its research endeavours, personnel management and cost to the country. One does not find a single mention of globally acknowledged achievements of the organisation that has added value to Indian agriculture in over eight decades of its existence. Here are a few cases:

The climate and trade tango

Issue Date: Dec 31, 2013
India has emerged as a “voice” in climate change and trade negotiations. At the recently concluded trade talks in Bali, the Indian government was insistent that the rights of poor farmers should not be compromised; in climate change it has raised the matter of equity in sharing global atmospheric space. The already industrialised countries say India is obstinate, strident and unnecessarily obstructionist in crucial global debates. The problem is not that India is loud—that it must be.

India’s twin environmental challenges

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2013
In the past 10 years, India’s environmental movement has had a rebirth. It was first born in the 1970s, when the industrialised world was seeing the impact of growth on its environment. In that decade the air and rivers of London, Tokyo and New York were full of toxins. The world was learning the pain of pollution. The first major global conference on the environment, the Stockholm meet, was held to find ways to deal with this growing scourge.

The poverty quibble

Posted on: 31 Jul, 2013
Government claims a huge drop in poverty numbers but critical indicators—health, malnutrition and wages—continue to be grim. So how did the poor fare better?

Vitamin D complex

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2013

High BP, tobacco are top killers

Author(s): Ratnika Sharma
Issue Date: Jan 15, 2013
DISEASE patterns are changing world over. Deaths from infectious diseases, poor nutrition and maternal and child illnesses, which used to be the key global killers two decades ago, are down. More people today die of non-communicable diseases such as high blood pressure and due to tobacco and alcohol consumption. This is one of the key findings of a study on the global burden of disease, published in The Lancet on December 13, 2012.

A pecking order falls

Author(s): Garga Chatterjee
Issue Date: Dec 15, 2012
We live in a world filled with theories of human nature, or more correctly, theories of human nature that explain differences between people. Such theories have a wide ranging currency and explain differences between people in things as varied as poverty, labour efficiency, honesty, graciousness, violence (or lack thereof), scientific progress, cleanliness of streets, alcoholism, sexual prowess and what not.

Rio: not plus or minus, just 20

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2012
The Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development is over. The conference declaration, titled “The Future We Want”, is a weak and meaningless document. It aims at the lowest common denominator consensus to say it all, but to say nothing consequential about how the world will move ahead to deal with the interlinked crises of economy and ecology. Is this the future we want or the future we dread?

Seeking Food Sovereignty

Posted on: 29 Jun, 2012
From Cordoba to Chennai and Maine, farmers and consumers are coming together on the platform of right to safe food
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