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Consumption patterns

Time to redraw the global poverty line

Posted on: 15 Sep, 2014
It must reflect new realities of food inflation, climate change impacts

Brief history of a line

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2014

News Briefs

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2014

How rural India spends

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2014
Contrary to general perception, rural people in India are spending more on commodities that are considered major urban expenditure, such as food, energy, cereals, pulses, vegetables and medicines. These are the items that have been driving India's food inflation. According to the National Sample Survey Office, from 2007-08 to 2011-12, the monthly per capita consumption expenditure (MPCE) in rural areas increased at a compound annual rate of 16.7 per cent, while MPCE in urban areas was 15.6 per cent.

It’s about the poor

Author(s): P P Sangal
Issue Date: May 15, 2014
There are lies, damn lies and statistics, American author Mark Twain once wrote echoing a similar statement by the British statesman Benjamin Disraeli. Statistics aim to reveal a lot, but they conceal vital information.

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?
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