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Economic development

Count the natural debt, too

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2011
Now that Europe’s debt crisis is unfolding all around us, shouldn’t we question why the world is determined to live beyond its means and not worry how it sabotages our common future? The debt crisis is a mere symptom of a deeper malaise. The fact is that countries, private companies and individual households can run only if they can borrow against their assets and hope that the debt will grow slower than the value of their asset. Most financial analysts will now tell you that this business is doomed because of the Ponzi scheme nature of the loan business, where borrowing is used to speculate to get more loans and so repayment becomes difficult and over time impossible.


Issue Date: Nov 30, 2011
Literacy Panorama

Bhutan: Pursuit of happiness

Author(s): Aditya Batra
Issue Date: Nov 15, 2011
How is Gross National Happiness (GNH), which started at the time of monarchy, faring in the democracy? GNH captures the aspirations of the people. It is a tool to better design our policies. So that way, I do see it is in perfect harmony with democracy.

The bogey of green clearances

Issue Date: Oct 31, 2011
The environment is holding up growth and economic development. This is the common refrain in circles that matter. So when the Group of Ministers tasked to resolve the issue of coal mining in forests asked for a report on what needs to be done, it was told that the best would be to dismantle green conditions, almost completely.

20 years to…where?

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2011
Next year, in June, world leaders will get together in the joyful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to mark 20 years of UNCED—the Earth Summit (see Down to Earth, May 15, 1992).

True measure of growth

Posted on: 15 Sep, 2011
GDP grows at environment’s cost. Can this trend be reversed?


Posted on: 16 Jul, 2011
Latest survey reinforces prevalence of livelihood crisis in rural India

Land is more than just that

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2011
My article last fortnight about people’s fight against POSCO has brought me interesting responses. They call for clarifications and further discussion. The question is about the value of current livelihoods of the people of coastal Odisha. Is earning from betel nut farming being exaggerated to reinforce the romantic and misinformed view that people are fighting projects because they are better off today? The equally valid question, then, is: why are the people so apparently poor if they are earning Rs 10-17 lakh per hectare (ha) each year as I had said?

Time for green gadgets

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2011
Though they were not very much in the spotlight, many scientists were present in Rio to stress that while the development of science and technology has been held responsible for the present ecological crisis, the solutions too lie in harnessing of science to meet the ecological needs of today.

Lonely woods

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2011
There is something paradoxical about the current thinking on forests, the theme of this year’s World Environment Day.
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