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More bite, less to chew

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2013
First, the mind-blowing figure: 813,373,000 or 813 million to round it off. That is two-thirds of this populous country and the number of people who will be covered by the National Food Security Act once the government pushes it through Rajya Sabha after its victory in Lok Sabha on August 26.

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?

G8 and tragedy of Africa

Posted on: 15 Jul, 2013
The white man’s burden never eases. Long after the sun set on colonial empires, the rich nations of the world who make the G8, the smallest and most powerful club of their group, are preparing for yet another onerous task.

Premature scheme

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
Twenty-four-year-old Usha Ben, a tribal living in Santrampur tehsil of Panchmahal district, delivered a baby at a private clinic in the absence of a doctor. The baby was delivered by a nurse in the clinic. The doctor stopped attending to her as soon as she was told that Usha Ben was a beneficiary of the Gujarat government’s Chiranjeevi Yojana. Soon after the delivery she was sent home without the essential postdelivery checkup.

‘Need balanced criteria to judge backwardness’

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2013
In what ways are the present criteria for deciding backwardness of a state flawed? Has the development of some states been hit due to these shortcomings?

Public Deprived System

Issue Date: May 31, 2013