Children once again
A chat and books persuade parents in Shravasti to not marry off young girls
The country struggles with ways to use its diverse ecology in finalising new states
Have regional parties delivered?
They have not offered an alternative path to development to reflect local aspirations
Violence mars Bihar’s efforts to empower women, promote self-governance
RIP Panchayati Raj ministry
The new-found `cooperative federalism' will kill the third tier of government in India
Boss, the real beehive!
Rahul Gandhi’s idea of governance needs fresh focus. How about more autonomy to nearly 240,000 panchayats?
The forgotten class
Middle class-driven anti-corruption campaign does not acknowledge the poor
For the record
Chhattisgarh’s community news service on mobile phone helps tribal people find voice
The power game
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have become increasingly influential in the past 50 years. Awareness of human rights and social and …
Rights-based governance has not been accompanied by effective delivery mechanism
Panchayats, European style
The house that Digvijay built
Governments and the masses have very rarely worked together successfully in modern India. In Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Digvijay Singh has …
The national local elections
Bangladesh loses an opportunity to revive its most important local government—upazilla parishad—as competing national parties turn …
Brazilian lessons for Modi
Dilma Rousseff's re-election as president is a lesson on facing development challenges in an unequal economy
Time to reveal
Cabinet clears policy that makes it mandatory for departments to share data; civil society sceptical
A deal for votes
2013-14 might see expansion or monetisation of development schemes in run-up to election
The curious case of panchayats in Delhi
The Nagar Swaraj Bill will usher in decentralised governance in the city state, but what happened to rural panchayats?
Blood, sweat and tears
For RTI activists of Bihar the cost of exposing corruption is life
Civil society & politics
Ready for guillotining?
Who dropped MESA?
Government clueless about the Bill it introduced 12 years ago to govern urban areas in tribal regions. Constitutional crisis follows
My god v your resource
Recent Supreme Court order in Vedanta case holds hope for tribal community life
Cooperative in spirit
Verghese Kurien, the man who made cooperatives an empowering business model