Political economy of welfare
The BJP-led government's change of heart for big-ticket rural programmes says a lot about its dwindling political fortune
Centre overrules Supreme Court directive on combined medical entrance test
The latest Union government’s rule intends to allow the states to conduct their own medical entrance exams for the current academic year
Progress and contradictions in US-India climate relations
The recent US-India join statement takes on a one-sided narrative of India’s commitments to decreasing emissions and transitioning to a …
Report card: Environmental governance under NDA government
The government has stepped up action on environmental concerns such as pollution, but retains a myopic view of natural resource management and …
Modi bats for judicious use of antibiotics
Antibiotic resistance is a critical global health issue which needs urgent attention
Demonetisation: public health system ill-equipped and unreliable
The government’s assurance of treatment in government hospitals is hollow as the system is inadequate
National Air Quality Index: A solution with too many problems
Due to lack of monitoring and maintenance, most of the authorized centres have failed to record real-time data on air pollution
Demonetisation week two: how Azadpur market traders are reacting
In the second week after demonetisation was announced by the Centre, Down To Earth visits Azadpur market to find out how things are going
Ganga's burden of pollutants from Kanpur to Varanasi
A visit to the tanneries in Kanpur and some of the sewage treatment plants and drains along the Ganga reveals the extent of pollution and the …
A ‘kick’ass jibe
Could Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘gadha’ comment increase awareness about wild equid conservation in India?
स्वच्छता की डगर पर अगर मगर
बिहार, झारखंड, ओडिशा और उत्तर प्रदेश खुले में शौच से मुक्ति में बड़ी चुनौती बने हुए हैं क्योंकि देशभर में खुले में शौच करने ...
Will Modi keep his power promise?
The NDA government is more than 2,000 days behind schedule for providing electricity to all households in India
Sardar Sarovar Project faces its toughest challenge
For more than 56 years, farmers in Gujarat have been waiting to get water, but work on the most crucial aspect of Sardar Sarovar dam—…
The rise of the rurals
The Bharatiya Janata Party's famed "Gujarat Model" gets a rude jolt in the state's recent polls, especially from rural communities in the …
Climate change disrupts the goal of doubling farmers’ income
According to the just tabled Economic Survey, the government needs to implement “radical” actions to ensure the Prime Minister’…
Unsung heroes of Varanasi
In spite of over 3.2 million domestic and foreign tourists visiting Varanasi annually, the local boatmen lead a life of deprivation, …
Can a cash-on-delivery model work for global aid?
As rich nations try to heal the scars of 2008 global financial crisis through deep budget cuts and protectionist policies, business models like …
Who robbed Narmada?
Farmers in Gujarat prepare for a bleak future and protests as Narmada water disappears from canals after Assembly elections
Two seasons of separation and a deep political desperation
It feels good that agriculture features high in political discourse but, again, it is misdirected
हंसी के पात्र भ्रष्टाचार विरोधी आंदोलन
लगातार दो शासन काल में जिस पैमाने पर जनता के पैसों की लूट हुई है, उसने भ्रष्टाचार विरोधी मुहिमों को असफल साबित कर दिया ...
Energy in news on April 17
Here’s a round-up of today’s news reports and developments around energy
Where are the doctors’ bodies when common man suffers due to poor treatment?
Notwithstanding lack of government support, the medical associations are strangely absent whenever the needy suffers due to unethical practices, …
Why political parties love schemes that benefit individual voters
Popular welfare schemes will be the focus of upcoming elections, but the unilateral focus to provide benefits to individual voter leads to less …
चिकित्सकों और दवा कंपनियों की सांठगांठ
मोदी की बातों में सच्चाई है। यह बात कई बार साबित हो चुकी है कि डॉक्टर अनैतिक कार्यों में लिप्त रहे हैं। क्लिनिकल ट्रायल ...
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