Bank’s first contest
Developing countries challenge US monopoly by putting up candidates for World Bank’s presidency
THE SECOND INDEPENDENCE
Tiny forgotten villages teach India a firsthand lesson in governance. Down To Earth reporters and photographers fan out to six states to discover …
Rickshaw pullers get together
On January 5, 2003 hundreds of rickshaw pullers in Hyderabad got together to declare: "Protect our right on roads."
Let states decide
Lean, mean scheme
Budget to start process of reforming Central rural schemes, 45 years after first demand
Ready for guillotining?
Blame it on the foreign hand
Centre's motive behind the unseen "foreign hand" theory is to polarise the development discourse
Tribals have lost their decision-making power twice; first to the state then to the Maoists
Myth of onion
The humble vegetable’s price is not a lethal weapon against politicians but their victim
New leader, old challenge
India’s first PM born after Independence will face the old problem of poverty eradication
Devolution is bankrupt
Now even the World Bank says money should flow to local bodies directly
Have regional parties delivered?
They have not offered an alternative path to development to reflect local aspirations
End of dividend
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
Making sense of `Make in India'
Manufacturing needs to get a boost. But what to manufacture and how are two critical questions
Rights-based governance has not been accompanied by effective delivery mechanism
Reclaiming retail democracy
One man's battle to save a village economy
Only plans, no integration
A success story
The 2003 monsoon could herald a great change in the socio-economic landscape of village Birora Kheth in the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. …
Decoding Indo-US nuke deal