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Creation of an Imperial City

From Ghalib's Dilli to Lutyens' New Delhi:A Documentary Record edited by Mushirul Hasan and Dinyar Patel (New Delhi: Oxford University Press/ National Archives of India), 2014; pp xliii + 296, Rs 1,395.

NREGA and the Death of Tapas Soren

Tapas Soren, a tribal of Birakhap in Jharkhand, committed self-immolation recently, impoverished by the constant demand for bribes by local officials for work done under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act. His death soon after the murder of Lalit Mehta who had exposed corruption in NREGA schemes in Palamu is a damning comment on how the scheme is being implemented in Jharkhand.

CAG Report on NREGA: Fact and Fiction

The draft report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on the working of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was used by many sections of the media to strongly criticise this employment programme. Much of the coverage sensationalised the findings of the report. What did the CAG actually say? Where did the CAG fall short in its investigations? And what can we learn from the CAG to improve the functioning of the NREGA?

Bank Payments: End of Corruption in NREGA?

The payment of wages into bank accounts for work carried out under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act has been suggested as a way to prevent embezzlement of funds. The practice has already begun in a few districts. Is this a foolproof system to control corruption? The early experience from a few blocks in Orissa suggests that this process is not free from its own problems.

Indo-US Nuclear Deal: In Whose Interests?

Indo-US Nuclear Deal: In Whose Interests? A report of a recent international conference in New Delhi that critically discussed the foreign policy, nuclear weapons and nuclear power aspects of the Indo-US deal.
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