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Gandhian Non-violence and Capital Punishment

In the important debate on Gandhiji’s efforts to save the lives of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, various opinions have been articulated. In my view, the issue of saving the lives of the three revolutionaries was so important that Gandhiji should have launched a nationwide movement with this...

The Path Not Taken

In this year’s union budget, heavy cuts have been imposed in several social priority programmes. The Integrated Child Development Services’ budget has been cut from Rs 16,000 crore to Rs 8,000 crore, the mid-day meal budget has fallen from Rs 13,000 crore to Rs 9,000 crore while the Sarva Shiksha...

Follow the Law

The decision to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam by 17 metres has been widely criticised by social organisations led by the Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) as well as many eminent citizens on the grounds that it violates the legal rights of about 48,000 families (about 2 lakh people) living...

Rejuvenate the Planning Commission

Dismantling of the Planning Commission is easily one of the most controversial decisions taken by the new Bharatiya Janata Party-led government. While doing away with the Planning Commission had been talked about since the regime-change in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an official...

Socialist Leader and Writer

Sunil (1960-2014), national general secretary of Samajwadi Jan Parishad and editor of Samyik Varta , breathed his last at New Delhi’s AIIMS hospital on 21 April 2014. Sunil will be remembered for long as one of the most inspiring socialist activists, ideologues and writers whose high ideals were...

Protect Dam Workers

On 14 February, six workers died and 16 were seriously injured in Kinnaur district (Himachal Pradesh) when stones and boulders, destabilised by the blasting work carried out for dam construction, fell on a temporary settlement of workers. This accident occurred at the 1,000 MW hydel project,...

Rural Employment Schemes

A quantitative assessment of the impact of various rural wage employment schemes during the last two five-year plans and the current one shows that the results in terms of employment generated have been steadily decreasing. Restructuring and consolidation have not helped, and even the central legislation to integrate all programmes into the proposed National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme may achieve nothing more.

Land Reforms, Productivity and Farm Size

Real productivity of small farms has been found to be higher than that of large holdings. So much so that institutions such as the World Bank now propagate the view that redistribution of land to small farmers would lead to greater overall productivity. A compelling reason, if one were needed, to hasten the process of land reform in India.

Land for the Poorest

Amidst long-surviving stories of landlord oppression and the progressive degradation of the poor farmer, the activities of a little-known social organisation in two districts of Chitrakut district offer a glimmer of hope.

Tipaimukh Project

With reference to the letter by Aram Pamei (March 31) I would like to offer my full support to the demands voiced by the Naga Women's Union. It is unfortunate that we have not learnt from costly mistakes made in the past and highly disruptive projects like Tipaimukh dam are being pursued and that...

How Do the Poor Fare?

Serious natural disasters, severe and continuing water shortages, combined with the policy-induced shrinking of job opportunities are leading to severe stress for the rural poor.

Worst Tragedies, Least Reported

Media manipulation is not a new phenomena. Many states have resorted to it over this century, making for a distorted picture of disasters and conflicts.

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