The Deafening Silence On Climate Change

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By Avinay Umesh-Saiyogita*

India is the third largest country in terms of carbon emission. India is the second largest country in terms of population. India is the the country to hold the biggest democratic elections in the world! To exclude the rest, these three factors are enough to highlight the rising importance of India globally. Still, why is there a deafening silence on climate change in India, not only by the media but also by the politicians, subsequently followed by the people as the two former agencies are responsible for prioritizing any agenda.

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Food and Antibiotics

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Chicken Comes Home to Roost

By Sunita Narain *

What should I eat now? Is there nothing that is safe?” This is what I am asked every time the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) does a study on toxins in food. It is a fact that our food is becoming unhealthy—not because of deliberate adulteration but because we are choosing to produce it in unsafe ways. India is at the beginning of industrial food production focused on efficiency and profits, and not on consumer safety, so it still has a choice to get it right. Why should the country not exercise its right to food that secures livelihoods and nutrition?

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How to Cure Corruption in Healthcare

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Rx: Only an effective governing body, which includes medical and non-medical members, can stop the culture of kickbacks

By Kundan Pandey

Corruption in the healthcare sector is old news. Almost everybody in the country has been a victim of some form of graft or malpractice—be it inflated bills, wrong diagnosis, or substandard treatment. So it comes as little surprise when a foreigner who has worked in the Indian medical system says, “kickbacks and bribes oil every part of the Indian healthcare machinery”.

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Past, Present and Future Attempts to Measure Childhood TB

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By Shobha Shukla *

The first estimates of the global burden of TB in children given by the WHO in 2012, suggested that there might be 530,000 children suffering from it. Subsequently there has been an uptake in the research in this field. A recent mathematical modelling study on the burden of childhood TB in 22 high-burden countries, (published in the Lancet) has revealed that there may be 650,000 annual cases of TB in children. Are these figures at odds with the estimate of 530,000 previously made by WHO?

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What Do Post-2015 Strategic Development Goals Mean to Us?

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By Bobby Ramakant *

In the year 2000, countries of the world had agreed to meet the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Numerous consultative processes have been taking place around the world on what should be the development goals post-2015. A draft list of 17 Strategic Development Goals (SDGs) and 168 targets for post-2015 is expected to be presented before the UN General Assembly in September 2014 to agree on modalities and inter-governmental negotiations might begin from January 2015 onwards.

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Maoists: Attacking Lifelines

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By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

In yet another attack on the Indian Railways, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres blasted a portion of a railway track at Lahat village, between the Ismailpur and Rafiganj section, under Rafiganj Police Station in Aurangabad District of Bihar, on July 22, leading to the derailment of a pilot engine running ahead of the Bhubaneswar-New Delhi Rajdhani Express. No casualty was reported in the incident.

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Assam - Nagaland: Interstate Wars

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By Veronica Khangchian
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

In a series of violent incidents between Assam and Nagaland related to a long history of border disputes, erupted on August 12, 2014, resulting in the third largest death toll of 20 fatalities in this pattern of strife. 14 Adivasis (tribals from Central India settled in the Northeast region) have been killed by miscreants from Nagaland, another six persons were killed in a clash with the police, while several have been injured in the disputed 'B Sector' of the Assam-Nagaland border in the Golaghat District.

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Chhattisgarh: Sukma - Region of Sorrow

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By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On July 28, 2014, a Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadre was killed and three personnel of the 150th battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), including an Assistant Commandant, Alok Kumar, were injured in an encounter in the forest near Ramaram village under the Chintagufa Police Station limits in Sukma District. Police recovered the body of the slain Maoist after the exchange of fire was over. Police later claimed that reliable sources indicated that another ten Maoists, including ‘five commanders’, were killed, though Police did not recover any other bodies.

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Chhattisgarh: Why People Want to Be Poor

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Crisis in Chhattisgarh over implementation of food security law has crucial lessons for India's public distribution system

By Richard Mahapatra

The unprecedented surge in below-poverty-line (BPL) families in Chhattisgarh has a lesson for India’s public distribution system (PDS). In its overdrive to implement its own food security law, the state has issued more ration cards than the total number of households. Political parties see it as a scandal, while it may be more than a simple case of fudging cards to access cheap foodgrains. The crisis has some fundamental messages for the country about to implement the National Food Security Act.

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Delhi’s Industrial Areas Are Toxic Hot Spots: Survey

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Many of the 18 hazardous hot spots in the city are in residential areas

By Jyotsna Singh

A study by a non-governmental organisation has found 18 hot spots in Delhi which are polluting the city’s environment. Primarily comprising of unorganised small scale industries, these hot spots show lack of regulation and the capital’s inability to manage the waste generated from these areas.

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Kashmir Impasse: What is the Way Out?

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By Latief Ahmad Dar *

India and Pakistan celebrated their 68th independence day and Kashmir as usual served parchment for annual rejuvenation of nationalist fervor of both countries. The parchment (Kashmir) thus serves the ideologies that are at opposite poles; the secular Ideology of India (as Perry Anderson will call it), and the religious ideology of Pakistan. And Kashmiris as usual feel offended when their national struggle is rendered obsolete by nationalist narratives of both India and Pakistan.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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