The Indian Government Is Failing Its People

April 24, 2020

In India, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government has a tendency for doing things like a “surgical strike.” In 2016, at just a few hours’ notice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi removed the 500 ($6.50) and 1,000 rupee notes from circulation. The move, known as demonetization, sent...

Cleaning India with the Indian Notion of Hygiene

June 14, 2019

More than constructing toilets, India needs to change the way its people think, behave and act when it comes to personal and public hygiene. This is the second of a three-part series. Indians have some of the most elaborate cleaning rituals in the world. It has roots in a peculiarly Indian sense...

The Judicial Fallout of the Uttarakhand Disaster

September 18, 2013

The Uttarakhand government is responsible for the destruction caused by recent floods. The heavy pre-monsoon showers that flooded the upper reaches of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers was India’s biggest natural disaster since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. “Unfortunate,” was how the...

The Uttarakhand Disaster and Climate Change

September 08, 2013

India is aiming to prevent future catastrophes, such as the recent flashfloods. A spell of torrential rainfall during June, 15-17, 2013, over Uttarakhand, India, caused devastating floods and landslides in the country's worst natural disaster since the 2004 Tsunami. According to...

Uttarakhand: India Under Water

August 27, 2013

India is in need of a more robust disaster management system Background This past June, a multi-day cloudburst centered on the North Indian state of Uttarakhand caused devastating floods and landslides. It was the country’s worst natural disaster since the 2004 tsunami. Whole villages,...

India: A Bumbling Giant

August 16, 2013

India is jammed with internal dissensions that threaten to derail its economy. Every August 15 evokes fond memories of flag hoisting ceremonies, cultural programmes and parades in schools, colleges, and commercial and government establishments. On the eve of Independence Day, the Indian...

India: The Food Insecurity Ordinance

August 15, 2013

Every inch of land in India can grow food through community and kitchen gardens. Food Security rests on a system, not on “schemes.” “Scheming” is a nasty word, anyway. And the fact that the most vital parts of our lives are being reduced to government “schemes”...

India: A Nation in Search of its Soul

August 15, 2013

With high inequality and corruption that is rife, India is a volcano about to explode. When India became independent, it had a clear idea of its destiny. Gandhi had set India on a course that was democratic, egalitarian and plural. In keeping with India’s syncretism, people speaking a...

Governing India (Part 2/2)

June 03, 2013

Democracy in India is unique throughout the world. However, a new Indian Constitution is necessary. The current constitution is not suited for a sovereign, independent, and democratic nation of 1.2 billion people. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one. Apart from the unsuitability...

Governing India (Part 1/2)

May 28, 2013

Democracy in India is unique throughout the world. However, a new Indian Constitution is necessary. The current constitution is not suited for a sovereign, independent, and democratic nation of 1.2 billion people. This is the first of a two part series. India is a country of continental...

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