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Sharing the pie

Policymakers say that the size of the pie in developing countries has to be enlarged before it can be distributed more equitably. But the way a country’s economy grows will determine whether there is anything left to distribute at the end of the growth process, says Aseem Shrivastava

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The planet - and we - are in peril

In his victory speech President Obama spoke of a planet in peril. In doing so he fell prey to the cognitive lapse that pits us against the environment, rather than part of it, and miscommunicates the nature of the ecological threat as just another problem to be fixed with more technology, says Aseem Shrivastava

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The long transition to renewable energy

By Aseem Shrivastava

Greenpeace states that the share of renewable forms of energy in India must be mandated to increase from 4% presently to 20% by 2020 and 65% by 2050. China is one of the first countries, certainly in the developing world, to have passed and implemented a strong renewable energy law. Why can’t we?

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Small is bountiful

By Aseem Shrivastava

In China, jobs in modern industry declined by 20 million since 1990. But employment in light industries in the countryside increased by 30 million. Is it possible to think of a model of light industrialisation for India?

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Is there an alternative to development under globalisation?

The alternative to development under corporate globalisation is a political one, says Aseem Shrivastava. It involves the evolution of a participatory ecological democracy where key economic and social decisions are taken out of the hands of bureaucracies and giant corporations

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Who is development for?

Most of our politicians have taken ‘development’ as one of their key planks for campaigning. But how many of them have seriously challenged the structurally exclusive pattern of growth we have been seeing in India, asks Aseem Shrivastava in the first of a new column titled ‘Rethinking development’

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