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Backgrounders

Who will bell the cat?

At the heart of the controversy over the Lokpal Bill is the question of accountability, or ensuring that the state delivers on its mandates without infringing citizens’ rights, says Swarna Rajagopalan . But who is to enforce accountability -- state, society, civil society? Or citizens themselves...

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Analysis

Why muddy the debate around AFSPA?

Why muddy the debate around AFSPA?

A massive rally in Imphal on February 19 demanding the repeal of AFSPA has highlighted yet again the place of this special legislation in the world’s largest democracy and the blurring of the lines between policy, strategy and tactics, writes Sumona DasGupta

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Features

Urgent need for political party reforms

Urgent need for political party reforms

By Nripendra Misra and Tannu Singh

An RTI application unearthed the fact that only 8% of 1,196 registered political parties have submitted annual reports regarding contributions above Rs 20,000 to the Election Commission. And only 15% have submitted their audited financial statements!

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Books & Reports

Last man first

By Nandana Reddy

The late LC Jain’s new book titled ‘Civil Disobedience’ illustrates how corruption has become the norm and ‘India Shining’ the cover-up for all our ills. And how the battle for democratic decentralisation today has become one to save the state itself fro...

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MDG 2015

India's progress on MDGs found tardy

Despite some progress in primary education, assured rural employment and access to potable water, India continues to lag behind in realising the Millennium Development Goals set for 2015 by the United Nations, says a new report

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Changemakers

'The loss of idealism is unacceptable': LC Jain

By Ashok Gopal

LC Jain, noted economist and policymaker, died on November 14. In this interview with Infochange in 2007, he looked back at his work over half-a-century, tracing India's problems to an over-reliance on the bureaucracy to helm India's development, the erosion of idealism, and our...

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Statistics

Defining development

A world divided by inequality

By Sharmila Joshi

An additional $28 billion a year would make basic education, clean water, healthcare and nutrition available to all the poor people in the world. Yet Western Europe and America spend $35 billion a year on cosmetics, ice cream and pet food. Something is not right in this grossly unequ...

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