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SDGs set to repeat the mistakes of the MDGs?

Without transparent and accountable governance, the Sustainable Development Goals will remain a feel-good wish-list for equitable development, says Vineet John Samuel.


Prosperity and poverty: A rapid reader on inequality

Increasing prosperity for small sections of the population has been misinterpreted as signifying diminishing levels of poverty for large sections of the population, say S Subramanian and D Jayaraj



Empowering the poor the McKinsey way

Rahul Goswami rips apart the McKinsey Global Institute’s new report on measuring and tackling poverty in India


The India behind the new poverty ratio

Rahul Goswami questions the government’s recent claim that 407 million Indians below the poverty line in 2004-05 had by 2011-12 dwindled dramatically to 270 million


Minimum-wage criteria provide a more realistic poverty line

What has been missing in the heated debates about the poverty line is a clear enunciation of which basic needs should be included. The 15th Indian Labour Conference of 1957 might have come up with the most comprehensive criteria for defining the minimum wage required to meet basic needs, writes Kathyayini Chamaraj


Reading between the poverty lines

India’s new Below Poverty Line estimate based on the Tendulkar Committee report has been hailed as being much more realistic than earlier estimates. But does it adequately count and include the poor of this nation, asks Sachin Kumar Jain


As the economy grows, so too does hunger

By Devinder Sharma

If successive governments had devoted just a fraction of the effort that has gone into propping up trade and industry into fighting hunger and malnutrition, India would not be ranked a dismal 66th in the 2008 Global Hunger Index


The economics of violence: Growth with inequality

The World Bank claims that poverty in Asia has been halved between 1990 and 2003. But, says John Samuel, the story looks good only until you see the underbelly of this economic growth - growing inequality, violence and pollution


How India lives: Inequality, impoverisation and identity

A recent paper in EPW clearly demonstrates the links between poverty and vulnerability caused by social identity in India. It also demonstrates the extent to which inequality is increasing. This is a recipe for political dissent, says John Samuel


Measuring global poverty: India on 20 cents a day

By Aseem Shrivastava

Global poverty estimates report the number of people living on less than $1 or $2 a day. But purchasing power (dis)parities suggest that it could be more accurate to say that the poor in countries like India are living on less than $0.20 or $0.40 a day, says Aseem Shrivastava