Child Malnutrition In India – Magnitude, Its Causes, Consequences and Remedies

“Though quieter than famine, persistent undernutrition kills many more people slowly in the long run than famine do”   (Dre’ze and Sen 1998) India’s much coveted ‘demographic dividend‘ might be  in jeopardy. It is estimated that by 2030, there  will be 484.86 million youth (aged between 15 to 34) in India. Much has been said about its …

15 Best Books On India – Those One Should Read To Understand India

Here is a list of 15 books on India written by both Indians and foreigners that one should read to understand India better. It is not an exhaustive list, but a representation of diverse opinions in the form of books from various personalities on India. This list is drawn from my own experience and also from various …

Aftershocks Of ‘Policy Paralysis’

People at the helm still blame Eurozone crisis for India’s economic problems. The same people were jubilant two years ago when India somehow managed decent growth despite severe global economic crisis. The reason for their jubilation was that  they believed that Indian economy was decoupled from the crisis-hit economies of the West. Now, this reasoning seems to …

India (New Delhi) to Host the Second Intergovernmental Committee Meeting for Nagoya Protocol

NAGOYA PROTOCOL A Backgrounder on ICNP – 2 The Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ICNP-2) is being held in New Delhi from 2-6 July, 2012. The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) is a new international treaty adopted under the auspices of the Convention …

CENSUS 2011 Data Sheet(pdf) and Latest Data On Houselisting and Housing Census

Census 2011 Data Sheet, click here. (pdf, opens in new window) Houslisting and Housing Census As per the Houselisting and Housing Census 2011, the census houses increased from 25 cr to 33cr. There is an increase of 6 cr census houses for residential and partly residential purposes. The data indicates that the housing gap has …

India Reaches Milestone In Polio Eradication – Polio A Fact Sheet

On 13 January, 2012, India reached a major milestone in the history of polio eradication – a 12-month period without any case of polio being recorded. This date marks the unprecedented progress in India and is an endorsement of the effectiveness of the polio eradication strategies and their implementation in India. Cases in 2011                            …

Tackling Left Wing Extremism (Naxalism) – Recent Measures Taken By Union and State Governments

In Prime Minister’s words, Naxalism is the biggest internal security threat being faced by India. He is not wrong. Naxals have killed more security personnel and civilians than victims claimed by terrorists and other extremists in North East India put together. Government has adopted both violent and peaceful strategies to tackle threat posed by naxals. …

War On Iran

USA and Israel, by imposing stricter economic and political sanctions on Iran through UN and EU, are upping the ante for Iran in Middle East. Israel is seriously contemplating war with Iran to destroy its nuclear research facilities and teach a lesson. In pursuance of this folly of war, west is playing a dangerous game …

British Bias

Nothing demonstrates more convincingly than the following two incidents from the history about the British atrocities and their hypocrisy On 30th January 1972, twenty-six unarmed civil rights protesters or bystanders were shot by the soldiers of the 1st Battalion of the Parachute Regiment of the British Army, under Lt. Col. Derek Wilford, during a Northern …