A win-win in sustainable development…

In this article, The Economist strongly argues for involvement of local communities in preservation and sustainable development of forests in which they dwell. Further on, it states that poor people who rely on nature’s gifts for their livelyhood, should be helped to help themselves. The Forest Rights Bill that the Indian government is considering at this point, if enacted, would mark a […]

Why have we let it come to this?

A little incident back in my university days. A classmate from the Manipur, T, had accompanied me to the University Library to get our membership formalities done. We both had the necessary documentation like receipts and i-Cards. After I was handed my membership card, it was her turn. The conversation went thus: Clerk: Sagle ‘dacuments’ […]

The Elephant Paradigm

What lies ahead…. “The biggest danger of today’s rampant economic optimism is that it could breed complacency about the need for reforms. That would be a sure recipe for a future slowdown.” ..and how not to get there….. in a nutshell.   To boost sustainable growth, India needs to clear the path ahead rather than […]

Pension Pains Interest Gains

“What would you choose to be if not yourself? Anyone, any object, anything at all..” Thus reads one interesting question HRD often asks prospective employees. If I was at the receiving end of one such, I’d say I want to be the Fin Min’s mind. The move to get rid of pensions in stages is […]

India Poised?

A small news item in the national daily went unnoticed. The Nithari carnage and election fever takes up all real estate in print these days. The news in that item was worth a headline. I could not let it pass without giving it thought or a mention in these columns. A farmer in a tiny […]