Poverty

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India

India’s Looting Government Ministers and Officials: “Gangs of Hungerpur”

Mountains of grain have turned black with mildew after getting soaked in the rain (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)The World Bank knows [http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2011/04/20/000333037_20110420235516/Rendered/PDF/612750v10ESW0P1rt0Volume0I01PUBLIC1.pdf] .  The Indian Supreme Court knows [http://www.righttofoodindia.org/data/

22 Oct 12 2 min read
Economics

From India Shinning to India Suffering

Amidst the cool confidence of the Indian professionals and businesses, India’s economy and outlook seems to have taken a nosedive.  By most signs, India Shinning is become India Suffering! In November, a Firstpost article [http://www.firstpost.com/economy/is-manmohan-taking-us-back-to-the-1991-external-mess-134121.html] had asked the question “Is Manmohan taking us

01 May 12 2 min read
India

Where Mothers are forced to give Opium to their Infants

Rajasthani Women LabourersYesterday, the world observed International Women’s Day.  Women are facing many issues over the world, specially in countries like India.  The issues that a working woman faces in the urban places is quite a bit, but the issues that the rural or slum mothers face often puts

09 Mar 12 1 min read
India

How the UPA Government plundered Indian treasury with MNREGA

In this year’s (2011) Economic budget, the UPA Government has allocated Rs 40,100 crore for the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) program, in addition to the Rs.64000 crore sought by the Ministry of Rural Development for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act

02 Mar 11 4 min read
India

Rich loot in India while poor eat grass

Washington-based Global Financial Integrity (GFI) recently published a report titled ‘The Drivers and Dynamics of Illicit Financial Flows from India: 1948-2008’, according to which India has lost India lost a total of $213 billion in illicit financial flows.  The Present Value of these flows in today’s dollars would be

04 Dec 10 2 min read
Corruption

Be prepared to welcome 400 million refugees by 2015

Displacing farmers out of their farmland is the neo-liberal economic growth model – prescribed by World-Bank so that India can throw away its agrarian economy and embrace the new world order. The govt already have established its control over water, forests, seeds, agriculture markets – and now it wants to take away

09 Apr 10 2 min read
Poverty

When Poverty is better than Misery

Poverty is the worst state many imagine, but what can be worse than Poverty?  When devastation and helplessness has reached levels of unbearability (word?) then one probably may think that steady life of poverty is probably better than devastated life in misery. Mankind lives in psychologies of people.  The existence

01 Apr 10 1 min read
India

Slumdog but not a Millionaire!

There has been a lot of hype around Slumdog Millionaire.. the Oscar, the poverty, the hunger and the rags to riches story.  Now, while the poverty that the movie shows is very real.. the way out for the millions of “slumdogs” is not as easy as it has been shown.

28 Feb 09 1 min read
Poverty

Olympics, Mia Farrow and Darfur – what to do

PBS-TV recently carried two programs (can watch one online [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/darfur/]) reporting how the govt of Sudan is sponsoring horrific ethnic killings and rape-as-warfare in its Darfur region, shielded primarily from international sanctions by the Chinese government. China buys oil from Sudan in exchange

03 Jul 08 1 min read
Corruption

Officials sell food supplies while people die!

Kalahandi [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalahandi] in Orissa is one of the poorest districts and where people regularly face starvation – which the Government vehemently denies!  The truth is that the food hardly reaches the starving and hungry.  But even that knowledge does not provide the utter unhuman behavior of

07 Sep 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

A Tragic Death at IIT Kanpur

I got this mail from a fellow-IRMAn.  It again shows the extreme lack of humanity in us Indians.  There are times when we feel bad – but then there are times when we feel utterly shameful of our identity.  This is one of that moment after I read through this mail.

01 Sep 07 4 min read
India

How low can we Indians get??

What are people in India upto..  Biharis have mastered the art of being the evil-most minds available on earth.. and those in Bengal are masters are dumb mind-sets! Despite giving two Nobel Prize winners and potentially many others.. that is a state that is a mess.  Bihar is even further

25 Aug 07 1 min read
Economics

"Farmers Do not commit suicide where they have cooperatives"

This is an interesting interview with Dr. Kurien [http://www.tehelka.com/story_main31.asp?filename=Bu300607punditspeak_11.asp] sent by a friend from IRMA.  Despite the fact that I consider him as a megalomaniac, his views (and work) are profound!  I think the dinstinction between SEZ and Cooperatives with

23 Jun 07 5 min read
Poverty

Waiting for him to die

See this.  My sister, Anu, sent this to me.  I think it really does shake you up.  The photographer committed suicide later. Powered by Qumana [http://www.qumana.com/]

10 May 07 1 min read
Economics

India's Poverty: Possible Solutions Part III

When I said in my last post about my heart being a “capitalist” heart.. I know many people felt [http://www.intentblog.com/archives/2007/01/the_two_indias.html#comment-135462] my heart was in the wrong place.. for.. capitalist system in the US has messed up this country… so

17 Jan 07 3 min read
Economics

India's Poverty: Possible Solutions Part II

Indian society is developing at a fast pace.. but the poverty is not coming down much.  The people and activists are becoming impatient and want faster action from the Government.  I had suggested in my last post [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/?q=node/3678] on Poverty Solution for

16 Jan 07 2 min read

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