Solar pumps can quickly expand quality irrigation to the poor at affordable cost in Ganga basin

Excerpts from the paper “Promoting Solar Irrigation Service Providers in Ganga Basin: Jobs, Affordable Irrigation and Accelerated Green Revolution”, by Tushaar Shah, Gyan Prakash Rai, Shilp Verma and Neha Durga, presented at the international conference on Building Climate Resilience for Doubling Farmers’ Incomes: Innovations in Water, Land, Energy and Ecosystems, organized by the International Water … More Solar pumps can quickly expand quality irrigation to the poor at affordable cost in Ganga basin

With billionaires increasing their wealth by leaps and bounds, govts should make them pay more taxes

Sheshu Babu* There has been much debate of increasing revenues by ‘increasing tax net’ so that more people can be brought under tax bracket. As the debate on levying taxes has been going on for quite some time, it may be important to discuss who are actually paying taxes and who are responsible for ‘ … More With billionaires increasing their wealth by leaps and bounds, govts should make them pay more taxes

Delhi’s “redevelopment”: Government using same old delegitimised rhetoric to justify its projects

By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* The housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) ministry’s proposed construction of massive commercial complexes and government housing in seven colonies of south Delhi has been tied up in a legal challenge due to a case filed by a Delhi-based orthopedic surgeon. The badly designed project will add to the city’s … More Delhi’s “redevelopment”: Government using same old delegitimised rhetoric to justify its projects

Scientific inventions being used to the advantage of rich, with poor being pushed to extreme poverty

By Sheshu Babu* Since the introduction of automated machines in factories and offices, labor force is being slowly dispensed with. For instance, before mechanization and computerization, banks used to employ clerical staff for writing ledger accounts. But after introducing computers to note transactions, many posts were removed on the pretext of ‘downsizing’ or ‘ right … More Scientific inventions being used to the advantage of rich, with poor being pushed to extreme poverty

Japanese investor JICA’s guidelines violated in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project

By Rohit Prajapati and Krishnakant* The Japanese Government’s investment agency, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Government for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project (MAHSR), popularly known as the ‘Bullet Train Project’. There are two sets of government norms that the ‘Bullet Train Project’ has … More Japanese investor JICA’s guidelines violated in the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project

Revoke projects, return unused non-forest land acquired for private, government projects

Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon* Several ambitious programmes of the government require converting land under fishing, grazing, agriculture or forest use into ‘growth engines’. The 577 projects under the flagship Sagarmala project, highway expansions and opening of new mines will not be on empty lands. These projects are to be realised at a time when … More Revoke projects, return unused non-forest land acquired for private, government projects

Decongesting metros? Smaller towns should be promoted for equitable, balanced urbanisation

By Darshini Mahadevia* An intriguing article by Chetan Bhagat argued that to relieve the choked metros (it is where we opinion-makers live) fiscal instruments should be used so as to spread employment to urban centres other than the metros. In India, we forget the recent history in the quest for glorious past (and I am not saying … More Decongesting metros? Smaller towns should be promoted for equitable, balanced urbanisation