by David Bacon
Oil workers on a drilling rig in the Rumaila field | David Bacon
As uncertainty continues over the results of Iraq’s May 12 election, the deterioration in social services that brought about the victory of the Sairoon coalition has impelled thousands of people to take to the streets to protest the increasingly difficult conditions of their lives.Read More »
by Prabha Varma
KERALA model of development has been acclaimed the world over for achieving human development indices that places it at par with several developed countries. A few years back Kerala was mentioned by the UN as the only state in India which lies at the very high in Human Development Index (HDI).
A UNDP working paper titled ‘Human Development in India: Costs of Inequality’, estimated losses in human development due to inequality in different dimensions across Indian states. The loss was highest with respect to education (43 percent), followed by health (34 percent) and income (16 percent). While the average loss in human development due to inequality stood at 32 percent for the whole of India, it was the lowest in Kerala, at only 17 percent, thanks to the Kerala Model. Read More »
The Wire | August 01, 2018
A new era of Bollywood has arrived. The release of Lust Stories and Sacred Games on Netflix marks a watershed moment for Indian cinema – the introduction of content that does not have to shy away from “controversial” issues such as sexuality, religion and politics. In a recent roundtable with Rajeev Masand, Anurag Kashyap described Bombay Talkies as a celebration of a century of cinema gone past, and Lust Stories as the announcement of a century to come.Read More »
A myna nests atop a chimney. Credit: Neha Sinha
New Delhi: Thorny shrubs, peripheral trees.
That’s the light cost of the redevelopment of Sarojini Nagar, best known for a thriving export-surplus market and government flats in various states of disrepair. According to form 1 and form 1A, required under the Environment Impact Assessment notification, 2006, and submitted by the National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC) for redevelopment – breaking down buildings to build new flats and malls would sacrifice very little, just a few “thorny shrubs”, some trees on the “periphery” of the project site and “no ecologically important flora or fauna species”.Read More »