Environmentally Sustainable Transport: The Problem of Congestion

It is almost a truism to state that populations living in urban area are going to increase manifold over the years. With this comes an imminent need to correspondingly develop institutions that can accommodate this populace. Ayush explores in this article one such facet of the urban landscape which requires concerted effort of policy makers and alike – sustainable urban transport.

By the People, For the People

Participatory Budgeting – Local self-government’s road to autonomy The 73rd and 74th amendment act of the constitution, passed in 1993, ushered a new era of governance reforms in India. The amendments constitutionally mandated the third tier of governance in the country thereby deepening the roots of democracy and bringing people closer to decision making. The…

The Dilemma of Land Acquisition

MANAGING THE INTERESTS OF CONFLICTING STAKEHOLDERS WITHIN THE NEOLIBERAL MODEL OF DEVELOPMENT – DIVYA DUA For a developing country like India, managing the interests of a heterogeneous population at home, whilst simultaneously accommodating the interests of the global capital was a challenge posed at the dawn of the new century. The Indian experiment with the…

The Obituary of the Development Era

Abinaswar Das     The Development Dictionary is a book that arouses the reader’s interest at every juncture because of its blunt statements backed by the immense knowledge and varied ethnic, socio-political and cultural origins and experiences of its seventeen contributing authors. This group claims to have observed and studied the development discourse and through…

Unlimited Growth on a Finite Planet

Vivek Raj Anand Background Aurelio Peccei, an Italian scholar and industrialist, looked at the contemporary national crisis of the 20th century as symptoms of a larger insidious global crisis. He founded the Club of Rome, a virtual think tank —consisting of scientists, educators, humanists, and businessmen who were concerned with global issues— in 1968. Peccei…