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How to Keep Poverty Low

Posted March 21, 2011 | 16:23:25 (EST)

In a significant move, the Supreme Court in India has questioned the very basis of counting the poor in the country. Realising that the poverty line is a gross underestimation, the Supreme Court has done what economists had failed to see all these years.

By deliberately keeping the poverty...

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Is India's GDP Growth for Real?

Posted March 7, 2011 | 10:15:16 (EST)

Economists are no better than book-keepers. They often dress up figures to create an illusion of growth. This year's economic growth figures In India have been very cleverly fudged to create a mirage.

It happened earlier in 2003-04. After a bad drought year of 2002, economists wrongly computed normal...

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Price Volatility, Food Crisis and the Way Forward

Posted January 29, 2011 | 13:04:18 (EST)

In the midst of the chaos being witnessed across the Arab world -- Tunisia, Algeria and now Egypt -- what is being ignored is the role food inflation has played in triggering these protests. It is the collapse of growth economics -- reflected in the way food prices are manipulated...

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When will America Open Its Markets, Mr. Obama?

Posted November 9, 2010 | 10:41:23 (EST)

I have a great respect for US President Barack Obama. I admire his intellect, and of course his ability to mesmerize the audience with his brilliant expositions. I know he stands tall, and exudes confidence and hope.

There is no denying that in today's world where political leaders are...

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Who Will Feed India?

Posted September 20, 2010 | 15:03:18 (EST)

India is witnessing a thousand mutinies. Pitched battles are being fought across the country by poor farmers, who fear further marginalization when their land is literally grabbed by the government and the industry. From Mangalore in Karnataka to Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh, from Singur in West Bengal to Mansa in...

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Michelle Obama Can Lead a Global Movement for Organic Food

Posted May 8, 2010 | 18:14:52 (EST)

When Michelle Obama laid out an organic garden in the White House, and that was in March 2009, I must admit I was very excited. I thought the U.S. first lady, drawing from what Mahatma Gandhi had once said, was trying to be the change that she wanted the United...

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Feeding India Is Becoming a Difficult Task

Posted May 1, 2010 | 17:36:18 (EST)

At a time when its economy is poised to grow at 8.5 per cent this financial year, and with its granaries overflowing and food stockpiles rotting in the open, India is finding it difficult to feed its hungry millions. Given the unresolved debate over the percentage of population living in...

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