Seeking to invite massive investments, India’s water unsmart cities operate in policy vacuum

By Himanshu Thakkar* The urban water footprint in India is increasing in multiple ways. Rapid urbanisation predicted by experts is just unfolding. Per capita demands are going up. City water managers are looking at big storages for dependable source of water, such big storages are necessarily far off from the cities. Cities are also generating … More Seeking to invite massive investments, India’s water unsmart cities operate in policy vacuum

India’s water politics: As climatic stresses mount, it must start talking about elephant in the room

By Moin Qazi* Water is the driving force of all nature. – Leonardo Da Vinci India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources — water. The country’s chronic mismanagement of water is staring at it now. Over 600 million Indians rely on the monsoon to replenish their water sources and the unpredictable nature … More India’s water politics: As climatic stresses mount, it must start talking about elephant in the room

Corporate philanthropy is exacerbating global inequality, entrenching corporate power

By Sheshu Babu Many celebrities, artists or religious heads have their own ‘non- profit’ institutions or donate huge wealth to service organisations to maintain their popularity. Whether people like Ambani, Amitabh Bachchan family or the godman Baba Ramdev – they are invariably associated with public service. Wealth and charity  According to Wikpedia, the wealthiest donor, … More Corporate philanthropy is exacerbating global inequality, entrenching corporate power

India’s public banks have played cutting edge role in financial inclusion, privatisation will ruin them

By Moin Qazi* The world’s great philanthropist and investment leader, Warren Buffett, once said, “It’s only when the tide goes out that you realise who has been swimming naked”. When the banking system hit the rocks and the tide turned, the naked were caught disrobed. Similarly, sometimes it takes a pitch-black economy to reveal who … More India’s public banks have played cutting edge role in financial inclusion, privatisation will ruin them

Gujarat’s common construction rules would deprive farmers 40% of their land in non-TP areas

By Krishnakant* Till now, each city or urban area in the state had its own Gujarat Development Control Regulation (GDCR). However, recently the Government of Gujarat came up with this idea of Common GDCR for the whole of state. While anyone would welcome planned approach to development, the government has chosen to continue with adhocism. … More Gujarat’s common construction rules would deprive farmers 40% of their land in non-TP areas

Social entrepreneurs: Harbingers of development spring in India, navigating a complex world

By Moin Qazi* “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that the search … More Social entrepreneurs: Harbingers of development spring in India, navigating a complex world

A multilateral development bank, AIIB should reorient its vision, favour people-centric approach

By Krishnakant et al* Gujarat groups strongly oppose exclusion of civil society groups in the state and country for the lead up event for Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB’s) third AGM on urban development in Ahmedabad. The exclusion of urban poor groups and civil society shows a trend of opacity, non-transparency and indifference to the … More A multilateral development bank, AIIB should reorient its vision, favour people-centric approach