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Two poll manifestos, two different mindsets

As India gears up for history’s biggest-ever elections, it is important to enquire about the mindset of its two biggest parties — the Congress and the BJP

FILE- India’s opposition Congress party leaders from left, Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Rahul Gandhi, display copies of party’s election manifesto during a press conference in New Delhi, India, April 5, 2024. India's 6-week-long general election starts on April 19 and results will be announced on June 4. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)(AP)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 10:06 PM IST

Ladakh turns restive over unkept promises

With talks between the Ladakhi leadership and the Union government failing, Wangchuk has started a fast unto death, and the region is heating up again.

Leh, Mar 06 (ANI): Reformist Sonam Wangchuk along with Leh Apex Body (LAB) and Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) leaders and supporters start a hunger strike as a protest demanding statehood for Ladakh, its inclusion in the 6th Schedule of the Constitution, restoration of statehood and separate Lok Sabha seats for Leh and Kargil districts, on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(Mohammad Arhaan Archer)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 09:50 PM IST

On rights, the Congress manifesto scores over the BJP

The mere mention of rights could end up being a formality, especially if people are not empowered to defend them

The right-based approach requires recognising that in a democracy power lies with the people. But governments have been reluctant to devolve political, financial, legal, and administrative powers to the grassroots institutions.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 17, 2019 09:39 AM IST
ByAshish Kothari

India’s commitment to carbon cuts needs to be more detailed

What India, China, the US and some others have promised on carbon emission cut needs to have more depth.

What India, China, the US and some others have promised on carbon emission cut needs to have more depth.(HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2015 09:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshish Kothari and Nagraj Adve

Modi as India's PM is a cause for worry for environmentalists

Narendra Modi as India’s prime minister will be a development disaster. In Gujarat, his tenure as chief minister has seen worsening or stagnation of the health and livelihood prospects of the poor, and widespread ecological damage.

Updated on Mar 31, 2014 01:48 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshish Kothari, New Delhi

AAP can take several steps to inspire confidence

AAP's explicit bent towards democratic, clean, just policies, is going to be tested to its limits. It would be a mistake to expect a miraculous transformation, but there are several steps that AAP could take to inspire confidence.

Updated on Jan 13, 2014 09:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshish Kothari, New Delhi

Safeguard economy by reversing present form of globalisation

If we want to save ourselves from periodic shocks, we need to reverse the form of globalisation. Why should we face economic woes if Republicans and Democrats in America can’t get their act together? Ashish Kothari writes.

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Updated on Oct 17, 2013 01:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshish Kothari

Myth of the great Indian growth

India’s fabled growth story has just been exposed by an unlikely source — the World Bank (WB). Unlikely, because this institution is one of those most responsible for advocating economic growth as the pillar of development. Ashish Kothari reports.

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Updated on Aug 01, 2013 01:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshish Kothari, New Delhi

Out of the darkness into the light

Today we celebrate the Earth Hour. It signifies humanity's resolve to do something for the planet. People are expected to switch lights off for an hour, reduce load on the power grid and, therefore, its impact on global warming. Every year, according to its promoters, more and more people are becoming a part of this global 'exercise'.

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Updated on Mar 30, 2012 11:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshish Kothari and Gyan Kothari

Quiet revolutions

While it is true that the world is facing ecological collapse, certain counter-trends in 2012 can lead to transformation in the next few years, writes Ashish Kothari.

Updated on Jan 01, 2012 09:30 PM IST
None | ByAshish Kothari

Schumacher vs Schumacher

The ideas of EF Schumacher challenge society’s obsession with size and speed, writes Ashish Kothari.

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Updated on Nov 06, 2011 10:34 PM IST
None | ByAshish Kothari

Orientation problem

The plan panel's draft paper on the 12th Five-Year Plan fails to harmonise development with environmental concerns, writes Ashish Kothari.

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Updated on Oct 03, 2011 01:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshish Kothari

Pay the rich, for the rich

The starkly disproportionate response of the government, media and the public to the two babas on fast over the last few days is symptomatic of a deep malaise in our democratic set-up. Ashish Kothari writes.

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Updated on Nov 20, 2011 11:49 AM IST
None | ByAshish Kothari

Hawking our habitats

The two most important national level committees responsible for wildlife conservation in India are increasingly being turned into rubber stamps for whatever officialdom wants done. Ashish Kothari writes.

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Updated on Nov 20, 2011 11:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshish Kothari

Beyond the benchmarks

The UN Panel on Global Sustainability has to go beyond technical solutions, writes Ashish Kothari.

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Updated on Mar 06, 2011 12:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshish Kothari

Rejig the power structure

Ministries must delegate powers to grassroots agencies to safeguard forestland, writes Ashish Kothari.

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Updated on Jun 22, 2010 11:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAshish Kothari, New Delhi

No deviations, please

Many development projects have been opposed by local communities and the green lobby. But for the most part these protests were brushed aside, even by the courts. Ashish Kothari examines.

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Updated on Aug 26, 2009 08:46 PM IST
ByAshish Kothari

Miss the trees for the wood

The Tribal Forest Rights Bill is back, and again creating ripples of alarm amongst environmentalists, writes Ashish Kothari.

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Published on Jun 20, 2006 12:09 AM IST
None | ByAshish Kothari

Involving communities in conservation ? a lost opportunity

The history of conservation of natural resources has been strewn with conflicts between the state and local communities.

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Updated on Mar 30, 2004 10:35 PM IST
PTI | ByNeema Pathak, Ashish Kothari and Shantha Bhushan
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