Sanitation in India, development, politics and the stinking truth

The provisional census data on houselisting has a shocker on sanitation in India – sanitation in India statistics reveal that less than 31% of Indians had access to proper toilets. Yep. You got that right. MOST INDIANS DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A TOILET. Half of india still defecate in the open. A proposal to make Human Right to toilet an integral part of the 12th 5 year plan document was discarded by the Planning…

"Sanitation in India, development, politics and the stinking truth"

RTI exposes revenue loss of 25,000 cr in Maharashtra

Would you believe that Maharashtra loses orver Rs 25,000 crores annually because of carelessness/corruption, and this has not been exposed so far? Are we really poor or are we thrust into poverty? The recent scams which have been unearthed give me a feeling that we may actually be quite well off with enough resources. If the lakhs of crores of public resources being given away and snatched away by the few were to come to…

"RTI exposes revenue loss of 25,000 cr in Maharashtra"

Poverty in mineral rich regions

It is something I have noticed a few times now. Regions rich in mineral resources are poor. No idea why this is so, but one has to wonder if mining harms the interests of the region in ways beyond the obvious. Some examples off the top of my head. Vidarbha in Maharashtra has rich mineral resources and crippling poverty. As state pushes for increased mining, the tribals are pushing back. Orissa as a state has…

"Poverty in mineral rich regions"

Activist moves court for action against Subrat Roy and Sahara India Parivaar

Insult to National Flag : Activist moves court for action against Subrat Roy and Sahara India Parivaar. On a petition moved by Lucknow based Social Activist Urvashi Sharma under 156(3) CrPc, the court of Judicial Magistrate II has directed the Ashiyana Police Station of State Capital to enquire the matter of filing of First Information Report (FIR) against Subrat Roy and Sahara India Parivaar and submit report within a week. According to the petition filed…

"Activist moves court for action against Subrat Roy and Sahara India Parivaar"

Balochistan: Baloch resistance to all Pakistani designs, including Gwadar Project

Dear Sir, I’m a Baloch human rights activist from Balochistan but, because of media blackout, I am unable to present the ugly picture of human rights abuses that Pakistan Army is committing in the Balochistan conflict on a daily basis. Internet service is deliberately filtered and has been throttled to extremely low speed limits where it takes impossibly long times to upload or download a picture or video particularly during elections days or military operations.…

"Balochistan: Baloch resistance to all Pakistani designs, including Gwadar Project"

Here lies @psnide aka Praveen Dabre aka Paul Menezes

He was among the irritating people I knew on Twitter. His low tolerance for typos in tweets meant that every few days he set my teeth on edge asking me to do everyone a favor and read what I wrote before hitting “send”. Considering that I use Twitter like my personal chat window with the world, I wasn’t too fussed about non-manuscript quality tweets and in my usual arrogance made sure he knew it. Not…

"Here lies @psnide aka Praveen Dabre aka Paul Menezes"