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Read about the jobs crisis (Sharan Burrow, ITUC); mobilizing pension funds to underwrite infrastructure (Manuel Montes, South Centre); the need for a new "model" for 'BRICS' development (Jayati Ghosh, JNU); and the ambitions and risks of African mega-projects (Mzukisi Qobo, University of Pretoria.

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Two young women, in India and in South Africa, were brutally gang-raped and murdered: "Nirbhaya" in New Delhi (16th Dec, 2012), and Anene Booysen in Bredasdorp, in the Western Cape, South Africa (2nd Feb, 2013). Their cases received unprecedented attention, nationally and internationally. Urvashi Bhutalia from India and Joy Watson and Vivienne Lalu from South Africa reflect on how the public reacted on these crimes; they ask what the two societies can learn from each other in combating sexualised violence.

How are large-scale infrastructure projects funded in India? And how, more generally, is "development" being financed in this country? While preparations are under way to create a development bank of the BRICS states, to which India's experience (and funds) will contribute, C.P. Chandrashekhar looks at the history and practice of development finance in India.

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After it was sworn in as the ruling party at Delhi’s Legislative Assembly in December, 2013 following a vote brimming with anti-incumbent sentiment and popular disenchantment with corrupt regimes, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has had nothing short of a roller coaster ride. This photo essay offers a few glimpses of its rocky ride through their 49 days in office in the first two months of 2014.
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The “rise” of regional political parties seems to be an eternal theme on the Indian political scene. The exponential increase in the number of parties contesting elections, particularly over the past two decades, and the shrinking margins of victory in parliamentary elections are direct results of the emergence of new regional power centers.

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Emerged from an anti-corruption movement, the Aam Aadmi Party has made a spectacular entrance into Indian politics and challenged the rules of Indian politics.

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11.12.13 will be remembered as a Black Day in India for criminalizing homosexuality once again after four years. The Supreme Court of India overturned a historic ruling of 2009 by the Delhi High Court, which legalised homosexual intercourse for the first time in India since it had been criminalised by the British colonial government in 1860

The long-standing Siachen dispute, the world's highest battleground, has taken a toll on both lives and relationships for India and Pakistan. The issue was discussed under the composite dialogue initiated by both nations.

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What is the impact on the country's economy and society when its women double up as unpaid and underpaid labourers? Are these women subsidising the economy? If yes, how much is it? This short documentary raises such questions and provide apparent answers so that you will raise even more questions. Presenting "The Invisible Hands… that build India"- a curtain raiser on Gender and Macroeconomics.

The Gender and Macro-Economic Policy Discussion Forum series wants to facilitate high-quality reflection and debate, with a perspective of shifting public discourse, around gender dimensions in selected key issues of economic and social policy and reform.

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From a situation where India had to import food grains for feeding its population in 1960s, the country has achieved self-sufficiency in producing rice and wheat. Yet the world’s second populous country has the dubious distinction of having largest chunk of families living under abject poverty. This paper is an attempt to explain this dichotomy.

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The UN climate conference in Warsaw was the COP with the lowest expectations ever and lived up to that in every respect. What were the issues discussed and decisions taken? Who is to blame for the stalemate?

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Dr. Adil Najam is a leading global expert on issues related to developing country environmental policy, especially climate change. In this interview he speaks about his expectations for the COP19 in Warsaw. He underlines the importance of international agreements and calls for immediate action.

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This is an attempt to provide an insight to the rationale for this policy being what it has been - a strategically pre-emptive effort to forestall Myanmar, a next door neighbor, from becoming a vehicle through which huge problems could be created for India.

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On October 1, 2010, the government of Pakistan shut down the supply route for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) after an incursion into Pakistan’s territory by NATO forces, killing 16 Pakistanis in collateral damage.

Publications

Clinical Trial industry in India has seen phenomenal growth in recent years without strong regulatory framework and very little knowledge of factors relating to human participation in these trails. SAMA’s research documents participant perceptions and experiences, highlighting the need of accountability, transparency and ethics in the clinical conduct of trials.

Since a few years, urban middle-class based protest movements – against corruption and against rape – have emerged in India. A new study by Richa Singh revisits the dynamics of these movements and looks at their role in the sudden rise of India’s party of popular protest, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

"India's role in world economy and politics has rapidly expanded in the last 20 years, but much of Indian civil society takes little interest in these important developments. The Voluntary Associations Network of India (VANI) has created a resource book that analyses "India's Global Footprint" in fields such as trade, investment, and development cooperation, and looks at the country's role in international forums (BRICS, G20)

"Social security for women in India, despite the existence of multiple Government sponsored schemes, is not tackled efficiently. These schemes still fail to reach the most marginalised women in society