Nightmarish laws and an insensitive government keeps thousands in the dark

For the country where only 15 per cent of its population have access to electricity, Nepal has come a long way. It took 84 years to achieve power generation of 250 megawatt. And only five years to add a whopping 125 megawatt through microhydels, an incr

India with its deplorable rural roads can learn a lesson from Madagascar, which has successfully implemented a decentralised system of constructing roads

Kerala s decentralisation programme is an example of the difference a strong civil society can make

Pressured by a highly active civil society, the Kerala state government is actually giving power to the people. The decentralisation theory has been turned on its head. People get the money first, and then build the infrastructure to govern themselves. Bu

Decentralisation in Kerala is the work of a persistent civil society

Kerala s income growth rate has increased, among several other positive signs

It is a labour bank called Thozhil Sena . Its capital is human labour and the clients are mostly farmers who loan labour at a rate of interest. Perhaps the first of its kind in India, the

Bureaucrats pose a threat to the process

The Shuria Committee's "revolutionary" suggestions on revertihg tribal areas back to decentralised Gram Raj systems is unlikely to be accepted by the bureaucracy, says RAHUL

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