UP Election Candidate Insights from ADR’s National Election Watch

National Election Watch (NEW), a nationwide campaign comprising of more than 1200 NGO and other citizen led organizations working on electoral reforms, improving democracy and governance in India has been monitoring the candidates for 2012 Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election declared by political parties. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), Uttar Pradesh Election Watch (UPEW) and NEW …

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WaterAid’s Review of Total Sanitation Campaign

[Possibly TechSangam’s 1st Oops moment: A friend/reader just alerted me to the fact that the WaterAid report, on which this post is based of, is from 2008 and not 2012 as I had assumed. Will hunt for more recent insights and update/link accordingly. Apologies!] WaterAid India is shortly expected to release a report on how …

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The story behind this picture – reader comments

Last week, I posted this picture asking for your help in suggesting captions. A whole gamut of submissions, from the poignant to the mundane to the witty, flowed in. My purpose was to find out how many noticed that it was the grandmother (and not the mother) with the baby. You can view all the …

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Could NREGA be rejiggered to combat malnutrition?

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. If you’ve lived in America, India, perhaps even Europe, chances are you’ve read that on a bumper sticker. The movement to combat malnutrition, Citizens Alliance Against Malnutrition, needs a similar rallying cry. My humble submission – The best …

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This picture needs a caption – help!

Dear blog readers, I have a small request. Take a look at this picture and please submit your caption in the comments. If you’d like to make a verbose comment, that’s fine too. This photo is related to a post I’ll be writing tomorrow. Thanks.

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The Ugly Indian Chronicles – Volume 9

Things are a bit quiet… over in The Ugly Indian corral. Almost like the calm after the storm? Surely after 60-odd consecutive weeks of SpotFixes and maybe some well-deserved revelry over the holidays, TUI is resting on their laurels? Nah! These are not the “resting on laurels” types. More likely this is the calm before …

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Nine Key Takeaways from HUNGaMA Survey on Hunger and Malnutrition

In our continued coverage of Naandi Foundation’s HUNGaMA survey, we’ll look at the nine key takeaways in this post. [For the truly brave, here’s the link to the 139-page PDF that we’ll continue to harvest for additional insights.] The earlier post in this series was What we can expect from Naandi Foundation’s HUNGaMA survey. But …

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