A development economist’s journey to parallel social entrepreneur

[Editor’s Note: The publishing delay of this post is a deeply personal reminder on the need for an “editor” hat — even for a one-person blogging organization. A partial defense for why this post underwent a *10 month* gestation period can be found here. If you agree that I’ve indulged in adequate self-flagellation, I’ll move on …

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Why I am excited about Ratan Tata’s Retirement

It’s not what you might think. I’m not going to launch into a tirade about Ratan Tata’s business accomplishments, legacy or any failed opportunities. Any tycoon that takes a conglomerate from $10 billion to $100 billion in revenue in 21 years while retaining the unique employee-friendly Tata culture and not employing the Ambani doctrine deserves …

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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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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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Welcome to India: a nation of national shames

“The results of this survey are both worrying and encouraging.” As I read the above gem from the transcript of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s speech on the release of the HUNGaMA report (see What we can expect from the HUNGaMA survey), I was reminded of my high school civics textbook — “Our constitution is rigid …

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