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Engaging citizens: Lessons from Brazil's experiences with participatory governance

By Andrea Cornwall

Brazil's Citizens' Constitution of 1988 created the legal basis for the development of some of the world's most progressive democratic institutions

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New Age crusaders stand up only for their own

By Freny Manecksha

The class with its cell phones and laptops has assumed the garb of the New Age crusader. The media is celebrating this middle class activism. But there are major exclusions based on class and caste in this court of public opinion

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'Fixing' the Vidarbha BPL list

By Aparna Pallavi

Around 250,000 families have protested against the rigging of the below poverty line (BPL) lists in Maharashtra's Vidarbha districts, which are in the grip of a severe agricultural crisis, and where inclusion in the list is essential for the poor to access their entitlements

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Sweden's green agenda

By Darryl D'Monte

Ninety-five per cent of all Swedes believe it is important to do something about climate change; two out of every three think it is very important. Sixty Stockholm families have embarked on a novel experiment related to 'smart consumption'

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NREGA: Challenges in implementation

By Tanushree Sood

Seven months into India's ambitious National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, guaranteeing 100 days of employment a year to every rural household in 200 districts, several problems of implementation are being reported from the field

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Using their arrows for sport, not war

By Rupa Chinai

From sports clubs that build team spirit to special schools for dropouts, it's ordinary people who are working to strengthen and develop Bodoland

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'Only those who can pay bribes survive'

By Rupa Chinai

Northeastern India is apparently on the move: everywhere there is hurtling traffic, gaudy and unplanned construction, new roads. But where exactly is Bodoland, which won a long battle for quasi-autonomous status recently, headed? Infant and maternal mortality rates for the Bodos are amongst the highest in the country, poverty and indebtedness dog the majority of the people, and there is a crisis of governance. This is the first in a special series on Bodoland

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The big hope: Transparency marks the NREGA in Dungarpur

By Anosh Malekar

A social audit across 800 villages in drought-prone Dungarpur district in Rajasthan is a shining example of how public vigilance and a proactive administration can combine to see that the rural employment guarantee Act is successfully implemented

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Where has the money gone?

By Anosh Malekar

A social audit exposes the corruption in Rajasthan's employment guarantee works. This should not discredit the hard-won 100 days work guarantee for India's millions, but make citizens and civil society more vigilant to corrupt practices

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Mineral rush

By Rahul Goswami

Kalinganagar in Orissa is only the latest in a series of bloody confrontations between the state and the people over India's minerals industry. What are the imperatives of the international iron and steelmaking industry, and the attendant mineral extraction, that engender such a ruthless response by the state, and its complicity in ensuring that the interests of industry remain paramount? A special report

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