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The chimera of Dalit capitalism -Nissim Mannathukkaren

-The Hindu The recent launch of the first Dalit venture fund occasions an examination of the moral and ethical emptiness of capitalism History shows that where ethics and economics come in conflict, victory is always with economics B.R. Ambedkar If only Milind Kamble, founder of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) and Chandra Bhan Prasad, Dalit thinker, columnist and DICCI mentor, had imbibed the wisdom of Manning Marable's How Capitalism Underdeveloped...

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Girls interrupted -Charan Singh

-The Hindu Business Line It requires a change in mindset to reverse declining sex ratios. The state-wise child sex ratio (number of females per 1000 males in 0-6 years age group) in India during 2001-2011 declined except in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Mizoram, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu (see table). Interestingly, these are the same states that had recorded a significant fall in child sex ratio during 1991-2001. Adverse child sex ratio can have...

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In recent times, every scam’s trail has led to dubious deals in real estate -Ravi Teja Sharma & Viney Sharma

-The Economic Times NEW DELHI and CHANDIGARH: It is not without reason that the quintessential real estate firm has become the epicentre in all scams in India in recent times. From Satyam to 2G, Vadra to Saradha and now Railgate - every scam's trail leads to fraudulent investments and dubious deals in the real estate sector. Not only does the barely regulated sector allows rampant transactions in black money allowing scamsters...

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Arun Sundararajan, Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences at Stern School of Business, New York University interviewed by Uttam Sengupta

-Outlook Only 30 per cent of Indian households boast of having at least one member with a ‘portable identity’ like a Passport or a Driving License. Such an identity, points out the economist from New York, is necessary for access to institutions and credit, which is why the biometric based Unique Identification (UID) project is going to be a game-changer. An alumnus of IIT, Madras,, from where he obtained a B.Tech...

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Seeking sun and wind power -Sujay Mehdudia

-The Hindu India’s investment in renewable energy was $10.4 billion in 2011 India is among the fastest growing economies in the area of renewable energy. Global players have either set up shop or are poised to enter the renewable energy area, spurred by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in the 11th Plan. The Government is getting ready to launch the second phase of this mission in the Twelfth Plan. According to Ernst...

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