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Guruprasad Mohapatra

  • Monitoring agricultural practices

    The state shall decide whether wheat shall be grown this year or paddy. The state shall decide how much area will be given for which crop. The state shall decide how much of the crop shall be allowed to come to the market and how much of that shall be destroyed to prevent distress sales. The state...

    Sunday, 23 February 2014 - 8:11pm
  • A social revolution called riverfront

    The Sabarmati riverfront project has been one of the most talked-about urban projects in contemporary India and has been acclaimed as one of the top hundred urban investment projects in the world. It has earned several awards — national and international — and is visited by urban planners, experts...

    Sunday, 2 February 2014 - 2:06pm
  • Citizen activism: The latest trend

    As 2013 bid us goodbye, one standout trend that has emerged and is going to be debated strongly in 2014 pertains to proactive citizenship or citizen activism. What started out in the most vocal and visible manner on the streets of Delhi, first, with the anti-graft protests by Anna Hazare and...

    Sunday, 5 January 2014 - 1:31pm
  • Can an ombudsman remove all evil?

    Some people, particularly having no exposure to the complexities and intricacies of public administration and governance, are so critical of governments that they make ridiculously simplistic assumptions and claim that if things are done their way, they can bring about a complete turnaround. Some...

    Sunday, 22 December 2013 - 1:13pm
  • If only India had remained undivided

    Recently I read a very interesting blog by a friend, in which he was narrating an interesting observation he had heard about the role played by Mohammad Ali Jinnah. It said that the founder of Pakistan had actually done great disservice to the Indian Muslims by insisting on and actually achieving...

    Sunday, 8 December 2013 - 2:21pm
  • Managing the traffic mayhem

    Sunday, 24 November 2013 - 12:36pm
  • It's time to plan & build future cities

    I went to Japan recently to attend a conference on future cities. Since the future growth is going to be more in the cities, a lot of countries have started taking a futuristic perspective and aggressively planning for the future.  The scary future scenario about the urban sector is that as...

    Sunday, 10 November 2013 - 12:34pm
  • Collective civic psyche?

    Why is it that some of us throw empty packets of wafers or pouches of water on the roads in Ahmedabad, but refrain from doing so when we are in Singapore or Seoul? One explanation could be the tough action taken in such cities against littering that acts as a deterrent. However, there is a more...

    Sunday, 27 October 2013 - 1:36pm
  • Research's important for better policy formulation

    Sunday, 13 October 2013 - 12:31pm
  • Of rising crime and brutality in a stratified society

    The almost celebratory public reception to the judgement of death sentence for all the four rape-cum-murder accused and the socio-economic background of the perpetrators made me wonder whether there is a terrible disconnect among the citizens in India. Do we realize that as Indians, we have...

    Sunday, 29 September 2013 - 12:56pm

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