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Maratha Kranti Morcha, a rallye for Marathi castes demanding respect of their rights in Mumbai last year. Mhidanesh/Wikimedia

The caste politics curse that India just can’t shake off

India is not able to do away with its caste politics. It has been apparent in the dramatic turn of Narendra Modi's regime to woo lower castes through multiple policy measures.
India boasts strong research expertise and technological and pharmaceutical capacity, yet lacks strong financial and political commitment from the government - to end the tuberculosis epidemic. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

India’s ambitious new plan to conquer TB needs cash and commitment

India has a radical new plan to eliminate TB, backed by research and technological expertise. The country just needs strong financial and political commitment from government to implement it.
A controversial article in a respected academic journal recently made the argument for colonialism. Here, a man is carried by Congolese men in a photo from the early 20th centiry.

Colonialism was a disaster and the facts prove it

An academic article that asserted the benefits of colonialism caused an outcry and resulted in calls for its removal. A post-colonial expert explains why.
Lessons learnt from a flooding in the Indian state of Odisha has helped reduce casualties. Reuters/Stringer

How to help farmers prepare for climate change

There is increasing evidence from across many African and South Asian countries that contextual, timely climate information, helps farmers manage the risks they face.
Brazilian President Temer, Russian President Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, South Africa’s President Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Modi. Reuters/Kenzaburo Fukuhara

BRICS needs a new approach if it’s going to foster a more equitable global order

The promise of BRICS was that it would usher in a new approach to development. But after meeting annually for the last nine years there's no sign that the old order has been challenged.
Eugenia uniflora (flowers and young red leaves) a native Brazilian species, now invasive in Hawaii. Forest & Kim Starr/Wikimedia

How we used cameras in the sky to track invasive plant species

For mapping patterns of plant invasion from the sky, understanding plant behaviour on the ground and using it along with remote sensing cameras, is crucial.

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