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Illustrations by Coco Vonnegut

It's been just a year since our inaugural issue, and so much has changed! In the past year, our questions about development have been influenced by the volatility of the Indian currency, the nagging dialectic of growth vs. inclusion, and the outcome of the world's largest democratic election. Beneath these events and debates are fundamental questions. We believe that the most important result of the elections is not the winner, but rather the election-centered dialogue around the question "What is development?"

The development of India is being discussed at chai shops, across desks and in living rooms across the nation; not only by policy makers, but also by the subjiwalas (vegetable vendor) across the street from our flats, the dukhandars (shopkeeper) that sell us dried goods, and by our coworkers.

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Surviving on the Scraps: Mapping Bangalore's Waste Management Crisis

Vinita is a working mother. Nurturing her three month-old son is a full-time job, especially since her husband is inept and unable to work. She manages ..Read More

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A Mistaken Model? The consequences of Gujarat's brand of development

Over 36 days in April and May the world's largest democracy went to the polls. Elections are about many things, but we can say with some confidence that the results ..Read More

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Kachchh Pani

Water is a serious problem in Kachchh, Gujarat. Traveling throughout this region, one becomes privy to the many troubling possibilities for communities constantly engaging in a struggle for clean, fresh water. The water in some areas is difficult to ..Read More

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The Right to Education for Some

Shakshi, as many children with Down Syndrome are, was shorter than the average eight year old -- with a beaming smile that stretched across her pigtail-framed face. I met her while teaching English and math at the Suhit Jeevan Trust ..Read More

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Politics Put the Brakes on Development

My education about politics in Darjeeling began the moment I learned the location of my fellowship placement. The day I landed at Bagdogra airport marked ..Read More

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Indian Elections – What the Past Held and the Future Holds

India, a G8+5 economy of a billion people that boasts of one of the largest and youngest work forces globally, has elected a new leader. However, the size of the ..Read More

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Finding a Market of Opportunity Inside a Failing System

I live in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, and have had the opportunity to work with both Healing Fields Foundation (HFF) and LV Prasad Rural Eye Care Institute. While at Healing Fields Foundation ..Read More