Articles by Moin Qazi

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Revitalising India’s Self Help Groups
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

10 May 2019 – We live in a world where impoverished women face gross inequalities and injustice right from their childhood. Since their initiation, self-help groups have come a long way. They have been able to empower the social, economic and political lives of millions of women. The enormous success of the Panchayat Raj is proof of the pudding on the cake.

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It Is Time We Stop Treating Poor as Guinea Pigs
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2019

India has long been a testing ground for several western products, particularly in agriculture and medicine. Although imported programmes have the benefit of supplying ‘pre-tested’ models, they are inherently risky because they may not take root in the local culture when transplanted. Home-grown models have greater chances of success. The millions of households who constitute the rural poor are a potential source of great knowledge and creativity.

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Baba Amte’s Legacy Sparks a Granddaughter’s Fire
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Apr 2019

26 Mar 2019 – The world is witnessing a spring of a new generation of young game-changing women social entrepreneurs that is boldly scripting inspiring stories of change. It is pairing ingenuity and knowledge with passion for bringing innovative and sustainable solutions to long entrenched social challenges so that our world becomes more equitable and sustainable. These young icons are stepping into power in technology, banking, philanthropy, civil society, business, media and even politics.

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Food for Thought: India Losing the Battle against Hunger
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2019

India produces enough food to meet the needs of its entire population, and has at its disposal arable land that has the potential to produce food surplus for export. Yet, it is unable to feed millions of its people, especially women and children. India needs to mobilise large-scale investments in cold storage methods, refrigerated transport and other modern logistics to modernise its food supply chain.

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India’s First Urban Self-Help Group Continues to Bloom
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2019

Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize: “Poverty is not created by poor people. It’s created by the system we built. Poor people are like a bonsai tree. You take the best seed from the tallest tree in the forest, but if you put it in a flower pot to grow, it grows only a meter high. There’s nothing wrong with the seed. The problem is the size of the pot. Society doesn’t give poor people the space to grow as tall as everybody else. ”

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Gender Gap: A Bridge Still Far
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2019

Women and families the world over work tirelessly to end the poverty and hunger in their lives. But it can take much more than hard work. They need new tools to create their own paths forward. They need opportunities that can overcome economic, cultural and gender barriers. It needs multissectoral cooperation to create breakthrough ideas and breakthrough solutions that break through and break down economic, social and technical barriers.

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It’s Time to Balance Profits and Social Good
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ or better known by its acronym, CSR, is a very broad concept that aims at managing a business in a way that it contributes towards sustainable development by delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to all its stakeholders.

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Why Are We Failing the Mentally Ill?
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Feb 2019

Among the many challenges India faces, the most underappreciated is the ongoing mental health crisis. Mental illness is actually India’s ticking bomb.

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India’s Invisible Water Wizard Conquers the World
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2019

Meeanayak’s silent crusade caught international eyes and he was awarded the Energy Globe World Award 2018 in the category ‘Water’ for his innovative development of the twin ring method of rain water harvesting through bore well recharge at the international award ceremony at Yazd in Iran, on 28th January this year.

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India’s Civil Service Needs to Reinvent Itself
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

The New Public Management (NPM) is a paradigm of hybrid administration that calls for the integration of diverse actors in governance. These actors include the state, market, and civil society where the government is strengthening the political line of command through the privatisation of bureaucracy. The LE decision is being presented as a mini-reform considering the government’s disenchantment with the old public administration.

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An Asset That We Cannot Afford to Neglect
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

4 Feb 2019 – The building blocks of a nation are the citizens of its tomorrow. The way these seeds will sprout will always depend on the way you choose to water them. India’s education sector is one of the largest sunrise sectors in the economic and social development of the country.

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Saving the Tiller, Securing the Farmer
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

Though agriculture employs 64 percent of the total rural workforce, it produces only 39 percent of the total monetary rural output. Price realisation is poor, and farmers are unable to negotiate fair, self-sustaining prices—largely due to India’s antiquated agricultural market system, which is juxtaposed with high input costs (seeds, labour, equipment, transportation, and so on).

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An Ode to a Village Postman
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2018

A village democracy is a microcosm of the national democracy. The villagers themselves are quaint heroes and most bewildering windows with which to view their world. The postman became my lens for gazing the rural horizon. He was an informal rural sociologist and demographer for all visiting government officials.

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Wasting Food in a Hungry World
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Oct 2018

WORLD FOOD DAY: 16 OCTOBER – India produces enough food to meet the needs of its entire population, and has at its disposal arable land that has the potential to produce food surplus for export. Yet, it is unable to feed millions of its people. It ranks 100th among 119 countries in the Global Hunger Index 2017, where it has consistently ranked poorly.

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India: Why Don’t We Talk More about Mental Health?
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2018

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India’s Native Grassroots Health Revolution
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Oct 2018

25 Sep 2018 – Inclusive growth is now perhaps the strongest buzzword in development discourse. We have all been talking about growth without understanding that development interventions will not be effectual if they don’t benefit all sections of society. The illusion of trickle-down and ripple-effects of growth had kept us on the wrong track for quite long.

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A Madrasa That Promises both Heaven and Earth
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Sep 2018

The South Indian city of Bidar–the northernmost part of Karnataka, 145 km from Hyderabad–is a placid habitation where Hindus and Muslims peaceably coexist to the eternal rhythms of sowing and harvest. It is barely known beyond the subcontinent. However, in recent years, it has built a great reputation in the field of education.

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India’s Missing Women
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Sep 2018

Gender remains a critically important but largely ignored lens to view development issues across the world. Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at stake in advancing gender equality.

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Has Microfinance Missed the Mark?
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

30 Aug 2018 – Microfinance continues to thrive despite being under fire from legions of critics. One plausible reason for the lingering faith in the power of microfinance is that it provides a convenient strategy for investors to demonstrate that they are active fighters against poverty and are trying to save the poor while making a substantial amount of money from them. It is built on a false belief that credit is the most vital need of the marginalized.

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India’s Changing Health Discourse
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2018

Inclusive growth is now perhaps the strongest buzzword in development discourse. We have all been talking about growth without understanding that development interventions will not be effectual if they don’t benefit all sections of society. The illusion of trickle-down and ripple-effects of growth had kept us on the wrong track for quite long.

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Seeds of Discontent
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2018

Small farmers are the key to ending poverty and hunger and promoting sustainable development. In India, small and marginal farmers—those who work on less than two hectares (five acres) of land—constitute 80 percent of all farm households, 50 percent of rural households and 36 percent of the total of all households. Sadly, the plight of these farmers is very distressing.

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India’s Tryst with Independence
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2018

15 August is the most cherished date in the Indian calendar. It was on this momentous day, more than seven decades back, that we were born an independent and free country. Mahatma Gandhi’s luminous leadership finally made the British quit India in 1947. It is certainly an occasion for celebration.

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Hanging by a Thread
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2018

India has been home to a variety of arts and crafts which have won it a coveted place in the cultural heritage of the world. Handloom is one of the most exquisite textile traditions of India, and Hand-spun and woven fabrics were for centuries an integral part of India’s rich textile tradition.

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Bridging India’s Skill Gap
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jul 2018

Globalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution have increased the pace of change in labour markets, putting a premium on right skills and adaptability. Public policies should now shift to empowering and enabling workers to cope with transition, via income support, and also support incentives and opportunities for deskilling and upgrading skills.

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India’s Thirsty Arguments for Water Woes
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jul 2018

Israel took 70 years to solve its water problem; India won’t need that long, as it can replicate Israeli practices. It needs to summon the political will to act before water runs out. Changing governance, raising money, and experimenting new ideas will all take time and the climatic stresses are mounting fast. The time to act is now.

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India’s Civil Service Needs to Reinvent Itself
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

28 Jun 2018 – The Indian Civil Service represents the crème de la crème of the country’s university graduates who form the backbone of the country’s administration. “The perfect bureaucrat everywhere is the man who manages to make no decisions and escape all responsibility.” — Brooks Atkinson

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How a Mumbai Couple Is Transforming Lives of the Other 90%
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Servivce, 25 Jun 2018

21 Jun 2018 – When you flick back through history, you will find that a burst of creativity occurs when people start believing that the search for solutions to complex problems has come to an end. This explosion is fate’s way of reminding us that there is always something just over the curve of innovation.

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India’s First Urban Women Collective’s Long Road to Empowerment
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

I vividly remember my moment of epiphany. It was a balmy afternoon in early 1996 in Warora, a small township in northern Maharashtra. I was posted as a manager of the local branch of my bank, the State Bank of India.

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What Ramadan Teaches Me Every Year!
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jun 2018

Religious fasting traditions- from Ramadan to Ekadasi to Yom Kippur and Lent -are meant to relieve believers from many avoidable mundane compulsions, helping them replenish their spirituality, remember the poor, give up bad habits, make amends for moral deficiencies and get closer to their faith. The most prominent among these spiritual fasting customs is Ramadan.

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Muslim Zakat: Reigniting the Fire of Camaraderie
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2018

4 Jun 2018 – The idea that helping others is part of a meaningful life has been around for thousands of years. For Muslims, charity is a central aspect of their faith and practice. In Islam, a culture of giving is interwoven into the fabric of its forms of worship. Helping the poor is a religious mandate.

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The Message of Ramadan
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2018

28 May 2018 – This is the holy month when Muslims, about one fifth of the world’s population, undergo a rigorous fast (not even a drop of water or spittle passes their throats). From dawn to dusk each day this month, Muslims do not eat, drink, smoke, use perfume or apply leeches and abstain from conjugal relations.

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Baba Amte’s Legacy Ignites Granddaughter
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

The world is witnessing a new breed of women leaders and game-changers who are gate crashing and boldly scaling new heights even as they are pairing their ingenuity and knowledge with passion for bringing lasting solutions to society to create a sustainable and more equitable world.

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In the Shadows: India’s Mental Health Crisis
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2018

2 Apr 2018 – India is facing a possible ‘mental health epidemic’. “The number of affected in India is larger than the entire population of Japan. We need to address this gap and ensure that by 2022 at least those who are suffering from severe mental disorders have been diagnosed and have access to treatment facilities.”

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Indian Moneylenders Still Hold the Crown
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2018

23 Mar 2018 – Almost every farmer in India’s massive rural swathes is tethered, in one way or another, to the sahukar, the Indian variety of the moneylender, the ubiquitous, ravenous loan shark. For centuries, moneylenders have monopolized rural Indian credit markets.

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Thirsty Crops Drain India Dry
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Mar 2018

World Water Day: 22 March 2018 – Water is a crucial part of all societies as it has myriad uses. In India, however, it is of much more importance as over 600 million people make a living off the land. Realising its predicament decades ago, Israel studied the “water equation” and made itself all but independent from Mother Nature. Israel took 70 years to solve its water problem; India won’t need that long, as it can emulate Israeli advances.

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New Momentum to India’s Financial Inclusion
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Mar 2018

8 Mar 2018 – Financial inclusion should not end with just opening accounts. The customer must make this account his financial diary and conduct transactions which can grow into a credit history. Or else all these accounts would remain deadweight. What needs to be done is to make more and more of these accounts actively transactional.

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Women in Rural India: The Long Road to Power
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Mar 2018

Empowering women is the solution to many problems. Societies that take the effort to empower women show better development indices; are better governed; more stable; and are less prone to violence.

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The Heaven’s Caravan
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2018

16 Feb 2018 – The Muslim world is in crisis and a biased media has added its own biased colour to it. The negative stereotyping has created an impression that everything Muslim is evil.

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz (13 Feb 1911 – 20 Nov 1984): The Fiery Conscience of Our Times
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2018

As a Marxist, Faiz rejected the notion of “art for art’s sake“. Referring to the poet Keats’s famous lines that beauty is love and love is beauty and a beautiful object is an eternal source of joy, Faiz says that, notwithstanding what Keats may have felt, beauty can only be eternal when it is creative, when it inspires the onlooker’s enthusiasm, thought and action with promoting more beauty.

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How the First Lady of Islam Set an Example for the Generations to Come
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jan 2018

22 Jan 2018 – The public perception of Muslim women is one of stubborn stereotypes: supposedly powerless and oppressed, behind walls and veils, demure, voiceless and silent figures, discriminated and bereft of even basic rights.

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The Madrasa Myth
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jan 2018

Madrasas across the world have suffered a great loss of reputation recently, primarily owing to a wave of extremism. These Islamic schools have been maliciously projected as incubators of holy warriors or what has been derisorily called as ‘jihad machines’.

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Malnutrition Ravages India’s Children
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jan 2018

With 17% of the world’s population, India is home to a quarter of the world’s hungry. The dismal health of Indian women and children is primarily due to lack of food security. Food security exists when all people at all times have physical, economic and social access to safe, adequate and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs for a healthy and active life.

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The Seeds of Discontent
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Dec 2017

23 Dec 2017 – In India, small and marginal farmers—those who work on less than two hectares (five acres) of land—constitute 80% of all farm households, 50% of rural households and 36% of the total of all households… Within this self-perpetuating cycle of rural misery, wrapping a noose around the neck is the all-too-easy exit for an increasing number of smallholding farmers.

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The Farewell Sermon of Prophet Muhammad
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2017

15 Dec 2017 – The farewell sermon of Prophet Muhammad is one of the most important charters of human rights and symbolizes the inclusive character of Islam. It has great relevance in present times for both Muslims and the humanity at large.

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My Romance with a Village Postman
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

In a village the postman enjoyed a unique status unrivalled by his urban colleagues. His social perimeter straggled the constellation of villages he covered in his official errands which could be anywhere between 4-5 villages depending on the size of each village. No one could dare challenge his credentials about knowing so much of the realities of rural social life.

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Micro Insurance: A Critical Need for India’s Poor
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Oct 2017

27 Oct 2017 – Finance is the cementing force that holds all the pieces of our life together. It enables money to be in the right place, at the right time, and for the right situation. Thus from just being a safety net, micro insurance provides benefits that earlier generations could never imagine – hope in the future.

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India’s Civil Code Tinderbox
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Oct 2017

20 Oct 2017 – India follows a system of legal pluralism that allows different religious communities to be governed by their own codes of personal law. This has been seen as a way of protecting distinct communal identities and safeguarding the right of citizens to practice their faith, as enshrined in the constitution. But Muslims are governed by the personal law, which came into force in 1937.

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Sufism Can Sanitise Our Planet
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Oct 2017

14 Oct 2017 – The world has changed in many profound ways. Developments over the last two or three decades have been, in many cases, quite remarkable — notably the tremendous reduction in global poverty — and offers hitherto undreamt of opportunities. But all is far from well.

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India’s Microfinance Is Losing Its Soul
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

Microfinance is actually a tool in a broader development toolbox, but in certain conditions, it happens to be the most powerful tool. It has all to do with how we are using it and how we are defining the outcomes. It needs to shape a more responsible capitalism. It is certainly not an easy choice by any means, but a right choice for wise investors and society alike.

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India’s Supreme Court Reins in Cow Vigilantism
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

29 Sep 2017 – India has been bedeviled by a spate of gruesome lynchings. And at the epicenter of the country’s violent upheaval is the indolent cow which is considered sacred by Hindus .The targeted communities have lately got some breathing space after being under the grip of lynch mafias only when the country’s highest court stepped into action.

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Mantras for a New India
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2017

25 Sep 2017 – In India, the priorities of village people are constantly undergoing changes. These are, in fact, a result of the changes the development landscape is undergoing… We now have the techniques and resources to get rid of poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.

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My Odyssey with Dairy Farmers
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2017

1 Sep 2017 – When I travelled for my first assignment to a village as a bank manager, I believed the best way I could help the poor villagers was by helping them with loans for purchasing livestock. A cow (or a goat) is a much better medium for income than training a poor family to learn to set up a small business.

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The Dilemma of a Secular Muslim in Present Day India
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Aug 2017

24 Aug 2017 – An educated, secular and liberal Indian Muslim is in a bind; he is torn between finding the right balance between loyalty to his faith and adherence to the new tests of patriotism being imposed by certain intolerant groups.

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India’s Muslims at the Crossroads
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Aug 2017

In a larger landscape of increasing communalization, where Muslims continue to face social discrimination and exclusion in education, housing, employment and development schemes, the government should economically and socially empower the community so that it comes out with its own appropriate solutions for overall social reforms.

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India’s Path of Financial Inclusion
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Aug 2017

The opportunity to reach the financially excluded with a new generation of financial services has huge developmental as well as commercial potential. One of the ways for accelerating this path is through digital financial inclusion. It is perhaps the most powerful tool to unlock the most value for those at the bottom of the pyramid.

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India’s NGOs Need to Realign Their Focus
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

2 Aug 2017 – India is now all set to frame a law to curb the wild growth of NGOS following a series of strict observations of the Supreme Court. Think tanks shape the social and political conversations that mold public opinion. Money comes with strings that can undermine a revolutionary’s mission. As with any institutional structure the need for transparency and accountability is crucial.

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An Odyssey in India’s Bureaucratic Jungle
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jul 2017

As Verghese Kurien, the father of India’s Milk Revolution repeatedly emphasized: “India’s place in the sun would come from the partnership between wisdom of its rural people and skill of its professionals “.

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Islam Is Simple: Muslims Make It Hard
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jul 2017

The theme of moderation in religious practice has been the leitmotif in Islamic literature from the time of Prophet Muhammad. In the Quran and the Prophetic traditions that amplify it, Muslim women and men are called upon to exercise moderation in all aspects of their religious life.

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The Subversion of India’s Pluralist Legacy
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2017

17 Jul 2017 – Too much of the thinking about Muslim rulers is now being shaped along predictable, clichéd lines. This is true of all shades of opinion, perception and scholarship. There is evidence from a number of established scholarly discourses that the public perception about Muslim rulers is being increasingly manipulated to fit into a profile constructed by right wing historians.

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India Set to Forgive Billions of Dollars of Farm Debts
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

10 Jul 2017 – A resurgence of the farm loan waiver culture in India has got many economists and policy makers worried. In a country where a bulk of the farmland is rain-fed, the need to offer some relief to a drought-hit farmer is serious. But it is an acknowledged fact that loan waivers are a wrong practice and have several detrimental long term implications.

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Women in Islam: Beyond Stereotypes
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jul 2017

Too much of the thinking about Muslim women is done along predictable, clichéd lines. This is true of all shades of opinion, perception and scholarship .This opinion profiles Muslim women in stubborn stereotypes: supposedly powerless and oppressed, behind walls and veils, demure, voiceless and silent figures, discriminated and bereft of even basic rights.

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How One Man Is Changing the Face of Housing in Rural India
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2017

26 Jun 2017 – Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent or that the search for solutions to complex problems has come to an end. This explosion is fate’s way of reminding us that there is always something just over the horizon of knowledge.

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Inside the World of Indian Moneylenders
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jun 2017

“I get my money where everyone else does.” “Where is that?” “Everyone knows. I get it from a five-six.” “What is a five-six?” “It is the place where you borrow five rupees in the morning, and pay back six rupees in the evening.” It is possible to get day loans in the vegetable market that provide 100 rupees in the morning but have to be repaid with 10 rupees interest by dusk.

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A Right Time to Ponder over India’s Water Woes
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2017

Realizing its dire predicament decades ago, Israel studied the “water equation” and made itself all but independent of Mother Nature. Israel took 70 years to solve its water problem; India won’t need that long, as it can emulate Israeli advances. But New Delhi must summon the political will to act before water runs out.

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India Needs to Focus on Its Development Warriors
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jun 2017

5 Jun 2017 – India spends more on programmes for the poor than most developing countries but is not getting the expected dividends that significant public expenditure would seem to warrant, and the needs of important population groups still remain partly addressed. This has been haunting social scientists and policy makers.

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Treating India’s Suicidal Farmers
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2017

For every Indian farmer who takes his own life, a family is hounded by the debt he leaves behind, typically resulting in children dropping out of school to become farmhands. The Indian government’s response to the crisis—largely in the form of limited debt relief and compensation programs—has failed to address the magnitude and scope of the problem or its underlying causes.

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Media Is Free, but Is It Fair?
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

In an ideal world, journalism is a profession of incredible integrity. Good journalists are amongst the most dexterous and skilled people in the world—and also the most respected.

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What India’s Poor Really Need Is Microsavings, Not Microcredit
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Apr 2017

There’s an old saying about poverty: Give me a fish, and I’ll eat for a day. Give me a fishing rod, and I’ll eat for a lifetime. But these days, particularly in India, there’s evidence that one of the most effective tools to fight poverty may not be a fishing rod, but a savings account. What we need is a savings revolution.

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Indian Microfinance Needs to Pause and Reflect
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Apr 2017

Microfinance is actually a tool in a broader development toolbox, but in certain conditions, it happens to be the most powerful tool. It has all to do with how we are using it and how we are defining the outcomes. It needs to shape a more responsible capitalism.

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India’s Pluralism under Siege
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Apr 2017

India follows a system of legal pluralism that allows different religious communities to be governed by their own codes of personal law as a way of protecting distinct communal identities and safeguarding the right of citizens to practice their faith, as enshrined in the constitution. But Muslims are governed by the personal law, which came into force in 1937.

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India Needs to Move Beyond Hubris
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

Sometimes we filter when we listen, having a preconceived notion of the ground realties. In a country as large and diverse as India, it makes sense to connect those who live in similar climates and by tracking the effectiveness of the projects they manage and making appropriate, informed changes to those that aren’t working.

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India’s Village Women Glide the Development Landscape
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Mar 2017

27 Mar 2017 – Gender inequality is not only a pressing moral and social issue but also a critical economic challenge. India has a larger relative economic value at stake from advancing gender equality than any of the ten regions analyzed in a McKinsey Global Institute report, The Power of Parity: How Advancing Women’s Equality Can add $12 Trillion To Global Growth.

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India’s Improbable Harbingers of Political Change
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Mar 2017

Rural Indian women haven’t always had much by way of social agency or political power to pay an active role in the development of their community. Malnourished, suppressed, uneducated, violated, and discriminated against, Indian women had the odds badly stacked against them. Deeply entrenched stereotypical norms had relegated women to the domestic space and severely restricted their engagement in public affairs, an area largely dominated by men.

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The Delusion of Microfinance
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Mar 2017

8 Mar 2017 – When microfinance–providing small loans and other financial services to poor people, primarily women–made its first appearance, everyone was infatuated by its narrative: Those on the left loved its stories of transformed women and direct empowerment of the poor. Those on the right loved how it promoted grass-roots capitalism, fostered a culture of entrepreneurship, and all this by doing away subsidies.

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India’s New Push to Digital Financial Transition
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Mar 2017

Access to the right financial tools at critical moments can determine whether a poor household is able to capture an opportunity to move out of poverty or absorb a shock without being pushed deeper into debt. However, the existing “bricks and mortar” banking system doesn’t work for poor people, in part because most of their transactions are conducted in cash. Handling cash transactions is costly for banks, utilities companies, and other institutions, which pass along the costs associated with storing, transporting, and processing cash to their customers.

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A New Relevance for India’s Moderate Madrasas
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2017

West Bengal has become the first state to begin the modernization of the traditional madrasas with the support from central government. As a result nearly 600 government recognized madrasas have modern curriculum. They offer courses in physics, chemistry, biology, geography, mathematics, computer science, English language and literature and other regular subjects.

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The Plight of India’s Small Farmers
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2017

The Green Revolution in the 1970s relied on high-yielding seeds, irrigation, fertilizers and pesticides to increase agricultural productivity, but took a heavy toll on the land and water resources of the country, reducing long-term productivity levels.

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Putting the Last First
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Feb 2017

Handing the Poor the Reins of Development

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Flashlights for Warriors of Development Programmes
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jan 2017

Even when programme results are reported, the names and actions of the individuals who made the process successful on the ground are seldom known. We should really applaud and honour ordinary men and women, who have nobody to back them, yet are working doggedly to keep projects rolling.

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What Makes Social Programmes That Work
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jan 2017

Most development programmes for poor have been designed on the assumption that the poor need charities and they cannot afford to pay for the services. This is erroneous and we have witnessed how dollops of free money have stifled their initiatives.

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Comments Can Be Free, but Facts Must Be Sacred
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Dec 2016

The journalism of today may be bringing a lot of power and pelf to the practitioners of its trade, but, it is losing its sheen because it is becoming increasingly devoid of the essential content that earned it the honor of the Fourth Estate: trust.

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Bitter Harvest for Indian Farmers
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Dec 2016

15 Dec 2016 – The naked and cruel truth about India is that agriculture remains its Achilles’ heel. It is a source of livelihood for hundreds of millions of people but a fraction of the nation’s total economy and a symbol of its perennial distress.

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Unveiling Islamic Polygamy
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Dec 2016

One of the most contentious issues that come up in any debate on Islam’s gender practices is polygamy. Contrary to various myths, polygamy is a unique and revolutionary social safety and security net that has unfortunately been maligned on account of its abuse.

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Women in Islam: The New Paradigm
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2016

The portrayal of Muslim women that we glimpse in the media is grim and somber. The public perception of them is one of stubborn stereotypes: supposedly powerless and oppressed, behind walls and veils, demure, voiceless and silent figures, discriminated and bereft of even basic rights. This picture keeps reinforcing itself, largely because this is how the Western media caricatures women in Islam.

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India’s NGOs: A Mixed Blessing
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

The recent decisions of Indian government imposing stern controls on foreign nongovernmental organizations is deplorable but, sadly, not surprising. Illiberal and authoritarian governments are inherently allergic to civil society and, more broadly, to any institutions they don’t control. India and several other countries have either passed or proposed similar laws to curtail the activities of nongovernmental groups.

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The Uniform Civil Code Debate in India: Unveiling the Myths
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2016

The Indian government has embarked on a marathon exercise of seeking public opinion on having a Uniform Civil Code. A uniform civil code will mean that personal laws will become subservient to constitutional law. The Constitution enjoins all religions and faiths to be respected equally and adherents be free to carry out the articles of their faith.

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Can Sufism Sanitize Our Planet?
Moin Qazi, New Age Islam – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2015

In the chaos that prevails around us the most authentic hope comes from mystics whose poetry and philosophy combines the virtuous message of formal religion with the transcendental values of love and harmony. The finest exponent of this luminous philosophy was Rumi (which means daylight), the great 13th century Sufi mystic.

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