Governance

March 27, 2017
The confident children of Bamuha village in Murshidabad district welcome visitors to their school. (Photo by Chhandosree)

Murshidabad children set example in local governance

Children in remote parts of Murshidabad district in West Bengal are taking an active role in community governance that not only let them tackle social ills at a tender age but also nurtures them as future community leaders

March 24, 2017
Phincho Tsering Dukpa has decided to sell more than half of his land because of frequent losses. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Wild animals spoil farmers’ hard work in Darjeeling

Crop depredation by wildlife is one of the biggest problems facing the livelihood security of many farmers in Darjeeling, with most of them losing up to 40% of their crop every year

March 20, 2017
A betel leaf vineyard in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

After defeating Posco, farmers turn to reclaim betel leaf economy

The formal closure of Posco’s steel plant project in Odisha is seen as a victory of agrarian economy over unwanted industrialization and the betel leaf farmers of Jagatsinghpur are rejoicing, although those who lost their land face new challenges

March 15, 2017
The Barak River routinely floods its banks in the rainy season every year. (Photo by Monica Roy)

Living with the clockwork floods of Barak River

The state seems to be indifferent to the plight of the large number of people settled in the Barak Valley in southern Assam, and they are left to fend for themselves when the river routinely floods its banks every monsoon

March 10, 2017
A group of village women in Nuh discusses the merits of digitizing the targeted public distribution system. (Photo by Debika Goswami)

Digitizing the public distribution system comes a cropper in Nuh

An attempt to digitize transactions under the government’s targeted public distribution system in Haryana’s Nuh district was aborted primarily due to a failure of technical infrastructure and connectivity issues

March 3, 2017
Natwarbhai Thakkar (center) with visitors at the Gandhi Ashram in Chuchuyimlang village in Nagaland. (Photo by Ajit Kanitkar)

Fifty years of peace-building efforts in Nagaland

Natwarbhai Thakkar and the Nagaland Gandhi Ashram established by him in Chuchuyimlang village of Mokokchung district have worked unceasingly to integrate Naga society with the national mainstream

February 27, 2017
Villager Agni Devi at a papaya garden that is a part of the Hesatu forest. (Photo by Chhandosree)

Growing a forest transforms Jharkhand village

The residents of Hesatu village have successfully raised a thriving forest over 365 acres of wasteland without any intervention from the state or civil society organizations that now supports livelihoods in many ways

February 24, 2017
A Bodo woman working at a traditional handloom in Rowmari village. (Photo by Action for Northeast Trust)

Bodoland families smart under ravages of climate and conflict

A combination of ethnic conflict and climate change has pushed thousands of distressed families in western Assam towards a precarious existence

February 6, 2017
Jhita Kutruka is the lone survivor of Ankurbali village in Niyamgiri hills. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Abandoned Niyamgiri villages tell sad tale of wholesale migration

Five abandoned villages in the Niyamgiri hills that have now been reclaimed by the forest indicate a complete failure of governance and lack of the state’s reach and action among the Dongria Kondh indigenous people

February 3, 2017
The 2017-18 budget has made notable allocations for agriculture and allied activities. (Photo by Kannan Muthuraman)

Budget has prepared ground for states to usher in transformation

Finance Minster Arun Jaitley has paved way for making significant transformation of rural areas a reachable dream. It is now up to the states to get their acts together and not fritter away the substantial allocations for agriculture and rural development