Articles Archive

Feb 08, 2017

Opportunity cost of personal hygiene too high for rural women

Women in India’s villages still have to pay a high cost in terms of mental and physical pain and financial loss because they are often compelled to neglect personal hygiene by bathing hurriedly in the open

Feb 06, 2017

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

Feb 03, 2017

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

Feb 01, 2017

Bariyarpur farmers paying heavy price for Gopalganj-Bettiah bridge

Victims of ill-planned infrastructure development, villagers in this Paschim Champaran village are now forced to migrate because prime agricultural land has turned infertile. Flooding in parts of the village has increased as well, they say

Jan 30, 2017

Remote village in Karbi Anglong sets cleanliness benchmark

The young people of Shikdamakha in Assam didn’t wait for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to set standards in sanitation, which has today resulted in the village being one of the cleanest in the entire country

Jan 27, 2017

Arsenic contamination in groundwater killing villagers in Ballia

High levels of arsenic in the water supply is afflicting many villages in eastern Uttar Pradesh but the government hasn’t been able to design and implement any program to contain the menace

Jan 25, 2017

Women are still considered beasts of burden in rural India

Women carrying enormous head loads remain a common sight in large swathes of the country, indicative of our gender insensitivity and skewed priorities