M M Paniyil
MM Paniyil researches and writes on environmental issues, and is based in Bangalore.
July 31, 2017

Kerala fishermen brave dangerous sea to eke out a livelihood

Small fishers on the Kerala coast venture out in the rough Arabian Sea during the monsoon season for a living, but there’s very little help they get in the way of easily accessible forecasts

July 28, 2017
Children issuing books at the Anandghar library in Kajrah village in Balaghat. (Photo by Cosmos Joseph)

Books in tribal languages help rejuvenate school learning in central India

An initiative that produces books in tribal dialects in an underdeveloped area of Madhya Pradesh is helping tribal children to not only become better learners in school but is also reconnecting them with their indigenous culture and traditions

July 26, 2017
The villagers of Varoti contributed voluntary labor to build a well for drinking water. (Photo by Sunil Jorkar)

Varoti villagers demonstrate the power of collective action

A new model of active engagement between villagers, the implementing non-profit and a corporate philanthropic foundation in Varoti village in Maharashtra shows a new way forward for development interventions through the corporate social responsibility route

July 24, 2017
Farmers weighing their produce at the weighbridge in Singur. (Photo by Dhruba Das Gupta)

Singur emerges as procurement hub for local farmers

Once the infamous political battlefield centered on the construction of a car factory, Singur in West Bengal has become a beacon of hope for local farmers, who sell their produce wholesale at fair prices at a state government promoted marketplace