Sanjiv Phansalkar
Sanjiv Phansalkar is associated closely with Transform Rural India Foundation. He was earlier a faculty member at the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA). Phansalkar is a fellow of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. Views are personal.
June 7, 2017
Farm ponds to harvest and store rainwater could be an optimal solution in some places. (Photo by Aftab Alam)

Water control is the strongest anti-poverty measure

Once we realize that one size does not fit all, it will be easier for the government and civil society organizations to tailor strategies to manage water in the different agro-climatic regions of the country that truly benefits the rural poor

June 5, 2017
Babudhan Murmu with a set for a Chador Badoni show. (Photo by Channdosree)

Indigenous art forms of Santhal Pargana are in need of revival

The last few practitioners of Chador Badoni, a form of puppetry, and Jadu Patiya, a form of painting and story telling, say their art forms may soon be lost to modern times unless there is a serious attempt to revive them

June 2, 2017
Ulusi Madhu Pawar in front of her hut in Navagam village. (Photo by Gajanan Khergamker)

Indigenous community in Dang fights for land rights

The people of Navagam village in Dang district of Gujarat have said they would boycott upcoming assembly polls if the government does not resolve the long pending issue of land and house titles

May 31, 2017
Kerala is a land of water bodies. A state government mission now aims at conserving, cleaning and clearing them up to store water and to aid water transport that the state is known for. The image shows the lagoon of Kadinamkulam in Thiruvananthapuram. (Photo by Climatalk)

After the drought, Kerala to chase monsoon to catch rain where it falls

After the century’s worst drought, people in Kerala are now getting ready to harvest rain in their backyard wells, temple ponds and lush forests. Citizens, voluntary groups and the state government are ready with a set of measures. It just needs to rain.