Governance

July 18, 2018
Workers of the closed Nirpania tea garden are earning a pittance from their hard labor (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Workers of closed tea gardens struggle to make a living

Tribal people in and around the shuttered tea gardens of north Bengal are living on the edge of destitution and are being forced to a life of hard labor and exploitation by local contractors to stave off starvation

July 16, 2018
A lactating mother is being checked for blood pressure at the daycare center in Godiguda village in Araku Valley (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Araku Valley takes baby steps to address maternal health

An initiative to reach healthcare services to pregnant women and new mothers in the underdeveloped Araku Valley has seen a measure of success in tribal communities ruled by superstition and regressive practices

July 13, 2018
A brightly painted house wall in Jitwarpur village (Photo by Jigyasa Mishra)

Madhubani painters want better deal for their work

Despite global recognition, women painters of the Madhubani folk art form in Jitwarpur village have failed to escape the clutches of middlemen, who corner most of the profits. State initiatives could help stop the exploitation

July 2, 2018
Community members prepare the ground to plant saplings (Photo by Niravu)

Kerala village breaks new ground in sustainable living

What began as a community initiative to revive organic farming in the small village of Vengeri near Kozhikode has today expanded into a sustainable lifestyle that showcases how rural living can indeed be idyllic

June 29, 2018
Nanda Musahar lost his daughter and son due to a callous state healthcare system (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Musahars denied healthcare because they are considered untouchables

The despicable practice of untouchability in Varanasi district is keeping the musahar community from accessing state healthcare facilities, and the situation is changing too slowly despite grassroots activism

June 27, 2018

Will rural women rise up against digital patriarchy?

It remains to be seen whether the digital world of today will become more hostile to women in villages than their physical reality, which is currently dominated by men who lord it over them

June 25, 2018
R. Shanmugam, former village council president in Odanthurai, initiated many development schemes (Photo by Sharada Balasubramanian)

Inspired local governance transforms villages in Odanthurai

The Odanthurai village council in southern Tamil Nadu has shown how a Panchayati Raj institution can achieve holistic rural development with the help of wise leadership and community participation

June 22, 2018

Musahars overcome fear, but face a long road ahead

Tired of being denied basic human rights and held to be untouchables, Musahars in some villages of Varanasi district are speaking up with help from community activists, but a decent livelihood is still far away

June 20, 2018

Organic farming gathers steam in the Sundarbans

Faced with longer and hotter summers, many farmers in the Sundarbans have embraced organic farming with local crop varieties that are better adapted to a changing climate and fetch adequate returns as well

June 13, 2018

People with disabilities languish across rural India

Although there are 27 million people in India with disabilities, of which more than 70% live in villages, they are a neglected segment of the population despite pious intentions mouthed by the central and state governments