Governance

August 15, 2018

Land ownership for women needs more attention

The dismal status of women’s property rights in India continues to be a nagging socio-development challenge despite a slew of progressive laws, which need political commitment and institutionalized support

August 10, 2018
Mohammad Sabir of CISC guides woman villagers, helping them seek government benefits, as a first step towards empowering them (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Information helpline improves local governance in Nuh villages

An information center in Nuh district that lags in economic and social development has created awareness about government schemes and entitlements, and has empowered villagers to claim their rights

August 8, 2018

Reversing the indefensible culture of open defecation

Ending open defecation in India’s villages cannot be the sole responsibility of the government. The heads of rural households also need to made responsible to ensure that women have access to safe sanitation

July 30, 2018

Village youth in Western Ghats enrich sacred grove

A bunch of passionate young men are saving big trees uprooted in the Sahyadri Mountains by transplanting them at their village’s sacred grove. And that’s just one part of their conservation work

July 25, 2018

When the rural elite hijacks welfare schemes

Although there are multiple factors that interfere with the fair implementation of rural welfare programs, it is important to break the stranglehold of the rural elite and often co-opted local administration

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