Governance

February 14, 2018
Solutions like improved bullock carts do not cut any ice with the poor any more. (Photo by Pixabay)

What technology does the poor need?

Although it is true that the poor needs affordable technological solutions that meet their requirements, these solutions frequently fail to account for their aspirations and often do not offer what the user really wants

February 12, 2018
Supriya Gaddam at her Polam Farm in Medak in Telengana. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Permaculture sets new agenda for agriculture in Telangana

Many progressive farmers in Telangana are turning barren land into productive farms by adopting permaculture, which involves developing a sustainable and self-sufficient agricultural ecosystem

February 9, 2018
Many men in Kuha village defecate in the open in spite of having a toilet at home. (Photo by Gajanan Khergamker)

Gujarat’s cleanliness success exists only in numbers

Although Gujarat was declared open defecation free in October 2017 based on the number of toilets constructed as part of the Swachh Bharat mission, the ground reality is different in the rural areas of the state

February 5, 2018

Landless Musahars continue their wait for development

Marginalized and landless, Musahars have become free from bonded labor, yet continue to suffer social discrimination and financial hardships, hoping for government schemes to deliver

January 29, 2018
Fisherman Amaladasan stands beside a poster showing photos of 70 fishermen missing from Vallavilai village in Kanyakumari district since Cyclone Ockhi. (Photo by M M Paniyil)

Deepsea fishermen need early warning after Cyclone Ockhi

Hundreds of lives could have been saved from the ravages of Cyclone Ockhi if deepsea fishermen were able to carry better communications gear onboard and if there was a better system of early storm warning

January 24, 2018
Recurring droughts have reduced the annual income of Ramvithal Valse, a farmer from Sonwati villlage in Latur district of Maharashtra, by 80% in the past 6-7 years. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

New drought manual may aggravate farm distress

Strict parameters set by the central government has made it tougher for the states to declare a drought and seek relief funds from New Delhi

January 22, 2018
Women harvesting small millets from a farm that was earlier infested with lantana. (Photo by Manu Moudgil)

Madhya Pradesh farmers unite to fight lantana infestation

Villages in eastern Madhya Pradesh have come together to rid their land of lantana, an invasive species that have taken over 4% of the India’s land area, and have reclaimed their farms by cultivating millets and oilseeds

January 17, 2018
Will children growing up in rural India be able to fly like a kite or will they forever live like a grasshopper? (Photo by Thaths)

Does rural India have a level field for opportunities and aspirations?

Unless children growing up in India’s villages have access to equality of opportunity in its broadest sense, it is unlikely that they will ever be able to soar like a kite but will be condemned to live the life of a grasshopper

January 8, 2018
The fishing hamlet of Golabandha was severely damaged after Cyclone Phailin. (Photo by M. Basudev Rao)

Community rebuilds life after Cyclone Phailin wrecked their fishing hamlet

Ravaged by Cyclone Phailin, people of a fishing village buried their differences and emerged with a strong sense of unity to rebuild their lives at a relocation site

January 5, 2018
The Musahar community is still living in squalor across villages in Bihar. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Musahars in Bihar struggle to educate their children

Derided as eater of rats, a large number of Mushahars in Bihar villages see education of their children as the only way out of the oppression they face daily but the going is still tough