Governance

February 27, 2017
Villager Agni Devi at a papaya garden that is a part of the Hesatu forest. (Photo by Chhandosree)

Growing a forest transforms Jharkhand village

The residents of Hesatu village have successfully raised a thriving forest over 365 acres of wasteland without any intervention from the state or civil society organizations that now supports livelihoods in many ways

February 24, 2017
A Bodo woman working at a traditional handloom in Rowmari village. (Photo by Action for Northeast Trust)

Bodoland families smart under ravages of climate and conflict

A combination of ethnic conflict and climate change has pushed thousands of distressed families in western Assam towards a precarious existence

February 6, 2017
Jhita Kutruka is the lone survivor of Ankurbali village in Niyamgiri hills. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Abandoned Niyamgiri villages tell sad tale of wholesale migration

Five abandoned villages in the Niyamgiri hills that have now been reclaimed by the forest indicate a complete failure of governance and lack of the state’s reach and action among the Dongria Kondh indigenous people

February 3, 2017

Budget has prepared ground for states to usher in transformation

Finance Minster Arun Jaitley has paved way for making significant transformation of rural areas a reachable dream. It is now up to the states to get their acts together and not fritter away the substantial allocations for agriculture and rural development

January 18, 2017
The women of Tarkhutta village holding a meeting. (Photo by Suneeta Dhar)

Godda women rise up to leave imprint on local politics

The victory of Poonam Devi of Tarkhutta village in Jharkhand in local government body elections is a story of how collective resolve of village women successfully challenged patriarchal structures and corrupt governance practices

January 16, 2017

Campaign by tribal women groups brings down alcoholism in Attappadi

When women living around Attappadi Reserve Forest found that no development was possible due to chronic alcoholism among the tribal men, they banded together to rid the area of the menace and start a labor bank for employment

December 12, 2016
Runa Devi and Daya Devi of Kaladinda village in southeast Bihar have emerged as village leaders. (Photo by Suneeta Dhar)

A tale of two women and a watershed

Two unlearned women in a remote area of Bihar have broken gender stereotypes to emerge as community leaders and manage the construction of a watershed that now benefits 12 villages

December 5, 2016
A village school in Assam. (Photo by Michael Foley)

New education policy fails to address issues of equity

The 2016 education policy of India reinforces the status quo through its tacit acceptance of stratified education, the intense focus on regimented outcomes and competition, and its inability to decentralize and empower teachers

December 2, 2016
Those in the supply chain of perishable farm goods are suffering the most. (Photo by Patrik M. Loeff)

Small vegetable and poultry farmers severely affected by demonetization drive

Three weeks into the surprise announcement by the government to withdraw high denomination currency notes from circulation, it is now clear that producers of perishable commodities such as vegetable and poultry have been seriously impacted

November 30, 2016

Trade tumbles at Sonepur cattle fair after demonetization

The severe scarcity of currency notes have resulted in business at India’s largest cattle fair, which is conducted entirely in cash, crashing to a halt with most sellers returning home empty handed