Governance

November 18, 2016

Demonetization and the rural poor in five dimensions

The junking of high value currency notes has led to an unprecedented situation where the poor are more at risk from manipulation by the unscrupulous than from any crippling financial loss in the short or medium terms, barring exceptions

November 7, 2016

Political turmoil leaves Kashmir’s education sector in tatters

Four months of closed schools in the middle of an academic year has left an entire generation of Kashmiri students in the lurch although there are some scattered efforts at makeshift community schools

November 4, 2016

Tackling malnutrition in India needs thinking out of the box

If India has to improve its rank on the global Hunger Index, there has to be an emphasis on alternative and participatory approaches of delivering nutrients to underserved populations

November 2, 2016

Women in Guphu show power of collective action

Collective action has enabled many women in Khunti in Jharkhand to rise out of poverty, providing them with new opportunities and ensuring greater choice in their lives

October 31, 2016

Community initiative recharges water table in Kumbharwalan village

Collective action through a pani panchayat (water council) has enabled a remote village in Pune district of Maharashtra to provide for adequate irrigation in this rain shadow area prone to droughts

October 28, 2016

Another autumn of uncertainty for Kashmir’s saffron farmers

A most prized harvest, the falling production of saffron in the villages of Pulwama is now a serious concern for the many farmers who have been traditionally cultivating the rare flower

October 26, 2016

Social forestry provides useful lessons in participatory democracy

The road to participatory democracy cannot be paved with good intentions alone but needs resources, sustained work and self-critical reflection by villages and voluntary organizations alike

October 21, 2016

Can this crisis in the heart of India be allowed to continue?

The economic exploitation and developmental neglect of the core tribal areas of India’s eastern plateau and hills across Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have to be tackled through practical solutions unhindered by ideological blinkers

October 19, 2016

Camel herders of Kachchh fall into decline as commons shrink

The unt maladharis (camel pastoralists) of Kutchch have seen their herds dwindle as pastures are appropriated and the unique swimming camel struggles to find mangroves to graze upon

October 17, 2016

Solapur’s example holds key to chronically water-stressed Marathwada

The patchy soil and water conservation efforts of the Maharashtra government seem to have learnt nothing from the exemplary measures undertaken in Solapur district