Governance

January 23, 2019
Reliable data at the farm level would help stakeholders across farm supply chain and increase the value share of farmers (Photo by Pixabay)

Can data-driven social enterprises boost farmer incomes?

A collaboration between technological and value chain enterprises working directly with farmers could help make the farm to fork value chain more organized and efficient, thus increasing returns to cultivators

January 18, 2019
A woman crosses the Burhabalang River with her cow to avoid a 7km circuitous route (Photo by Manish Kumar)

Mayurbhanj villagers forced to ford river to reach schools, hospitals

Inadequate and inconvenient road connectivity due to poor planning compels many villagers in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha to risk a dangerous crossing of Burhabalang River everyday to reach the nearest town

January 16, 2019
Ending India’s farm crisis needs a complete change in mindset (Photo by Bishnu Sarangi)

The unending saga of farm distress in India

Farmers in India will continue to suffer unless there is a fundamental change in the pro-urban policy bias of propping up unsustainably low food prices

January 14, 2019
Without any effective investment in dust control mechanisms, lethal dust spreads freely around laborers in Pindwara’s stone-carving factories, where work is performed for temples (Photo by Yuvraj Dhir)

Temple carvers unite against scourge of silicosis

Three out of every 10 stone-carving workers in Rajasthan, who build temples, are facing death due to silicosis. They are now unionizing to demand freedom from disease and for dignity in god’s work

January 9, 2019
Sunil and Nagamani at the Sarathi Jhalak radio station during a program. (Photo by Sudha Narasimhachar)

Community radio creates waves of change in Karnataka villages

Run primarily by women, the Sarathi Jhalak radio station has brought administrators, experts and villagers on the same platform, giving rural communities a voice

January 2, 2019
Pulling water from a well without the safety of a wheel and pulley is common across India’s villages (Photo by Knut-Erik Halle)

Unsafe behavior rampant in the countryside

Whether it is a national trait or simply a rural folly, there is a need to examine the cavalier neglect of basic safety rules that pervades life in villages across the country

December 21, 2018
The weaving unit of Langei project in Nongpok Sanjenbam village not only provides employment to the women but also sustains traditional weaving (Photo by Ninglun Hanghal)

Manipur villagers initiate successful economic development

Residents of Nongpok Sanjenbam, an underdeveloped Manipuri village, have come together to bring about economic and social transformation, enjoying the benefits in the process

November 23, 2018
Snehasish already shows symptoms of fluorosis at the age of eight, as groundwater is the only source of drinking water for the village (Photo by Gurvinder Singh)

Fluorosis extracts a toll in rural West Bengal

Groundwater contaminated with fluoride is affecting the health of people in villages, especially the elderly and children, even as awareness on fluorosis is low in rural areas and the government remains apathetic

November 21, 2018

Blending tribal people into India’s mainstream

Efforts to meet the aspirations of India’s tribal population would essentially mean their greater integration with the national mainstream, which would also reduce their drive for sub-cultural identity

October 31, 2018
Rural crime is on the rise (Photo by Pixabay)

Rural crime and policing in India’s villages

Even as crime in rural India increases, particularly against marginalized communities, minorities and women, more effective policing is required to strengthen deterrence and enforce rule of law