Governance

November 25, 2016
Farm labor Pratibha Vilas Kamthe has recently gone from cash salary to salary paid into her bank account. (Photo by Gouri Agtey Athale)

Small vegetable farmers in Maharashtra suffer blow from demonetization

The people in rural Pune are past the initial shocks of demonetization and are now coming to grips with it, but there are signs of distress among growers and sellers of fruits and vegetables

November 23, 2016
Turnover for the Dharmaraj couple of Valarpuram village, who run a small tea stall, has halved after the demonetization announcement. (Photo by Jency Samuel)

Rural Tamil Nadu shows resilience as currency crisis disrupts life

For villagers in Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur, particularly the poor, the trashing of high-value banknotes is another hardship among many that they have to face

November 21, 2016
There's no work to be had for daily wage laborers. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Farmers, daily wage laborers in Odisha badly hurt by demonetization

Farmers and those in rural areas who make a living as daily wage laborers in Odisha have been left stranded by the demonetization drive by the Indian government that has led to a huge scarcity of lower denomination notes

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