Governance

October 10, 2018

Chhattisgarh makes headway on tribal rights

Chhattisgarh has taken encouraging steps to recognize and implement rights of forest communities but more effort is required needed at the village level to boost livelihood opportunities for indigenous people

October 5, 2018
Vivek Ghumade plans to increase his turmeric acreage, as the GI tag of Waigaon turmeric is expected to increase demand (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

GI tag boosts demand for Waigaon’s turmeric

Farmers of Waigaon in Maharashtra have received a GI tag for organically grown turmeric that is rich in curcumin, known for its multiple health benefits. The cultivators hope to cash in on the increase in demand

October 3, 2018

Gram swaraj in a globalizing world

Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of economically self-sufficient villages is at a distinct variance with the ideas and policies of liberalization, trade and globalization. Is it possible to strike a middle path?

October 1, 2018
Some Soligas like Nanjamma are worried since authorities are considering relocation even after her tribe was granted forest rights (Photo by Amoolya Rajappa)

Soligas in tiger reserve win battle over forest rights

After the jungles they inhabit were declared a wildlife sanctuary, the Soliga tribe in southern Karnataka has made history by winning a legal battle over their traditional rights to forestland and produce

September 26, 2018
Villagers of Yelavali display some of the forest produce, as part of conservation tourism (Photo by Subhash Dolas)

Bhimshankar village makes the most of nature’s trail

Residents of Yelavali village inside Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra have made a collective decision to promote responsible ecotourism that is providing them with a sustainable livelihood

September 14, 2018
Madhavi of Chakkamkandam village has seen the pristine backwaters turn into a cesspool, contaminating even their open wells (Photo by Arun P.J.)

Rural community at receiving end of temple town’s sewage

Commercial establishments catering to religious tourism in the temple town of Guruvayur have contaminated the ground and surface water of a village in Thrissur by releasing raw sewage into natural drains

September 10, 2018
Since most women in rural Odisha do not have titles over land, they are provided no compensation by the government against crop loss (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Women farmers suffer due to unequal land rights

Although they are often the actual cultivators, the lack of land rights among women farmers in Odisha has resulted in chronic distress because they are unable to get government loans or compensation over crop loss

September 7, 2018

Assam village become trailblazers in adaptive agriculture

From seed banks to rainwater harvesting, one village on the banks of the Brahmaputra River has spread innovative agriculture through the region, as farmers battle against worsening floods and droughts

September 5, 2018

India’s traditional wisdom in coping with extreme weather

In large parts of the subcontinent where floods or droughts are annual or recurring events, people in rural areas have evolved location-specific strategies to deal with the disasters and unusual weather

August 29, 2018
Tribal people in Kerala’s Attapady administrative block suffer from mental illness (Photo by K. Rajendran)

Kerala moves swiftly to treat Attapady’s tribes

The lynching of a mentally ill tribal youth has spurred Kerala to create jobs for tribes living in the progressive state, besides surveying them to identify the mentally ill, treat them and rehabilitate them