Governance

April 1, 2019
Villagers of Podaguda village in Malkangiri attending the social audit meeting (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Social audit empowers Odisha’s rural poor

People left out of the government’s welfare programs have been included through a social audit in Odisha’s underdeveloped rural areas, boosting nutrition security among impoverished families

March 29, 2019
Families in Rampura face homelessness (Photo by Maithreyi Kamalanathan)

Villagers face eviction near Panna forest reserve

The residents of Rampura, a small village in the buffer zone of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, have been asked to move. But, they say, with no allocation of alternative land, they have nowhere to go

March 27, 2019
The government’s income support to small farmers may not be sustainable in the long run (Photo by Jeevan Singla)

Is farmer income support a sustainable solution?

Income support to smallholder farmers is similar to palliative measures like minimum support prices or loan waivers that do not address the problem of an unsustainable population living on a fixed resource base

March 22, 2019
People with disabilities face a tough life in our country (Photo by Kailas Kokare)

Rural India still insensitive to persons with disabilities

In a society steeped in referring people with special needs by their disability, there is a need for concerted efforts to recognize their rights and create inclusivity

March 15, 2019
Women, such as Mokshamma of Madya Nisedha Andolana, have been demanding prohibition since 2016 (Photo by Madya Nishedha Andolana)

Village women up in arms against alcoholism

Women in rural Karnataka have banded together to demand a prohibition on liquor because they are the receiving end of alcoholism of men that leads invariably to domestic violence and financial hardship

March 13, 2019
Tribal people are no longer sure of living in their traditional habitations (Photo by Bishnu Sarangi)

The travails of India’s forest dwellers

Tribal people who live in and around forests are being continuously pushed beyond the edge of their meager livelihoods and the land where they live, despite laws that are supposed to protect their rights

February 27, 2019
The future of forest dwellers has been called into question (Photo by Saurabh Chatterjee)

Is resettling millions of forest dwellers feasible?

A recent Supreme Court order that will likely lead to the largest ever eviction of forest dwellers in India needs to be seen as a wake-up call for state governments to quickly remedy the situation

February 22, 2019
Local tribal governance structures, in which every individual has the right, capacity, and opportunity to take part, must be kept alive (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

How development excludes India’s tribal people

Failing to understand the tribal world view and imposing the dominant development paradigm on adivasi communities is affecting their identity and well-being

February 20, 2019
Shivamma, secretary of Stree Shakti women self-help group in Somlara village of Tumkur district who runs a milk collection sub-center, says collection has declined in the past one month due to drought (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Karnataka dairy farmers face heat of drought

Dairy farmers in Karnataka have been seriously impacted by the severe drought in most parts of the state as milk yields have fallen and fodder has become more expensive

February 13, 2019
Tribal women in southern Rajasthan have gained confidence to take collective action and get government entitlements due to them (Photo by Priyanka Jain)

Tribal women in Rajasthan assert citizen rights

Solidarity groups of tribal women in southern Rajasthan have started taking collective action to claim government entitlements such as food and rural employment