Governance

April 15, 2019
Dasarathi Lahajar and the others from Kalahandi district, who migrated to Telangana for work, had to be rescued from bondage (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Oriya bonded labor languish after being rescued

Migrant workers from western Odisha who are rescued from bondage at destination sites continue to languish in poverty for want of rural employment and rehabilitation support

April 10, 2019
Carrying water is a constant chore for women in rural areas (Photo by Daniel Bachhuber)

Ujjwala and waterwheels: reducing women’s drudgery

Regular supply of cooking gas and easier ways to bring drinking water home would significantly reduce the daily drudgery of women in rural areas

April 3, 2019
Street plays help the farmers articulate their problems and learn innovative farming practices easily (Photo by Rakhee Roytalukdar)

Vagad farmers stage progress marches

Tribal farmers of the Vagad region have been marching through villages to find local solutions to farming and community problems through participation and discussion

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