Governance

January 17, 2018
Will children growing up in rural India be able to fly like a kite or will they forever live like a grasshopper? (Photo by Thaths)

Does rural India have a level field for opportunities and aspirations?

Unless children growing up in India’s villages have access to equality of opportunity in its broadest sense, it is unlikely that they will ever be able to soar like a kite but will be condemned to live the life of a grasshopper

January 8, 2018
The fishing hamlet of Golabandha was severely damaged after Cyclone Phailin. (Photo by M. Basudev Rao)

Community rebuilds life after Cyclone Phailin wrecked their fishing hamlet

Ravaged by Cyclone Phailin, people of a fishing village buried their differences and emerged with a strong sense of unity to rebuild their lives at a relocation site

January 5, 2018
The Musahar community is still living in squalor across villages in Bihar. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Musahars in Bihar struggle to educate their children

Derided as eater of rats, a large number of Mushahars in Bihar villages see education of their children as the only way out of the oppression they face daily but the going is still tough

January 3, 2018
Mobile connectivity is still poor in the poorer parts of the country. (Photo by Ramesh Soni)

Digital inclusion still far from rural India

Even as a digital revolution sweeps across India, people in the more impoverished and remote parts of the country have to struggle to bridge the digital divide and a level playing field is still a distant dream

January 1, 2018
Fetching water and collecting fuel wood are arduous chores for most village women. (Photo by Abhijeet Jadhav)

Cooking imposes heavy burden on rural women

The simple act of cooking takes on a difficult dimension due to lack of easy access to fuel and water, forcing women in rural India to walk long distances to get them, increasing drudgery and leading to health hazards that call for immediate action

December 25, 2017

God’s own country needs migrant workers to celebrate Christmas

In an ironic twist, Kerala today needs a large number of migrants to plug a labor shortage in a state that is well known for its people migrating out to the Gulf and various parts of India

December 20, 2017
Rural entrepreneurs need a change in mindset to grow their businesses. (Photo by Pixabay)

What stops rural enterprises from growth and prosperity?

Any external intervener who seeks to promote rural enterprises must create credible incentives for villagers to make proactive lifestyle adjustments to become reliable and highly productive producers

December 13, 2017
The villagers of Kapa Mal hope to grow a second crop, with facilities for pumping river water. (Photo by Bikalp Chamola)

How development arrived in Kapa Mal village

An underdeveloped village inhabited mostly by the Baiga tribal community has gone through a makeover under the parliamentarians’ model village scheme, emerging close to the envisaged adarsh gram

December 6, 2017
New farmer organizations need careful handholding. (Photo by Bishnu Sarangi)

Better nurture needed for new producers’ organizations

Development professionals managing newly formed farmer producers’ organizations, while high on technical and social skills, have to be more market and management savvy to strengthen these nascent entities

December 4, 2017
Visibility and confidence of women have increased in Koni village. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Rural women start bank for economic transformation

Started by women in Chhattisgarh villages from their personal savings, the Sakhi Mahila Bank has not only boosted rural women’s income but also their confidence and economic independence