November 4, 2020
woman carrying bundle of sticks

Patriarchy, sustainability and shame

In the present rural development model, a gender lens is lacking in the development designs, leaving women continue their demarcated role, with no progress or empowerment in sight

September 2, 2020

Of cockroaches and digital health records

While digital health policy and proposed digitization of health records look good on paper, for it to be effective, basic rural health care services should function

August 12, 2020

Losing livelihood, landless families bear the lockdown brunt

Entrepreneurial villagers from landless tribal communities opted for alternate livelihoods. Despite easing of lockdown restrictions, the current challenges are pushing them back to poverty

August 8, 2020

Returned migrants: A pause or the end of a dream?

Lockdown has forced migrant workers to return home. Left with no cash savings and duped of overdue wages, their future seems uncertain more than ever

August 5, 2020

Returned migrants prefer local livelihoods in native region

Villagers who migrated to other states for want of local livelihoods are back and do not wish to migrate again. They seek creation of local earning avenues

July 29, 2020

Multi-pronged plan would help Northeast create sustainable economy

The Northeast, with its past social instability and lack of livelihood avenues lags in development. The pandemic gives the region an opportunity to develop a new economy

July 20, 2020

Amphan deals a severe blow to struggling Sundarbans villagers

With standing crops lost and soil turning saline when seawater came in, the cyclone has aggravated villagers’ malnutrition and food security problems, adding to their lockdown woes

July 15, 2020

Returned migrants: Despair and coping

Distance to host city, commitment of employer and livelihood opportunity at native village help returned workers decide on post-lockdown migration. Till then they cope with available resources

June 24, 2020

Will the post-pandemic government be more responsible and responsive?

COVID-19 crisis showed how government can work with zeal and efficiency. It will be a welcome outcome of the pandemic If the momentum continues in the new normal

June 22, 2020

Identifying farmers’ needs helps producer company find footing

When members’ ownership, exchange of ideas and process-driven systems take precedence over turnover and profitability, farmer producer companies will become self-reliant and succeed