Prespectives

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 8, 2019
Basic income support will bring succor to farmers in times of stress (Photo by Nithi Anand)

Income support is healthy tonic for smallholder farmers

Instead of farm loan waivers and minimum support price for crops that distort resource allocation and markets, basic income support to small and marginal farmers is a far better state mechanism

February 6, 2019
Small farmers to benefit from government scheme (Photo by Bishnu Sarangi)

How useful will farmer support be?

It will not be easy to optimally deploy the basic income support announced by the government for small and marginal farmers. The scheme has large exclusions in the landless and the women as well

January 30, 2019
With access to forests restricted and traditional livelihoods unable to sustain them, the Juangs in Khontomara village lag in development (Photo by Jayapadma RV)

Participation key to empowering Juang tribes

Treating Juang tribes of Odisha as participants in the development process rather than as recipients of development largesse will help bringing them into the national mainstream

January 23, 2019
Reliable data at the farm level would help stakeholders across farm supply chain and increase the value share of farmers (Photo by Pixabay)

Can data-driven social enterprises boost farmer incomes?

A collaboration between technological and value chain enterprises working directly with farmers could help make the farm to fork value chain more organized and efficient, thus increasing returns to cultivators

January 16, 2019
Ending India’s farm crisis needs a complete change in mindset (Photo by Bishnu Sarangi)

The unending saga of farm distress in India

Farmers in India will continue to suffer unless there is a fundamental change in the pro-urban policy bias of propping up unsustainably low food prices

January 2, 2019
Pulling water from a well without the safety of a wheel and pulley is common across India’s villages (Photo by Knut-Erik Halle)

Unsafe behavior rampant in the countryside

Whether it is a national trait or simply a rural folly, there is a need to examine the cavalier neglect of basic safety rules that pervades life in villages across the country

December 5, 2018
It is not unusual to find groups of unemployed men in villages across India (Photo by Michael Foley)

Money & manhood: changing gender roles in rural homes

In times of increasing agrarian stress and uncertain incomes, women in villages are becoming as much providers of families as men, but the vice grip of patriarchy refuses to slacken