Prespectives

September 18, 2019
The craft of Kuthampully weavers in Kerala faces an uncertain future (Photo by Remya Padmadas)

Are handlooms in rural India only capable of weaving poverty?

We need to reflect why once handlooms wove joy, culture and incomes but today weave only poverty, unable to sustain livelihoods of people in our villages, except for a few outliers

September 11, 2019
An integrated approach to technology in education helps students from marginalized sections create projects within the local context (Photo by Tata Trusts)

Digital tech in curriculum enriches participatory learning

By enabling teachers design applications and help students create artifacts, best practices in use of technological tools can facilitate contextualized learning and its application

September 4, 2019
Rural health workers are typically overburdened and have to work in trying conditions (Photo by Piyal Adhikary)

Missing foot soldiers in the war on poverty

Unless the government improves the anemic delivery structure of rural health and education, the neglected and overworked frontline workers will not be able to fight underdevelopment adequately

August 21, 2019
Mobilizing rural communities is no easy task (Photo by Jan Gramin Vikas Sansthan, Ghazipur)

More attention needed on community mobilizers

Rural development programs often take community mobilization for granted, and those who dedicate themselves to this difficult task are ignored or neglected. This needs to change

August 7, 2019
It is invariably the women who are burdened with the task of getting water to rural homes (Photo by Daniel Bachhuber)

Battling social fault lines in rural water supply

The laudable aim of supplying piped water to all rural homes will have to tackle the existing power equations that deeply divide our society, and are tilted in favor of the elite in villages

July 31, 2019
Sourcing drinking water from dug wells have become a rarity in many parts of rural India (Photo by Pixabay)

Water availability and quality in rural water supply

The aim of delivering clean water to rural homes has to address the twin challenges of sufficient local availability of this depleting resource and ensuring basic quality standards

July 24, 2019
Providing domestic tap water in rural areas is a huge challenge in India (Photo by Laree Umbah)

Tap water in rural homes will increase consumption

Once the central government navigates the tricky issue of water governance, we would need to recognize that tap water in every rural home will expand domestic water usage dramatically

July 10, 2019
A group of tribal boys playing football (Photo by Flickr)

Tribal and Dalit youth need new role models

There is need to promote talent among tribal and Dalit girls and boys and build them up as heroes in order to boost self-perception and identity of these depressed communities

June 12, 2019
Many villages in the periphery of cities have taken to cultivating their farms with urban wastewater (Photo by Global Water Forum)

Peri-urban villages shrivel in expanding rings of dryness

The rapidly expanding cities in western and peninsular India are soaking up water from the surrounding countryside for their own needs, leaving peri-urban villages drier in an already water-scarce region

June 7, 2019
With the native Thooyamalli paddy saplings ready for transplantation, Govindasamy believed everything was under control (Photo by Sathya Anbajagane)

How an organic experiment went wrong

The wilting of organic paddy in a coastal farm was misdiagnosed as due to soil salinity, but was actually a pest attack brought on by an overdose of organic insecticide and nitrogen-rich manure