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

November 21, 2018

Blending tribal people into India’s mainstream

Efforts to meet the aspirations of India’s tribal population would essentially mean their greater integration with the national mainstream, which would also reduce their drive for sub-cultural identity

November 14, 2018
Training local women to become agripreneurs pay rich dividends to smallholder farmers (Photo by C. Zanzanaini)

Agripreneurs can revive smallholder agriculture

Encouraging community service providers to function as agripreneurs is an effective and proven way to improve the lives of smallholder farmers by increasing agricultural productivity

October 31, 2018
Rural crime is on the rise (Photo by Pixabay)

Rural crime and policing in India’s villages

Even as crime in rural India increases, particularly against marginalized communities, minorities and women, more effective policing is required to strengthen deterrence and enforce rule of law

October 26, 2018

Can agriculture be profitable and sustainable?

While commercialization of agriculture has led to an increase in profits in South Asia – a region marred by poverty and child malnutrition – short-term benefits may hide long-term risks

October 24, 2018

#MeToo movement yet to reach rural India

Although women routinely suffer sexual harassment at work in villages, the stranglehold of patriarchy and the scepter of social shaming hold them back from voicing their outrage and seeking redress

October 17, 2018

Revive traditional wisdom for healthy life in villages

India has a rich heritage of local health traditions and reviving these diverse ethno-medical practices could ensure long and healthy lives for people in the countryside without spending huge amounts of money

October 3, 2018

Gram swaraj in a globalizing world

Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of economically self-sufficient villages is at a distinct variance with the ideas and policies of liberalization, trade and globalization. Is it possible to strike a middle path?