Prespectives

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

June 5, 2019
Farmers in predominantly upper caste hamlets are more aware of safety precautions, in using pesticides for instance, than in other hamlets (Photo by Ferdousi Begum)

Is unsafe behavior linked to social order?

Awareness about safety measures appears to be divided along caste lines in rural Rajasthan. Educating children and frequent awareness programs would ensure villagers’ safety in everyday life

May 29, 2019
Modernizing agriculture is the need of the hour (Photo by Nandu Kumar)

How to revitalize agriculture in India

The government needs to aggressively promote micro-irrigation and small-scale farm mechanization to improve agricultural productivity. It should also connect farmers with markets using latest technological tools

May 24, 2019
The new government can improve the lives of the rural populace with a few initiatives (Photo by Maureen Barlin)

Make lives better for rural people

The new government should act swiftly to take a few measures that would improve the quality of life in rural India significantly without being a big drain on the exchequer

May 8, 2019
It's time for men to stand up to their responsibilities (Photo by Anthony Pappone)

When will rural men own up responsibility?

Rather than holding the state solely accountable for bettering lives of the rural poor, we need to also focus on making men, and not just women, take responsible action for the sake of their families

April 24, 2019
Dairy farming could yield rich dividends in the central and eastern tribal belts in the country (Photo by Flickr)

Dairy farming in tribal regions holds enormous promise

With a little help from the government and specialized agencies, the promotion of dairy farming among the tribal people of central and eastern India has potential to lift millions out of poverty

April 10, 2019
Carrying water is a constant chore for women in rural areas (Photo by Daniel Bachhuber)

Ujjwala and waterwheels: reducing women’s drudgery

Regular supply of cooking gas and easier ways to bring drinking water home would significantly reduce the daily drudgery of women in rural areas

March 27, 2019
The government’s income support to small farmers may not be sustainable in the long run (Photo by Jeevan Singla)

Is farmer income support a sustainable solution?

Income support to smallholder farmers is similar to palliative measures like minimum support prices or loan waivers that do not address the problem of an unsustainable population living on a fixed resource base