Prespectives

September 19, 2018
Boys playing tag in a village school (Photo by Jasper Veen)

Rural youth: old prejudices or real disadvantages?

Despite long-held notions that young people in villages lack better life opportunities, the current situation of youth in urban areas and their proximate countryside is not too different in many parts of India

September 5, 2018

India’s traditional wisdom in coping with extreme weather

In large parts of the subcontinent where floods or droughts are annual or recurring events, people in rural areas have evolved location-specific strategies to deal with the disasters and unusual weather

August 22, 2018

Of kamranga and kachnar: vanishing flavors and shrinking food basket

Innumerable varieties of native fruits and leafy vegetables found in different parts of India are becoming rare on dinner tables. We should make efforts to revive them for a more varied and nutritious food basket

August 15, 2018

Land ownership for women needs more attention

The dismal status of women’s property rights in India continues to be a nagging socio-development challenge despite a slew of progressive laws, which need political commitment and institutionalized support

July 25, 2018

When the rural elite hijacks welfare schemes

Although there are multiple factors that interfere with the fair implementation of rural welfare programs, it is important to break the stranglehold of the rural elite and often co-opted local administration

July 11, 2018

Why do villagers often ignore obvious yet valuable things?

We need to figure out ways in which people in rural India are able to make reasoned and sustainable choices to lead their lives rather than flow with trends that are more expensive or patently unsuitable

June 27, 2018

Will rural women rise up against digital patriarchy?

It remains to be seen whether the digital world of today will become more hostile to women in villages than their physical reality, which is currently dominated by men who lord it over them

June 13, 2018

People with disabilities languish across rural India

Although there are 27 million people in India with disabilities, of which more than 70% live in villages, they are a neglected segment of the population despite pious intentions mouthed by the central and state governments

May 30, 2018
Children in the poorer parts of rural India do not have much to look forward to (Photo by Billy Cedeno)

The grey and grim hues of rural India

In travelling to the less fortunate parts of the countryside, it is difficult to come to terms with the stark poverty, squalid living conditions and bleak prospects of the young living in the neglected parts of our country

May 16, 2018
The Bondas of Malkangiri in Odisha, like other particularly vulnerable tribal groups, have been left out of India’s development story. (Photo by Saurabh Chatterjee)

India’s bureaucracy has failed its forest dwellers

The country’s particularly vulnerable tribal groups, who live mostly in dwindling forests, have not been well served by the government’s administrative machinery, but have slowly been reduced to virtual serfdom