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

March 22, 2019
People with disabilities face a tough life in our country (Photo by Kailas Kokare)

Rural India still insensitive to persons with disabilities

In a society steeped in referring people with special needs by their disability, there is a need for concerted efforts to recognize their rights and create inclusivity

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