Prespectives

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

May 9, 2018
A woman member of the local village energy committee in Khamda, Maharashtra. (Photo by Adam Barr)

Can managing electricity access empower women in rural India?

Even as India provides electricity to all villages, it is important to reflect on how electrification affects men and women in different ways, and the opportunities that decentralized energy access creates for sustainable gender-balanced development

May 2, 2018
How do you define success and failure in the context of rural development? (Photo by Prasenjit De)

The importance of succlure and faiccess in rural development

It is not always easy to measure the success in any rural development intervention because it often depends on the differing frames of reference of the village community and that of the grassroots worker

April 11, 2018
The use of computers and the Internet is not yet widespread in rural areas. (Photo by Chetan Soni)

Telcos, techies and teachers: travesty of digital inclusion in rural India

Although digital networks have penetrated into remote rural areas, their use is still limited among villagers due to a variety of reasons, the shortcoming of local teachers not the least among them

March 28, 2018
The use of harvester-cum-thresher machines has led to stubble burning in farms, which has worsened the problem of air pollution in India. (Photo by Vivian Fernandes)

How to develop divisible technology for the rural poor

There is a need to develop easily divisible technologies that do not need heavy investment, after taking into consideration social customs and cultural practices of rural users

March 14, 2018
Farmers near Nashik in Maharashtra on their way to the market with their tomato harvest. (Photo by Michael Foley)

There’s more to horticulture than tomatoes, onions and potatoes

While the priority given to tomato, onion and potato (TOP) farmers by the Prime Minister is a welcome move, special attention must be given to smallholder vegetable growers, since horticulture provides a nutrition and income buffer to the rural poor