HEALTHCARE FOR THE POOR
Where the boats ferry in good health
For the three million plus marginalised people living on the shifting riverine ‘chars’ on the Brahmaputra in Assam, ‘boat clinics’ arrive once every month with basic health supplies, services and education. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports on this innovative healthcare delivery system.
THE PATH TO DEVELOPMENT
Why UPA’s folly could be Modi’s too
With Narendra Modi at the helm, the push towards market-driven development looks likely to be continued, leading to an eventual defeat of real expectations from the voter, says Pradeep Baisakh as he analyses the causes behind the UPA debacle.
Mr. Leader, I have a question...
As the rhetoric among political parties over their commitment and promises to the people rises, Shankar Jaganathan articulates that one question that will test what they truly stand for.
The women left behind
Across rural India, the phenomenon of migration creates an entire class of women left behind to fend for themselves in the face of increased vulnerability to neglect, discrimination and psychological as well as physical abuse. Puja Awasthi highlights their plight.
Seeds of doubt
The effect of GM crops on food, agriculture and farmers continues to be highly controversial, polarising scientists and policy-makers alike.
outlines some of the recent turns in the debate to show that the truth, perhaps, lies somewhere in between.
Significant, but hardly enough!
A survey among beneficiaries of the National Social Assistance Programme shows that while it does provide succour for many, a lot remains to be
done for it to become sufficient social security for the masses.
reports on the survey findings.
What future for the cities within our cities?
Generalised policies that draw up uniform plans for cities also end up marginalising millions among the urban poor.
need for more inclusive and participatory development if India is to meet the huge urbanisation challenge that lies ahead.
When every Indian has a bank account
The new vision for financial inclusion In India as unveiled by a committee appointed by the RBI could well be an effective catalyst for
transforming the lives of the people, feels
Char dwellers turn to sugarcane, but will it be enough?
A number of families residing in the char areas of Assam have apparently staved off misfortune by taking up sugarcane cultivation, but it may
require more than just that to stem the trend of migration and improve living conditions in the region.
Ratna Bharali Talukdar
Look beyond the food
Most studies on mid-day meal schemes tend to focus on the obvious nutritional benefits or lack thereof.
Carly E Nichols
argues that the impact of these programmes extend far beyond, justifying the need to fund and monitor them more stringently.
Transferring benefits, but where?
With an eye on the electorate, the UPA government is trying to scale up its Direct Benefits Transfer scheme in a big way, linking it to the
Aadhaar project. But given the low levels of financial inclusion and poor financial literacy among beneficiaries, its effectiveness remains suspect.
When growth is another word for violence
The single-track hawkish focus on reforms-driven growth with utter disregard for the environment, equity and indigenous livelihoods is not only futile, but almost an assault by a few against the majority at the grassroots, writes