The case of sustainable poverty in rural India

In what appears to be a damning indictment of the Five Year Plans, launched in 1951, as well as the economic reforms process that began in 1991, the first ever socio-economic survey has painted a dismal picture of rural India, says Devinder Sharma.

Livelihood Opinions Devinder Sharma

All good, but only on paper
An apparently well-intended plan to help very poor tribes in Madhya Pradesh find sustainable livelihoods bears no relation to the reality of how it is actually implemented. Money is simply distributed and disappears, but things remain unchanged. Susmita Guru reports.
Livelihood Adivasis M.P.

The real challenges to sustainable development
With the expiry of the MDGs which guided global development till 2015, the international community is now negotiating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2016-2030. Prahlad Shekhawat summarises the ensuing debates and explores a way forward.
Agriculture Economy Environment Government

Rethinking food security and hunger
A recent report from IFPRI indicates concrete progress by India in reducing hunger and malnutrition, while many experts continue to stress the unsatisfactory outcomes under GDP-driven growth. Prahlad Shekhawat calls for a new approach to address the real problems that lie somewhere in between.
Food Security Economy Government Opinions

Three villages that show why land acquisition needs a rethink
Three million forest dwellers in Odisha are estimated to have been displaced since independence by various industrial and hydro-projects, among which the Upper Indiravati Hydro Project is one. Abhijit Mohanty brings us the story of three tribal settlements uprooted by it.
Displacement Land ORISSA

The invisible makers of the city
Homeless, vulnerable in equal measure to the vagaries of nature and human whims, and deprived of any form of social security, street dwellers often provide critical services, helping to sustain themselves and also the city. Pushpa Achanta meets some of them in Bengaluru and finds out more about their existence.
Livelihood Displacement Urban Poor

Pursuing development: The perils of the beaten track
The report of a high level committee led by Vijay Kelkar to promote balanced development in Maharashtra has several important recommendations. But will it all come to nought because of its failure to avoid a few conventional pitfalls? Shripad Dharmadhikary explores.
Agriculture Water Economy Government MAHARASHTRA

Will 2015 be a year of hope?
Will the synergies between the politics of resistance and grassroots initiatives towards reconstruction of the damages wrought by ‘development’ be reaped effectively enough in the year ahead? That is what Ashish Kothari will track in his new blog.
Environment Government Justice Human Rights Ecommentary

“We don’t need toilets, give us electricity and water”
Total Sanitation Campaign, MGNREGS and other government schemes are unheard of among villagers at Dinesh Nagar, Assam who live with a perennial lack of food, pure water, and health amenities. Nilotpal Bhattacharjee wonders if they will ever find deliverance from despair.
Food Security Government Human Rights

‘Lighting up’ the lives of the poor
A renewable energy project covering three of Odisha’s most backward villages has gone beyond the immediate promise of providing electricity, bringing about perceptible and deeper changes in the quality of lives of the local people. Abhijit Mohanty reports on the project.
Energy Government ORISSA

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.
Public Health Health ASSAM

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.
Public Funds Economy Government Opinions

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.
Food Security Children Government OP-ED

The case of sustainable poverty in rural India
The women left behind
Seeds of doubt
Significant, but hardly enough!
What future for the cities within our cities?
When every Indian has a bank account
Char dwellers turn to sugarcane, but will it be enough?
Look beyond the food
Transferring benefits, but where?
When growth is another word for violence
Promises made to be broken
Swallowed by the river
Making the hungry wait
Agricultural policies are to blame
Blinkered focus on cereals
UID and the not-so-civil society
Adding millets to the basket
How is India doing?
Cash transfers and food insecurity
Can you really empower me?
Electricity for All
Counting the poor, courting their votes
Starvation stalks Balangir, government in denial
CIC orders publication of PDS details
A new twist to social audits
Starvation deaths continue, as officials demur
Living with drought
Price of rice, price of power
NREGS: A farce at Latehar
King of India
Dispensing clothes, not cash
Starvation persists in Orissa
They lock on to the NREGA
Social audit of jobs programme in UP
Poverty, ageing and gender
Is the media watching poverty enough?
A toolkit for development reports
No place for single women
Wages of meddling
Big box retail will boost poverty
It's been a hard day's night
A steep premium slapped on the poor
Lowering depths, growing pangs
A thin Indian line
GDP planning: number crunching won't do
Gearing villages up for entitlements
Wages of old age: Chingrajpara's elderly
EGA sabotaged?
Custodial malnutrition in M.P.
Entitling 40 million rural workers
Second generation reforms: delivery
Migrant labour, migrating debt
Livelihoods : the numbers tell
Begging for change
Undermining a fine system?
Groundswell of support for mid-day meal scheme
Bhoodan betrayal in Bihar
Hunger amidst plenty
Urban poverty alleviation : Conclusion
An apex bank for urban microcredit
Urban microcredit : The current scenario
Access to money for the urban poor
Tackling urban poverty
SC checking food crisis
SC rules on preventing starvation deaths
Intelligent information
The Great Betrayal : Indian Land Reforms

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