AGARWOOD
From flavorful tea to perfume trees

Assam's tea growers, struggling under high production costs and low profit margins, have turned to growing agarwood, in the process helping to revive it from its endangered status.

#Biodiversity #Horticulture #Agriculture #ASSAM
WOMEN IN SCIENCE
Women choose STEM, then opt out
WOMEN IN SCIENCE : Women choose STEM, then opt out

Plenty of women choose to study science and technology, but only a modest number of them are in long careers in these fields, and very few are making it to leadership positions.

#Girls' Education #Science and Technology #Work+Life #Women
CAMEL HERDING
Pastoralists' path to livelihoods blocked

The subsistence economy of camel herders in Rajasthan has been hit hard by travel restrictions. Even after the withdrawal of these, demand for camel-derived products has not yet revived. 

#Livestock #Livelihoods #Economy #RAJASTHAN
AGARWOOD

Assam's tea growers, struggling under high production costs and low profit margins, have turned to growing agarwood, in the process helping to revive it from its endangered status.

WOMEN IN SCIENCE

Plenty of women choose to study science and technology, but only a modest number of them are in long careers in these fields, and very few are making it to leadership positions.

CAMEL HERDING

The subsistence economy of camel herders in Rajasthan has been hit hard by travel restrictions. Even after the withdrawal of these, demand for camel-derived products has not yet revived. 

URBAN MOBILITY
Shaping our streets for people

Plenty of money has been spent widening roads. It is clear that doesn't work. Instead, designing our cities for walking and cycling is a much better option, and is also imperative to fight climate change.

#Cities #Climate #Transport #Government #MAHARASHTRA
NO WOMAN'S LAND
All work and no land for women
NO WOMAN'S LAND : All work and no land for women

Most rural women work on farms, but only one in six owns the land she works on. Reforms to succession laws have helped bring parity for women in family property rights, but not for agricultural lands. 

#Agriculture #Women
CARBON EMISSIONS
Net zero: Pledges are not enough

The so-called 'carbon neutrality' pledges many countries are making should include details and be given tight accounting norms. Additionally, high emitters should face stricter norms and earlier timelines.

#Climate #Energy #Economy #Environment
COASTAL ECONOMY
Seaweed farms promise livelihoods, biodiversity

With its potential to supplement incomes of fishermen and other communities along the nation's long coastline, seaweed cultivation is gaining momentum. Goa's first pilot farm is about to be launched.

#Biodiversity #Livelihoods #Economy #Environment #GOA
FINANCING SUSTAINABILITY
Green finance still in the slow lane
FINANCING SUSTAINABILITY : Green finance still in the slow lane

We need to unclog the channels for big- and small-sized finance to reach sustainable destinations. Neha Kumar points to the challenges, and the opportunities India must capitalise on.

#Climate #Interviews #Economy #Environment
BACK TO SCHOOL
Meaningful restart of education is critical

Inequalities in education, which were already very large, have been considerably worsened by the long closure of schools. But this crisis is also an opportunity for renewal of the education system.

#Adivasis #Caste #Curricula #Urban Poor #Education
SMALL LOANS
Microfinance needs better self-regulation

This sector is now an important part of the way many small businesses are funded. Lenders must embrace more effective self-regulation to balance the needs of borrowers with their goals.

#Micro Finance #Economy #Poverty
HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT
Odisha sees surge in elephant electrocutions

Habitats and corridors for wild elephants are shrinking due to other development priorities, and local communities are unwilling to tolerate the growing number of human-animal conflicts.

#Wildlife #Environment #ODISHA
TACTICAL URBANISM
At Bhalswa, architecture meets reality

A team of young architects learns that their formal learning provides only limited guidance to tackle the stark challenges faced by those living in an uplanned colony next to a major urban dumpsite.

#Urban Poor #Waste #Society #DELHI
ATTITUDES TO GENDER
A program to teach gender-equality
ATTITUDES TO GENDER : A program to teach gender-equality

In Haryana, researchers have been conducting a longitudinal study on a program to improve gender attitudes among school children. Five years on, are its positive impacts still sustained?

#Curricula #Women #HARYANA
RESPONDING TO CRISES
Laws for response to crises need reforms

The experience of women street vendors during and after the lock-downs shows that responses to crises mut be bound better by the law and rules, and strike a balance between different vulnerabilities.

#Livelihoods #Urban Poor #Human Rights #Laws #Relief #Women
RURAL HEALTH
Odisha pharmacists to fill in for doctors

Facing an acute shortage of doctors at its rural health centres, the state government hopes that some of their work could be done by pharmacists instead. But public health advocates are not so sure.

#Public Health #Health #ODISHA
ON UNFIRM GROUND
Erosion-hit farmers turn to horticulture

Amidst the gloom of lives endlessly disrupted by river erosion, a few farmers are successfully experimenting with horticulture in the heart of the very river that is swallowing their lands.

#Climate #Horticulture #Land #Agriculture #ASSAM
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Udaipur ponders the impacts of tourism

The rapid growth of the industry has brought jobs and prosperity, but also threatens the city's lakes and hills. A new way forward is needed, with emphasis on sustainability and conservation.

#Biodiversity #Tourism #Economy #RAJASTHAN
ECONOMIC POLICY
Third generation of reforms needed

Adequate attention has not been given to strengthening the government in performing key functions, directly or through public authorities. Reforms to address this are now needed.

#Economy #Government #OP-ED
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Delhi Metro hit hard by limited operations

With ridership down, DMRC's annual losses, which had already been growing each year, have ballooned. Non-fare revenues are low, and the company's obligations to repay loans are looming.

#Cities #Transport #Economy
POWER LINES
Already in decline, GIBs face a new threat

Apart from the loss of their habitat, migratory birds face a new threat from the growing number of renewable energy projects. The Great Indian Bustard has seen its numbers drop precipitously. 

#Biodiversity #Energy #Wildlife #Environment #GUJARAT #RAJASTHAN
LIFE ON A CHAR
River erosions batter the landless in Assam

The Brahmaputra has eroded lands along its course repeatedly, forcing villagers along its embankments to find new homes and work each time, in a perpetual struggle to stabilise their lives and livelihoods.

#Climate #Land #Agriculture #ASSAM
ARTICLE 15(2)
Deterring private discrimination

The Constitution recognises the threat of private discrimination, and prohibits it in its text. An interpretation that recognises the historical chronicle and context of exclusion is needed to uphold it.

#Caste #Justice System #Human Rights
AFTER THE PANDEMIC
What will endemic Covid look like?
AFTER THE PANDEMIC : What will endemic Covid look like?

Immunity conferred from natural infection and vaccines, patterns of social contact, and virus transmissibility will all play a role in what COVID-19 will look like as it continues to circulate.

#Interviews #Public Health #Health
HUMANS AND ANIMALS
Incentives for wildlife-friendly land use?

Many landowners around forests would set aside some lands in exchange for payments. Some see this as a promising conservation strategy, but others believe more nuance is needed.

#Biodiversity #Wildlife #Environment #KARNATAKA
TRAFFICKING ANIMALS
Pangolin poaching rises amidst pandemic

Repeated lockdowns and curfews have been a golden opportunity for wildlife traffickers targeting termite-eating pangolins in Simlipal National Park and adjacent districts.

#Wildlife #Environment #ODISHA
ORAL ARGUMENTS
Less talk would provide more justice

Huge backlogs in the justice system have prompted judges to look for ways to speed things up. The Supreme Court has twice pointed fingers at long and repetitive oral arguments.

#Justice System #Government
PARTICIPATORY PLANNING
The people and their plans
PARTICIPATORY PLANNING : The people and their plans

By listening to residents, and understanding the needs that have driven them to organic solutions, it is possible for Master Plans in cities to be a lot more attentive to the lived realities of people.

#Cities #Housing #Urban Poor #Government
FOSSIL ENERGY
Should old coal plants be retired?

The decision is neither straightforward nor uniform. A nuanced view is needed to select the ones that can be closed profitably, and more importantly to stop too many new ones coming up.

#Climate #Energy #Economy
GENDER AND MIGRATION
Migrant women find moving up is still hard

Millions of women migrate each year, widespread yet unseen in their struggle to find and keep work. A gendered understanding of migrants is needed in policies and intervention programs. 

#Labour Issues #Women
NUTRITION GARDENS
Local fields of health and livelihood

Odisha's Livelihood Mission promotes local gardens to help adivasis find food security. These also improve nutrition levels, and provide additional income from surplus produce.

#Adivasis #Child Health #Food Security #Livelihoods #Women's Health #Health #ODISHA
SMALL-SCALE FISHING
For Kerala's small-scale fishers, a stark choice

Erratic monsoon patterns and other disruptions by climate change are reducing the number of fishing days in coastal Kerala. Small-scale fishers are looking for other livelihood options instead.

#Climate #Fisheries #Environment #KERALA
WASTE MANAGEMENT
Higher funding alone doesn't improve services

Urban finances do need to be strengthened, but expenditure alone is not enough to improve outcomes. A study of waste management in 27 cities shows the importance of other non-monetary influences.

#Cities #Public Funds #Waste #Government
INFORMAL WORKERS
Procedures, rules hinder access to social security

There are several government schemes to assist those who've lost their livelihoods from informal jobs, but many eligible workers find it difficult to register for benefits, despite court interventions.

#Labour Issues #Livelihoods #Human Rights #Poverty #KARNATAKA
TRIBAL TRADITIONS
Holding on to a vanishing language

Hundreds of indigenous languages have vanished; many more are spoken by only a few. But as the Asur adivasis of Jharkhand show, it is possible to revive and preserve a language.

#Adivasis #Culture #Radio #Media #Society #JHARKHAND
CULTURAL LEGACIES
History, as people remember it
CULTURAL LEGACIES : History, as people remember it

Formal urban planning and official heritage narratives have ignored the cultural legacies of cities. Citizens groups, however, are already exploring this and could point the way forward.

#Cities #History #Society #DELHI
URBAN MOBILITY
Shaping our streets for people

Plenty of money has been spent widening roads. It is clear that doesn't work. Instead, designing our cities for walking and cycling is a much better option, and is also imperative to fight climate change.

#Cities #Climate #Transport #Government #MAHARASHTRA
NO WOMAN'S LAND
All work and no land for women
NO WOMAN'S LAND : All work and no land for women

Most rural women work on farms, but only one in six owns the land she works on. Reforms to succession laws have helped bring parity for women in family property rights, but not for agricultural lands. 

#Agriculture #Women
CARBON EMISSIONS
Net zero: Pledges are not enough

The so-called 'carbon neutrality' pledges many countries are making should include details and be given tight accounting norms. Additionally, high emitters should face stricter norms and earlier timelines.

#Climate #Energy #Economy #Environment
COASTAL ECONOMY
Seaweed farms promise livelihoods, biodiversity

With its potential to supplement incomes of fishermen and other communities along the nation's long coastline, seaweed cultivation is gaining momentum. Goa's first pilot farm is about to be launched.

#Biodiversity #Livelihoods #Economy #Environment #GOA
FINANCING SUSTAINABILITY
Green finance still in the slow lane
FINANCING SUSTAINABILITY : Green finance still in the slow lane

We need to unclog the channels for big- and small-sized finance to reach sustainable destinations. Neha Kumar points to the challenges, and the opportunities India must capitalise on.

#Climate #Interviews #Economy #Environment
BACK TO SCHOOL
Meaningful restart of education is critical

Inequalities in education, which were already very large, have been considerably worsened by the long closure of schools. But this crisis is also an opportunity for renewal of the education system.

#Adivasis #Caste #Curricula #Urban Poor #Education
SMALL LOANS
Microfinance needs better self-regulation

This sector is now an important part of the way many small businesses are funded. Lenders must embrace more effective self-regulation to balance the needs of borrowers with their goals.

#Micro Finance #Economy #Poverty
Podcasts from Takshashila Institution.
  • Omicron: The harbinger of the third wave?
  • Are cities still relevant in the metaverse era?
  • Dissent on The Personal Data Protection Bill
  • What’s climate change got to do with your dinner?
  • India’s COVID-19 risk communication plan
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HUMAN-ANIMAL CONFLICT
Odisha sees surge in elephant electrocutions

Habitats and corridors for wild elephants are shrinking due to other development priorities, and local communities are unwilling to tolerate the growing number of human-animal conflicts.

#Wildlife #Environment #ODISHA
TACTICAL URBANISM
At Bhalswa, architecture meets reality

A team of young architects learns that their formal learning provides only limited guidance to tackle the stark challenges faced by those living in an uplanned colony next to a major urban dumpsite.

#Urban Poor #Waste #Society #DELHI
ATTITUDES TO GENDER
A program to teach gender-equality
ATTITUDES TO GENDER : A program to teach gender-equality

In Haryana, researchers have been conducting a longitudinal study on a program to improve gender attitudes among school children. Five years on, are its positive impacts still sustained?

#Curricula #Women #HARYANA
RESPONDING TO CRISES
Laws for response to crises need reforms

The experience of women street vendors during and after the lock-downs shows that responses to crises mut be bound better by the law and rules, and strike a balance between different vulnerabilities.

#Livelihoods #Urban Poor #Human Rights #Laws #Relief #Women
RURAL HEALTH
Odisha pharmacists to fill in for doctors

Facing an acute shortage of doctors at its rural health centres, the state government hopes that some of their work could be done by pharmacists instead. But public health advocates are not so sure.

#Public Health #Health #ODISHA
ON UNFIRM GROUND
Erosion-hit farmers turn to horticulture

Amidst the gloom of lives endlessly disrupted by river erosion, a few farmers are successfully experimenting with horticulture in the heart of the very river that is swallowing their lands.

#Climate #Horticulture #Land #Agriculture #ASSAM
SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Udaipur ponders the impacts of tourism

The rapid growth of the industry has brought jobs and prosperity, but also threatens the city's lakes and hills. A new way forward is needed, with emphasis on sustainability and conservation.

#Biodiversity #Tourism #Economy #RAJASTHAN
ECONOMIC POLICY
Third generation of reforms needed

Adequate attention has not been given to strengthening the government in performing key functions, directly or through public authorities. Reforms to address this are now needed.

#Economy #Government #OP-ED
PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Delhi Metro hit hard by limited operations

With ridership down, DMRC's annual losses, which had already been growing each year, have ballooned. Non-fare revenues are low, and the company's obligations to repay loans are looming.

#Cities #Transport #Economy
POWER LINES
Already in decline, GIBs face a new threat

Apart from the loss of their habitat, migratory birds face a new threat from the growing number of renewable energy projects. The Great Indian Bustard has seen its numbers drop precipitously. 

#Biodiversity #Energy #Wildlife #Environment #GUJARAT #RAJASTHAN
LIFE ON A CHAR
River erosions batter the landless in Assam

The Brahmaputra has eroded lands along its course repeatedly, forcing villagers along its embankments to find new homes and work each time, in a perpetual struggle to stabilise their lives and livelihoods.

#Climate #Land #Agriculture #ASSAM
ARTICLE 15(2)
Deterring private discrimination

The Constitution recognises the threat of private discrimination, and prohibits it in its text. An interpretation that recognises the historical chronicle and context of exclusion is needed to uphold it.

#Caste #Justice System #Human Rights
AFTER THE PANDEMIC
What will endemic Covid look like?
AFTER THE PANDEMIC : What will endemic Covid look like?

Immunity conferred from natural infection and vaccines, patterns of social contact, and virus transmissibility will all play a role in what COVID-19 will look like as it continues to circulate.

#Interviews #Public Health #Health
HUMANS AND ANIMALS
Incentives for wildlife-friendly land use?

Many landowners around forests would set aside some lands in exchange for payments. Some see this as a promising conservation strategy, but others believe more nuance is needed.

#Biodiversity #Wildlife #Environment #KARNATAKA
TRAFFICKING ANIMALS
Pangolin poaching rises amidst pandemic

Repeated lockdowns and curfews have been a golden opportunity for wildlife traffickers targeting termite-eating pangolins in Simlipal National Park and adjacent districts.

#Wildlife #Environment #ODISHA
ORAL ARGUMENTS
Less talk would provide more justice

Huge backlogs in the justice system have prompted judges to look for ways to speed things up. The Supreme Court has twice pointed fingers at long and repetitive oral arguments.

#Justice System #Government
PARTICIPATORY PLANNING
The people and their plans
PARTICIPATORY PLANNING : The people and their plans

By listening to residents, and understanding the needs that have driven them to organic solutions, it is possible for Master Plans in cities to be a lot more attentive to the lived realities of people.

#Cities #Housing #Urban Poor #Government
FOSSIL ENERGY
Should old coal plants be retired?

The decision is neither straightforward nor uniform. A nuanced view is needed to select the ones that can be closed profitably, and more importantly to stop too many new ones coming up.

#Climate #Energy #Economy
GENDER AND MIGRATION
Migrant women find moving up is still hard

Millions of women migrate each year, widespread yet unseen in their struggle to find and keep work. A gendered understanding of migrants is needed in policies and intervention programs. 

#Labour Issues #Women
NUTRITION GARDENS
Local fields of health and livelihood

Odisha's Livelihood Mission promotes local gardens to help adivasis find food security. These also improve nutrition levels, and provide additional income from surplus produce.

#Adivasis #Child Health #Food Security #Livelihoods #Women's Health #Health #ODISHA
SMALL-SCALE FISHING
For Kerala's small-scale fishers, a stark choice

Erratic monsoon patterns and other disruptions by climate change are reducing the number of fishing days in coastal Kerala. Small-scale fishers are looking for other livelihood options instead.

#Climate #Fisheries #Environment #KERALA
WASTE MANAGEMENT
Higher funding alone doesn't improve services

Urban finances do need to be strengthened, but expenditure alone is not enough to improve outcomes. A study of waste management in 27 cities shows the importance of other non-monetary influences.

#Cities #Public Funds #Waste #Government
INFORMAL WORKERS
Procedures, rules hinder access to social security

There are several government schemes to assist those who've lost their livelihoods from informal jobs, but many eligible workers find it difficult to register for benefits, despite court interventions.

#Labour Issues #Livelihoods #Human Rights #Poverty #KARNATAKA
TRIBAL TRADITIONS
Holding on to a vanishing language

Hundreds of indigenous languages have vanished; many more are spoken by only a few. But as the Asur adivasis of Jharkhand show, it is possible to revive and preserve a language.

#Adivasis #Culture #Radio #Media #Society #JHARKHAND
CULTURAL LEGACIES
History, as people remember it
CULTURAL LEGACIES : History, as people remember it

Formal urban planning and official heritage narratives have ignored the cultural legacies of cities. Citizens groups, however, are already exploring this and could point the way forward.

#Cities #History #Society #DELHI

Podcasts from Takshashila Institution.
  • Omicron: The harbinger of the third wave?
  • Are cities still relevant in the metaverse era?
  • Dissent on The Personal Data Protection Bill
  • What’s climate change got to do with your dinner?
  • India’s COVID-19 risk communication plan
X
X
India Together has partnered with The Takshashila Institution to bring our readers all episodes of the policy chat podcast series, All Things Policy. The podcasts are tagged based on the taxonomy IT uses to archive its own content, so readers can find the various episodes in the respective Section and Topic pages.
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