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
ARTICLE 15(2)

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.

AFTER THE PANDEMIC

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.

HUMANS AND ANIMALS

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.

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
REFORMS
An 'institutions' model is needed

States have followed varied paths to development, proclaiming models of their own. But these have been limited, and not presented a new imagination of governance itself. 

#Government #OP-ED
TRANSPARENT JUSTICE
Open courts provide assurance of justice

The courts are public institutions, whose functioning should be transparent and accountable. The media's role in informing the public about the courts should therefore not be diluted.

#Justice System #The Press #Laws
GENDERED IMPACTS
Six steps to help poor women during crises

In low-income families, women have faced more vulnerabilities than men during covid. These interventions could form the backbone of a new resilience for them now and in future disasters.

#Livelihoods #Women's Health #Poverty #Women
FARMING DISTRESS
Lockdown, cyclones and maize farming

Repeated natural disasters, closed mandis and a forced halt to transportation of produce have brought maize farmes in Nabarangpur and other districts to the brink of distress.

#Agribusiness #Livelihoods #Agriculture #ODISHA
SELF-GOVERNANCE
Reversing the gaze on democracy

Can people themselves decide how governments should respond to their needs? Janta ka Faisla asks us to consider how the practice of democracy would look if it began from the most vulnerable citizens. 

#Livelihoods #Urban Poor #Government #OP-ED #Poverty #CHHATISGARH
COVID IMPACT
How did poor women fare during the pandemic?

A survey of nearly 15,000 women in the aftermath of the pandemic-induced lockdown last year reveals specific ways in which women are particularly vulnerable to risks.

#Livelihoods #Women's Health #Poverty #Women
WOMEN JUDGES
The gender bar-rier in the courts

The higher judiciary has very few women. While this low representation is acknowledged to be a problem by the judiciary itself, there has been no serious effort to correct it.

#Gender and Leadership #Justice System #Laws #Women
REAL DEMOCRACY
Citizens demand real participation

In cities across Karnataka, civil society groups are pushing the government to set up ward committees and area sabhas through which they can direct the governance of their localities.

#Cities #Government #Laws #KARNATAKA
LEARNING ONLINE
Dual lesson plans can bridge the divide

A pilot program shows how learning can continue despite the lockdown, and also how the gap in technology-assisted learning available to children in government schools can be closed.

#Curricula #Education #KARNATAKA #ODISHA
COVID IMPACT
Pandemic compounds Adivasis' misery

Scheduled Tribes were marginalised even before Covid-19. Now, in Odisha's tribal districts, they face a worse reality. Livelihoods are vanishing, and health risks loom large.

#Adivasis #Livelihoods #Public Health #Poverty #ODISHA
SELF-GOVERNANCE
Ground-up planning in Ranchi's slums

Can people themselves plan for their basic services? A new initiative in informal settlements which have been ignored by formal planners shows the potential of a different approach.

#Adivasis #Cities #Water #Government #JHARKHAND
ACCESS TO ENERGY
Rural electrification: An unfinished task

Power connections are now available across rural India. However, there is still a lot to be done before villagers reliably get uninterrupted electricity that can help them live and work better.

#Energy #Interviews #Panchayats #Environment
COST OF COVID
Economic consequences of lockdowns

Policy-makers are increasingly concerned about the potential impact of more waves of covid. High-frequency, night-time light data from last year's lockdown provides some answers.

#Public Health #Economy
NATURAL RESOURCES
A landscape of degradation
NATURAL RESOURCES : A landscape of degradation

Poor governance of natural resources is undermining progress in curbing emissions. It is also weakening the resilience of vulnerable people who are affected by climate change.

#Adivasis #Environmental Regulation #Land #Environment #RAJASTHAN
RECYCLING
Multi-layer packaging, multiple hurdles

Waste collection and recycling management of flexible and multilayer packaging are particularly challenging. At different stages of the recycling chain, solutions must be found.

#Livelihoods #Urban Environment #Waste #Environment
RURAL LIVELIHOODS
Falling prices hit turmeric farmers hard

As Covid-19 rages through the rural areas, hundreds of thousands of tribal farmers in Odisha's Kandhamal district are selling their turmeric harvest at half the usual market rate. 

#Adivasis #Livelihoods #Agriculture #ODISHA
URBAN RESILIENCE
Disaster response must be decentralised, humanised

For long-term mitigation of disasters in urban areas, ward-level citizens' committees will need to carry out community-based bottom-up planning for sustainable and inclusive development.

#Cities #Public Health #Government
WORKING WOMEN
Household appliances: Fruits of labour

Does increase in women’s work participation lead to greater adoption of household appliances, or is it the other way round? Data from the US during the Second World War period provides some answers.

#Labour Issues #Work+Life #Women
WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION
Why aren't more women working?
WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION : Why aren't more women working?

Too many women who want to work are not working, and counting on growth alone to change that is not enough. An alternate, more gender-inclusive approach to growth is needed.

#Labour Issues #Work+Life #Women
FEDERALISM
States need their own development models

Our federal nation will always have different models of growth that suit local aspirations. State governments can distinguish themselves by asking what this means for each one of them.

#Economy #Government
WASTE MANAGEMENT
Decentralisation is better for developing economies

Urban waste continues to grow, and governments at different levels are responding with a range of approaches. There are several reasons to choose decentralisation.

#Livelihoods #Urban Environment #Urban Poor #Waste #Environment
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
Podcasts from Takshashila Institution.
  • What makes governments responsive?
  • Regulating biobanking in India
  • A lawsuit of Epic proportions
  • Younger Generals in the PLA
  • Tibet before the Dalai Lamas
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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
REFORMS
An 'institutions' model is needed

States have followed varied paths to development, proclaiming models of their own. But these have been limited, and not presented a new imagination of governance itself. 

#Government #OP-ED
TRANSPARENT JUSTICE
Open courts provide assurance of justice

The courts are public institutions, whose functioning should be transparent and accountable. The media's role in informing the public about the courts should therefore not be diluted.

#Justice System #The Press #Laws
GENDERED IMPACTS
Six steps to help poor women during crises

In low-income families, women have faced more vulnerabilities than men during covid. These interventions could form the backbone of a new resilience for them now and in future disasters.

#Livelihoods #Women's Health #Poverty #Women
FARMING DISTRESS
Lockdown, cyclones and maize farming

Repeated natural disasters, closed mandis and a forced halt to transportation of produce have brought maize farmes in Nabarangpur and other districts to the brink of distress.

#Agribusiness #Livelihoods #Agriculture #ODISHA
SELF-GOVERNANCE
Reversing the gaze on democracy

Can people themselves decide how governments should respond to their needs? Janta ka Faisla asks us to consider how the practice of democracy would look if it began from the most vulnerable citizens. 

#Livelihoods #Urban Poor #Government #OP-ED #Poverty #CHHATISGARH
COVID IMPACT
How did poor women fare during the pandemic?

A survey of nearly 15,000 women in the aftermath of the pandemic-induced lockdown last year reveals specific ways in which women are particularly vulnerable to risks.

#Livelihoods #Women's Health #Poverty #Women
WOMEN JUDGES
The gender bar-rier in the courts

The higher judiciary has very few women. While this low representation is acknowledged to be a problem by the judiciary itself, there has been no serious effort to correct it.

#Gender and Leadership #Justice System #Laws #Women
REAL DEMOCRACY
Citizens demand real participation

In cities across Karnataka, civil society groups are pushing the government to set up ward committees and area sabhas through which they can direct the governance of their localities.

#Cities #Government #Laws #KARNATAKA
LEARNING ONLINE
Dual lesson plans can bridge the divide

A pilot program shows how learning can continue despite the lockdown, and also how the gap in technology-assisted learning available to children in government schools can be closed.

#Curricula #Education #KARNATAKA #ODISHA
COVID IMPACT
Pandemic compounds Adivasis' misery

Scheduled Tribes were marginalised even before Covid-19. Now, in Odisha's tribal districts, they face a worse reality. Livelihoods are vanishing, and health risks loom large.

#Adivasis #Livelihoods #Public Health #Poverty #ODISHA
SELF-GOVERNANCE
Ground-up planning in Ranchi's slums

Can people themselves plan for their basic services? A new initiative in informal settlements which have been ignored by formal planners shows the potential of a different approach.

#Adivasis #Cities #Water #Government #JHARKHAND
ACCESS TO ENERGY
Rural electrification: An unfinished task

Power connections are now available across rural India. However, there is still a lot to be done before villagers reliably get uninterrupted electricity that can help them live and work better.

#Energy #Interviews #Panchayats #Environment
COST OF COVID
Economic consequences of lockdowns

Policy-makers are increasingly concerned about the potential impact of more waves of covid. High-frequency, night-time light data from last year's lockdown provides some answers.

#Public Health #Economy
NATURAL RESOURCES
A landscape of degradation
NATURAL RESOURCES : A landscape of degradation

Poor governance of natural resources is undermining progress in curbing emissions. It is also weakening the resilience of vulnerable people who are affected by climate change.

#Adivasis #Environmental Regulation #Land #Environment #RAJASTHAN
RECYCLING
Multi-layer packaging, multiple hurdles

Waste collection and recycling management of flexible and multilayer packaging are particularly challenging. At different stages of the recycling chain, solutions must be found.

#Livelihoods #Urban Environment #Waste #Environment
RURAL LIVELIHOODS
Falling prices hit turmeric farmers hard

As Covid-19 rages through the rural areas, hundreds of thousands of tribal farmers in Odisha's Kandhamal district are selling their turmeric harvest at half the usual market rate. 

#Adivasis #Livelihoods #Agriculture #ODISHA
URBAN RESILIENCE
Disaster response must be decentralised, humanised

For long-term mitigation of disasters in urban areas, ward-level citizens' committees will need to carry out community-based bottom-up planning for sustainable and inclusive development.

#Cities #Public Health #Government
WORKING WOMEN
Household appliances: Fruits of labour

Does increase in women’s work participation lead to greater adoption of household appliances, or is it the other way round? Data from the US during the Second World War period provides some answers.

#Labour Issues #Work+Life #Women
WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION
Why aren't more women working?
WORKFORCE PARTICIPATION : Why aren't more women working?

Too many women who want to work are not working, and counting on growth alone to change that is not enough. An alternate, more gender-inclusive approach to growth is needed.

#Labour Issues #Work+Life #Women
FEDERALISM
States need their own development models

Our federal nation will always have different models of growth that suit local aspirations. State governments can distinguish themselves by asking what this means for each one of them.

#Economy #Government
WASTE MANAGEMENT
Decentralisation is better for developing economies

Urban waste continues to grow, and governments at different levels are responding with a range of approaches. There are several reasons to choose decentralisation.

#Livelihoods #Urban Environment #Urban Poor #Waste #Environment

Podcasts from Takshashila Institution.
  • What makes governments responsive?
  • Regulating biobanking in India
  • A lawsuit of Epic proportions
  • Younger Generals in the PLA
  • Tibet before the Dalai Lamas
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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