December 6, 2019
After the Flood
Fifty years after the launch of Operation Flood, small producers still drive Indian dairy.As private organised players now jostle for space with large cooperatives, the ability of smallholders to…
What is Happening to Rural Welfare, Poverty, and Inequality in India?
An analysis of the draft NSO report that the Government has decided not to put out shows a deterioration in 2017-18 in consumption and poverty levels in rural India. The reasons may be the…
Life with the Mahatma
The first volume of the translation of the diaries of Manu Gandhi, niece of Mohandas Gandhi, give a detailed account of life at the Aga Khan Palace jail in Pune where the Mahatma was interned during…
Skilling the Last First
"Our skill ecosystem has to be flexible and inclusive as this can be crucial to overturn the social constructions of worth in a society that is ridden with inequalities."
Choosing Begging over Paid Labour
Beggars are usually ignored on the streets and questions are asked about why they do not work. Many have indeed worked as paid labour and then each for her own reasons has chosen begging as the…
Sabina Yasmin Rahman
Randomization in the Tropics Revisited
Randomized control trials are a useful tool in development economics. But RCTs are not a gold standard; like other tools they face problems of inference, they cannot claim to have established…
How India's Media Landscape Changed Over Five Years (Video)
A video adaptation of Sevanti Ninan's article "How India's Media Landscape Changed Over Five Years" (30 August, 2019). Courtesy "Free Speech Collective".
When the Sewers Get Blocked
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has ended, but are we in "Clean India"? Sanitation systems remain inadequate and the work can be dehumanising for those who remove the blocks in sewage pipes. The job…
CS Sharada Prasad
Seeking Sanctuary, Remembering Jammu
A discussion of the idea of sanctuary for migrants in smaller cities like Jammu, each with a unique history. Based on fieldwork and drawing on memory fragments of a non-metropolitan city, an…
Tamil Rationalism and Hindu Temples
The Tamils' Self-Respect Movement of Malaysia that successfully preached rationalism and at the same time fought for temple entry for Dalits is a historical example of how contesting beliefs can…
Vignesh Karthik KR