In Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows, Kota Neelima makes an admirable attempt at shedding light on the wives of the farmers who have committed suicide during India’s ongoing agrarian crisis. However, Neelima falls short at portraying the women as productive workers wielding their own agency, instead drawing on a reductivist framework, primarily focusing on their widowhood, Sumedha Pal […]
The Bay of Bengal Muti-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation, formed in 1997, garnered significant attention as an alternative platform for South Asian integration. Saheli Bose assesses where BIMSTEC stands now.
South Asia is one of the least integrated regions in the world, with low intra-regional trade share. It barely stands at 5.38 percent in comparison to other sub-regions of Asia. Intra-regional trade […]
The discovery of coal in Tharparkar and changing agricultural practices are threatening the agricultural rangelands and consequently, the rights to livelihood and the food security of local farmers, writes Abdul Waheed Jamali.
Tharparkar is a dry region in the southern part of Sindh province in Pakistan. It mainly thrives on rains and there is a saying, Meenhan Thar Lae Rehmat Aahin, […]
In a country with around 300 million smartphones, data usage per smartphone has increased to 9.6GB per month. While Internet penetration in rural areas is still low, those who do have access to Internet are benefiting from it writes Arshad Perwez. Some to even save their crop of onions.
There is a silent change brewing across semi-urban/rural India, clearly visible even […]
Rural women spend over a quarter of their waking hours cooking, gathering fuel, and cleaning utensils. Clean energy for cooking has the potential to reduce the burden of time poverty and improve women’s socio-economic status in the community write Akshay Kohli and Chandrima Das
Gita Devi lives with her family of seven in Kargara, a small and remote village in the […]
Government policies today ignore a majority of our country’s farmers. Focussing on rainfed farmers can actually change the poverty map of India writes Ashwini Kulkarni
Popular narratives paint the Indian farmer with a broad brush. The dominant image is that of a farmer—male, of course—gazing benevolently at his vast fields laden with lush crops–the image created by Bollywood.
The truth though, is that […]
The Government of Sindh must urgently come up with measures to improve land tenancy to ensure the end of bonded labour. Drawing on fieldwork from the region, Abdul Waheed Jamali explores the plight of bonded labourers and the failures of the current Sindh Tenancy Act.
Three camps for former bonded labourers have been established near Hyderabad, the second largest city of Sindh […]
In Pakistan, some 15,000 youngsters turn 18 each day and will be eligible to vote in this year’s election. What lies ahead for South Asia’s second youngest country and its booming youth population? Hina Shaikh gives a detailed overview, the challenges and opportunities.
A much-delayed decline in fertility levels has resulted in Pakistan becoming the second youngest country in South Asia, with nearly two-thirds of its 207.8 […]
With a small travel grant, many landless rural workers in Pakistan can temporarily migrate and benefit from work opportunities in cities writes Agha Ali Akram. Based on his research, he points to this new and cost-effective policy option to improve rural welfare and address the terrible suffering caused by seasonal deprivation.
According to conservative estimates half of the world’s 600 million food insecure […]