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    ‘Swidden Farming’ in eastern India: What can an ethnographic study reveal about citizens’ interactions with the colonial and post-independent Indian state?

‘Swidden Farming’ in eastern India: What can an ethnographic study reveal about citizens’ interactions with the colonial and post-independent Indian state?

Debojyoti Das (Sussex University), the author of a new ethnographic study on ‘Swidden Farming’ in Eastern Nagaland, explains what a focus on the everyday life of people in Nagaland can reveal about citizen’s interactions with the colonial and post-independent Indian state.

In August 2018 the prime minister of India Narendra Modi appealed for a new peace accord to end the […]

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    Boosting India’s African diplomacy with zero budget natural farming

Boosting India’s African diplomacy with zero budget natural farming

When it comes to soft diplomacy tactics, India has traditionally leveraged education and healthcare in its diplomatic outreach with Africa. Sourajit Aiyer (Independent Researcher) argues that even transformative agriculture methods, like Zero Budget Natural Farming can boost India’s soft diplomacy with the African continent, by helping it become self-sufficient in food production through low-cost, sustainable farming whilst improving farm […]

September 30th, 2019|Agriculture, Featured|0 Comments|

Book Review: Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows

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 […]

August 30th, 2018|Agriculture, Book Reviews, Featured, Rural Areas|Comments Off on Book Review: Widows of Vidarbha: Making of Shadows|

What has kept BIMSTEC from taking off?

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 […]

July 18th, 2018|Agriculture, Economy, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on What has kept BIMSTEC from taking off?|
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    Rangelands versus the economic argument: the case of Tharparkar, Pakistan

Rangelands versus the economic argument: the case of Tharparkar, Pakistan

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, […]

May 1st, 2018|Agriculture, Environment, Rural Areas|Comments Off on Rangelands versus the economic argument: the case of Tharparkar, Pakistan|
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    How farmers in an Indian village used broadband to save onions, and their livelihood 

How farmers in an Indian village used broadband to save onions, and their livelihood 

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 […]

Time poverty: The key to addressing gender disparity

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 […]

March 12th, 2018|Agriculture, Cities and Urban Studies, Economy, Featured, Gender, Human Rights|Comments Off on Time poverty: The key to addressing gender disparity|

A one-size-fits-all approach is harming our rainfed farmers

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 […]

February 24th, 2018|Agriculture, Development, Economy, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals, Urban India|Comments Off on A one-size-fits-all approach is harming our rainfed farmers|

Failures of land tenancy in Pakistan

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 […]

February 21st, 2018|Agriculture, Rural Areas|1 Comment|
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    Young blood: Pakistan’s bulging youth population needs employment opportunities 

Young blood: Pakistan’s bulging youth population needs employment opportunities 

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 […]

February 9th, 2018|Agriculture, Cities and Urban Studies, Development, Economy, Education, Featured, Politics, Rural Areas, Sustainable Development Goals, Urban India|Comments Off on Young blood: Pakistan’s bulging youth population needs employment opportunities |

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