Senior editor, Down To Earth. He has been associated with the fortnightly since 1997 and has written extensively on rural affairs and development matters.
The Nagar Swaraj Bill will usher in decentralised governance in the city state, but what happened to rural panchayats?
Rights-based governance has not been accompanied by effective delivery mechanism
The country struggles with ways to use its diverse ecology in finalising new states
With urbanisation of rural areas, space for food production in India is decreasing
In near future the impact of high food price will show in terms of more malnourished
An analysis of Brazil’s last three elections suggests that people do vote for parties for such initiatives, but only when these are backed by structural changes to ensure their continuity
It’s time we acknowledged ecological impoverishment as one of the poverty indicators
They have not offered an alternative path to development to reflect local aspirations
Tribals have lost their decision-making power twice; first to the state then to the Maoists
Recent Supreme Court order in Vedanta case holds hope for tribal community life