Senior editor, Down To Earth. He has been associated with the fortnightly since 1997 and has written extensively on rural affairs and development matters.
India’s first PM born after Independence will face the old problem of poverty eradication
Bangladesh loses an opportunity to revive its most important local government—upazilla parishad—as competing national parties turn local polls into fierce political one-upmanship
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