Death by starvation
About 11 million people in Orissa and Bihar have become victims of a famine that has occurred despite adequate food stocks in the country.
Shame puts the cork back in liquor bottles
Campaigns by women have been successful in curbing alcoholism among their menfolk in Manipur and Andhra Pradesh, but similar efforts have failed …
The world of french fries and potato salad
The potato, native to South America, invaded England in 1588, the year Elizabeth I's devil-may-care sea-dogs vanquished the Spanish Armada. It …
Will women in panchayats change Bengal?
West Bengal is making what could be another step towards village self-rule, where villagers, including women, will decide what is best for them, …
Destruction as a way of sustainable farming
For centuries, the Iban tribals of Malaysia have cultivated crops by clearing trees, but without endangering the rainforests. At the centre of …
"Power" to the people irks Bengal villagers
Villagers near Calcutta contend they have been unfairly done out of their land by a private thermal power plant project
Fisherfolk thwart bid to reclaim wetlands
A unique fishing cooperative that salvaged the wetlands leased to them by the Calcutta Port Trust has successfully fought off attempts to …
Acknowledging the role of the arbitrator
The Nuer tribals of Sudan settled their disputes in more organised and effective a manner than modern societies
A motley crew of forest protectors
In Karnataka's Kodagu district, a group of people battling timber traders trying to exploit their region's virgin forests has earned the wrath of …
Science reveals the magic in herbal cures
Recent studies have brought to light the science behind traditional herbal medicinal systems.
Population prompts progress
The experience of a Kenyan community contradicts a traditional theory that population and development are inversely proportional