Former reporter, Down To Earth
Why companies are lobbying to push for hybrid paddy seeds in India
Most of India still cultivates rice from pure-bred seeds, something which prevents companies backed by multinationals from expanding their market
Government’s flip-flops on heatwaves
While the Central government has been keeping a tab on heatwaves since 2014, officially, it has refused to declare them as natural disasters
In poll-bound MP, Rajasthan, the cow finds space in manifestos, not cowsheds
Farmers are leaving their cattle and cowsheds are in a pitiable condition but they hardly figure in political parties' poll promises
Farmers and smartphone politics
Can pre-poll sops like giving smart phones with internet connectivity to farmers increase farm income?
As Sardar Sarovar dam's gates get shut, 192 villages fear submergence
But the government is not sure who all will get submerged, let alone rehabilitate them
Farmer producer organisations need their very own Amul
Instead of encouraging them on paper, the government has to create a few model FPOs in the country and provide institutional support to them
Positive message from Minister's open urination incident
Without providing toilet facilities, how can the idea of SBM be enforced?
Fifth Schedule and the fate of scheduled areas
Will the Xaxa committee report impact the Supreme Court’s impending judgment on Fifth Schedule?
Modi’s burden of civilising rural India
Our prime minister’s recognition of ‘uncivilised’ state of rural India means he should be spending more on ‘civilising&…
Cash transfers do not benefit
Jitendra visited three districts in Rajasthan to meet people who are supposed beneficiaries of UPA government’s much-touted Direct Benefit …
A reminder to Vasundhara Raje
Why employment has to be guaranteed through an Act, not a scheme