Managing Editor, Down To Earth. He has been associated with the fortnightly since 1997 and has written extensively on rural affairs and development matters.
Why an American farmer commits suicide
Like their India counterparts, American farmers are losing income, piling up debt and nobody listens to them
India's data blockade: Certainly uncertain terrain
No recent NSSO survey release passed without controversy
Census 2021: India's Urban-rural conundrum
We urbanise, we celebrate; but is urbanisation providing basic livelihood?
Tax avoided by corporate groups can eradicate global poverty
As economic slowdown murmur becomes loud across the world, the debate over income inequality gains volume
‘Accelerating exodus from farming key to achieve target of doubling income’
To double farmers’ income reduce the number of farmers, suggest policy makers
Farmers ageing, new generation disinterested: Who will grow our food?
Reviving India’s agriculture is the country’s most important agenda
India’s non-agrarian rural economy struggles for sustenance
Farmers and farm labourers, who want to quit agriculture, are stuck in the non-remunerative work since other sectors are not generating jobs at …
From village pradhans to Pradhan Mantri: Devolve power and invest political will
PM Narendra Modi’s letters to panchayat heads to conserve water revives the inevitability of local government in water management. But the …
This monsoon is different
It is one of the few years where a monsoon is entering at a time when half of India’s districts are facing drought; some are facing the …
Sunaina Rawat and the dilemma of Bharat
The new government has to focus on the rural population, their aspirations and the economy
Green may be the colour of the winning agenda this Lok Sabha polls
Whosoever wins General Elections 2019 must make environment as the top governance priority
Development news, polarisation and social media in times of Lok Sabha polls
Polarisation of development news in social media makes its impact partisan and non-effective
Is NOTA the answer to TINA?
The ‘None of the Above’ provision on electoral voting machines is turning out to be a decentralised protest
General Elections 2019: Science in polls, from feel 'good' to feel 'strong'
With the Balakot episode and later the ASAT declaration, the ruling party has brought ‘muscular science’ into the spotlight alongside …
Many more may fall into poverty trap and several may not escape it
Here’s how poverty, political myopia and ecological degradation are inter-related
India heads to an unprecedented rural economic crisis
Fifth consecutive drought for 1/3 districts, dipping rural wages, El Nino threatening monsoon have squeezed livelihood options for over 500 …
The wise debate
As the world debates the effectiveness of industrialised agriculture, the good-old small farmer emerges victorious
How much politics is too much politics for civil society
Should non-profits contest elections? Should they be identified with parties?
Who is economically secular?
The rich have the chance to get richer in an economic crisis while the poor face the prospect of sinking deeper in poverty
Niti Aayog’s new strategy: A call for growth or acceptance of failure
Celebrating India's 75th year of Independence is a matter of pride, but achieving a "New India" needs more than a textual articulation
Environment as the enemy
We celebrate disruptive financial decisions as a sign of decisive leadership. So why not in the case of environmental emergencies?
Have regional parties lived up to people’s aspiration?
Be it Andhra, be it Bihar, regional parties have followed economic policies laid down by national parties
Do public protests decide election results?
Research gives a mixed verdict but given India’s socio-economic reality, protests do impact election results
In the next 14 months, 62 countries will go to polls
India’s 130 million first-time voters will play a decisive role in the world’s state of economy
The others too
The MeToo campaign comes at a time when women are being courted for electoral gains. Is it good or bad?