Poplars spark farmers' fury against Wimco
Area farmers in Uttar Pradesh contend match manufacturer Wimco, which had persuaded them to raise poplar trees for its factory, has reneged on …
Indian science must stop merely aping West
Cynicism is perhaps the natural fallout of a long career within the government machinery. But when Yash Pal, one of the country's leading …
Maharashtra's decentralisation plan gets derailed even before it can take off
India's National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme put on hold
Employment guarantee scheme brought to an abrupt halt
Containing a virus
After being at the receiving end of both militants and the state government, Kashmir's village heads are now threatening to boycott next year's …
Promoting integrated village planning
Self-sustaining rural communities could be India's answer to her disrupted ecosystem.
Boss, the real beehive!
Rahul Gandhi’s idea of governance needs fresh focus. How about more autonomy to nearly 240,000 panchayats?
Employment schemes fail to ease rural poverty
The government's employment generation schemes, laudable though they may be, have yet to achieve their goals. Not involving intended …
Women panchayat presidents are no rubber-stamp leaders
Of the 12,619 Gram Panchayats in Tamil Nadu, one-third or nearly 4,200 panchayats are headed by women -- following the 73rd amendment to the …
MGNREGS: ‘Monument of failure’ or ‘saviour’?
On the 10th anniversary of the rural job guarantee scheme, Down To Earth evaluates its successes and drawbacks
New global agriculture census round to kick off in 2016
Agriculture censuses help to boost rural development and improve food security
Why the budget must focus on rural India
India is staring at a rural economic crisis. If the budget does not spend on rural India, the nation’s growth will be badly impacted
World Bank giving loan for anti-tribal forest project, say Andhra activists
Work for food
Employment guarantee means entitlement to rural livelihood and food security
Devolution suffers setback
India's decentralisation process receives yet another blow
100 per cent FDI in housing
Will Maharashtra boom or boomerang?
Slow march to land reform
Expert committee report crawls only after a protest
A tale of two villages beguiled by JRY
The panchayats of Sonrai in Uttar Pradesh and Palana in Rajasthan share a Jawahar Rozgar Yojana experience. Both ignored the water needs of the …
Poverty alleviation: investment or mere sop?
After successive reductions, can increased allocations for rural development, agriculture, education and health be effective?
Homegrown experts offered for "sale" abroad
Chakriya Vikas Pranali, a rural organisation, has a unique approach to ecological regeneration based on informed agricultural practices. This …
Reclaiming retail democracy
A Gandhian economist ahead of his time
Kumarappa was a close associate of Gandhiji and a firm believer in the theory the village must be made the focus of economic planning. Aware of …