Money savers of rural India

There are 25 lakh self-help groups covering 3 crore women. Are they worth the hype?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Around 3 crore women are members of various SHGs. Source: MoRD

In a country where savings of poor families are meagre and banks not ready to risk giving loans...

‘Only land reforms can tackle poverty, corruption’

P V Rajagopal talks about homestead law, land mafia and village economy
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Women protesters walking in Delhi under the banner of Ekta Parishad in 2007. Source: Ekta Parishad/Wikicommons

Land reforms were meant to right the wrongs of traditional zamindari system through...

Barter by the beel

The centuries old Jon beel mela in Assam has a unique ritual- a barter between the tribes. Will urbanisation let it survive?
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Eatables laid out for exchange at Jon beel mela

This was my first time here. I had heard of this festival, perhaps the only existing one in...

Tying the knots of health care system- II

There's still hope if we care to take promote private practitioners without weakening public sector...
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Noble profession: Nurses adjusting a doctor's mask in Calcutta during World War II. Source: Cecil Beaton/Wikicommons

India's health care system is one of the most privatised in the world. Due to insufficient...

The joke is on us

‘Handover’ by Saurabh Kumar focuses on child trafficking but hits at deficiencies of acquired knowledge
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Handover holds a mirror to our conditioned learnings.

What’s the cost of a child’s life in India? Should poor people be allowed to sell their children...

A city wasted and redeemed

Pune's waste pickers reinvented garbage collection to arrive at a win-win solution for both the residents and themselves...
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Members of SWaCH collecting waste during a festival. Source: SWaCH

Surekha Gaikwad is a high school graduate. She started picking waste along with her mother-in-...

'Anuradha's case has fueled public interest in patients' rights'

Thursday, January 23, 2014
Anuradha Saha

Dr Kunal Saha's wife Anuradha died due to medical negligence in 1998. He pursued the case for 15...

Turtle relocation or turtle poaching plan?

The turtle hatchery at Sarnath was created to reintroduce scavenger turtles into the Ganga to rid it of corpses. However, the seemingly smart...
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Sarnath turtle

Rajkumar needs no urging to talk about Sundari. She is evidently a favourite of his. When we met...