Downstream fish workers demand cancellation of Bhadbhut dam, rejuvenation of Narmada river

By MSH Sheikh* The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL) is managing the Sardar Sarovar dam in Gujarat over River Narmada.  Recently the Narmada Control Authority has allowed the closing of all 30 gates of the Sardar Sarovar dam on the river Narmada at Kevadia Colony, which will help raise level of water in the … More Downstream fish workers demand cancellation of Bhadbhut dam, rejuvenation of Narmada river

Women bear greater brunt of poverty in India where patriarchal system is deeply entrenched

By Moin Qazi* “We know that women and girls have a unique power to reshape societies. When you invest in a woman’s health and empowerment, it has a ripple effect, helping families, communities, and countries achieve long-lasting benefits.” – Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Women and girls play a lesser recognised role as drivers of growth … More Women bear greater brunt of poverty in India where patriarchal system is deeply entrenched

Prevalent conflict has had a powerful negative effect on the mental health of people in Kashmir

By Mujtaba Hussain and Jitamanyu Sahoo* The rising global burden of violence due to armed conflicts is increasingly recognised as a key to the rise of stress and anxieties of the population. Moreover, constant infliction of violence by the State has a direct association with mental health problems. Another, disturbing aspect of the conflict-related violence … More Prevalent conflict has had a powerful negative effect on the mental health of people in Kashmir

Demonetization: Micro-finance may have to write-off 7% of outstanding loans, or Rs 7,000 crore

By Moin Qazi* Reviewing the impact of demonetisation on its first anniversary, it is evident that several sectors have suffered severe setbacks. The microfinance industry is one of them. According to Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a self-regulatory organisation of the NBFC-MFIs, the MFI industry which has a total loan portfolio of just over Rs 1 … More Demonetization: Micro-finance may have to write-off 7% of outstanding loans, or Rs 7,000 crore

Why policy makers must invest in housing for migrants to make their living safe and secure

By Nivedita Jayaram, Sangeeth S* Tribal belts of Southern Rajasthan, Western MP and Eastern Gujarat provide a reserve army of cheap labour feeding into the construction sector of Ahmedabad. Ahmedabad also has migrants coming in from faraway places like Bihar, UP and Odisha. These seasonal migrant workers lack adequate housing in the city and they … More Why policy makers must invest in housing for migrants to make their living safe and secure

Recognise poor as clients or users, not passive recipients of charity, to give chance to end poverty

By Moin Qazi* Poverty won’t allow him to lift up his head; dignity won’t allow him to bow it down — Malagasy Proverb The global battle against poverty has acquired a new dimension this year with Pope Francis declaring   19 November 2017 as the First World Day of the Poor. Hereafter it will be observed … More Recognise poor as clients or users, not passive recipients of charity, to give chance to end poverty