Outdated Central Water Commission is now a stumbling block for efficient water management

By Himanshu Thakkar, J Harsha* As even NITI Aayog report acknowledged in June 2018 [i], there is consensus that India is facing dire water crisis, which will only get worse. This was also predicted by the World Bank way back in their 2006 report called “India’s Turbulent Water Future”. But do we have the institutions that … More Outdated Central Water Commission is now a stumbling block for efficient water management

Samerth mitigates adverse drought effect in Kutch, ensures participatory water resource management

By Chandan Nandy1 The torrid afternoon sun is far from setting at Dholavira, one of two Harappan sites on the edge of the shimmering wilderness of Greater Rann of Kutch in northwest Gujarat’s Bachau block. A dirt-and-rocky track originating at Dungarivandh (hamlet), the last human habitation before the in hospitable and hostile aridity takes over, … More Samerth mitigates adverse drought effect in Kutch, ensures participatory water resource management

Gujarat irrigation potential growth through groundwater is impacting farm sustainability

By Persis Ginwalla, Sagar Rabari*  Assured water supply is one of the main components of stable agriculture and an important factor that has supposedly contributed to the ‘phenomenal’ growth rate of agriculture in Gujarat. One of the reasons offered for this is the significant rise in the irrigation coverage in the state and the resultant … More Gujarat irrigation potential growth through groundwater is impacting farm sustainability

Towards national urban employment guarantee programme, as 20% youth are found to be jobless

Excerpts from the paper “Strengthening Towns through Sustainable Employment: A Job Guarantee Programme for Urban India” by by Amit Basole, Mathew Idiculla, Rajendran Narayanan, Harini Nagendra, Seema Mundoli Amit Basole and Rajendran Narayanan*, and forming as part of the study “State of Working India 2019”, published by the Centre for Sustainable Employment, Azim Premji University, … More Towards national urban employment guarantee programme, as 20% youth are found to be jobless

Water sector: A story of missed opportunities with disastrous consequences for India’s future

By Himanshu Thakkar* India is facing an unprecedented and worsening water crisis. The rivers are getting more polluted, their catchments, water-holding and water-harvesting mechanisms are deteriorating, and groundwater levels are depleting at an alarming rate. A large part of western and southern India is facing a drought at present. Some of these areas, for example, … More Water sector: A story of missed opportunities with disastrous consequences for India’s future

Lack of adequate housing, healthcare, education, food, access to finance, insurance are inter-related

By Moin Qazi* India has long been a testing ground for several western products, particularly in agriculture and medicine — making the most of loose regulations and genetic diversity of a huge population. It is done to help cut research costs dramatically for lucrative products to be sold in the West. The relationship is highly … More Lack of adequate housing, healthcare, education, food, access to finance, insurance are inter-related

Epic war against caste system is the constitutional responsibility of an elected government

Edited by well-known Gujarat Dalit rights leader Martin Macwan, the book, “Bhed-Bharat: An Account of Injustice and Atrocities on Dalits and Adivasis (2014-18)” (available in English and Gujarati*) is a selection of news articles on Dalits and Adivasis (2014-2018) published by Dalit Shakti Prakashan, Ahmedabad. Preface to the book, in which Macwan seeks to answer … More Epic war against caste system is the constitutional responsibility of an elected government