How a dust storm transported microbes more than 2000 km across Arabian Sea from Gulf to Maharashtra

By Sahana Ghosh* In early April 2015, as wind-borne dust particles, remnants from a major dust storm in the Gulf region, made its way towards the Indian peninsula, a group of citizen scientists and researchers strategically fanned out and placed prepared Petri dishes at vantage points in the west Indian state of Maharashtra by the Arabian Sea. … Continue reading How a dust storm transported microbes more than 2000 km across Arabian Sea from Gulf to Maharashtra

As we head for budget, unemployment remains a big concern area with rates over 9%

Status report on urban unemployment for Indian states by Indian Political Drama (IDP): In November, 2019, the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation came out with the quarterly bulletin on Urban unemployment scenario in India for the fourth quarter (January to March, 2019) of FY 18-19. The report gave a holistic view of all the … Continue reading As we head for budget, unemployment remains a big concern area with rates over 9%

Giving voice to the marginalised online: Oral history and the Sardar Sarovar Project

Often the struggles of rural communities challenge mainstream notions of development; however these are barely mentioned in mainstream history, if at all. Nandini Oza (Independent Researcher, India) explains how she has created a digital archive of the mass resistance against the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) on the River Narmada in Western India through the oral … Continue reading Giving voice to the marginalised online: Oral history and the Sardar Sarovar Project

Opaque Electoral Bonds edge out transparent political party funding routes for 7 parties

By Venkatesh Nayak* Soon after the then Union Finance Minister announced the Government's plan to launch Electoral Bonds (EBs) as a method of making donations to political parties, in February 2017 I had critically analysed its implications. I had also pointed out that EBs will become the preferred method for making large-sized donations to political parties due to … Continue reading Opaque Electoral Bonds edge out transparent political party funding routes for 7 parties

Helping turn around tribal economy in Vidarbha by putting natives in charge of levers of development

By Moin Qazi* Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead A highly welcome and discernible sign on the Indian development landscape is that many bright brains from the best of universities are foregoing high salaries to commit … Continue reading Helping turn around tribal economy in Vidarbha by putting natives in charge of levers of development

Participating in Ambedkarite movement, Dalit women rebuild history through songs

By Yogesh Maitreya* “Majhi aaji manhayachi Ovi hee jatya warr, Bhim banala sawali Koti koti chya mathywar” (My grandmother used to sing This couplet while working the stone grinder Bhim has become a shelter Over the heads of millions.) The lines above are from Majhi Aaji, a poem by Kiran Sonwane, whose most popular version … Continue reading Participating in Ambedkarite movement, Dalit women rebuild history through songs

Tagore’s rivers were inseparable from flow: Unshackled, unbridled, a true ‘muktadhara’

By Parineeta Dandekar* "This life of mine's been nurtured by a river In its arteries flow the gifts of mountain-peaks Its fields have been shaped by many alluvial layers Mysterious vital juices from diverse sources have spread themselves in harvests upon harvests From the east and the west networks of song-streams lull its sleep and … Continue reading Tagore’s rivers were inseparable from flow: Unshackled, unbridled, a true ‘muktadhara’