India’s invisible water wizard conquers the world with his unique borewell recharge technique

By Moin Qazi* India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources—water. Today the country’s chronic mismanagement of water has led to drought in nearly 2,00,000 villages. According to the World Bank data, Indian farmers use almost 70 percent of the total groundwater that is drawn in the country each year. Shockingly, India uses … More India’s invisible water wizard conquers the world with his unique borewell recharge technique

Oral history of people’s struggle for Narmada river reflects conflict in nation building, development

Keynote presentation by independent researcher Nandini Oza*, “Learnings from Oral Histories of Narmada Struggle: Questioning Existing Notions of Nation, National Interest and Development”, at the Fourth Annual Conference – Oral History Association of India at the Ambedkar University, Delhi,  on February 1, 2019: One of the earliest resistances by the people of the Narmada valley against … More Oral history of people’s struggle for Narmada river reflects conflict in nation building, development

Delhi’s urban development planning runs counter to grand objectives of the Smart City Mission

Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* This week, two big cases, both against “government housing” projects of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and implemented by NBCC, a public sector corporation under the ministry, will be heard in the Delhi high court. The NBCC’s “model” East Kidwai Nagar (EKN) project is in the docks for … More Delhi’s urban development planning runs counter to grand objectives of the Smart City Mission

Why expansion avenues for the twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad are quite limited

By Mohan Guruswamy* Hyderabad is the 24th largest city in the world with a population of 5.3 million and a population density of 9100 per sq.kms. Bombay and Calcutta on the other hand have population densities that are almost thrice as much as Hyderabad’s. Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad are in the same population density bandwidth. … More Why expansion avenues for the twin cities of Hyderabad-Secunderabad are quite limited

Swacch Bharat Mission: More than 50% households suggested some form of coercion in their village

A recent research paper, “Changes in open defecation in rural north India: 2014 -2018”, by Aashish Gupta, Nazar Khalid, Devashish Deshpande, Payal Hathi, Avani Kapur, Nikhil Srivastav, Sangita Vyas, Dean Spears, and Diane Coffey, published by the Research Institute for Compassionate Economics (RICE), seeks to assess the efficacy of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) on … More Swacch Bharat Mission: More than 50% households suggested some form of coercion in their village

Right to Education’s input-based approach to education quality is unlikely to succeed

Reproduced below is the chapter “Making growth inclusive and sustainable” in the recently-released “An Economic Strategy for India”, authored by well-known economists* led by former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan. The chapter has controversially said that the Right to Education’s (RTE’s) input-based approach undermines low cost private and government schools. Excerpt: A good … More Right to Education’s input-based approach to education quality is unlikely to succeed

70 children of Sonshi village in Goa struck in homes as mining dumps have made roads inaccessible

By Sayantani Sarkar Samata and mines minerals and people (mm&P) organized a District Level Consultation on Children in Mining Area, Illegal Mining, District Mineral Fund (DMF) and Future Generation Fund in collaboration with SETU at Honda Panchayat, Sattari, Goa on 22nd December’ 2018. The Consultation witnessed the presence of total 62 participants comprising of local … More 70 children of Sonshi village in Goa struck in homes as mining dumps have made roads inaccessible