Social entrepreneurs: Harbingers of development spring in India, navigating a complex world

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 Historians will tell you that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that the search … More Social entrepreneurs: Harbingers of development spring in India, navigating a complex world

A multilateral development bank, AIIB should reorient its vision, favour people-centric approach

By Krishnakant et al* Gujarat groups strongly oppose exclusion of civil society groups in the state and country for the lead up event for Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB’s) third AGM on urban development in Ahmedabad. The exclusion of urban poor groups and civil society shows a trend of opacity, non-transparency and indifference to the … More A multilateral development bank, AIIB should reorient its vision, favour people-centric approach

It is high time for the Government of J&K to show political resolve to pass forest rights legislation

By Irfan Ali South Asia is home to the world’s largest tribal and nomadic population and in India this population constitutes more than 10 percent population of the country.  This population depends totally on forests for bona fide livelihood needs. In our State, Jammu and Kashmir, forests occupy 45% of the land that is free … More It is high time for the Government of J&K to show political resolve to pass forest rights legislation

There is no evidence to support the claim that additional irrigation has actually been achieved

By Himanshu Thakkar* The Union Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) has been claiming that the Accelerated Irrigation Benefits Program (AIBP) is a success story of the Modi government and some media stories are happy to uncritically report those claims. If we take a close, objective look at the MoWR website, we gather that the claims of success … More There is no evidence to support the claim that additional irrigation has actually been achieved

India’s outdated water management system is too rickety to cope with its burgeoning population

By Moin Qazi* India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources — water. The country’s chronic mismanagement of water is staring at it now. Over 600 million Indians rely on the monsoon to replenish their water sources and the unpredictable nature of rain leaves them vulnerable. The country breaks out in a cold … More India’s outdated water management system is too rickety to cope with its burgeoning population

Pace of City-Systems reforms in India is painfully slow; cities need to address challenges urgently

Excerpts from “The Annual Survey of India’s City-Systems (ASICS) 2017: Shaping India’s urban agenda”*, prepared by the Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, a Bengaluru based not-for-profit institution: Our cites presently have broken City-Systems and are improving at a snail’s pace. They score between 3.0 and 5.1 while London and New York score 8.8. Johannesburg, … More Pace of City-Systems reforms in India is painfully slow; cities need to address challenges urgently

Seeking alternative path for India in Mendha Lekha model amidst increasing risk to democracy

By Rajiv Shah In an unusual move, in 2013, tribal residents of Mendha Lekha, a tribal village in Gandchiroli district of Maharashtra, decided to transfer the ownership of their farmlands, about 200 hectares, to the Gram Sabha. This, according to Pallav Das, one of the authors of an article published in the recently-published book “Alternative … More Seeking alternative path for India in Mendha Lekha model amidst increasing risk to democracy