Some memories of VKRV Rao, who believed in Vivekananda’s socialism

By Vijayendra Rao* VKRV Rao was my grandmother’s elder brother, and this tenuous kin relationship was reinforced when my parents decided to name me after him. He would visit us regularly, throughout my childhood. I don’t remember much about him as a child – he was not someone who was very comfortable with young children. … Continue reading Some memories of VKRV Rao, who believed in Vivekananda’s socialism

Determinants of human dignity, social justice for disadvantaged and vulnerable social groups

By RR Prasad* Development is essentially a process of change initiated with an objective of improving the quality of life. For certain sections of society, who are considered as weaker sections, the process of change would aim at bringing them into the mainstream of socio-economic system. Left to itself the process of change even if … Continue reading Determinants of human dignity, social justice for disadvantaged and vulnerable social groups

Shifting conceptions of development in international law

By Arjun Kumar, Anshula Mehta, Sakshi Sharda, Chhavi Kapoor, Mahima Kapoor* With the COVID-19 pandemic, counties across the world have adopted an inward-looking and isolated strategy. Given this, how we conceptualize development in the purview of international law and what mechanisms we use for the same become pertinent questions. Keeping in line with this, the Centre … Continue reading Shifting conceptions of development in international law

Desert areas of Rajasthan bloom under afforestation efforts

By Nandini Jhalani* Shyam Sunder Jyani, who hails from the hot and sandy Thar desert region of India, greets you with an unexpected ode to greenery – “हरित प्रणाम”, he says, a Hindi term for “Green Greetings”. Jyani has been leading greening efforts in Rajasthan for the past 18 years and has mobilised thousands to … Continue reading Desert areas of Rajasthan bloom under afforestation efforts

People’s movements launch Global People’s Summit on Food Systems to counter UN Summit

A civil society* call to reclaim food systems from corporate control: On World Environment Day, farmers, consumers, environmentalists, sectoral groups held a press launch of the Global People's Summit on Food Systems today, June 5, 2021. The Global People's Summit is a people-led campaign for the radical transformation of food systems, to counter the upcoming United … Continue reading People’s movements launch Global People’s Summit on Food Systems to counter UN Summit

PMJVK fails to live up to its promises, depriving marginalised communities

By Birendra Ram Mishra, Ramprashan Singh, Santosh Kumar Pradhan, Sonu Khan, Gatha G Namboothiri* Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK), anchored by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, is the revamped and restructured version of the Multi-sectoral Development Programme (MsDP). A Centrally Sponsored Infrastructure Support Scheme, PMJVK aims to provide the minority communities with socio-economic infrastructure facilities in … Continue reading PMJVK fails to live up to its promises, depriving marginalised communities

Understanding rapidly expanding infrastructure in cities and trajectories of violence

By Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Arjun Kumar There is structural violence that is inherent in our society on account of infrastructure projects worldwide. IMPRI Impact and Policy Research Institute as part of its series #CityConversations organized a lecture with Dr. Deljana Iossifova titled Infrastructuring the City: Trajectories of Violence. Dr Iossifova is a Senior Lecturer, Urban Studies and … Continue reading Understanding rapidly expanding infrastructure in cities and trajectories of violence