Policy perspectives for sustainable tourism under COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

By Prof Utpal Kumar De*, Dr Simi Mehta** Tourism, the third-largest export sector in the global economy, is severely affected due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and has returned to the stage of at least two decades back. From January to October 2020, the revenue from international tourism recorded a loss of US$ 935 billion, … Continue reading Policy perspectives for sustainable tourism under COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

Towards a sustainable, economically viable solid waste management in India

By Aastha Dhiman, Mitesh Rajput, Ravneet Kaur* Solid waste management in India is one of the most misunderstood topics in the country. It is one of the most pertinent issues due to the wave of rapid urbanization and subsequent lifestyle changes that come across along with it. The per capita waste generation of urban areas … Continue reading Towards a sustainable, economically viable solid waste management in India

Woman entrepreneur who braved contentious issue of categorisation as farmer

By Moin Qazi* There is a tempest in India’s farmlands even as their tillers wage an extraordinary crusade for alleviating age-old distresses. Away from the bustle of the raging storm in the Delhi-National Capital Region is a small semi-literate group of women farmers in a remote hinterland who are assiduously managing a farmer producer company (FPC) to … Continue reading Woman entrepreneur who braved contentious issue of categorisation as farmer

Exploring alternative development paradigm amidst unequal distribution of power

By Dr Simi Mehta, Ritika Gupta* The inevitability of the birth of alternative development framework is inherent within the metabolism of the capital system. It is important to examine how the alternative development paradigm unfolds as a new epistemology out of resistance movements and other radical transformative initiatives like globalization and socio-economic system and institutions; … Continue reading Exploring alternative development paradigm amidst unequal distribution of power

District development, data and diversity: Lessons and the way forward

Dr Manorama Bakshi* and Dr Arjun Kumar** The coronavirus pandemic has posed numerous challenges to the development of the districts, one of the most important administrative unit, in India. There has been a push towards development at the grassroots level, for instance, AtmaNirbhar Bharat, Vocal for Local, one district one product, National Infrastructure Pipeline, and … Continue reading District development, data and diversity: Lessons and the way forward

IRDAI’s Microinsurance Report: A milestone in reaching the unreached

By Mirai Chatterjee* Bharti is a bidi worker from Madhya Pradesh who had never heard of insurance till the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a front-line health worker serving her neighbourhood by providing life-saving health information. She took microinsurance coverage for the first time ever for health and also for loss of income due to illness. … Continue reading IRDAI’s Microinsurance Report: A milestone in reaching the unreached

CSOs demand dal, edible oil, iodized salt under Odisha govt’s Food Security Scheme

By Anjan Pradhan* As part of COVID elevation measure, a meagre amount of 1 kg of chana dal has been provided to BPL/PDS beneficiaries every month and the state government is planning to stop its allocation from November. As it has been a key arsenal in rural Odisha’s pandemic fight and will be crucial to … Continue reading CSOs demand dal, edible oil, iodized salt under Odisha govt’s Food Security Scheme