Indian experience: Scylla of widespread viral infection, Charybdis of socio-economic lockdown

By Debraj Ray, S. Subramanian, Lore Vandewalle* On March 24, 2020, the Government of India ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days as a preventive measure against the spread of the coronavirus. The lockdown – in full force as we write – restricts 1.3 billion people from leaving their homes. Transport services are suspended, educational … Continue reading Indian experience: Scylla of widespread viral infection, Charybdis of socio-economic lockdown

Need for emergency support for urban informal sector workers of Gujarat to combat COVID-19

In a letter to Vijay Rupani, chief minister of Gujarat, 40 senior experts and activists* have sought emergency support for urban informal sector workers in cities of Gujarat to combat COVID-19 pandemic. Text of the letter: We are writing to you on behalf of a network of civil society organisations, researchers, urban practitioners, informal sector … Continue reading Need for emergency support for urban informal sector workers of Gujarat to combat COVID-19

PDS coverage should be made universal in rural areas, urban slums, all working people

In the wake of 21-days lockout, the Jharkhand Janadhikar Mahasabha has demanded immediate expansion of welfare, testing and health services in the state. Text of the statement: Jharkhand, like most of India, has woken up late to the COVID-19 pandemic and is yet to provide adequate social security to the people. Although no COVID-19 case … Continue reading PDS coverage should be made universal in rural areas, urban slums, all working people

COVID 19: Strides in public welfare plans over the years can help provide necessary relief to needy

Letter sent to Central and state governments by the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha,  endorsed by more than 50 senior activists and experts*, seeking emergency measures to deal with COVID 19: The COVID 19 pandemic continues to be a serious public health issue and will possibly have a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of crores of … Continue reading COVID 19: Strides in public welfare plans over the years can help provide necessary relief to needy

Leading a rural crusade, this microfinance banker trains women as barefoot professionals

By Moin Qazi* Mhaswad village is a mere blip on India's vast geographic radar but it shines brightly  on the country’s development landscape.The lodestar in this parched village is an intrepid and passionate woman with a unique brand of determination. A woman of strong convictions, 60- year old Chetna Gala Sinha believes that emancipation of … Continue reading Leading a rural crusade, this microfinance banker trains women as barefoot professionals

Any turmoil, be it religious, caste or social, is bound to be problematic for India’s economy

By Neeraj Nanda* Anand Kulkarni’s book ‘India and the Knowledge Economy – Performance, Perils, and Prospects’, Springer, was launched in Melbourne on 28 November 2019. The book asks fundamental questions about the extent to which India is participating in the global shift towards knowledge-based forms of competitiveness. It charts Indian performance and progress using a … Continue reading Any turmoil, be it religious, caste or social, is bound to be problematic for India’s economy