Mumbai slumdwellers targeted Adarsh when their houses on govt land were being brutally razed

A National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) and Ghar Bachao, Ghar Banao, in a statement* on the Bombay High Court order on Adarsh, has said it is a victory of struggle by the urban poor, pointing to how Adarsh has been a symbol of land grab by bureaucrats, politicians and builders. The NAPM’s new slogan is … Continue reading Mumbai slumdwellers targeted Adarsh when their houses on govt land were being brutally razed

Kutch earthquake and the value of map: Why it was more strategic resource than food

By Gagan Sethi* On the morning of January 26, 2001, when the earth decided to shake itself a bit on Gujarat soil, little did one know that a disaster of such huge proportions would be the consequence. For serious urban planners the message was: Don't mess around with nature. I remember being told, “People don't … Continue reading Kutch earthquake and the value of map: Why it was more strategic resource than food

Scientific tempter and explorations with water diviner

By Gagan Sethi* In 1990s, Janvikas built partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to involve women in watershed development in Kutch. Janvikas set up an ecology cell, now known as Sahjeevan, in order to tackle the problem of drinking water. The aim was to build a reserve in village water bodies, … Continue reading Scientific tempter and explorations with water diviner

How naris eradicated naru in Rajasthan

By Gagan Sethi* In Rajasthan, especially in the districts of Udaipur, Banswada, Dungarpur, people have been traditionally drinking water from bawdis (stepped wells) or nadis (ponds). A horrible consequence was that these water bodies became vehicles that spread the deadly guinea worm or naru, as it was identified in Rajasthan. It was a disease which … Continue reading How naris eradicated naru in Rajasthan

The first jail reforms

By Gagan Sethi* The Centre for Social Justice started a programme of Janvikas in 1996 with a view to ensure that access to justice became a reality for those who needed it most. Begun in two districts, Surendranagar and Vadodara, we were given a small room in district court premises to proactively provide quality legal … Continue reading The first jail reforms

Advocacy’s a fine art rural leaders know it better!

By Gagan Sethi* Baba Pansare was a young tribal activist then. He was working in the Manchar taluka near Pune among tribals of the region. Adi Patel, one of the famous names in the development world those days, recommended to us in Janvikas that the Baba should be given a fellowship. He was organizing tribals … Continue reading Advocacy’s a fine art rural leaders know it better!