Why were 20,000 people resettled from Delhi near landfill site, a highly polluting zone?

By Bharat Dogra A big fire at the Bhalsawa landfill near  Delhi has led to the emergence of a highly hazardous situation in Delhi. Official sources have attributed this to the release of methane gas, a GHG many times more more potent than carbon dioxide in terms of its impact on climate change, as well … Continue reading Why were 20,000 people resettled from Delhi near landfill site, a highly polluting zone?

Shepherds in Uttarakhand turn backs on traditional livelihood

By Varsha Singh* Nomadic shepherds in the central Himalayas are facing a double threat. Not only is more and more pasture land being fenced in for plantations, they are unable to sell their woollen products at a worthwhile price. The shepherds, from the indigenous Bhotia community, must also pay the state forest department ever-increasing fees … Continue reading Shepherds in Uttarakhand turn backs on traditional livelihood

Quest for equality: A path towards providing right to work

By Hariharan Subramanian* For Ashish Ranjan Jha of the Jan Jagrit Shakti Sangthan. with operates in few districts of North Bihar, discovering his privileges began from his school days itself. Coming from a politically active family, the discussions in their living room focused on developmental politics and economics. However, he was a regular school-going kid … Continue reading Quest for equality: A path towards providing right to work

Is it not duty of government to enable senior citizens to lead a dignified life?

By Lambodar Mishra* I am a senior citizen and had deposited ₹ 20 lakh in a nationalized bank for 5 years on 01 Aug 2012. I was being paid ₹17676.00 interest amount every month to be able to live a worry free life financially. On maturity date when the bank reinvested the amount, now I … Continue reading Is it not duty of government to enable senior citizens to lead a dignified life?

Time has come full circle for the Gond-Ojhas: Only 3 artisans remain in Adilabad

Gond Ojha family facing uncertain future By Sudhansu R Das They have reasons to quit their profession. The situation around them hardly encourages the Gond Ojhas (artisans) of Adilabad, Telangana, to make Dhokra craft.  Over the years, various marketing agencies, traders and middlemen have used their skill, hard work and imaginative skill to mint money. But they … Continue reading Time has come full circle for the Gond-Ojhas: Only 3 artisans remain in Adilabad

Education, employability and employment: Understanding the intersection

By Arjun Kumar, Ritika Gupta As India progresses into the 21st Century, aiming to become a global powerhouse, one of its significant impediments is the triple challenge of Education, Employability, and Employment. There are substantial gaps between our education system and employment demands in the private and public sectors. COVID -19 has aggravated this gap … Continue reading Education, employability and employment: Understanding the intersection

Urban employment guarantee and increased cash transfers to poor: Remedy for emergencies

By Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Dr Arjun Kumar, Sunidhi Agarwal, Nikhil Jacob The exodus of migrant workers to their home states due to loss of livelihood in the wake of the Covid-19 induced lockdown was unprecedented. It brought unimaginable hardship to these city makers who thrived on the low paid and unstable jobs provided by their … Continue reading Urban employment guarantee and increased cash transfers to poor: Remedy for emergencies