Invisible urban poor: The pavement dwellers of India

By Vishesh Gupta  Pavement dwellers include people living on the pavement, under the bridge, flyover, bus stop, near the railway station, in parks or under the open sky in any public place in the metros and urban areas where public facilities like public toilet are provided. Some of these people migrate from small villages looking … More Invisible urban poor: The pavement dwellers of India

‘Poor Economics’ seeks to stimulate debate on one of the most challenging issues of our time: Poverty

Reproduced below is a 2011 blog by Indore-based activist Rahul Banerjee on “Poor Economics”, a widely acclaimed book by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, who have been conferred this year’s Nobel Prize in economics. The blog has been recommended as a must read for those who wish to understand the economics of poverty alleviation suggested … More ‘Poor Economics’ seeks to stimulate debate on one of the most challenging issues of our time: Poverty

Had pensions been paid on time, Motka Manjhi and Ramachandra Munda would perhaps be alive today

The Right to Food Campaign (RFT), Jharkhand, prepared detailed reports on the starvation death of two more persons in the state, Motka Manjhi and Ramachandra Munda. Text of the reports: Motka Manjhi: On 3rd June 2019 a fact-finding team consisting of Mr. Ashrfi Nand Prasad, Mr Prathyush S,  both from Right to Food Campaign (RTF), Mr. Sushanto … More Had pensions been paid on time, Motka Manjhi and Ramachandra Munda would perhaps be alive today

Two friends’ brief encounter with poverty taught them why food security is so essential for all

By Mohan Guruswamy* Late last year, two young men decided to live a month of their lives on the income of an average poor Indian. One of them, Tushar, the son of a police officer in Haryana, studied at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for three years as an investment banker in the US … More Two friends’ brief encounter with poverty taught them why food security is so essential for all

Hunger in India is reflection of rural distress arising out of the agrarian crisis, poor livelihood options

Kavita Srivastava and Dipa Sinha, conveners, Right to Food Campaign (RFT), on behalf of the  Steering Committee of the RFT, have released a list of demands which political parties must address in their election manifestos: The Right to Food Campaign requests all political parties to consider the following suggestions towards ensuring right to food for all … More Hunger in India is reflection of rural distress arising out of the agrarian crisis, poor livelihood options

Wasting food in a hungry world: Why India ranks 100th among 119 countries in Hunger Index

By Moin Qazi* India produces enough food to meet the needs of its entire population, and has at its disposal arable land that has the potential to produce food surplus for export. Yet, it is unable to feed millions of its people, especially women and children. India ranks 100th among 119 countries in the Global … More Wasting food in a hungry world: Why India ranks 100th among 119 countries in Hunger Index

Starvation deaths in Delhi: Lack of ID proof, aadhaar, excluding most needy, marginalised

Three minor girls Mansi (8), Shikha (4) and Parul (2) died on July 24, 2018 in Mandawali, East Delhi, and the post mortem reports listed starvation as the cause of the deaths. Members of the Delhi Rozi Roti Adhikar Abhiyan (DRRAA), Anjali Bhardwaj and Amrita Johri along with Harsh Mander (former special commissioner to the … More Starvation deaths in Delhi: Lack of ID proof, aadhaar, excluding most needy, marginalised