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Internship Opportunity

Looking for a Bangalore resident who is fluent in Speaking, writing and reading Kannada; for an internship with Quality Council of India under Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

Selected candidate will be working with Mrs. Nirmala Sitharam – Minister of State (Independent charge) in the minister’s office – Bangalore.

The job entails data collection and verification from locals in Karnataka.

Travelling is involved as well.


Position : Junior Associate

Stipend  : 55,000/- Per Month (other expenses will be covered)

Period  : 2-3 months

Qualifications : Any Graduate with 0-2 years of experience (Economics graduates preferred)

Interested candidates can send their resume to with the subject line “MoCI-Bangalore”


Call for Proposals — small grants: authoritarian populism and the rural world

*A new initiative — Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative* (


Deepening inequalities, failed livelihoods, mass (under)employment, climate chaos and racist anti-immigrant attacks characterise many settings across the world. Forms of ‘progressive neoliberalism’ — peddled inaccurately as social democracy — have failed to stem disillusionment, disenfranchisement and marginalisation. The rise of populist, nationalist movements — with racist, misogynist and isolationist characteristics — has been one very visible response. Such exclusionary politics are unravelling protections for women, racial minorities, disabled people, LGBTQ communities and many others. This type of populism depicts politics as a struggle between ‘the people’ and some combination of malevolent elites and racialized, unfairly advantaged ‘Others’.

Yet the reactions to authoritarian populism are incredibly diverse, across and indeed within countries. In this Initiative, we are interested in changes ongoing in and in relation to rural areas that both give rise to a particular form of politics, but also offer alternatives. Whether in the US, across Europe, Turkey, India, the Philippines, Brazil or South Africa – and many other countries besides – various forms of reactionary nationalism have entrenched a narrow, sometimes violent, conflictual, exclusionary politics. This may be in the name of ‘taking back control’ in favour of ‘the people’, or putting one ideology and position ‘first’, while excluding others, generating tensions across society. All are responses to crises in contemporary capitalism, yet they are rooted in specific histories, institutional and social structures and political dynamics. Responses may be contradictory: for example shoring up a certain style of political power, while selectively offering progressive policies, whether free education, land reform or investment in rural communities.

The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI — is focused on the social and political processes across rural spaces that are giving rise to such political reactions today. We seek to understand – but not judge – the characteristics of the social base that give rise to such political dynamics. We also aim to explore how alternatives are being actively generated to regressive, authoritarian politics.  We seek to create the space for a debate about alternatives, documenting, analysing and theorising these in order to begin to outline new emancipatory politics that challenge narrow, exclusionary, violent and populist visions, analysing, sharing, supporting, deepening and scaling up alternatives.

With this call we seek to engage scholars, activists, and practitioners from across the world who are both concerned about the current conjuncture, but also hopeful about alternatives. As outlined below, we will initiate a Working Paper series, supported by a limited number of small grants, to allow for the writing up of original research. In parallel we are inviting other, shorter contributions in a variety of media, helping to map out responses and alternatives.

The Initiative will hold a major conference in early 2018, bringing this work together, with the aim of thinking together about new directions, both for academic research and practical action. We will be encouraging publication of a series of papers in the *Journal of Peasant Studies*, as well as other popular and media outlets, as a focus for an intense,
informed and radical engagement around this theme. We hope others in social movements, political formations, policy institutions, and elsewhere will participate, developing new visions that respond to the current moment.

1. We Propose three core themes
for the Initiative:

(i) The current conjuncture: rural roots and consequences
(ii) Resisting, organising and mobilising for an emancipatory rural politics
(iii) Alternatives: understanding, supporting, creating, deepening and scaling

2. What is to be done? A Challenge for scholar-activists

The urgent tasks are numerous. Given the challenges, resistance must be big, wide and insurgent. Yet, the ranks of scholar-activists within academic institutions are relatively thin. However modest our capabilities and resources, we can nevertheless do something that can make an important contribution to wider, global resistance. Our contribution has two important characteristics. It is coordinated by a network of scholar-activists/activist-scholars largely working in academic and independent research institutions, in both the global North and South, and it brings insights to our analysis of and political action around the current conjuncture from longstanding work with a rural perspective. By doing this we hope that we can make a small contribution in sharpening our analysis of the global situation, and by doing so, help inspire more people to join in peoples’ movements, community conversations and local innovations and experiments, wherever these may be.

3. Provisional questions

Under our three core themes, some possible questions for further exploration are outlined here
These are indicative, and not restrictive. There are many, many more, so please do frame and explore them, as long as they broadly link to our core  themes and wider political project.

4. What are we proposing, at least initially?

Our aim is to kick-start a wide, informed conversation on the themes outlined above, creating a platform for onward debate and action. In this context, we are inviting both short contributions in a range of formats and research-based papers for a new Working Paper series that addresses the themes above. All contributions must be rooted in recent engagements in rural transformation and politics, speaking to particular contexts and
experiences, from anywhere in the world. We encourage in particular collaborations between academics and activists/practitioners.

(5) Call for applications: small grants

We have a limited number of $2000 small grants available for those aiming to produce Working Papers, allowing perhaps additional fieldwork to supplement work already done. If you wish to apply for one of these grants, the deadline is 30 June 2017. Final papers are due at the latest on 1 January 2018. Please send a short application, including a one-page abstract, a half-page-word statement on a how you will spend the funds, and a half-page short bio of all proposed authors, including name, background, affiliation and country of residence = all these in one Word format file.

Applications should be sent to the email address (, with the subject line marked ERPI SMALL GRANT APPLICATION.

Beyond those contributing directly, we invite any researchers and activists interested in this area of work and keen to keep in touch to sign up, via social media and email. Please let people know about this Initiative!

For now, we can remain in touch via the Initiative’s Gmail account:

(6) Coordinating collective:

Ian Scoones (STEPS Centre/IDS Sussex), Wendy Wolford (Cornell University), Marc Edelman (City University of New York), (Ruth Hall, PLAAS University of the Western Cape), Ben White (ISS, The Hague), Jun Borras (ISS, The Hague), Agrarian & Environmental Justice Program of the Transnational Institute (Lyda Fernanda, Pietje Vervest and Jennifer Franco), ICAS (www.iss.nn/icas <http://www.ssi.n/icas>: Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Zoe Brent, Liu Juan, Natalia Mamonova, Elyse Mills, Tsegaye Moreda, Salena Tramel).

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Bhoomi Santhe- 3rd June 2017




Youth Entrepreneurship Network: The US Department of State Mission

*Youth Entrepreneurship Network: *The US Department of State Mission to India is accepting applications

for the Youth Entrepreneurship Network: Innovate, Ideate and Connect program.

The Youth Entrepreneurship Network is a three-phased intensive workshop for 40-50 young entrepreneurs who have established businesses for at least a year, chosen via open competition across the consular district, with a focus on Kolkata, West Bengal, Patna, Bihar, and Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Grants/cooperative agreements of $50,000 – $54,000 USD are available.
Apply by *June 30, 2017.*

*The US Department of State* *Mission to India *is calling for proposals
for its “Scaling Up Women’s Entrepreneurship in India” project. A partnership will be formed between one U.S. and one Indian NGO/civil society organization to promote sustainable enterprises, small businesses and innovation in India by connecting women entrepreneurs in India with American and Indian mentors through a series of skill development workshops and mentoring networks. A cooperative agreement of $50,000 – $54,000 USD is available.

Apply by *June 30, 2017.*

Funded by *The World Bank*, *The Jharkhand Women Development Society (JWDS) *is seeking to engage an NGO to deliver community level interventions aimed at the socioeconomic empowerment of adolescent girls and young women in the Chatra and Khunti districts of Jharkhand. Detailed instructions and requirements can found on the procurement notice
Applications are due *May 31, 2017*.

Invitation into a pilgrimage of inquiry (Call for SUBIS Facilicator)


Greetings from Sanchi University !

We at “Centre for Alternative Learning” at Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic studies , Barla – Madhya Pradesh are attempting to enquire into the question of learning. Learning, not just in limited sense of schooling, de-schooling, values or skill developments but in its completeness.

Why do we learn ? How do we learn ? What is learning ?

Because learning is our basic nature, It’s primarily a journey into depths of our own selves.

We are looking for fellow-travellers in this pilgrimage of self-enquiry, who will be part of the team dreaming to delve deep into subjects of learning, education and human life.

Currently the university is hiring facilitators (please visit the university website’s recruitment section).

Please feel free to get back in case of any queries or doubts



A story for Alumni!

Please visit the below link to read a beautiful article written by S. Giridhar on Government school teachers who inspire hope in a remote village like Surpur in Karnataka.


Int’l Street Vendors Day | Launch of Street Vendors Law Comic

Please attend this Tomorrow, May 26th, morning if you are in Bangalore.

Launch of a comic on Street Vendors Law

When & Where?
26th May (Friday), 11.30 am to 1pm
SCM House, Mission Road ( Opp HCG Cancer Hospital)

For more details, refer to the quoted mail below or contact:-

Lekha Adavi 9686757053
Vinay Sreenivasa 9880595032


Research Assistants required for an ongoing research on National Green Tribunal

Geetanjoy Sahu, a faculty at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai is looking for research assistants (three to four) to work on green tribunal case law analysis for a minimum period of six months.

Interested candidates with law and political science background can write to him at this email id- Preference will be given to candidates from Pune, Chennai, Bhopal, Kolkatta and Delhi as the green benches are functioning from these cities. Law students looking for short-term internship can also write to Geetanjoy at the above email id.

If any interested candidates have further queries, contact either Himanshu Upadhyaya, Faculty, School of Development, Azim Premji University at 09972717925 ( or Geetanjoy Sahu at

Janhit Jagran | An initiative by Dainik Jagran

Janhit Jagran

The initiative is aimed at encouraging social entrepreneurship in the fields of health, education, livelihood, poverty alleviation, women empowerment, water and environment conservation by identifying and supporting young people committed to solving the most pressing issues facing our nation.

In an attempt to strengthen the ecosystem for nurturing and supporting social enterprises, we aim to set up the Jagran Center for Social Enterprise, an incubation center that provides mentorship, networking platform and financial aid upto 1 million, for achieving the ​social impact. Janhit Jagran (002)

Jury for Janhit Jagran 2015 was  headed by Mr. Jairam Ramesh , and included Dr. Sunita Narain, Mr. Dilip Cherian,  Mr. Bejon Kumar Misra and Mr. Ram Kripal Yadav. The first time winners were felicitated by the prime minister, Mr. Narendra Modi; the second year’s winners are yet to be announced.

For more details, get in touch with Vaibhav Limaye ,

Mobile – +919958067311

Job Opportunity at ATREE

Here is an interesting Job Opportunity at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Bangalore.

Job Profile: Research Analysist or Research Associate (as per the qualification and experience)

Qualification: Masters

Note: Persons with sociology/ physicology background are also welcomed.

This is for one year, which can be extended for further as per the performance.

For further information please contact:

Durba Biswas
Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE
Mail id : durba(dot)biswas(at)atree(dot)org

Contact number::   8861727973