Opinion | A fraying lifeline for India’s deprived children

Anurag Behar first posted @ https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/e2RSJjRWziEioCwUSFh6QK/Opinion--A-fraying-lifeline-for-Indias-deprived-children.html Tombstones for the young, without graves. Each a foot tall, clustered closely together. About half carved with black cobras, for the boys who died young. The other half colourful, for the girls who died young. Every phala has such a shrine. Phalas are hamlets of the Bhil in south... Continue Reading →

Urbanisation and New Agroecologies

The Story of Bengaluru’s Peripheries By Sheetal Patil, Dhanya B, Raghvendra S Vanjari, Seema Purushothaman Rural–urban interfaces worldwide are increasingly witnessing massive transformations in the structure, functions, and services of complex ecosystems of these zones. An attempt has been made to understand the transitions triggered by urbanisation in the peri-urban agricultural systems of Bengaluru. Using... Continue Reading →

Stop Giving Licence To The ‘Good Guys’ To Get Away With Assaulting Women

Shailendra Rai [2015-17] first posted @ https://www.youthkiawaaz.com/2018/10/me-too-movement-a-way-forward/ Patriarchy is a well-played game, and I’m the winner of this game just like many other men. I’m saying this because it’s the patriarchy which has made me privileged and powerful – to the point that I can narrate one of my sisters’ story instead of her. Because patriarchy... Continue Reading →

In Kolar, a parched land in a sea of sewage

- Mohit M Rao first posted @ https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/a-parched-land-in-a-sea-of-sewage/article25208558.ece In June, farmers in water-starved Kolar were overjoyed when the newly inaugurated KC Valley Project began supplying treated sewage water from Bengaluru . But things went horribly wrong in July when the pipeline began to spew out raw sewage, contaminating the land, the lakes and the groundwater.... Continue Reading →

`They have had 40-50 years but they could not do much; Let them sit back now’

Economics in action

Nimrat, Shraddha and I are waiting patiently in a coffee shop. We have fixed an appointment with a political party worker who is involved in the reforms of education there. When he approaches us, it becomes clear that he is not even 30 years old. He has joined a post-graduate program in education after starting the work on these reforms.

He was meticulous in giving us a good description and insider account of the reforms there. Gradually, the discussion turned to certain contentious issues. A few aspects of these education reforms are unacceptable to well-known educationists in the country. They have written editorial pieces in leading newspapers on the `callousness’ of these reformers. While talking about these developments, our guest or interviewee has made that observation which is given as the title of this essay.

There could be a divide between political activists who pursue certain reforms and educationists or…

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सुशिक्षित तरुण-तरुणींना नोकरी का मिळत नाही?

- गणेश पोळ [MA Dev 2015-17] first posted @ https://www.bbc.com/marathi/india-45685280 तलाठी, कारकून किंवा पोलीस काँस्टेबल पदासाठी MBA, Ph.D, इंजिनिअरसारख्या पदवीधारकांचे अर्ज आलेल्या बातम्या तुम्ही कधीतरी वाचल्या असतीलच. तुमच्या आजूबाजूलाही असे अनेक तरुण, तरुणी असतील की ज्यांच्याकडे पदवी तर आहे पण नोकरी नाही. याचं कारण काय असावं? गेल्या 2-3 दशकांत देशाची आर्थिक प्रगती झपाट्यानं झाली, पण... Continue Reading →

Remembering J C Kumarappa on Gandhi Jayanthi

If the nature of the work is properly appreciated and applied, it will stand in the same relation to the higher faculties as food is to the physical body. - J. C. Kumarappa J.C Kumarappa’s economics and its contemporary relevance Amit Basole “India has produced many important economists over the past century and a half,... Continue Reading →

Here’s the Conversation We Really Need to Have About Bias at Google

First published here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/30/technology/bias-google-trump.html That’s why, in the view of researchers who study the issue of algorithmic bias, the more pressing concern is not about Google’s deliberate bias against one or another major political party, but about the potential for bias against those who do not already hold power in society. These people — women, minorities... Continue Reading →

Poem on Field Immersion Experience

ऐ विकास तू रहता कहाँ ज़रा मुझे तू अपना पता बता चला था मै कुछ अनसुलझे सवालों के जवाब ढूंढने इस बात से बेखबर कि इस सफर मे कुछ नए सवाल ही खड़े हो जायेंगे | चला था मै कुछ अनसुलझी पहेलियाँ सुलझाने के लिए इस बात से अनजान कि कुछ नई पहेलियाँ ही मेरे... Continue Reading →

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