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 →

A New Internet Scam?

Economics in action

I have been writing and posting an essay every week in this platform for the last 20 months. However, due to the tiredness arising out of travel during the last couple of weeks and also due to a forthcoming trip, I have almost decided not to write anything this week. However, there is an email in my inbox that has changed my decision.

We are used to a number of internet scams. The `business proposals’ from a few African countries are of one kind. Then we have seen mails using the id of colleagues and academics who are apparently facing some financial difficulty during their foreign trips. However this mail scam has gone beyond all these types. There is a direct mail. `I know your pass `xxxxxx’. I have developed a malware. I know all the pornographic and other such sites that you visit. I have made a video in…

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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 →

`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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Lessons from Sikshasandhan, Odisha By V Santhakumar and Nazrul Haque

Published here: http://practiceconnect.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/2018/10/08/the-role-of-non-governmental-organizations-in-the-education-of-scheduled-tribes-in-india/ Tribal groups in India speak their own languages and not the mainstream language of the state they live in, which is a major hurdle in the education of their children. MLE and other innovative practices are being attempted in Odisha by NGOs like Sikshasandhan.

Sustainable and Just Jobs for All

First published here: https://www.livemint.com/Opinion/CM0USHZoSjrJ083yMUgzTM/Opinion--Sustainable-and-just-jobs-for-all.html Anurag Behar For many years, I was responsible for a business with manufacturing facilities in India and across the world. In that period the business grew manifold, generating equivalent growth for our suppliers. But the growth in employment was a fraction of the volume growth in the entire supply chain. This... Continue Reading →

New article published #27 Improving the Nutritional Status of Tribal People, Lessons from the work of Living Farms

Living Farms is located in the Muniguda block of the Rayagada district of Odisha, one of the most backward districts of the state and the country in terms of the development indicators. It works to revive and strengthen the food diversity of the tribal people and through this, enhance their nutritional status. Full article here: http://practiceconnect.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/2018/09/24/improving-the-nutritional-status-of-tribal-people/

Quality Schooling for All: Lessons from the Total Literacy Campaign – An Interview with M. P. Parameswaran

first posted @ http://practiceconnect.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/2018/09/18/quality-schooling-for-all-lessons-from-the-total-literacy-campaign/ The Total Literacy Campaign (TLC) was a major and probably the only national social movement in India that brought the governmental and non-governmental actors together to address the issue of mass education (illiteracy) in India. This campaign was first carried out in the Ernakulam District of Kerala and was a joint... Continue Reading →

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