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Wednesday, December 01, 2021

A R Vasavi

The writer, a social anthropologist, is based in Bengaluru.

The MSP that rural India needs: Maximum support policy
Thu, Nov 25, 2021

A R Vasavi writes: It needs reforms that will revive the health of its soil and water resources, provide employment for people and enhance quality of life

Ten months on, what lessons have we learnt from the farmers’ movement?
Thu, Sep 30, 2021

A R Vasavi writes: It has stalled erosion of democracy in India, strengthened a new coalition of different interest groups, including farmers, workers, Dalits and civil society, and challenged the hegemony of agri-business

As Covid and institutional failures ravage us, a lament for what we’ve lost
Sat, May 22, 2021

Like the ambulance sirens that seek clearance of passage during the pandemic, we must wail and wail to make way for new pathways.

Neither govt nor protesting farmers recognise challenge of depleting natural resources and climate crisis
Mon, Dec 07, 2020

If we truly want to ensure the livelihoods of our farmers and provide safe, healthy, nutritious food for our consumers, it is imperative to make policies that go beyond the productivity trope and populist posturing.

NEP 2020 ignores crisis in education among the marginalised majority in rural India
Tue, Sep 15, 2020

Although NEP claims that the purpose of education is to achieve “full human potential, develop an equitable and just society”, it fails to cater to the needs of rural India’s marginalised majority, who in so many ways are rendered into being subjects rather than citizens.

Budget 2020 lacks vision to craft a policy and allocate suitable funds to address problems of rural India
Mon, Feb 03, 2020

Rural India’s challenges have become sharply manifest in the high proportion of land that is uncultivated, the decline in food crops, and the devastation wrought by droughts and floods.

Citizens into supplicants
Sat, Apr 13, 2019

Parties promise goods, without assuring functioning public institutions and equality of opportunity

Studies show Adivasis have preserved biodiversity, SC verdict turns a blind eye to such knowledge
Thu, Feb 28, 2019

Today, the Adivasi has become a pawn in the games that an indifferent polity, a corrupt administrative apparatus and an aggressively ambitious dominant society are playing.

Karnataka’s blindspots
Sat, May 12, 2018

Core issues from health and education to agriculture have been invisibilised by competitive electioneering