The writer, a social anthropologist, is based in Bengaluru.
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
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
Like the ambulance sirens that seek clearance of passage during the pandemic, we must wail and wail to make way for new pathways.
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.
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.
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.
Parties promise goods, without assuring functioning public institutions and equality of opportunity
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.
Core issues from health and education to agriculture have been invisibilised by competitive electioneering