India is a country that has massive informal workforce and densely populated urban clusters, which makes our public health infrastructure vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. Internal Migrants constitute about one-third of India’s urban population, and this proportion is increasing at a rate from 31.6% in 1983 to 35% in 2007-08 (NSSO, 2007 – 2008). The first lockdown that was enforced by the Government of India to restrict the movement of people and the spread of the virus resulted in a catastrophic outcome for the millions of migrant workers in the country. (Suresh, James, et. al., 2020) It has also created … Continue reading Migrant Indians in COVID Crisis
Is it Industrial Revolution or Evolution? Why did it happen? What happened during the period and How did it impact the World? Continue reading The Age of Industrial Revolution or Evolution?
Demystifying the phrase “Think Globally and Act Locally” and making a case for the inverse approach Continue reading Think Globally and Act Locally – The myth and the truth
The article is an analysis and critical review of the book Climate Smart Food by Dave Reay Continue reading Can food be Climate Smart? A review of Dave Reay’s book
An analysis of the development of Perungudi lake and community led participatory action that conserves the resources #community #Chennai #Lakes Continue reading Perungudi Lake Model: Community led Movement in Participatory Resource Management
India is a country that is built on its agricultural prowess. Since Independence, the national leaders and policy makers have engaged in various activities to strengthen the agricultural sector and make us self-sufficient. Indian agriculture reforms can be classified into four periods (Tripathi & Prasad, 2009) namely, 1950s – mid 1960s: Period of agrarian reforms, institutional changes and cooperative credit institutions Mind 1960s – 1980: Period of modernization and green revolution with a focus on high yielding varieties and modern technologies in farming. Achievement of self-sufficiency 1980 – 1991: Period of diversification. Focus shifted from food crops to other diverse … Continue reading A Critical Review of the Three Farm Bills, 2020 with a special focus on the Minimum Support Price
We have all, at least once in our life, come across the story of ‘teaching a man to fish’. It says that one must teach a hungry person how to fish rather than giving them fishes. The moral justification is that we will be keeping them dependent on a handout if they don’t learn how to be productive. Capitalism in its basic form is a system that propagates a free-market economy where each individual is subverted to sell his labour at a minimal cost in order to generate a profit for the enterprise. Here, the ideology that one must be … Continue reading The Hidden Dagger: Dependency and Vaccine Poverty
From my experience in managing COVID-19 relief program of Arpana Foundation On 24th of March, my mother and I were enthusiastically waiting for the address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding the COVID-19 virus induced situation in India. I was engrossed by his speech and his astute response to the crisis. I felt he was brave; he was empathetic and more importantly he was sensible in imposing the 21-day lockdown to mitigate the transmission of virus in our society. Our immediate concern while watching this was whether we would have access to provisions and essential supplies to see through the … Continue reading The Visible Invisible: Vulnerability exposed by COVID-19 in India