Celebrating Holi 2017 in Firangi style

Celebrating Holi 2017 in Firangi style

Following are the list of Holi-like festivals, which may have slightly different forms but are as messy. Boryeong Mud Festival Koreans immerse themselves in nutrient rich mud, to celebrate one of their most popular festivals called Boryeong Mud festival. Although not as colourful, this Holi like fest is an annual summer event that takes place […]

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Where are our Mahajanapadas today?

Anybody with basic political awareness is fairly well acquainted with the location and administrative functioning of states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. Most of you may also be residing in cities like Patna, Lucknow, Varanasi, Meerut, Delhi, Jaipur, Ujjain etc. But have you ever imagined that the above mentioned cities and […]

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Cryospheric Research: Polar Realms and Himalaya

Cryospheric Research: Polar Realms and Himalaya

Cryosphere comprises those portions of the surface of the earth, where water is found in solidified form— glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, sea ice, and frozen ground (permafrost). The cryosphere is vulnerable to global warming and responds to the global and regional climate system on various time scales. The effect is most perceptible and amplified […]

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Land and Livelihood: Debating the Land Acquisition Law

Rural livelihoods, whether farm or non-farm, are intricately linked to land, particularly in the developing world. In the global south, specifically in India, land is an emblem of social status and security of households in addition to being a prominent source of livelihood and poverty-arresting ingredient (Robin Mearns, 1999, ‘Access to land in rural India: […]

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Experiences from Sikkim Making MGNREGA Deliver

The MGNREGA Act is an innovative piece of legislation with unique elements that not only provides wage employment but also empowers people to prepare and implement their own village development plans, and finally audit the public expenditure thereby making them masters of their own destiny. However, effective implementation of MGNREGA in the country is fraught […]

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Panchayati Raj in Rajasthan: Emerging Trends

In Rajasthan a cabinet decision in 2000 directed the transfer of functional responsibilities related to 16 out of 29 subjects (listed in the 11th Schedule), to panchayati raj institutions (PRIs). However, because of the lack of accompanying functionaries and funds the supervisory devolution of functions remained sub-optimal in impact. Further progress came in when the […]

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