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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Trends in Household Consumption

Household consumption surveys The Household Consumer Expenditure Survey of the National Sample Survey (NSS), conducted by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Government of India, is the primary source of government data on various indicators of levels of living, pattern of consumption and well being of households at the national and state level. […]

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Urban Growth in India, urbanization, cities, development, migration, urban settlement, gentrification

Urban Growth in India: Disturbing Trends

The development of a country is often correlated with the process of rapid urbanisation, which entails an occupational shift from rural agricultural livelihoods to one that involves more industrial and tertiary activities. Besides changes in core economic life, urban livelihood is closely linked to modernity that implies cultural and civic values vastly different from feudal […]

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Thinking Water Thinking Women

Scholars have argued that women have affinity with nature because both are subjected to domination, women by men and nature by culture. Nature in their imagination is equated with femininity and culture with masculinity. The proponents of this ideology contend that cultural artefacts have destroyed nature through destructive technologies of modern patriarchal structures and controls. […]

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