Tamil Nadu was first witness to land reforms in favour of dalits towards the end of 19th century when the British government came out with orders for Panchami Land. Thereafter, land reforms have been carried out in favour of Dalits in independent India as well. Despite these measures, why has this marginalised community continued to remain overwhelmingly landless? A product of over a month spent on field in Tamil Nadu, this piece by Mathur systematically untangles the foregoing question by comprehensively problemitising the situation of Panchami land.
Melghat, in Maharashtra suffers from chronic malnutrition stemming out of micronutrient deficiency. In this policy memo Prutha Pandharkame suggests the use of Kitchen Gardens as a way to tackle micronutrient deficiency.
A compelling documentary conceptualised and shot by Abhiudaya during his fieldwork visit to Amreli in Gujrat.
Community Forest RIghts (CFR) have immense potential to empower tribal communities. Neel and Priyanka from Institute of Public Policy, during their fieldwork visit to Rahu village in Melghat (Maharashtra), witnessed one such success story of CFR, achieved through tribal community coming together to claim their rights with the help of KHOJ (Melghat) and creating a sustainable and bottom-up approach to development.
Antara Vats, Arjun Anand, Lakshay Narang and Raj Shekhar visited Shiksha Ane Samaj Kalyan Kendra in Amreli district of Gujarat for fieldwork as part of the curriculum of Masters Programme in Public Policy. “Everyone believes that the ‘Gujarat Model’ is successful; it is anything but that” exclaimed Magan Bhai, as he shuffled through his newspaper….