Probing Power Subsidies in Agriculture

Subsidies for the agricultural sector, despite the heat they face, are often important. This is all the more true for electricity subsidies. However, this makes it even more crucial to identify and rectify any problems that persist in them. Harish explores the political economy of subsidies and the way forward with them.

Access to Electricity as a Human Right

Emphasis on provision of electricity has usually been considered as stemming from ‘goodwill’ or equitable considerations. Chitra argues for a more rights-based framework, under which provision of electricity ought to be a good that everyone deserves.

Challenges in Electrification of Rural India

One does not need to possess much prior knowledge to spot the patent falsity in government statements that proclaim complete rural electrification. However, it does take effort and considerable research to understand why in the 21st century much of rural India still lives in darkness. Beth highlights in this article few critical problems which stand in the way of transforming ‘complete rural electrification’ from fiction to fact.