Managing editor, Down To Earth. He has been associated with the fortnightly since 1997 and has written extensively on rural affairs and development matters.
Niti Aayog’s new strategy: A call for growth or acceptance of failure
Celebrating India’s 75th year of Independence to achieve a “New India” needs more than a plagiarised text
Environment as the enemy
We celebrate disruptive financial decisions as a sign of decisive leadership. So why not in the case of environmental emergencies?
Have regional parties lived up to people’s aspiration?
Be it Andhra, be it Bihar, regional parties have followed economic policies laid down by national parties
Do public protests decide election results?
Research gives a mixed verdict but given India’s socio-economic reality, protests do impact election results
In the next 14 months, 62 countries will go to polls
India’s 130 million first-time voters will play a decisive role in the world’s state of economy
The others too
The MeToo campaign comes at a time when women are being courted for electoral gains. Is it good or bad?
World's poor mostly reside in ecologically fragile areas
Looking at how poverty has reduced and where, it is clear that economic growth alone will not lead to poverty eradication. Global efforts must …
Again, stop talking about GDP
India missed another opportunity to shed its obsession with a bad measure of economy
How to fight water scarcity this monsoon
Though the monsoon is behaving erratically, drought-prone districts are still water rich
Does poverty trigger extremism?
Two recent developments could precipitate a global debate on whether poverty triggers extremism
The countdown begins
Irrespective of being left or right in orientation, the next elections will be about rural issues
An abridged selection of his memorable statements on the environment
India's third-tier of government has a few lessons for those seeking presidential form of government
At 25, Panchayati Raj has become a powerful development instrument
Panchayats have become a kind of systematic investment plan for political parties to deepen their influence
Two seasons of separation and a deep political desperation
It feels good that agriculture features high in political discourse but, again, it is misdirected
Why India's poor laugh at anti-corruption campaigns
Indian anti-corruption drives don't factor in the poor, the worst victims of the scourge
Where will farmers go to get jobs?
There is a significant reduction in farm jobs. India must create alternative opportunities for those abandoning agriculture
Year of electors
In 2018, close to half of the world's population will vote for their governments
Employed but poor
Poverty among employed people underscores the need for a new strategy on job creation
Poverty remains conditional to one's social status
Agriculture key to creating jobs in India's largely informal economy
The NDA government is repeating the mistake of the Vajpayee regime by relying on the formal sector for job creation
Why I mourn Dussehra: Climate change and death of seasons
People of Odisha have given a clear verdict: from number of seasons to mating habits of birds, they say everything has changed as a result of …
What is the cost of doubling farmers’ income by 2022?
The farmers have to make an investment of Rs 463 billion in the next five years
Half of India's children are poor
It raises a question: will they ever be out of poverty?
The media and the republic
Self-governance in tribal villages is not a threat to national sovereignty