#LiteracyInEverydayLife

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Today is the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day. On the streets of Jaipur, a self-employed magician is using his mobile to solicit clients. When I chanced to meet him about three months ago, he raised my curiosity by showing a few ‘tricks’ on the pavement itself. As I began to leave him, he asked  […]

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Is “Lodha Medicine” the Bitter Pill Indian Olympians Need?

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Indian Olympians have been performing poorly in the the Rio Olympics and the same state is repeated every four years. As we watched the fantastic performances of sportsmen and women in Rio Olympics every day this past week, we became acutely aware of the widespread ‘sickness’ in the Indian Olympic team. Once again, our sportsmen […]

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Migrant Children Deserve An Education

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Migration poses a problem in terms of health care, sanitation, livelihoods and, most importantly, education of migrant children. Surrounded by brick industries which provide seasonal employment, migration in Boni Gram Panchayat is high and the children of these migrant families end up paying the price. The village of Boni is located in the northeastern part […]

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Brexit: Don’t Blame Democracy!

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After the Brexit vote, people have blamed the referendum itself, the very act of giving citizens a voice in democracy! Don’t blame democracy. Introspect on the huge disconnect in the UK, says Rajesh Tandon, President, PRIA. Ever since the results of the referendum in UK showed that 52% of its citizens had voted to ‘leave’ European […]

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Can “Collage-n” change communities?

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Ruchika Tara Mathur, Program Officer, participated in the community organizing workshop conducted by PRIA last month for program staff. Is the collage-making activity (or “collage-n”, as she likes to call it) which she learnt in the training a much-needed shot in the arm for community workers to energise the communities they work in to adopt changes in attitudes […]

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Rapid Action Learning Unit under SBM in Andhra Pradesh: An Experiment Worth Replicating

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Sakshi Saini, Asst. Program Manager, writes about PRIA’s experience in establishing and supporting the Rapid Action Learning Unit (RALU) in Andhra Pradesh, which shows the action-learning approach to development is becoming a reality, and RALU is an experiment worth replicating in all sectors and states.   In India, hundreds of centrally or state sponsored development […]

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Make Policy, Forget About It

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Policy making in any country is increasingly challenging. It has become more so in democracies like India. Students of public policy in India may find it hard to clearly explain how such policies are formulated. And more critically, how such policies are implemented? The political economy of policy-making in a country like India has to […]

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Rush to Form Political Parties in India

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Several new political parties are being formed in India as the proposed amendment in the Finance Bill 2016 will enable them to receive foreign funding from ‘foreign’ sources. Some of the new parties are likely to be called ‘Green & Peace Party’, ‘Sabrang Party’, ‘Participatory Party’, ‘Human Rights Party’, ‘Collectives Party’, ‘Nationalist Party’, ‘Azaadi Party’, […]

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There Was Always Water

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Phoolo. I met Phoolo in the metro station in Gurgaon on my way to work on the morning of 6th April. As I was preparing to make a frantic dash across the station, I heard a soft voice asking me for help to swipe a token. I turned to see a middle aged woman. Frail […]

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Water Today: Source of Life or Death?

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The Mumbai High Court yesterday asked the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) why millions of litres of water should be used for preparing pitches for IPL cricket matches in Maharashtra this month when lakhs of households are thirsty in Latur and several other districts of the state due to severe drought. As […]

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