Ground breaking or heart breaking?

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The January 2016 panchayat elections held in Haryana are over, and it is a big win for women! Dainik Bhaskar (dated 19 January 2016) reports 41.4% of the elected sarpanches in Panipat district are women and as many as 22 villages of Sonipat have elected a women sarpanch. Though women in Haryana have come a […]

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Story of Literacy

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By now, many of you would have heard that I have been awarded the Nehru Literacy Award for 2015 in recognition of my contributions to literacy nationally and internationally. When the news of this award was made public last week, some of my PRIA colleagues seemed bewildered: Rajesh, PRIA and literacy? So, on the occasion […]

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Start Ups or Close Downs

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“In-Box” Actions Required Urgently During the past year, the country has been buzzing with the possibilities of start-ups. Many ‘angel investors’ from around the world have been pumping funds in hundreds of start-ups. In the same spirit, Prime Minister Modi chaired a major summit on start-ups on January 16, 2016. The reality on the ground, […]

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Local Politics and the Dilemmas of Inclusive Development

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PRIA with the support of Water and Sanitation Programme (WSP), World Bank conducted a mobile based survey in five cities to gauge citizen feedback on water supply and sanitation services. Varanasi is one among these cities. On 11 January 2016 a meeting was organised by PRIA with support of Varanasi Municipal Corporation at the corporation […]

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Violence from Within

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It is only when we consider something as a threat, will we take measures to guard against it. India contributes 60% of the world’s open defecation. In June 2014, two girls were raped and murdered in Uttar Pradesh when they have gone out to defecate in the open. This information points to the fact that […]

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