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Are Awareness Programmes Enough to Declare a Village Cashless?

 
/ June 6, 2018

Lanura and Manzigam were the first villages in Kashmir to go ‘cashless’, but they don’t even have efficient roads, electricity and water supply, nevermind internet connection.

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The Not-so-ideal Situation of the Adarsh Gram Yojana

 
/ June 1, 2018

More than three years after the Prime Minister asked each Member of Parliament to adopt one village and eventually more, has the plan really worked?

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Adivasi Community in Odisha Stakes Claim to Forest Land, Wins

 
/ May 30, 2018

The Forest Rights Act entitles Adivasi and forest-dwelling communities to both individual and community land ownership, but the process, mostly, is a long-winding one.

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Nomadic Community Deprived of Access to Safe Water

 
/ May 21, 2018

Women and girls across the world spend 200 million hours every day fetching water; what is worse is that in many cases, this water, often contaminated, only leads to disease.

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Locked and Defunct: How Panchayats Work in Pulwama

 
/ May 18, 2018

Ever since the Panchayati Raj Act was adopted, the panchayat buildings in this Pulwama village are regularly painted and maintained; only to open for elections.

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The Empty Promise of ‘Vikas’ for this Maharashtra Village

 
/ May 7, 2018

Residents of this village on the foothills of the Satpura range are yet to reap the benefits of Narendra Modi’s much touted ‘acche din’.

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Leveraging Technology to End Water Woes in Rajasthan

 
/ May 4, 2018

Community Correspondent Shambhulal Khatik believes that online complaint portals can go a long way in ensuring government accountability and transparency.

World Press Freedom Day: People’s Media Keeps Power in Check

 
/ May 3, 2018

Critiquing the media, Mark Twain said, “There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’ speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.”