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May 8, 2020

As villages prepare for a long battle, gram panchayats will have a critical role to play

As gram panchayats are trusted by villagers, they are essential to ensure that the response against the crisis includes consultations with stakeholders and participatory decision-making at the local-level

Vikas Jha
May 2, 2020

Recently, ASHA workers have faced violence. What makes them so vulnerable?

In the coming days, as more and more migrants are going to head back to their villages, the workload of these ASHA workers is going to increase. The government must ensure their safety

Patralekha Chatterjee
May 1, 2020

“The government machinery has displayed total ineptitude in the handling of the pandemic”

The handling of the coronavirus crisis has once again exposed the weakness of the system and the heavy bureaucratic and political sloth that India is saddled with

Sanjiv Krishan Sood
May 1, 2020

“The mohalla clinic model could be an effective way to deal with the coronavirus pandemic”

These clinics can play a key role in fighting the relatively unknown enemy considering we have an overburdened health system where one doctor caters to nearly 1,500 patients

Irfan Khan
April 25, 2020

Why do the parents send their children to private playgroups and not to the Anganwadis?

The primary reason, according to the experts, is that children coming to these Anganwadi centres remain in the same class, while the private playschool children go from junior to senior

Alka Gadgil
April 25, 2020

Now, all eyes are on the monsoon. Will it steer the economy after the lockdown?

Usually, at this time of the year, the performance of the monsoon attracts all the curiosity. But, this year, the story has unfolded very differently, with the focus completely on COVID-19

Sridhar Balasubramanian
April 22, 2020

As spring blossomed, India was forced into a lockdown to escape the grasp of a micro-organism

As I was locked in my house, I knew that that somewhere close by, Palash trees were blooming. For a few minutes, I was back to the tea-stall in Madhya Pradesh where I had first seen the Palash

Neha Sinha
April 21, 2020

Can we flatten the unsustainability curve?

The earth needs to heal. This lockdown is a wake-up call. It is the right time for us to understand that collective growth and prosperity do not mean rising income and high GDP … maintaining the ecological balance is as important

Venkatesh Dutta
April 21, 2020

We must help our sanitation workers who are crucial in this battle against coronavirus

Sanitation workers are at the frontlines of our response to the COVID-19 crisis. They put their lives at risk and remain overlooked. Here’s what needs to be done to ensure their health and safety

Abhinav Akhilesh
April 18, 2020

“We’re forgetting about the kids again, especially those living in the rural pockets”

We have seen this happen during the previous cases of natural disasters and situations of unrest that when education is not given a priority, a year down the line you are left facing an uphill battle

Nagakarthik Mp