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The Time is Ripe for Unity
03 October, 2018, Prabhat Patnaik
Over 1.5 lakh farm and industrial workers walked together in Delhi on September 5, not because no one thought of it sooner, but because the conditions have now been created to prompt it.
The Dismal State of Rural India
10 July, 2015, Prabhat Patnaik
The recently released socio economic and caste census paints a dismal picture of rural India where more than half of the total rural households survive on manual casual labour.
Unseen Workers: Women in Indian agriculture
01 April, 2015, Jayati Ghosh
Although women play a pivotal role in Indian agriculture, it is amazing to see how their work goes unnoticed in the public domain.
The Food Price Rise Acceleration in Rural India
31 December, 2013, Rahul Goswami
For crop cultivators and rural labour, the CPI – a measure of the rise in the food prices – is showing an accelerated upward trend, particularly October 2011 onwards.
What Census 2011 Reveals about Our Growers and Their Land
05 June, 2013, Rahul Goswami
The change in the number of cultivators and agricultural labourers provided by Census 2011 should help us recognise the growing impacts on food security caused by urbanisation.
More Farmers or Fewer?
13 May, 2013, Rahul Goswami
The consequences of western Maharashtra’s urbanisation on the food security of the 14 districts that have sent rural workers to that region are yet to be recognised.
Food Inflation and Agricultural Swaraj
03 January, 2011, Rahul Goswami
The price of a basket of staple foods has become crippling in rural and urban India. The government's response is to favour agri-commodity markets, greater retail investment and more technology inputs. For food growers and consumers alike, the need for genuine farm swaraj has never been greater.
The Social Composition of Panchayats
19 May, 2008, Jayati Ghosh
It is now taken for granted in different parts of India that locally elected panchayats can be important instruments for ensuring more effective delivery of different public services and government programmes, as well as means of social and political mobilisation for more democratic outcomes.
Some Aspects of the Well-Being of India's Agricultural Labour in the Context of Contemporary Agrarian Crisis
22 February, 2007, Praveen Jha
This paper explores why the official poverty estimates show low levels as well as decline in poverty in India over the 1990s, whereas all other economic and social indicators suggest that absolute poverty is high. The former do not capture the true picture because the official method involves the 'fallacy of equivocation'. It is also argued that when actual rural poverty is as high as nearly four-fifths of the population and poverty depth is increasing with a higher proportion of people being pushed down into lower nutritional status, there is an urgent need to revert to a demand-driven universal public distribution system.
Employment trends in West Bengal
30 June, 2003,
Since the early 1990s, West Bengal like other Indian states has seen its employment growth lagging behind output growth, so much so that even a relatively dynamic sector like agriculture has been successful in creating very few additional jobs.
Drought: Assessing the Likely Fall-Out
27 July, 2002, C.P. Chandrasekhar
Halfway through this year's 16-week monsoon season, the government has been forced to admit that India faces the prospect of suffering from the "worst and most widespread drought" in over a decade. With 355 out of the 512 districts for which data is available having received deficient, scanty or no rainfall between June 1 and July 17

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