Reforming Governance Key to Progress on SDGs in India

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Poverty remains entrenched in certain socio-geographies of the country. Why has this pattern of poverty not changed significantly despite so many schemes? The key to understanding why entrenched socio-geographies of poverty have not changed is to focus on governance. Reforming governance in the states and national ministries is key to achievement of SDG1, and perhaps […]

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#KisanLongMarch and Reclaiming Civic Space

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On 11 March 2018, in an expression of their dissent over crushing loans, low prices and contested land rights, fifty thousand farmers exercised their freedom of association and assembly when they reached Mumbai. On the very next day, they called off their protest after the Maharashtra government agreed to most of their demands and gave […]

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आखिर हम भी इंसान है

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Over the past few years, PRIA has been engaging boys and men in conversations on gender identity and gender equality. Yashvi Sharma reflects on her experience of engaging young boys in high schools and in the community on gender, violence against women and adolescent issues. Many young boys have told her they feel pressure too […]

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The Colours of Skilling India’s Sanitation Workforce

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Anshuman Karol writes about the challenge of skilling sanitation workers in India. The stark reality is that with the current pace of Swachh Bharat Mission and ideas for decentralised septage management in cities, we will need 5.2 million sanitation workers in the near future. Creating Green Jobs is one effort in Skill India efforts, to ensure safe sanitation […]

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व्यव्हार परिवर्तन में धार्मिक नेताओं तथा विश्वास उपचारको की भूमिका

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Anshuman Karol reflects on the role faith healers and religious leaders can play in promoting priority social development programs in India. They have a strong bond with communities. Can this be a catalyst for people’s participation for sustainable change?   कल्पना करें की मनुष्य का अस्तित्व इस धरती से समाप्त हो जाये तो जानते हैं […]

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संवाद जरूरी है, बदलाव के लिए

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Without dialogue, there can be no change, says Praatibh Mishra. Dialogue is the keystone if we are to raise awareness among many, bring people on a common platform, listen to each other, and support each other to change. He ends his blog post with a poignant poem, “A Journey for Change”, which calls upon all of us to recognise the work women […]

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Dignity of Institutions Promotes Democratic Governance

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During the winter holidays, I watched the Netflix serial ‘Crown’. It is based on the life and times of the current monarch of the United Kingdom—Queen Elizabeth II. The serial has taught me two lessons. First, the current head of state of the UK has had to learn to make several personal sacrifices in order […]

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Young, Wild, But Not Free

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Pooja Pandey reports on PRIA’s Youth and Democracy campaign, a platform in which Indian youth engaged in open, fearless and non-judgemental inter-personal conversations. This gives us hope for 2018, for the youth of India to generate a “youthquake”, and bring significant cultural, political, or social change through their democratic actions in their everyday lives.   Being a person in her early 20s, […]

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Cheated as a Voter, Angry as a Citizen

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Rajesh Tandon, Founder-President, PRIA, believes in democratic governance, but his lived experience everyday in Delhi goes angrily against his belief. What is the point of electing governments? he asks.   I live in Delhi, in India. As a citizen of this city, I have exercised my democratic duty to vote in several elections. I recently voted in the […]

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कथनी और करनी में भेद

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इंग्लैंड के एक उभरते राजनीतिक नेता ने लेबर पार्टी के सम्मलेन में जोर-शोर से कामगारों की न्यूनतम मजदूरी बढाने की मांग करी. अगले ही दिन मीडिया में खबर आयी की वह अपने बिज़नस में कामगारों को न्यूनतम मजदूरी नहीं देते. अमेरिका के एक सीनेटर ने सरकारी स्कूलों में गिरती हुई शिक्षा की स्थिति सुधारने की […]

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