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Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Sagar (CaravanMagazine.in)Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Sagar (CaravanMagazine.in)

-CaravanMagazine.in The economist Jean Drèze’s book, Sense and Solidarity, published in late 2017, deals with the impact of Aadhaar on social-welfare programmes, such as the National Food Security Act and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, among other things. Drèze was a member of the United Progressive Alliance government’s advisory council, which designed the NFSA and MGNREGS. He co-authored some of the essays in this book with colleagues and activist friends, including his wife, Bela Bhatia. Drèze spoke to Sagar, a web reporter at The Caravan, about the National Democratic Alliance government’s indifference towards social-welfare programmes, many of which have seen the exclusion of genuine beneficiaries due to the mandatory requirement of an Aadhaar number. Sagar: You have suggested in the book that in the framing of a public policy, empathy and interaction with the oppressed is as important as statistical evidence. Does the government share that approach to public...

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Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Rupashree Nanda (CNN-News18)Jean Dreze, development economist and social activist, interviewed by Rupashree Nanda (CNN-News18)

-News18.com In an interview with News18’s Rupashree Nanda, Dreze, who was a member of Sonia Gandhi’s National Advisory Council and an architect of the National Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), says that there have been no major initiatives in the social field in the last four years, with the partial exception of Swachh Bharat. Government data reveal that the Indian economy is growing at a robust rate but noted economist Jean Dreze believes what really counts is not growth but the improvement of people’s living conditions. In an interview with News18’s Rupashree Nanda, Dreze, who was a member of Sonia Gandhi’s National Advisory Council and an architect of the National Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), says that there have been no major initiatives in the social field in the last four years, with the partial exception of Swachh Bharat. * The past three years have seen been back-to-back droughts followed by demonetisation. What impact do...

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KJ Joy, co-editor of India Unshackled, interviewed by Pema Wangchuck (India Water Portal)KJ Joy, co-editor of India Unshackled, interviewed by Pema Wangchuck (India Water Portal)

-India Water Portal The editor of a new book that lays out alternative futures for India discusses India, democracy and development with a noted journalist. Alternative Futures: India Unshackled is a new book that dares to imagine what India could be. Published by Authors Upfront, 35 author-activists, researchers and thinkers have drawn upon their experiences to write on alternative political, ecological, economic and sociocultural scenarios that will benefit India in its surge forward. They’ve conjured up a vision of a future that is "politically and socially egalitarian, ecologically sustainable and economically equitable, and socio-culturally diverse and harmonious". K.J. Joy is the co-editor of India Unshackled. Here, he discusses this book with Pema Wangchuck, the consulting editor of Summit Times. Pema Wangchuck: This is a fascinating book because we all do talk about what other possibilities there are. For most people who’d like to think things could be better, this is the go-to...

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Vijoo Krishnan, Joint Secretary of All-India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), interviewed by Chandrakanth Viswanath (News18.com)Vijoo Krishnan, Joint Secretary of All-India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), interviewed by Chandrakanth Viswanath (News18.com)

-News18.com When over 50,000 farmers in Maharashtra marched towards Mumbai with similar demands on Sunday, they followed Vijoo Krishnan, a man hailing from a small hamlet in Kerala's Kannur, which has turned out to be a great source of inspiration to the millions of Communists in the state. On December 20, 1946, in Karivelloor, a small village in the northern part of Kerala — then called Malabar, which was a part of Madras Presidency — turned violent with a farmers’ uprising organized by the Karshaka Sangham (farmers’ union) demanding land, food and freedom. Two of the protesters — Thidil Kannan and Keeneri Kunhambu — were killed by the Malabar Special Police (MSP). Seven decades later, when over 50,000 farmers in Maharashtra marched towards Mumbai with similar demands on Sunday, they followed a man hailing from the same hamlet in Kannur, which has turned out to be a great source of inspiration to the...

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Dr. Hameed Nuru, World Food Programme Country Director, interviewed by Soma Basu (The Hindu)Dr. Hameed Nuru, World Food Programme Country Director, interviewed by Soma Basu (The Hindu)

-The Hindu Malnutrition is a complex problem and results from not getting enough food to not getting the right kind of food, says the United Nations WFP (India) Country Director Even with the world's largest subsidised food distribution systems serving 65 million poor families across the country, India continues to be home to a quarter of all malnourished people worldwide. In view of the incredible challenge of improving nutrition for all people by 2030 as one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has realigned its focus in India. From a food aid provider, it is now a catalytic partner of the Indian government with a dedicated focus on improving food and nutrition among the most vulnerable sections — women and children. On the occasion of International Women's Day, the WFP Country Director, Dr. Hameed Nuru tells The Hindu why mainstreaming of the gender component has become...

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