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Constituency Of Farmers -Ajay Vir Jakhar

ntities are multi-layered. People identify themselves along multiple lines — religion, caste, language, occupation, region, land ownership, positions in the government or simply aspirations. Livelihoods in villages are no longer self-sustained, but are tied to market forces. In the quest to increase farm productivity, agriculture universities introduced monoculture. As a result, farmers are now dependent on markets for not only selling their

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Kisan politics shows the way to a possible populism -Mukul Kesavan

hosted the Mazdoor Kisan Sangharsh Rally, where Left organisations representing workers, agricultural labourers and peasants gathered to critique the Central government’s indifference to rural Livelihoods and the despair gripping India’s villages. The Long March and the September rally were both initiated by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and its affiliated workers and peasants organisations. One of the paradoxes of the CPI(M)&

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A very material shift -Sajjan Kumar

us identities. A sense of solidarity around occupational identity has been forged by a combination of factors such as rampant lower-level corruption; destruction of the rural and agrarian economy and Livelihoods allegedly on account of demonetisation; anger due to lower minimum support prices; anger due to schemes like the Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana, which allegedly benefits the intermediary vyaparis; and the problem of digital payments that causes undu

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As Farmers March to Delhi, Climate Change Fuels Their Larger Crisis -Nagraj Adve

ong with members of the Gujarat Agricultural Labour Union and the International Union of Foodworkers, went to eastern Gujarat to speak to farmers about how a changing climate could be affecting their Livelihoods. We found that warmer winters, particularly higher night-time temperatures, had resulted in a reduced or complete absence of dew. This was adversely affecting the rabi crop. “Winters have been getting less cold for about 7-8 years,&rd

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Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018: Tribals urge parties to ensure food security -Mohammed Iqbal

nt in agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, pasture, medicinal products and fruits. While tribal communities residing in Banswara and Dungarpur districts earlier enjoyed a forest resource based Livelihood, large-scale deforestation has forced them to shift to farming on sloping land and caused degradation. Continued and damaging water run-off that has resulted in the loss of agricultural land along the stream course in several areas and led to a

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MP, Rajasthan Under BJP Have Steered the Destruction of Workers' Security -Praneta Jha

ition of industrial workers. Besides administering meagre rates of minimum wage, the two states have introduced a slew of changes in their labour laws, leaving workers unprotected and making their Livelihoods more insecure than ever — in the name of promoting ‘ease of doing business’. The minimum wage rate in Rajasthan is among the lowest in the country. As per the latest notification in 2018, the minimum monthly wage rate is R

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Camel milk is gaining popularity. Could it be an alternative for dairy market? - Smitha Verma

l;hler-Rollefson set up Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan (LPPS), a not-for-profit working for camel breeders, at Sadri, Rajasthan, with her associate Hanwant Singh Rathore to sustain the community’s Livelihood, as well as their animals. And in 2011, she started Camel Charisma, a micro-dairy in Ranakpur that produces about 150 litres of camel milk a week. “Despite the huge hype, it remains a niche product even in Europe and the US, but is growin

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Demonetisation: A circus, clowns and a silver bullet -James Wilson

ng, and apparently on a whim. In these nine months, India’s GDP tanked, and hundreds of thousands of small businesses went bust, and many more millions of people lost their jobs and means of Livelihood. Agricultural produce rotted in mandis as there were no buyers. Entranced by the story told to them by a snake oil salesman who dangled the carrot of a clean, corruption-free India, the public grinned and bore the tribulations of living in a ca

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Missing the wood for the trees -Prabhat Patnaik

d speculation, but speculators, far from being “bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise”, create instead a “whirlpool” upon which enterprise itself becomes a mere bubble. The Livelihood of over a trillion people cannot be made “a by-product of the activities of a casino”. As against this RBI position we have the government’s position that is equally questionable, which wishes to make the RBI into a virtual

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No small change this -TV Jayan

credit and other financial services — often of very small amounts — to the poor in rural, semi-urban or urban areas for enabling them to raise their income levels and attain a meaningful Livelihood. Notwithstanding their late entry on the Indian scene, MFIs — be they are formed as societies, trusts or non-banking finance corporations (NBFCs) — assumed a lead role in providing credit to the poor. In Ujjivan: Transforming Wit

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