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Poverty : Background & Perspective

By Mari Marcel Thekaekara

 "When I see it I know it," a US Supreme Court judge once said cryptically about obscenity. It is the same with poverty. When all the number-crunching is done, the lines of poverty defined and redefined, poverty is about the adivasi starving in Bolangir or Kalahandi, the widow of an Andhra Pradesh weaver driven to suicide, the drought-stricken in Rajasthan. Their poverty can only be alleviated if there is a redistribution of assets, an even and rapid spread of healthcare and education, and the creation of sustainable livelihoods
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'SDGs set to repeat the mistakes of the MDGs?'

By Vineet John Samuel

Sustainable Development Growth

Without transparent and accountable governance, the Sustainable Development Goals will remain a feel-good wish-list for equitable development, says Vineet John Samuel.
On November 22-27 the United Nations General Assembly will meet in New York for the Sustainable Development summit, to acknowledge and put into action the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Sustainable Development Goals have been created to supplant the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), set to lapse this year.

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The poor fight to stay on BPL list

By Sudarshan Chhotoray

Below the Poverty Line (BPL)

The BPL survey 2011 and its inclusion/exclusion criteria has serious repercussions for India’s poor. The very BPL card that helped a person build a house under the Indira Awas Yojana will now see him excluded for owning a pucca house; the phone booth granted to the disabled will now see them excluded for owning a fixed phone line; a basic outboard motor on a fishing boat will knock a poor fisherman off the BPL list 

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Tripura's tribal angst By B Jayant Kumar
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Why poor rural tribals will remain poor for generations

By Richard Mahapatra

A new survey by the Chronic Poverty Research Centre identified 15 regions spread over six states where poverty is getting concentrated and chronic, and found that tribal and forested areas are likely to remain poor, with the decline in poverty among the rural tribal population going from 51.9% to just 47.3%

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Truth, people and a video camera

By Ashok Gopal

Activist-filmmaker Shriprakash's honest, powerful documentaries attempt to capture the struggles and aspirations of local communities in Bihar and Jharkhand

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Stories of Change

ATM cards for Delhi's homeless


A scheme to enable hundreds of homeless people in Delhi to save has given them an identity and a new sense of pride and achievement
The story of Nirmal Kumar Dega is one of despair and very little hope. Lying prone under the lone fan in a huge room at Ashray Adhikar Abhiyan (AAA), a rights-based organisation funded by ActionAid that runs shelters for the homeless in Delhi, Dega’s fatigue is evident. His lanky frame is clothed in a brown kurta-pyjama, his hair is dishevelled, his teeth stained yellow with tobacco.

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50% of scheduled caste population chronically undernourished: Binayak Sen

Dr Binayak Sen, recently nominated to the Planning Commission’s steering committee on health draws attention to starvation in India and says government policies are only adding to the problem

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Statewise Poverty lines, Number of Poor and Poverty ratio for the year 1999-2000

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