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Poverty : Background & Perspective

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,...

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Analysis

Prosperity and poverty: A rapid reader on inequality

Prosperity and poverty: A rapid reader on inequality

Increasing prosperity for small sections of the population has been misinterpreted as signifying diminishing levels of poverty for large sections of the population, say S Subramanian and D Jayaraj

 

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Features

The poor fight to stay on BPL list

By Sudarshan Chhotoray

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 disabl...

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Books & Reports

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 go...

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Changemakers

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

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News

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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