Where do we start in trying to understand our communities? This is particularly relevant when we have multiple identities and affiliations, being an insider to many communities and at the same time, an outsider to many more. To a personal reflection by a fellow blogger on how the sense of community is different in India … Continue reading On romanticising "communities"
"...the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete..."'Single Stories' exist everywhere - about everyone. via TED - I agree with almost everything in this great talk...Adichie does take her 'room-mate' to task though, giving us almost a 'single story' about her. I know she is using her as an … Continue reading The danger of the ‘single story’ – great TED talk
Its the season of MBA entrance exams in India once again. Hundreds of thousands of students vying for few thousand MBA seats in the belief that its going to secure their future. I graduated from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) in 2005. I loved my two years there and in this post, I am rehashing an … Continue reading Considering IRMA?
An article in India Together argues for a return to the old system of wage payment in cash in the NREGS with some heavy romance -By transparent mechanisms like muster roll maintenance and cash disbursement in full public view, designs of community control like choosing work and conducting social audits by gram sabhas had discouraged corruption and also … Continue reading NREGS wages in focus once again
Please do not embarrass us is basically what the Ministry of Health seems to be trying to convey through the Roving Bandit.Those of us who work in the 'sector' are familiar with the liberties some people take in the name of being non-conformist or anti-establishment. In India, the 'kurta and jhola' are standard NGO-wallah symbols. … Continue reading Dress to kill
In recent months, 'the myth of microfinance' has become a catch-phrase. A 2-minute google search throws up at least 9 articles that have the terms 'myth' and 'microfinance' in their title. See here - one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nineIn fact, it has sparked off a war of words between different camps … Continue reading The myth of microfinance: who is freaking out?