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We Are All Watching

We, as members of the global community of scholars, make an urgent appeal for justice in the most recent case of caste discrimination in an institution of higher education in India—the University of Hyderabad’s prejudicial suspension of five young Dalit students pursuing PhDs. This was ordered...

On the Margins in the City

Seasonal labour migration has become an irreversible part of the livelihoods of rural adivasi communities in western India. This article examines the nature, experience and implications of such migration primarily to major urban centres for construction work. It goes on to suggest why those institutions mandated to protect vulnerable informal workers - labour departments, unions and the law - have largely failed to do so, and how in consequence adivasi migrants depend for their welfare upon agents, brokers and contractors who are also their most intimate exploiters. Finally the article suggests how adivasi labour migrants might be supported and describes a recent initiative in this regard.

Authority, Gender and Knowledge-Theoretical Reflections on Participatory Rural Appraisal

Theoretical Reflections on Participatory Rural Appraisal David Mosse Information for planning is shaped by relations of power and gender and by the investigators themselves, and certain kinds of knowledge are often excluded. Participatory methods of research such as participatory rural appraisal (PRA) are increasingly being used to overcome the limitations of conventional research methods.
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