ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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COVID-19 and India’s Ongoing Migration Fiasco

Drawing on empirical research with migrant populations, this article identifies four interlinked issues critical to understanding and addressing the contemporary migrant crisis that unfolded in India in the wake of COVID-19. These are (i) labour market segmentation by class, caste, and gender; (ii) inaccessibility of urban housing and services that challenge urban survival; (iii) differential access to documentation, which shapes the hierarchies of citizenship; and (iv) ineffective data that lets migrants slip through the gaps of welfare provision.

Tribal Land Alienation in Andhra Pradesh

Development projects in Andhra Pradesh are emerging as new sources of displacement in the scheduled areas. But the track record of governments regarding rehabilitation of tribals leaves a great deal to be desired. The tribals are not homogeneous as upwardly mobile sections have already emerged. Recent research suggests a trend towards livelihood diversification. This paper argues that tribal development strategies need to go beyond land-based livelihoods and aim at emerging areas such as human capital, infrastructure, food security and employment generation. Positive discrimination has great potential but the policy still needs to be more inclusive. Empowerment of tribal women through self-help groups has shown the way in several locations.

Political Economy of the Animal Feed and Food Contamination Debate in India

Several large-scale outbreaks of diseases in the human population and among farm animals in India have been traced to food contamination. Scientific studies have established how contamination is passed through animal feeds to the human food chain. This paper identifies the stakeholders in the feed and food contamination debate and assesses their role and potential to achieve the goal of safer food for human consumption. In India, civil society groups and the private sector can be the drivers of change. What is essential is to equip them with scientific research findings, to identify and tackle contamination.
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