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Contested Relocations

Rehabilitation is always a challenging project. This article is an attempt to analyse the process of housing rehabilitation among the coastal community through the perspectives of traditional fi shers.

Housing for Migrant Workers

With there being almost no housing policies for lower income migrant workers in the country, Kerala has attempted to address this problem by introducing a state-level housing policy called Apna Ghar. This article examines the policy’s effectiveness by exploring the “housing–work” relation in the existing housing sub-markets in Kerala’s Ernakulam district, in which the residential typologies inhabited by such worker groups are examined as to their economic affordability, service/amenities adequacy, workplace accessibility and ease of renting/shifting habitations.

The Women in CBOs

In the fight against COVID-19—the global health emergency—the community-based organisations were an effective tool for planning and implementation of relief measures. This article is an examination of the various ways in which the community-based organisations extended their support in the fight against the pandemic.

 

Gendered Impact of Endosulfan Poisoning

This study focuses on the health conditions of endosulfan victims, the socio-economic status of their households, and the impact on female caretakers of the endosulfan victims. It notes that endosulfan poisoning has a gendered impact and that the women caretakers bear the maximum brunt.

 

Changes in Planning Methodology

The trends in the utilisation of plan funds by the local self-government institutions in Kerala from 2012–13 to 2020–21 are analysed. Changes in the participatory planning methodology in 2016 have resulted in better utilisation of the funds after 2017–18.

 

Thinking with/against Joji

Malayalam film Joji can be read as working through a central dialectic between society and family.

An Evidence-based Inquiry into the Endosulfan Tragedy in Kasaragod, Kerala

A review of the literature on the toxicology of endosulfan and assessment of the various pesticide-regulating agencies worldwide, as well as a statistical analysis of the medical camp data and primary data of the 2015 Kerala Disability Census, is carried out to elucidate possible evidence for higher prevalence of disabilities and disorders in the endosulfan-sprayed areas in Kasaragod, Kerala. The enquiry does not indicate a higher prevalence of the health problems in the endosulfan-sprayed areas in Kasaragod, compared to the unsprayed areas in the place and elsewhere in Kerala.

 

Kerala Growers and their Interest in Rubber Cultivation

Using satellite-derived spatio-temporal changes in rubber cultivated area which was taken as a proxy measure of growers’ attitude towards rubber cultivation, we show that despite the drastic fall in rubber price since 2012, Kerala growers still maintain their interest in cultivating this crop. Both total area under rubber cultivation and its share in the total geographic area and gross cultivated area of the state registered a steady growth independent of market fluctuations in rubber price suggesting the robust base of rubber plantation sector in the state, contradictory to some pessimistic views. We postulate that rubber growers in the districts that witnessed an expansion in rubber area are likely to be more dependent on rubber cultivation to meet their livelihood. The socio-economic reasons behind the differential attitude of rubber growers from different parts of Kerala as the rubber market fluctuated merits further research.

Women, Priesthood and Religious Rights in Tamil Nadu and Kerala

In light of the recent announcement by the minister for Hindu religious and charitable endowments for Tamil Nadu regarding the government’s willingness to facilitate resources and training for women who wish to be priests in temples, the article examines the debates regarding the right of women to Hindu religious realm by revisiting the political episode of women’s assertion of their constitutional right to enter the Sabarimala temple in the neighbouring state of Kerala as well as the gendered dimensions of situating the protests within the larger histories of the self-respect movement and navodhanam.

 

Kerala Elections 2021

The victory of the Left Democratic Front in the elections to Kerala legislative assembly needs to be contextualised within certain key social and economic developments that the state witnessed in the last five years. While doing so, certain narratives that have emerged in the media about possible factors responsible for the LDF victory need to be critically engaged with.

 

Political Significance of Assembly Election Results

The recent election results negate the politics of dominance cherished at the centre.

 

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