Midday Newsfeed

  • Agriculture: PM Singh to visit Bihar to begin implementation of statewide agricultural development plan.
  • Hogenakkal and Water: The decision of Tamil Nadu’s CM to delay decision on project has been questioned for having political motivations. The Times of India takes a look back on four decades of controversies surrounding water supply and transport. Looking forward now, the centre has suggested the creation of a radically new approach to regulating all ground water sources on a national level.
  • Health Quality Control: Former vaccine production centers will now operate as testing laboroatories for new medicines. Continuing on this theme of standards, the central government has begun to contemplate regulations for the wellness and spa industry in India.
  • Education: New postgraduate degree for gender, sexuality and human rights has been created.
  • Awful story: Two Dalit women were forced to eat human excrement as villagers blamed them for an outbreak of smallpox.

Reclaiming the Land

As brought to our attention by InfoChangeIndia, the phenomenon of urban migration is a multidimensional issue, with social and economic repercussions, both for rural and urban India. As described in an article entitled, “This Land is Ours!”, as a result of urban migration, women in rural communities are undergoing changes in terms of their roles within the family structure:

The village [Narsenahall, Karnataka] is part of a nationwide trend in agriculture, which over the last few years has seen huge changes. While more and more men are migrating to urban areas and large industrialised farms looking for paid work, women stay in the village and are increasingly taking over cultivating the land. According to estimates by Bina Agarwal, an academic researching and writing about women and land rights, almost half of the land in India is now farmed by women. The changes mean that in the rural areas the vast majority of women — around 85% — are now farmers.

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