I am a social scientist based at Stanford University. My academic and activist work have mainly centered on improving the delivery of basic public services such as health, education and nutrition services. Prior to joining Stanford, I did my Ph.D. at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Before that, I coordinated the Support Group of India’s Right to Food Campaign. [Get to know me better…]
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My training in mainstream economics and my social background had convinced me that government programmes to address hunger were a waste of public resources. I adhered to the idea that they should be eliminated in favour of promoting economic growth. That changed in 2002 when I travelled to the Chambal Valley of Madhya Pradesh, which was suffering its third consecutive year of drought. Here is a short note on that transformation.
A note and some pictures from a bittersweet visit to the place where Gandhi sat on a fast for peace at the dawn of India’s independence. Hyderi Mansion (Calcutta) lies in shambles today, much like his memory.
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The spectacular work of CCC in restoring the Adirondacks after fire gives me some dreams for NREGA in India.
NREGA presents an unprecedented opportunity for disabled persons across India to earn a living and to showcase their talents. But as things stand, NREGA is not designed for disabled people to participate in it, but we can change it all with some tweaking.
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