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Making Development Happen: Transformational Change in Rural India
K. Seeta Prabhu and S. Parasuraman
Price
1095.00
ISBN
9789352879311
Language
English
Pages
356
Format
Paperback
Dimensions
140 x 216 mm
Year of Publishing
2020
Territorial Rights
World
Imprint
Orient Blackswan

In 2012, the Ministry of Rural Development launched the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF). In this path-breaking initiative, young graduates from a variety of educational backgrounds—doctors, lawyers, engineers—were sent to some of India’s most backward and conflict-affected districts in a two-pronged approach: to harness the energy of the youth by connecting them to hands-on, grassroots public service; and to provide professional support at the ‘last mile’ of service delivery.

Making Development Happen follows a select number of these PMRD ‘Fellows’ on their individual journeys into India’s hinterland. Through personal narratives, the volume lays out the situation on the ground in the violence-torn districts the pioneers were posted in, and recounts their efforts to bring about social welfare with cooperation from the local district administration. In so doing, it brings to the fore the real-world challenges faced by the Fellows, and provides insights into the way the government machinery works at the grassroots level.

The first section highlights the personal experiences of working in conflict regions. The second looks into the question of entitlements owed to marginalised communities. The third focuses on using locally available resources to promote sustainable and alternative livelihoods, and the final part recounts attempts to ensure better governance. Together, these narratives show how, despite all scepticism, there is positive change occurring in India’s conflict-prone regions.

Documenting the transformative work undertaken by the PMRD Fellows, this volume emphasises that it is possible to channel the passion, curiosity and creativity of India’s youth to addressing the country’s developmental challenges. It will be of immense use to government officials, development practitioners, academicians, as well as the general public.

K. Seeta Prabhu is Visiting Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, former Tata Chair Professor and Programme Director, PMRDF Scheme, Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India (2013–18), and former Head, Human Development Resource Centre, UNDP, India.

S. Parasuraman is Vice-chancellor, MIT World Peace University, Kothrud, Pune, former Director (2004–18), Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and former Asia Policy Director, ActionAid International.

Abbreviations
Tables, Figures and Boxes
Acknowledgements
Preface

1. Securing Development
Issues and Challenges in India
K. SEETA PRABHU, S. PARASURAMAN & ANANYA CHAKRABORTY
2. The Story of the Political Economy of India
Conflict and Concerns
G. HARAGOPAL

PART I
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PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OF WORKING
IN CONFLICT REGIONS
3. My Experience as a Change Agent
A PMRD Fellow’s Journey
KUMAR MANISH
4. From Urban to Rural
A Couple’s Journey in Chhattisgarh
MAYUR GUPTA & HARSHA VASHISTHA
5. A 48-hour Journey to Freedom
Working in a Maoist Stronghold
JECHONIA ISLARY
Insight 1 Redefining Empowerment
Experience of a Visually Challenged PMRD Fellow
BIBHUTI BHUSHAN NAYAK

PART II
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PROTECTING PEOPLE’S RIGHTS
6. Securing Entitlements in a Context of Conflict
IPSITA SAPRA
7. Padho Simdega
The Quest for Quality Education in a Conflict Situation
SHASHI KANT VERMA
8. A Small Revolution in Odisha
Making a Kandhamal Village Open Defecation-free
NIVEDITA MOHANTY
9. Project Avval
Improving Institutional Deliveries in Adilabad, Telangana
ANANTHA KRISHNAN R. K.
10. Uncounted Lives
The Missing Daughters of Khunti, Jharkhand
SHILA MATANG
Insight 2 Addressing the Needs of Children with Disabilities
Case from Umaria, Madhya Pradesh
KUMAR MANISH
Insight 3 Combating Fluoride Contamination in Garhwa, Jharkhand
SANTOSH KUMAR
Insight 4 Addressing Child Marriage in Keonjhar, Odisha
NILAMADHAB DIGAL
Insight 5 Liberating Labourers from Bondage in Nabarangpur, Odisha
ANURANJAN MINZ

PART III
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ENHANCING LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS
11. Saving Lives and Livelihoods
Case Studies from India’s Contested Landscapes
ANUPAM SARKAR & SAGAR WADKAR
12. Coffee Plantation
Additional Livelihood Avenues for Farmers in Rayagada, Odisha
DEVAN KUMAR KUDA
13. Bringing New Life to Mango Producers
A Tale from Mayurbhanj, Odisha
RASHMI RANJAN ROUT
14. Promoting Fisheries as a Livelihood Alternative
A Case from Arwal, Bihar
PANKAJ KUMAR RAI
15. Many Faces of Success
Establishing a Livelihood College in Sukma, Chhattisgarh
AJITENDRA KUMAR
16. Taking the Skills Path
Advait Skill Training Centre in Aurangabad, Bihar
NAMRATA VILOCHAN
17. Waste to Wealth
Fly Ash Brick–manufacturing in Gondia, Maharashtra
VIJAYKUMAR MADHUKAR TATE
Insight 6 Preserving Indigenous Rice Varieties
Heritage Agriculture in Mandla, Madhya Pradesh
NEHA GUPTA
Insight 7 Gurukul of Skill in Dongargaon, Chhattisgarh
PRESHIT AMBADE
Insight 8 Facilitating Army Recruitment of Youth in Kondagaon, Chhattisgarh
MAYUR GUPTA

PART IV
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ENSURING PARTICIPATION AND LOCAL GOVERNANCE
18. Restoring Governance in Conflict Areas
MRUTUYANJAYA SAHU
19. To the Forest Born
Implementing Community Forest Rights in Sirasanapalli
PRATHIMA NALABOLU
20. Deepening Social Security
Transforming e-Governance Systems for Pension Delivery
ADITYA TYAGI
Insight 9 Promoting Convergence in Sambalpur, Odisha
NILAMADHAB DIGAL
Insight 10 Artists’ Federation for Social Awareness in Kandhamal, Odisha
SAUMYA RANJAN NATH
21. Mediating Developmental Change
Some Reflections
K. SEETA PRABHU AND TORAL GALA
Notes on the Editors and Contributors

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