Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani's Blog (7)

Buds of Hope : Organic Jasmine floriculture supplements farmer income in Maharashtra (India)

My new article covers the jasmine (also known as mogra in Hindi and Marathi) floriculture initiative undertaken by the tribal (Katkari) farmers in the Vikramgad block of Thane district. Technical assistance from a local NGO has helped these poor farmers to supplement their seasonal income by cultivating organic jasmine buds for the markets of Mumbai. Suitable market linkages (overseas and domestic markets) and public policy measures can help to…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on December 12, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Poverty & Crime: A Potent Mix

About a month ago, a three-year-old baby girl—the child of poor migrant laborers—was kidnapped from one of Mumbai's busiest train stations, the CS Terminus, at 2 a.m. by a stranger. The girl's parents were migrant "contract" laborers hailing from Vidharbha, one of the poorest regions of…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on July 6, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

A tribute to the magic called: Rain

Rain

A liquefied slice of heaven fell on a rose petal one day

It toggled, turned, danced and swayed

As it moved, it shone different shades of red and purple hue

The shades changed as it made its way gliding down the velvety rue

Then another drop of diamond fell gently on the red carpet as it exuded sweet perfume

That one too made its way to…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on June 13, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

The Bottom of the Pyramid, Part II: Partnering for Success

[PHOTO CREDIT: A bride's feet dipped in milk and lac dye, by Shounak Ray (CC).]

Introduction & Background:

Part I of this two-part series discussed the need to integrate the poor in…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on May 24, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Fruits of Our Labor: Organic mango cultivation by the tribal communities of South Gujarat (India)

"Fruits of Our Labor," published in Policy Innovations, describes the symbiotic arrangement between the tribal communities of South Gujarat (India) and the fast moving consumer product company ITC for organic mango cultivation. ITC picked up the cost of…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on April 29, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Bottom of the Pyramid: The Need to Integrate the Poor in the Growth Story: Part 1

The "fortune at the bottom of the pyramid," a phrase coined by Prahalad and Hart in 2002, led to a lot of excitement since companies were enthralled with the idea of finding new profit seeking opportunities and markets especially among the low income segment section in the developing nations. The proposition also syncs well with the first of the UN Millennium Development Goals, which call for an eradication of extreme poverty and hunger in the world—i.e., to cut down by half the…

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Added by Raji Ajwani-Ramchandani on April 6, 2012 at 4:30am — No Comments

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Vox Populi: What Americans Think About Foreign Policy, with Dina Smeltz & Mark Hannah

What do Americans think about the role the United States should be playing in the world? How do they conceive of the different trade-offs between domestic and international affairs, among competing options and sets of interests and values? The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Dina Smeltz and Eurasia Group Foundation's Mark Hannah share the results of surveys from their organizations in this conversation with Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev.

China's Changing Role in the Pandemic-Driven World, with Amitai Etzioni & Nikolas Gvosdev

How has the pandemic changed U.S-China relations? How has it altered China's relationship with other nations and its geopolitical positioning? George Washington University's Amitai Etzioni and Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev discuss these questions and more as they break down "great power competition" in the era of COVID-19.

TIGRE: The Missing Link? Operationalizing the Democratic Community Narrative

Does the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as renewed concerns about overdependence on China, create an opening for the United States to move forward on decoupling from autocracies and reorienting both security and economic ties to allies who share similar values? Senior Fellow Nikolas Gvosdev shares his thoughts.

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