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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Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet, with David Kaye

The original idea of the Internet was for it be a "free speech nirvana," but in 2019, the reality is quite different. Authoritarians spread disinformation and extremists incite hatred, often on the huge, U.S.-based platforms, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. David Kaye, UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion & expression, details the different approaches to these issues in Europe and the United States and looks for solutions in this informed and important talk.

The Anti-Narrative

Among the electorate, especially since the 2016 election, there is a counter-narrative at play regarding the role of the U.S. in international affairs. This "anti-narrative" has two main planks. The first is an across-the-board distrust of the media. The second is the "death of expertise."

The DEA in Honduras: Targeting Corruption in High Places

In Honduras, activists like Edwin Espinal are among the latest victims of a government whose level of corruption has made it incompatible with democratic development. A number of efforts are being made to combat this corruption, however, among them, surprisingly, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). DEA efforts in this regard began in 2012, a year that turned out to be a spectacular failure for the DEA.

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