Empowering rural women… the self-help group way. Really?


————————————————— Empowering Rural Women in Goa: An appraisal of Self-Help Groups under SGSY Arlette M H Mascarenhas Goa Institute of Rural Development & Administration Ela, Old Goa No date mentioned. 96pp. ————————————————— It’s one of those schemes with an unpronounceable, almost unrememberable names, probably crafted by bureaucrats with a one-size-fits-all approach in New Delhi. So who’s to blame for not recognising sufficiently the Swarnajayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY Scheme)? Do we fail to appreciate its potential? Have we just become cynical of all government? Have we no empathy left for rural concerns? Or is this all just official spin? Mascarenhas … Continue reading Empowering rural women… the self-help group way. Really?

What’s wrong with Goa’s panchayats and their gram sabhas?


————————————————— The Functioning of Gram Sabhas in Goa Ms Seema Fernandes Goa Institute of Rural Development & Administration Ela, Old Goa No date mentioned. 107pp. ————————————————— There’s so much being written on Goa, but because it’s not widely catalogued or uploaded to cyberspace, it’s difficult to keep track of what all is being said. Here’s a book one came across because of a chance visit to the Goa Institute of Rural Development & Administration at Ela, Old Goa, in a wholly different context. Seema Fernandes’ conclusions: Goa’s overall panchayati raj (rural governance) system needs improvement. Most people are ignorant about … Continue reading What’s wrong with Goa’s panchayats and their gram sabhas?

Konkani… language and script (Sod: 10)


Here’s a list of some useful articles available in the Konkani research bulletin (Sod) brought out by the Thomas Stephens Konkkni Kendr of Alto Porvorim, which was out in April 2006 (just got a copy late): * Konkani Myths: Pratap Naik SJ * Social damage done by Goa’s language controversy and (the) conspiracy behind it. Ramnath G Naik * Roman script, the soul of Konknni. Nelson Lopes. * Socio-economic growth of the Goan community through the Konkani language. Tomazinho Cardozo * Roman script for Konkani, a must: now or never. Godfrey Gonsalves. * Script controversy. Eduardo Faleiro. * A response … Continue reading Konkani… language and script (Sod: 10)