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The Politics of Defining Poverty and Its Alleviation: Questioning State Strategies through Grassroots Voices in Kerala

Publisher: Chronic Poverty

This paper uses evidence from two Districts in Kerala to question this current framing of poverty, and its alleviation through strategies important at the national level and within the State (Kudumbashree, Kerala’s innovative anti-poverty mission, and its Ashraya programme for dealing with ‘destitute’ households). In doing so it draws on the perspectives of respondents traditionally seen as poor, such as landless labourers and Scheduled communities, and the ‘new’ poor, including farming households affected by the collapse of prices for Kerala’s key cash crops. The argument put forward here is that these programmes are well-attuned to the local state’s own capacities for intervention, and put in play a particular mode of poverty alleviation which is potentially open to popular scrutiny and participation.

Author(s): Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya, Sailaja Nandigama, D Narayana ., Binitha V Thampi,, Glyn Williams | Views(359)

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