Much like everything, COVID-19 has adversely affected the field of research. With the onset of this pandemic, there are ethical and safety concerns that have risen around undertaking qualitative and human-centred research. At a time when enough emphasis can not be placed on minimum physical contact and practice of social distancing, ethnographic or field research seems to be a remote possibility. …


While COVID-19 is a highly contagious and a potentially deadly virus, the lived experiences of the pandemic reveal its many socio-economic implications. A rigid lockdown was implemented almost overnight, disrupting lives and livelihoods across the country and bringing high degrees of uncertainty. The sudden curtailment of mobility and the heightened economic stress brought with it a strong sense of loss of control over people’s lives and began to impact household and couple dynamics, creating newer vulnerabilities for women and children.

This thinking has emerged from an on-going research on the social-environmental and health implication of COVID-19, as a part of…


Over the course of the lockdown, Vihara Innovation Network has connected with a number of startups and entrepreneurs from across the country, representing varying market segments and different stages of the funding cycle. Almost all of them shared with us, common accounts of zero market traction, inability to pay salaries, lack of investors, diminishing personal resilience and a fear of dissolution. The economic disruption has compounded entrepreneurial risk.

In contrast, there were also positive accounts — from the ones in EdTech, Gaming, Sanitisation and Remote Collaboration — of doubling down efforts to meet the sudden surge in demand. Regardless of…


How to be clearer about what is really going on with Covid-19 in India

Aditya Dev Sood

A true crisis rips away at our faith in different kinds of knowledge, credibility and established expertise.

While this pandemic may have begun in China, it has now begun to ravage and destabilize the societies of Europe and north America. It has pecked away at the weakest chinks in the political and economic systems of these countries, revealing inconsistencies, ill-preparedness, a lack of cohesion. For those of us in what used to be the developing countries of the world this is profoundly disorienting…


Indira Gandhi memorably addressed the question of stewardship of the environment in Stockholm in 1972. Speaking on behalf of the Global South, she put the onus of its cleanup on the rich northern countries who were primarily responsible for its pollution. Half a century later, the Indian government’s public position is largely unchanged: India cannot be held to standards that industrialized nations were not during the period in which they industrialized their economies. India’s per capita emissions are still lower than other large economies in both absolute and per capita terms. At present, this default argument still goes, India’s infrastructure…


More often than not, founders at some stage of their startup’s journey are engulfed in a dilemma over fundraising. It gets increasingly difficult when you’re faced with such a situation during the early stages of your startup’s inception. How do I make my startup an attractive proposition to an investor? What factors do investors look for in a founding team before making the critical decision of investing? How do I arrive at my startup’s valuation?

An earnest effort in helping early-stage entrepreneurs arrive at the best possible approach in terms of fundraising was made by Startup Tunnel through a workshop…


Joseph spent the better part of his life trading and investing money in Wall Street. He started working at the age of 9 and by age 14 he had found his passion for investing and trading. He went on to teach himself the art of investing and got his first internship at a brokerage at age 17. Discovering his passion at a young age has helped him excel at his game. …


“India carries half of the global wasting burden with 25.5 million children and a third of the world’s burden for stunting with nearly 46.6 million children.”

The Problem

Malnutrition has plagued developing nations like India for long. Despite India exhibiting robust economic growth over the past two decades with the World Bank ranking India as the third largest economy in terms of the size of its GDP in 2017, its economic growth doesn’t mirror the overall well being of its population. The urban Indian cities considered to be engines of the country’s growth has witnessed rapid acceleration in urban slum population, increasing…


In 2016, a sexual health awareness campaigner from peri-urban Delhi spoke to a small crowd about a young friend who was her motivation. The friend popped 10 or more iPills to end an accidental pregnancy, which led to profuse bleeding, hospitalization and weeks of trauma.

Two things stood out starkly in that account — a) the friend had sparse knowledge of how contraceptive methods worked, and b) her male partner, who convinced her to take the pills, was equally ignorant and helpless.

It isn’t new that knowledge on family planning and contraceptive methods is stigmatized and shared inconsistently. FP experts…

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