• STARTUPS
    Agri-tech startups have a field day as farmers, investors sow seeds of growth

    In Indian agriculture, the scope—and application—of technology has long been limited to genetically-modified crops, high-yield seeds and, of late, a handful of sophisticated tools like aerial images and GPS technology. Needless to say, a lot of challenges that farmers faced remained unresolved, partly because there were no problem-solvers around. But that’s fast changing. Leveraging rising […]

  • STARTUPS
    Mandi Trades: Sowing the seeds of genuine profit

    Edvin Varghese says Farmobi Technologies will not charge the farmer for uploading product information on the app. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint Bengaluru: It began as a conversation between two friends, David and Edvin Varghese in Devanahalli, a small village on the outskirts of Bengaluru. David, who uses just his first name, wanted to make a point […]

  • NEWS
    How changes in the reservation system in 2006 sowed the seeds for today’s campus tumult

    Image credit: V Arun Kumar Central universities have become vibrant sites of protest largely because they mirror the social conflict of larger Indian society. It is precisely why student outbursts are likely to punctuate the peace that authorities seek to impose on university campuses. To begin with, the social conflict involves the relatively disempowered groups challenging […]