The tea gardens of West Bengal have become a hotbed for human-elephant conflict. Affected families continue to wait for compensation.
North Bengal suffers from an acute water shortage and from water contamination but both the government and the tea industry have been slow to act.
The Dooars are known to be human animal conflict zones; infrastructure development, illegal mining and land fragmentation are only adding to the problem.
Tea gardens that once brewed the world-famous Darjeeling tea have now become a hotbed for trafficking, owing to the undermining of labour rights and rising deprivation.
In the tea gardens of West Bengal, an Adivasi community school is taking the first steps to preserve its native language amidst political and cultural turmoil.
For nine long years that Nagma was missing, the police took no action to trace her and is doing little now to punish her traffickers.
Some of the richest tea gardens in the country cannot even assure clean drinking water to their employees, the local government is doing nothing either.
For three years, this Bengal village has been thirsting. The handpumps spurt harmful, iron-rich water, and there is no pipeline water supply in sight.