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Bad roads obstruct education, but does the Maha govt care?

 
/ February 24, 2017

“My cycle’s tyre got punctured. And I got a scolding because I was late” complaints Amol Galave, who is only one among many students of Galevawadi in Maharashtra who have to commute through a road in terrible condition to reach their schools. The roads in Galevawadi of Sangola block is...

English school for poor by a Muslim woman

 
/ February 23, 2017

  “In our society and village, girls aren’t encouraged to study. That is why I started this convent”, shares Raeesa Begum, Founder of National English School in Kalgaon, Maharashtra. This English school opened doors of education to the young girls in the village who had very limited opportunities for education...

#Notebandi Frontlines: Tears in India’s Onion Heartland

 
/ February 6, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be happy with 26-year-old Deepak Patil, an onion farmer from the village of Valwadi in Malegaon Taluka, about 300 km north of Mumbai, India’s commercial capital. Patil, dressed in a grey jacket, over his white shirt and jeans, said he has a bank account, a...

#Notebandi Frontlines: Tears in India’s Onion Heartland

 
/ February 6, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be happy with 26-year-old Deepak Patil, an onion farmer from the village of Valwadi in Malegaon Taluka, about 300 km north of Mumbai, India’s commercial capital. Patil, dressed in a grey jacket, over his white shirt and jeans, said he has a bank account, a...

#Notebandi Frontlines: Cashless Tribulations of India’s Tribals

 
/ February 2, 2017

Santosh Bavash, 30, said he knew about the Internet. “I’ve heard it tells you about the future,” he told IndiaSpend when we spoke to the short and thin labourer from the village of Gyanpura, in the western district of Dhar, in Madhya Pradesh (MP), one of India’s poorest states. After...

#Notebandi Frontlines: Malegaon Power Looms Forced to Shut Shop

 
/ January 31, 2017

Over the last two decades, the world has seen dramatic changes–people have moved from landlines to cellphones, from writing letters to using email–but little has changed for Nandan Pagare, a 41-year-old power-loom worker. Pagare, who looked much older than his age, has been working in Malegaon’s power loom industry, 270...

#Notebandi Frontlines: Malegaon Power Looms Forced to Shut Shop

 
/ January 31, 2017

Over the last two decades, the world has seen dramatic changes–people have moved from landlines to cellphones, from writing letters to using email–but little has changed for Nandan Pagare, a 41-year-old power-loom worker. Pagare, who looked much older than his age, has been working in Malegaon’s power loom industry, 270...

Without crop loans, Nashik farmers forced to resort to private moneylenders

 
/ January 20, 2017

“Will the farmers of Nashik have to resort to suicide this year too?” aMaya Khodve, a social activist and community correspondent asks the Maharashtra Chief Minister, as she covers the Nashik district’s farmers agitation against the Nashik District Central Co-operative Bank (NDCC) Bank. The bank has refused to provide crop...