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#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...

An ancient fort wall crumbles due to negligence of Rajasthan authorities

 
/ January 18, 2017

The sleepy town of Karauli in Rajasthan was awakened by a loud thud on a cold, winter night. A part of the ancient fort walls, Masalpur gate, which surrounded the Karauli town for 800 years had finally collapsed due to the negligence it suffered for centuries. As it went down,...

The Bare Life: Discrimination Against Widows

 
/ December 26, 2016

A Hindu widow is supposed to take off all ornaments, wear only black or white, cut her hair short, walk barefoot after her husband dies. It’s a living death for her–she cannot even participate in auspicious ceremonies like weddings, nor is she allowed to remarry. By contrast nothing changes for...