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Tribals refused land documents for 28 years despite Forest Rights Act

 
/ February 28, 2017

“They keep saying we will get it today or tomorrow. But we never do.” Despair is written all over Santuram’s face, as he shares his fight to right under Forest Rights Act with our Community Correspondent Khirendra Yadav. Farmers in Nevta village of Kondagaon development area in Chattisgarh have been...

A Muslim Woman’s English-Medium School for the Poor

 
/ 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 the National English School in Kalgaon, Maharashtra. This English-medium school opened doors of education to the young girls in the village who had very limited opportunities for...

Kangri: The Craft that warms Kashmir Winters

 
/ February 20, 2017

Kangri is a handmade, wicker fire pot that keeps people warm during the severe Kashmir winters. It works as a mobile heater during the season when the temperature dips down to minus 20 degrees.

A Visit inside Kashmir’s First Cashless Village

 
/ February 16, 2017

  Lanura Budgam village is located at a distance of 24 Kms from Srinagar city. The village was declared to be the first ‘cashless’ village by J&K Government on 18 December 2016. The declaration of Lanura being a cashless village stunned local villagers. The village lacks basic facilities, like electricity...

Only Few Toilets functional in an Open-Defecation Free Block

 
/ February 13, 2017

The Village Council Head, Sobitra Nagesh, from Chhattisgarh proudly declares his village is Open-Defection Free on camera. And one would believe him. But a short walk around the village Bansajhal and conversations with the residents exposes the lie that Sobitra blatantly said on camera.  The most important objective of the Swachh Bharat...

Our lives are threatened because we are asking for food. It is our right, right?

 
/ January 30, 2017

“You’re asking for rights? Do you know what caste you belong to?,” the Sarpanch (Village Head) reminded Samaru Vanvashi, a Dalit resident of Bisapur village in Uttar Pradesh. Samaru had approached the Sarpanch because he had not been paid his NREGA salary since 2014 and had not received his rationed...

Why can women not name their husbands?

 
/ January 26, 2017

Community Correspondent Madhuri asks Sindhu, Gayatri Devi, Rita Devi and Srisati Devi the names of their husband. The women, of varying age, all smile shyly and unanimously respond that they cannot refer to their husbands by their names. The reason being the husband is a superior creature, equivalent to a...

Mother of six daughters abandoned by husband, stigmatised by society

 
/ January 25, 2017

Married for 26 years, Phoolkumari has been deprived of her share of the family property. The reason? She has six daughters. “My relatives told me you have no one to continue the family lineage. What will you do with property? Give it to your sons-in-law?” she says She works as...