What’s in a Name? Only Patriarchal Control
Women in rural Odisha reflect on what the compulsion to change one’s surname after marriage means for their identity.
Fasting in the Name of Love
Karva Chauth has arrived. A festival of love as some call it, is just one more occasion for advertisers to ply you with everything from garish lehengas to bejewelled sieves and special facials and hairdos.
Disability Pension: Too Little, Too Late
How many lives will it take to shake the government out of its slumber and implement and better the disability pension schemes?
Untouchability Rife in Odisha Village
Devotees throng the temple on the auspicious night of Shivaratri, but untouchability bars Sarathi Das from entering.
Dalit Homes Burn While ‘Upper’ Caste Arsonists Roam Scot Free
A dozen Dalit houses were torched after electoral defeat of ‘upper’ castes in Odisha village. The police, instead of making arrests, are protecting the accused.
The Tussle Between Tribal and Hindu Gods
The indigenous Kondhs of Odisha face obstacles in continuing with their age-old worship rituals because they involve animal sacrifice.
Community Video Monitoring: Demanding Accountability in Education
A year back, children attending the school in Dotto village, in the Nuapada district of Odisha, had an unusual load to carry — huge bottles of clean, drinking water that would last them the whole day. The Right to Education Act guarantees children in government run or aided schools the...
Impact: Making the Bourgeoisie and Bureaucracy Talk
19th March 2015 | Padmakesarpur village, Odisha | Nitu Chakhia As a tribal woman, Nitu Chakhia has spent far too many years of her life struggling for survival in the urban jungle of Bhubaneswar. Several years of working with her people has convinced her that communities coming together ensures change....