Ugly sins of Kanpur

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Ganges river and traditional Hindu Swastik, symbolises how the river is worshipped in India. Source:  Nilesh Shintre/Wikimedia

In 1801, a city was born on the banks of the oldest and purest river of India- Ganga. The city went by the name of Cawnpore back then. Untouched by the cruel hands of industrialisation, the people prayed and used the pious river in minimal ways....

‘Leprosy is still a crime in India’

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Gandhiji giving massage,to a leper patient, the Sanskrit scholar Parchure Shastri, at Sevagram Ashram in 1940. Source: Wikimedia Commons

How can access to education and good healthcare change somebody's life is evident from Suresh Dhongde's success. At one point of time he was staring at possibility of a life wasted. Today, the 35-year-old is a proud recipient of the national...

Who will sow those seeds? A video

Sunday, June 1, 2014
Our policies are pushing farmers out of agriculture little realising the grave consequences.

Over 15 million farmers left agriculture between 1991-2011 due to rising input costs and little profit. Food and trade policy analyst Devinder Sharma talks about the current model of development which is pushing farmers to low-paying dailywage...

Grass is always greener on the women’s side

How a group of women in Rajasthan revived pastures and gained prestige
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Women take turns to protect pastures from illegal tree felling.

When Kesi Bai became the Sarpanch of Chitamba panchayat in Bhilwara district, fortunately the going was not as tough as it is presumed to be for women in Rajasthan. She had support of her people, even if not total, and she made an efficient use...

Money savers of rural India

There are 25 lakh self-help groups covering 3 crore women. Are they worth the hype?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Around 3 crore women are members of various SHGs. Source: MoRD

In a country where savings of poor families are meagre and banks not ready to risk giving loans, how do you fund local business plans? You let the poor be the bankers themselves. That’s what 2.5 million aptly named self-help groups (SHGs) do...