The practice of child marriage is widespread in parts of Odisha, but interventions on the ground are planting the seeds of change among adolescent girls and their parents.
The formal closure of POSCO’s steel plant project in Odisha is seen as a victory for the agrarian economy and the betel leaf farmers of Jagatsinghpur, but those who lost their land face new challenges.
In Malkangiri district of Odisha, villagers and civil societies blame the deaths of a large number of children on malnourishment while the officials attribute them to Japanese Encephalitis and malaria.
The state and central governments are likely to increase the focus on agriculture in their budgets. But the question remains: when will farmers receive the benefits of all these plans and programmes, and more importantly, how will they overcome the present crisis?