Even as the region marks 100 years of the iconic freedom struggle, peasants and workers are still being denied access to land that is rightfully theirs.
The first living Westerner to be named the ‘Philanthropist of the Year’ by the Asian Awards has been living and working in Kolkata for decades – silently improving the lives of many of the city’s poorest residents.
A number of health and education schemes aimed at some of India’s most vulnerable groups have been slashed in this year’s budget estimates. Why?
After the government cancelled certain cesses that were meant for labourers’ welfare in preparation for the GST, activists suspect that many such moves may be around the corner.
The government claims to have improved urban development, with a multiplicity of schemes to address a number of issues. But the numbers tell a different story.
Although it is his role as a freedom fighter which is often discussed, Vidyarthi’s concern for communal harmony, an issue he repeatedly took up in his newspaper, must also be remembered.
Had the movement been launched, it would have strengthened the wider unity of the party and the revolutionaries, and inspired thousands of people to join the freedom struggle.
As the state gears up to present its 2017-18 budget, utilisation of funds in 2016-17 has been below 15% in some “high-priority” areas.
Mangal Singh continues to display the potential to install many of his turbines, which can lead to a useful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as well as costs.
There is an intensified need for the state to provide adequate, regular pensions for the elderly.
The Budget is passed by parliament on the basis of certain allocations for critical areas. How, then, can these allocations be drastically changed without parliamentary approval?
While media focus continues to be on low allocations, what slips past unnoticed is that even those amounts aren’t lived up to.
With little hope for normalcy even 100 days after the note ban, there is an urgent need for providing relief and compensation to those who have been most affected.
A drastic decline in residents’ employment opportunities and incomes since the note ban has added to the existing woes of hunger, malnutrition, poor sanitation and drainage congestion.
The Centre needs to make up for the losses it has caused to those who already live in precarious, marginalised conditions.
Efforts are being made to integrate traditional skills, such as puppetry and acrobatics, into socially relevant programmes and campaigns.
Rishikesh, a popular tourist destination, has been hard hit by demonetisation. But political affiliations mean people aren’t willing to criticise the move, despite the impact on their livelihoods.
Vegetable sellers, petty traders, autowallas continue to suffer with little hope of recovery after their businesses shrunk by nearly a half after demonetisation.
According to doctors working in hospitals providing low-cost treatment, the number of patients has reduced by about 30% since demonetisation.
Many have lost their job and even those who continue to work are facing a major demand crunch – leading to widespread pessimism about when things will get better.
Not only are villagers unable to access timely medical care because of the lack of cash, nutrition levels are falling, making people more vulnerable to illness.
While the farmers have been unable to sell their crops, casual workers have been denied work and wages and the wood carving industry has been thrown into turmoil.
On World Food Day – October 16 – it is essential that the consequences of the growing concentration of corporate control over seeds, agri-chemicals, food and farming systems be understood for what they are.
In eastern UP, for instance, Hindus join their Muslims neighbours during Muharram processions so that the group does not look small.
Diplomacy suffers when senior ministers make cavalier statements that are capable of inciting more cries for war from already incensed populations.
Twenty-five years after his assassination, the need to fight for Niyogi’s goals and learn from his dedication is stronger than ever.
Farmers must be equipped with low cost technologies to better cope with adverse weather conditions, while keeping in mind socio-economic equality and environment protection.
Many people are surprised by the rapidity with which the drought turned into floods in Bundelkhand, but this isn’t the first time this has happened.
Besides their crops being destroyed by the rains, the houses of several villagers have also collapsed.
The relationship between the Congress and the revolutionaries during the freedom movement was a lot more supportive than it is commonly believed to be.
Handloom Day is a good opportunity to stop and ask – why can’t we build on our unique strengths instead of blindly copying dominant trends?
Those engaged in agricultural work – such as working in the fields and grazing animals – as well as nomads and forest workers have been particularly vulnerable to lightning deaths.
Urgent steps need to be taken to enable farmers to plant the next crop in case the rains are good this year and to protect animals.
Drought-hit villagers in Bundelkhand are not receiving the kind of employment and rations they desperately need.
A number of factors, including poor access to healthcare and increased pressure to work in hazardous conditions, is causing the mortality rate to rise.
Farm and dairy animals like cows and goats are dying painfully of a severe shortage of fodder and drinking water.
Given the degree of the problem, government and civil society groups need to work much harder to respond adequately.
The government’s overwhelming priority should be to arrange adequate water as soon as possible for the health of the villagers as well as the animals.
The administration has failed to effectively implement the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act in drought-affected villages in the Bundelkhand region.
For the last three months or so, villages in the Bundelkhand region have not received the highly subsidised grain offered under the new scheme.