Navigating the Manikpur landscape, especially villages in the higher, more remote and forested reaches of this undulating, eerie region, you could be frozen in a time long gone.
Work that was getting done at lightning speed in Kol Gadhaiyaa in Bundelkhand ahead of the chief minister’s arrival suddenly stopped when his visit was cancelled.
The election field for the municipal polls saw a striking change this time – the active participation of women and transgender candidates contesting ‘general’ seats.
BJP’s promises of loan waivers to address agricultural distress and the acute financial and social situation of farmers in the state has been an issue of building resentment.
Only 13% of women in the country own the land they work on. The farms are never in their names as current inheritance laws are depriving them of their right.
Deep inside the heartland of India, where jati-dharm have ruled hearts and minds for aeons, divisions along caste lines are etched in stone.
On the housing list for over six years, residents of villages in Bundelkhand’s Chitrakoot district still await roofs over their heads.
With the malaise of malnourishment turning into a spectre haunting the poor in Uttar Pradesh, new-borns being the worst hit, one suspects the “youngest India by 2020” statistics is only taking stock of urban demographics.
Shortage of textbooks in schools in Banda shows the farcical state of primary education in rural Bundelkhand.
Protests against the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the 2015 high court verdict that shiksha-mitras are not asli teachers have brought rural UP to a halt.
In villages where stone quarrying work is the prime source of income, an influx of machinery has resulted in many residents leaving in search of safer opportunities.
In late June of 2017, Khabar Lahariya visited three such villages across three districts of Bundelkhand to find them still deprived of basic facilities.
The streets of Banda and Mahoba in Bundelkhand are being taken over by a new fashion fad.
Even though community health centres have been set up to provide free healthcare, the professionals working there and the treatment given to patients leave much to be desired.
Like everywhere else, people in Bundelkhand have moved from cinemas to TVs to smartphones. But the nostalgia remains.
Traditional weddings in Bundelkhand have changed drastically – here’s a list a of five of the biggest changes.
The closure of slaughterhouses in the state has left many jobless and exacerbated the socio-economic scenario.
Rapes in Bundelkhand are rampant, reflective of UP’s ineffective law enforcement and deep social prejudices. But the odd story of defiance does exist.
A dowry-related death has shed light on the pattern of cover-ups and a culture of acceptance.
What gives Dadua an edge is his legacy. His brother, his son, his nephew have all been players on the political battlefield of UP.
Dadua’s story is what legends are made of, when truth is really stranger than fiction.
Dadua is possibly the only dacoit in UP to have guided political careers across generations.
Rural healthcare is quite the powerful oxymoron in India.
The sexual health landscape in Bundelkhand is, like everything else in the region, often ridden with deeply patriarchal mores.