As India steps into the 69th year of establishing itself as a Republic, the nomadic Van Gujjars and many forest-dependent communities across the country continue to struggle for forest rights.
It is high time disability is seen as a mainstream issue in politics. The media too has a responsibility to ensure that people with disabilities are not merely seen as ‘objects of charity’.
India is not a signatory to international refugee conventions, which it is using as a cover to prevent Rohingya from accessing programmes that would help them with food and healthcare.
Thanks to depleted stocks, getting arrested for fishing in Pakistani waters is a risk many Indian fishermen take.
The reason why the likes of Karni Sena are running amok is the assurance that their actions have the blessings of the senior leaders of the establishment.
A closer look shows how the lives of poor tribal people get affected when they lose access to land and forests.
Breathing in fumes from glue-soaked rags and glue-filled plastic bags is a normal activity for a large number of Dhaka’s slum kids or street children.
Humans might not be the only species on the planet manipulating fires to get what they want.
Amos Tutuola was dismissed by his critics as a relic of a dying and forgotten past of a dark continent that was awakening and harkening to the call of Europe’s colonising civilisation.
Tens of thousands of Ahmadi Muslims come together every year in the small town of Qadian in Gurdaspur, for the community’s annual convention or Jalsa.
The apex court said if an adult man and woman marry, no khap panchayat, individual or group can question them.
The kangri, or kanger as it is locally known, is filled with embers and held against the body under a pheran, an overgarment unique to Kashmir, for providing warmth.
Argentina’s aspirations of becoming world leader in lithium production raises questions pertaining to whether the benefits will trickle down to the local communities.
Street-side barbers work in villages, towns and cities across India. But what’s life like for them? Abdul Majeed Salmani and Baba Thakur, two barbers in Delhi, talk about their profession and the challenges they face.
Mariam Abou Zahab was an unconventional teacher who never tired of guiding policymakers, journalists and students through the maze of Pakistani and Afghan politics.
Without data, it is impossible to track progress or identify policies and interventions that are achieving gender equality.
These marriages cannot be curbed through legislation alone, but require coordinated efforts from the government, the civil society and the media.
A ‘half-Parsi’ explains why Parsis must end their insistence on only marrying within the community and open the doors of their religion to the rest of the world.
In conversation with Anirvan Chatterjee and Barnali Ghosh, the founders of the Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour, about their work, state of South Asian activism in the US and more.
A Reuters graphic makes use of data from the UN Operational Satellite Applications Programme to show hundreds of villages in Rakhine state burned down.
Is 2018 the year where we must concede the battle? Is our democracy destined to be majoritarian? The answer to both these questions must be in the negative.
It seems Facebook is increasingly becoming a platform for people who wish to divide people, and not for those who ridicule these divisive tactics.
Defending the advisory, a community spokesperson said that using western style toilets is “alien” to Bohra culture.
A peaceful protest was held in Ajmer after Shiv Sena Hindustan appealed to volunteers to initiate a campaign seeking the Hindu community’s support for demolishing the shrine.
Even with apparent deformities to their bodies, many leprosy-affected individuals are not recognised as ‘disabled’ by the state health department.
The Ave Guarani people of Sauce are claiming their right to the land they were forced to leave behind many years ago.
The Rohingya tragedy has been unfolding for decades, going back to 1948, when Myanmar gained independence.
Local mothers, teachers, health workers, grandparents and olive farmers are leading a peaceful resistance to protect their land and their community from a planned gas mega-pipeline.
A short walk from the Tablighi Jama’at’s headquarters in Delhi’s Nizamuddin basti is Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya’s tomb.
The focus on conflict between state and non-state actors in Kashmir hides the social divisions within Kashmir.
Three generations ago, the people of a Dalit hamlet called English, in Bihar’s Banka district, gave up burning bodies and took up weaving baskets.
In the Nilgiri mountains of southern India, only women of the Kota tribe have been engaged in the craft of pottery.
Any suggestion of providing basic rights to the Ahmadiyyas is enough to trigger massive protests and even riots among Muslim extremists.
The disappearance of around 96 fishermen has forced the locals to initiate their own rescue operations.
The 127 families who lost their homes, including 97 from the Ma Thakur tribe and 30 OBC families, are still awaiting rehabilitation.
Ghazala Jamil’s Accumulation by Segregation: Muslim Localities in Delhi looks at how urban governance works against working class Muslims.
Mumbai took no time to swing back to action after the attacks. However, the marks of bullets on walls and the pile of bodies will never be forgotten.
Many of the labourers who build the mountainous roads in Ladakh are migrants from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand – they brave the extreme weather and risky work because of few livelihood options back home.
Women of the Bhotiya community in Uttarakhand’s Gothi hamlet earn an income by breaking quarried stones – and recall a time when their weaving skills brought them respect as well as financial returns.
Every day, thousands of refugees are seen in long queues at the relief centres near the camps.