High fluoride content in groundwater is crippling entire generations in several Dhanbad villages, which are full of unsmiling children ashamed of showing stained teeth, an early stage of the debilitating disease.
Floods often bring poisonous snakes along with the waters of Nepal’s hilly rivers – and parts of North Bihar experience up to 60 flash floods a year. A new women-led initiative is making these threats a thing of the past.
“Sewage must have washed off with flood water, which in turn inundates the wells that would have resulted in contaminating the groundwater.”
‘It may be the size of the Asian rivers, large because they drain the Himalayas, that makes the pollution so prominent.’
As manufacturers struggle to come to terms with the uncertainties brought on by shifty weather and a bleaker future, the labourers find themselves the most vulnerable link.
Rather than allowing every protest to degrade into name-calling, where protestors are branded ignorant or anti-national, it may be worthwhile to engage with substantive issues raised by them.