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Harsha Vadlamani

Bengaluru, India
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About Harsha
I'm an independent photojournalist whose work explores the many inequalities that influence migration, health and the environment, with a particular focus on rural and indigenous communities across India.


Selected Commissions and Publications:

The New York Times Magazine, Financial Times Magazine, The New York Times, GEO, Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC, Wired, Reuters, Capital (Germany), Quartz, Forbes India, OPEN, The Caravan, Tehelka, The Indian Express, Fountain Ink, India Today, Mint, The Week, The Sunday Guardian and Entrepreneur India.

Non-profit clients include Greenpeace India, Oxfam India, Amnesty International India, The Clinton Foundation, Teach for America, Worldvision India, HLFPPT, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, Public Health Foundation of India and Wadhwani Foundation.
English Hindi Kannada
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Drought, suicide and India’s water train

26 Apr 2016  |  Al Jazeera
The Marathwada region in Maharashtra, India, is experiencing its worst drought in decades, with significant implications for local farmers. The region, which is a considerable distance from Mumbai, has seen insufficient rainfall for three consecutive years, with 2015 rainfall at just 49 percent of normal levels. The drought has severely affected farmers who primarily grow water-intensive crops like sugarcane and cotton, leading to reduced yields and financial distress. The situation has prompted mass migration from villages, with a high number of farmer suicides reported. The government is responding by providing water via special trains to the hardest-hit areas.

Rohith Vemula, Dalit scholar hanged himself in protest

26 Apr 2016  |  Al Jazeera
Rohith Chakravarathi Vemula, a Dalit research scholar at the University of Hyderabad, committed suicide on January 17, 2016, following a suspension from the university. He and four other Dalit students, part of the Ambedkar Students Association, were barred from hostels and common areas, leading them to start a hunger strike at a camp named Velivada. The caste system in India places Dalits at the lowest hierarchy, subjecting them to discrimination. The suspension and subsequent suicide were amidst allegations of assault against an opposing student group leader, which led to an inquiry. The decision to suspend the students is alleged to have been influenced by letters from union ministers branding them as 'anti-national' and 'casteist'. Rohith's death sparked protests and highlighted the issue of caste discrimination on campus.

Palestinians Will Pay for Saving Israeli Democracy

09 Mar 2016  |  Foreign Affairs
The article discusses the recent developments in Israeli politics and the implications for Palestinians. It argues that while Palestinians played a role in saving Israeli democracy by participating in the electoral process and coalition-building, they are unlikely to reap any benefits from this. The authors suggest that the Biden Administration, despite its intentions, has limited ability to influence the situation in favor of the Palestinians. The article analyzes the complex political dynamics between Israel, the Palestinians, and the United States, and expresses skepticism about the prospects for significant progress in the peace process or in improving the conditions for Palestinians.

What Happens When a State Is Run by Movie Stars?

05 Jul 2015  |  www.nytimes.com
The article discusses the intense political climate in Tamil Nadu, India, focusing on the devotion of followers to Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the former chief minister and general secretary of the A.I.A.D.M.K. party, who was recently imprisoned on corruption charges. Despite the charges and her imprisonment, her supporters showed extreme reactions, including self-harm and suicide. The article also touches on the rivalry between Jayalalithaa and Muthuvel Karunanidhi of the D.M.K. party, highlighting the dramatic and personal nature of Tamil Nadu's politics, which is heavily influenced by the region's film industry and the cult of personality surrounding its leaders.

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