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Ms Soma Basu is a senior journalist based out of New Delhi, India. She is an investigative reporter and specializes in development stories. In 2011, she won the Young Environment Journalist Award instituted by Centre for Media Studies and Panos South Asia for her stories on effect of climate change on Sunderbans and coverage of cyclone Aila. In 2012, she won the competition on best published articles on “Reporting on the fate of victims of armed violence” organized by the Press Institute of India and the International Committee of the Red Cross in 2012 for her stories from Maoists areas of Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura in West Bengal. In 2013, she was awarded the Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for coverage of Climate Change by the United Nations general secretary Ban Ki Moon for her coverage of floods that ravaged the state of Uttarakhand and claimed more than 10,000 lives. In 2015, she was shortlisted for Kurt Schork Memorial Award for her investigative piece on how the forensic evidences collected during the Bhopal Gas Tragedy were destroyed. She also received fellowships from national and international organizations to research and write on Forest Rights Act, Hunger and Malnutrition, Maoist issues in West Bengal and state of the rivers in our country. She has written screenplays for documentaries and also co-authored a book.
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Decoding the legacy and complex politics of Subhas Chandra Bose

11 Apr 2024  |  thehindu.com
Subhas Chandra Bose, a prominent figure in India's freedom movement, is the subject of various biographies that explore his life, beliefs, and political activities. Notable works by family members and historians such as Krishna Bose, Sugata Bose, and Leonard A. Gordon provide detailed insights into Bose's life from his childhood to his mysterious death. These biographies cover his role in the Indian National Army, his political strategies, and his efforts to unite India's diverse communities. The books also delve into Bose's relationships, his intellectual influences, and his controversial alliance with the Axis powers during World War II. Bose's legacy continues to inspire and provoke debate on his role in India's struggle against British rule.

The curious connection between poetry and diplomacy: Indian diplomat Abhay Kumar on his new book Celestial

04 Apr 2024  |  thehindu.com
Indian diplomat Abhay Kumar, inspired by the clear night skies in Madagascar, wrote 'Celestial: A Love Poem', a book of 100 rhyming couplets dedicated to star constellations. The book includes illustrations from 'The Book of the Fixed Stars' by 10th-century astronomer Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi. Abhay, a recipient of the SAARC Literary Award and KLF Poetry Book of the Year Award, draws parallels between poetry and diplomacy, emphasizing the role of both in cultural connection and communication. He has served in various countries and is currently the Deputy Director General of ICCR.

Review of Ismat Chughtai — In Her Own Words: Letters from a rebel icon

29 Mar 2024  |  www.thehindu.com
Ismat Chughtai In Her Own Words: Letters & Interviews, translated by Tahira Naqvi, offers a glimpse into the life of the rebellious Urdu writer through her letters and interviews. The book reveals Chughtai's candidness, wit, and wisdom, reflecting her progressive Muslim family background and her stance on feminism, socialism, and secularism. It includes personal correspondences, her fearless literary expressions, and her advice to others, providing insight into the historical and social context of her time.

Thayammal, a Madurai woman who stood up for the voiceless slumdwellers in 1933

07 Mar 2024  |  The Hindu
In 1933, Thayammal, the only woman member of the Madurai Municipal Council, advocated for the improvement of slum conditions in Madurai, India. She proposed a resolution for the urgent modernization of two slums, which was unanimously supported by the council. The resolution was reported in The Hindu and later translated into English by Professor Srinivas Rengasamy. Despite the construction of model slums in 1940, their condition has deteriorated over time. Rengasamy suggests a Thayammal Memorial Habitation Improvement Programme to honor her legacy and address current slum conditions.

Bollywood memorabilia to be auctioned online

23 Nov 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
An online auction from November 23 to 25 will feature vintage Bollywood memorabilia, including film posters, lobby cards, and photographs, curated by DeRivas & Ives Icon. The auction celebrates iconic Indian actresses and aims to preserve the cultural legacy of Indian cinema. Highlights include rare items like a signed portrait of Devika Rani and lobby cards from 'Mughal-e-Azam'. The auction follows successful events like the Bachchanalia auction and a Satyajit Ray memorabilia auction, with plans for a Raj Kapoor auction in December.

Keeping traditions alive for seven decades

06 Nov 2023  |  thehindu.com
The Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra's Ramlila in Delhi, a tradition for 67 years, concluded with audience reverence and enthusiasm for selfies and autographs with the cast. The annual event, attracting attendees from beyond the city, is produced and directed by Shobha Deepak Singh, who took over from her mother, Sumitra Charat Ram, in 1969. The production has evolved over the years, with this year marking the 30th anniversary of performers Swapan Majumdar and Raj Kumar Sharma's collaboration as Rama and Ravana.

A fine balance

27 Oct 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
Journalists face the challenge of balancing robust reporting with sensitivity towards victims and their families. The author reflects on personal experiences and the evolution of media sensitisation, emphasizing the importance of ethics, empathy, and public interest in journalism. The rise of television news and social media has intensified the need for journalists to create boundaries and humanize their approach, guided by principles of accuracy, sensitivity, and respect.

Swiss artist Philipp Von Arx creates floral clouds with Indian flowers

13 Oct 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
Swiss floral artist Philipp Von Arx collaborates with Indian floral and bamboo artists to create an immersive exhibition titled 'SwitzerlandIndia in Bloom' at the Swiss Embassy in Delhi. Using 320 kilograms of marigolds and other local flowers, the exhibition celebrates 75 years of Indo-Swiss bilateral ties and emphasizes sustainability by recycling the flowers post-event through HelpUsGreen. The installation, part of the annual Swiss Art Festival, aims to evoke emotions and foster new connections through its vibrant and ephemeral floral clouds.

Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra director Shobha Deepak Singh rocks at 80 with her undying passion for Indian arts and relentless promotion of artists

10 Oct 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
Shobha Deepak Singh, the director of Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK), has dedicated over five decades to promoting and preserving Indian arts and culture. At 80, she continues to inspire with her passion for theatre, music, dance, and photography. Recently awarded the 2023-Sumitra Charat Ram Lifetime Achievement Award, Shobha's contributions include directing the annual Ramlila and authoring three coffee table books. Despite health challenges, she remains actively involved in SBKK's activities, supported by her husband Deepak Singh. Her work is deeply influenced by her mother, Sumitra Charat Ram, who founded SBKK in 1952.

Sight and sound: The Bollywood narrative and its influencing power

10 Oct 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
The article explores the profound influence of Bollywood on global and Indian culture, highlighting its role in shaping societal values and trends. It discusses the historical impact of Raj Kapoor's films, the ongoing legacy of superstars like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, and the reflective nature of cinema as described by Javed Akhtar. The piece also reviews several books that delve into Bollywood's cultural significance, including works by Sunny Singh, Jerry Pinto, and Shrayana Bhattacharya, emphasizing how Bollywood continues to inspire fashion, rituals, and social norms across the world.

Paintings by Kathak maestro Birju Maharaj on display

05 Oct 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
The Kalakriti exhibition at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts features 50 artworks by renowned Kathak exponent Pt. Birju Maharaj, showcasing his talents as a painter, poet, percussionist, and singer. Curated by Saswati Sen, the exhibition includes watercolors, pastels, and oil paintings categorized under themes like nature, bhakti, dance, and festivals. The exhibition also features a corner with Maharaj's personal belongings, adding a personal touch to the display. This event marks the beginning of an archival project to preserve Maharaj's artistic legacy.

Remembering the forgotten women of science in India

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
The article highlights the underrepresentation and challenges faced by women scientists in India, emphasizing the historical and ongoing biases that hinder their progress. It discusses the low percentage of women in scientific roles and prestigious awards, citing examples of notable women who overcame significant obstacles. The article also reviews several books that document the achievements and struggles of women in Indian science, advocating for greater recognition and celebration of their contributions. Key figures and organizations are mentioned, illustrating both the systemic issues and the efforts to address them.

An interview with Andrew Guzman, Dean at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
Legal education has evolved to emphasize diversity, inclusion, and the integration of technology. Law schools now adopt interdisciplinary approaches and focus on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The impact of technology, including AI, has necessitated updates to the curriculum, incorporating subjects like cybersecurity and data privacy. The COVID-19 pandemic has further transformed legal education, making virtual interactions and flexible learning modalities essential. The future of legal education lies in enriched curricula and mentorship, preparing students for diverse professional challenges.

An interview with Safeena Husain, who won the WISE Prize for Education 2023

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
Safeena Husain, the winner of the WISE Prize for Education 2023, discusses the status of girls' education in India, highlighting the challenges and progress made over the years. She explains the roadmap and modus operandi of Educate Girls, an organization she founded, which now operates in 25,000 villages across several Indian states. Husain emphasizes the importance of gender-neutral learning and the need for continued efforts to improve secondary education for girls. She also introduces Project Pragati, aimed at helping older girls restart their education and gain vocational skills. Despite the slow change in mindset, Husain remains committed to enhancing education access and quality for millions of children.

New menu at Phil’s Bistro Madurai

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
Phil’s Bistro in Madurai, led by Chef Philip Abraham, has introduced a new menu featuring Atlantic salmon and lobsters, aiming to attract customers post-pandemic. The restaurant focuses on high-quality, Omega-3 rich dishes, including Lobster Thermidor and pan-seared salmon, available on pre-booking. The new offerings have been well-received, continuing the bistro's tradition of culinary excellence.

Remembering Hiroshima: Of the flash, a fireball and the mushroom cloud

02 Aug 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
The article reflects on the historical and literary significance of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, emphasizing the importance of remembering the devastating impact of nuclear weapons. It highlights various books and authors who have documented the events and their aftermath, including John Hersey's 'Hiroshima,' Masuji Ibuse's 'Black Rain,' and Susan Southard's 'Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War.' The piece underscores the need for continued dialogue on nuclear disarmament and the role of literature in preserving the memory of these tragic events.

The world as a womb through artist Seema Kohli’s eyes

27 Jul 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
Delhi-based artist Seema Kohli's latest exhibition, 'Cut From The Same Cloth,' opens at Bikaner House, featuring 15 embellished embroideries, three paintings, and 18 drawings. The works explore themes of daily life, spirituality, and the feminine cosmic energy, inspired by saints and mystics. Kohli's art, which includes paintings, sculptures, and installations, celebrates creation and change, intertwining beauty, power, sensuality, and spirituality. The exhibition, presented by Gallery Nvya, runs until August 4.

Revisiting history on rocky hills of Madurai

10 Jul 2023  |  thehindu.com
Ahil Rishi Rajasekaran, a student from The American College, discovered rock art in Madurai while birdwatching in Usilampatti before the pandemic. Along with friends, he documented 16 rock art sites, leading to the publication of their findings by the Nerunji Literary Movement. Despite the challenging terrain, they explored various locations, photographing and recording ancient motifs. Their research suggests the rock art could be over 5,000 years old, with some motifs showing similarities to Indus signs. Ahil Rishi emphasizes the importance of protecting these sites from quarrying and mining and raising local awareness, as many residents of Madurai are unaware of this cultural heritage.

The journey of Bengal art

07 Jul 2023  |  thehindu.com
The exhibition 'Bengal Beyond Boundaries' opens at Bikaner House in Delhi, showcasing over 300 artworks by 100 artists from the Bengal School, spanning two centuries. Curated by Uma Nair and featuring pieces from private collections and Kolkata's Aakriti Art Gallery, the exhibition explores the evolution of artistic practices in Bengal, documenting historic events and shaping India's art scene. It includes works by Abanindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, and other notable artists, highlighting their contributions to Indian art and offering a narrative of social consciousness, cultural identity, and the human spirit.

Taking stock of birds and their species

28 Feb 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)-2023, a global birdwatching event organized by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society, Birds Canada, and eBird, took place from February 17 to 20. Participants, including 425 birders from 35 districts in Tamil Nadu, India, observed and documented bird species, contributing to a scientific database to aid in bird conservation. Tamil Nadu's southern region, particularly Rajapalayam, showed significant participation, with birdwatchers observing a wide variety of species. Bird Count India, an informal group, coordinates the event locally.

History has a lot of grey shades and many nuances are left unsaid: William Dalrymple

26 Feb 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
Historian William Dalrymple, during The Hindu Lit for Life, discussed his book collection 'The Company Quartet,' which chronicles the rise and fall of the East India Company. He emphasized the nuanced and often unsaid aspects of history, highlighting how a corporation, rather than the British government, captured parts of India for profit. Dalrymple's research reveals the symbiotic relationship between governments and corporations, detailing the disintegration of the Mughal empire and the rise of the first global corporate power. His narrative covers significant events like the battles of Plassey and Buxar, illustrating the financial and political machinations that shaped colonial history.

History has a lot of grey shades and many nuances are left unsaid: William Dalrymple

26 Feb 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
Historian William Dalrymple, during The Hindu Lit for Life, discussed his book collection 'The Company Quartet,' which chronicles the East India Company's rise and fall. He emphasized the nuanced and often overlooked aspects of colonial history, revealing that it was a corporation, not the British government, that captured parts of India for profit. Dalrymple's research highlights the symbiotic relationship between governments and corporations, and how the East India Company, from a small London office, managed to dismantle the wealth-generating Mughal Empire through political machinations and battles.

Asha-san at the Rani of Jhansi regiment

23 Jan 2023  |  www.thehindu.com
Tanvi Srivastava translated the diary of Bharati Asha Sahay Choudhry, a member of the Rani Jhansi Regiment of the Indian National Army, from Hindi to English. The diary, originally written in Japanese during World War II, details Asha-san's experiences, including meeting Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and her training in Bangkok. The translation process involved fact-checking and capturing the essence of the original texts. The book, titled 'The War Diary of Asha-san: From Tokyo to Netaji’s Indian National Army,' is published by HarperCollins and is compared to 'The Diary of Anne Frank' for its historical and personal insights.

How PRADAN’s Development Apprenticeship Programmes seeks to transform rural lives

24 Dec 2022  |  thehindu.com
PRADAN's Development Apprenticeship Programme (DAP) has trained 5,000 students over four decades to support the rural poor in earning better livelihoods. The program, started by Deep Joshi and Vijay Mahajan in 1983, has impacted 9,63,324 families across 9,127 villages in India. It aims to empower educated youngsters to work with marginalized communities, providing them with information and skills to improve their lives. PRADAN has been instrumental in developing government programs like NRLM and has inspired many to work on rural issues. Participants like Barsha Mishra and Arnab Mitra share their experiences of growth and the impact they've made through PRADAN.

The Enigma of Mythical Stories and Intense Art and Dance Forms

14 Dec 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
The article discusses the cultural significance of Indian art forms such as the Kannada film 'Kantara' and the ritual dance of Bhoota Kola, highlighting their role in storytelling and religious practices. It emphasizes the lack of English literature on Indian folklore, with exceptions like William Dalrymple's 'Nine Lives' which explores various forms of religious devotion. The article also examines the egalitarian nature of Theyyam, a dance form that allowed lower castes to engage with gods, and mentions several publications that document these cultural practices, underscoring the importance of understanding and respecting these traditions.

The challenge of dressing without knowing where to go

24 Nov 2022  |  thehindu.com
Journalists often face the challenge of dressing appropriately for unpredictable assignments. The author reflects on personal experiences where attire impacted their reporting, such as feeling out of place at a mourning site due to bright clothing, or being uncomfortable when questioned about marital status by a political party member while wearing casual attire. The article emphasizes the importance of blending in and not letting one's attire overshadow their work as a reporter.

Gerry Hofstetter crafts stories with light

25 Oct 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter, known for transforming iconic spaces with light, is in Delhi to create light art at the Swiss Embassy as part of the 'Swiss It!' initiative. Hofstetter, who has a diverse background in the Swiss Armed Forces and banking, uses high-tech equipment to project images that convey socially relevant messages. His work has highlighted issues like global warming and environmental conservation. The event celebrates 75 years of India's independence and diplomatic relations with Switzerland. Hofstetter's art combines technological expertise with universal symbolism, aiming to motivate and create a sense of belonging among people.

The grandeur of the Chola Empire, one of the longest ruling dynasties in South India

13 Oct 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
The article delves into the grandeur of the Chola Empire, one of the longest-ruling dynasties in South India, highlighting its historical significance, cultural achievements, and the renewed interest sparked by Mani Ratnam’s film 'Ponniyin Selvan I'. It discusses various scholarly works that provide insights into the Chola dynasty's social, political, and cultural history, including notable contributions by historians like Prof K. A. Nilakanta Sastri and U.V. Swaminatha Ayyar. The text emphasizes the Cholas' architectural marvels, administrative prowess, and the rich literature of the period, underscoring the dynasty's lasting legacy.

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Ponniyin Selvan: A book, a movie, and the mighty Cholas

28 Sep 2022  |  thehindu.com
Kalki Krishnamurthy's historic novel Ponniyin Selvan, written in the 1950s, has been adapted into a two-part movie by Maniratnam, sparking renewed interest in the Chola dynasty, their role in South Indian history, and Tamil culture. The adaptation has stirred debates on book versus cinema adaptations and the portrayal of the Cholas' religious identity, contributing to the North versus South discourse. Despite controversies, the Cholas' legacy endures as a historical landmark.

Antiquities unearthed at Keeladi

22 Sep 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
A variety of antiquities, including an ivory gamesman, an iron knife, an antimony rod, and a copper pendant, have been unearthed from a single quadrant at Keeladi during the eighth phase of excavation. These findings suggest Keeladi was a flourishing trading hub, with tools and works of craftsmanship pointing to an urban settlement older than the Sangam era. The discoveries have generated excitement among the excavation staff.

Today I feel...

25 Aug 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
Children of 2,600 families at construction sites in Rohini, Narela, and the outskirts are experiencing increased positivity through socio-emotional skills training post-COVID-19. Sesame Workshop India, led by Sonali Khan, intervened to train caregivers, shifting their focus towards the emotional well-being of their children. The initiative involved creating joyful learning spaces at home, using play-based pedagogy, and addressing gender-based stereotypes. The intervention led to a significant increase in children enjoying learning with their parents and parents recognizing the importance of emotional strength in their children. Sesame Workshop India aims to reach one million vulnerable children in the next three years.

The case for online learning

20 Aug 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
Online learning has revolutionized education, offering better assistance for those with disabilities, remote exams, and access to foreign university classes from anywhere. Betty Vandenbosch, former Chancellor of Purdue University Global and chief content officer for Coursera, highlights India's significant growth in online learners, with 15 million joining Coursera since January 2020. The median age of Indian learners on Coursera is 28, and women's participation has increased. The pandemic has accelerated digital learning, which is seen as a pathway to inclusive and accessible education. The Indian government's NEP 2020 supports online education, and there's a push for accessibility. Reputed universities now offer online degree programs, and Indian institutions like IITs and IIMs have established a global presence through Coursera. Despite the return to physical classes, the reach and benefits of online education are clear, though it requires self-discipline and access to quality resources.

The literary trail of independence

16 Aug 2022  |  thehindu.com
The article discusses various literary works that document and capture the essence of India's freedom struggle and the country's transition to independence. It highlights the contributions of authors such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Dominique Lapierre, Larry Collins, and others who have written about different aspects of India's history, culture, and the events leading up to and following the Partition. The narratives range from historical accounts to fictional stories, each offering a unique perspective on the complexities and impacts of India's fight for freedom.

Children read and talk about urban issues with Bookaroo

07 Aug 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
Swati Roy and M Venkatesh, founders of the children's book store Eureka and the Bookaroo festival, authored 'The Time Has Come – A story About The Future', an illustrative book aimed at 9-12-year-olds, emphasizing the importance of making cities liveable. The book, which took three years to complete, includes a story about two friends, Vivek and Neil, and integrates urban planning concepts like the Popsicle Test to engage children in creating action plans for their cities. It features positive examples like India's first green village, Khonoma, and the Raahgiri initiative. The book concludes with open-ended questions to inspire children's thoughts on urban living. Schools have already begun activities like creating compost pits and herb gardens in response to the book's launch.

The making of an Indian English singer

07 Aug 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
Sharina Ahmad, a 16-year-old from Bodh Gaya, Bihar, aspires to be a global English vocalist. She has gained attention with over 100 cover songs on YouTube, receiving offers from within India and countries like Germany, Netherlands, and Dubai. Sharina self-trained during COVID-19 lockdowns, focusing on popular English singers and their music. She has performed at various events, receiving accolades from political figures in Bihar and Jharkhand. Currently based in Delhi for better opportunities, Sharina is working on original music about women's empowerment and seeking to understand the music industry's contractual conditions. She also sings in multiple languages and is awaiting a meeting with the Minister of Culture, G Kishan Reddy.

D.V. Guruprasad’s In The Shadow Of Death: True Stories of Convicts Facing Death Penalty review: Do killers regret their past deeds?

16 Jul 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
D.V. Guruprasad's book, 'In The Shadow Of Death: True Stories of Convicts Facing Death Penalty,' explores the psyche of death row prisoners in India. The book delves into the lack of remorse among convicts and the phenomenon of Death Row Syndrome (DRS), which is not widely recognized in Indian jails. Guruprasad's interactions with 40 convicts reveal that most do not exhibit psychopathological reactions or fear their impending execution. The book is praised for its well-paced narrative and its exploration of capital punishment in India.

Daughters of destiny

06 Jul 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
The KARM Trust in Delhi, founded by Radhika and Kartik Bharat Ram, is transforming the lives of marginalized girls by providing them with education, mentorship, and financial support. The program, which began in 2018, aims to empower young girls to become future leaders by offering a three-year curriculum focused on life and communication skills, education, and community service. The initiative supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly in promoting quality education and economic growth. The article highlights the personal stories of resilience and determination among the girls, showcasing the positive impact of the KARM Trust on their lives.

Read well, live well

25 Jun 2022  |  thehindu.com
The Hindu features reviews of five books that address various social and health issues. 'A World on Hold' is a collection of narratives about resilience during the pandemic, 'Period Matters' discusses menstruation in South Asia, 'At The Limits Of Cure' explores the history of tuberculosis treatment in India, 'The Unlikely Friendship' is a children's book on Down Syndrome, and 'INSIDE OUT' delves into achieving peak performance by focusing on the inner self. The books are presented as insightful resources for understanding diverse experiences and challenges.

Unique Kollywood themes and movie settings in Madurai restaurant

31 May 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
Cine Suvai in Madurai offers a unique dining experience for Tamil film enthusiasts, featuring Kollywood-themed decor inspired by iconic movies from the 1960s to 2022. The restaurant, which took 15 months to complete, includes elements like a real train coach dining area, themed sections based on popular films, and waitstaff dressed as famous Tamil actors. The menu boasts over 200 items from various cuisines, and the decor includes Instagrammable features such as movie posters, themed tables, and actor-inspired vanity rooms.

Menstruators Will Menstruate

25 May 2022  |  www.thehindu.com
Despite being in 2022, menstruation stigma persists, with shame and secrecy surrounding periods. Boondh, a Bengaluru-based social enterprise, has released a report on menstrual discrimination and a video titled 'Menstruators will Menstruate' to address myths and promote menstrual equity. The report, based on responses from nearly 2,000 individuals, reveals widespread menstrual discrimination in homes, schools, and workplaces. The video and accompanying legal literacy toolkit aim to educate and advocate for the rights of menstruators, emphasizing the need for societal acceptance and understanding of menstruation.

Gujarat government eyes limestone underneath land cultivated by Sikh farmers, curbs their ownership rights

From the night of June 16 till June 18, 2013, Uttarakhand suffered one of the deadliest disasters in recent history. 5,500 lives were lost and government suffered infrastructural damage worth Rs 50,000 crore. Down to Earth revisited the state after 1 year to see what steps have been taken by the government to rehabilitate the people who lost their home and hearth in the disaster.


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