After-School Experiment In UP Village Offers Way To Address India’s Learning Crisis

Lalitpur, Uttar Pradesh: It is 4:30 p.m. and school is over for the day. Yet, some 25 children sit in groups in a classroom in an arid, drought-prone southwestern corner of India’s most-populous...

‘Politicians And Bureaucrats Don’t Want To Devolve Powers To Local Governments’

Mumbai: In April 2018, India marked the silver jubilee of the passing of the 73rd Amendment to the Constitution, which formalised the decentralisation of governance through panchayat raj institutions ...

7 In 10 Teenage Indian Girls Want To Graduate, 3 In 4 Have Career Plan: New Survey

Mumbai: Seven in 10 teenage Indian girls want to finish graduation, three in four have a specific career path in mind, and nearly three in four do not want to marry before the age of 21. These are som...

Smartphones For Women In Rural Chhattisgarh Could Transform Lives–If Men Do Not Interfere

Ringni village, Durg district (Chhattisgarh): In a remote village in Chhattisgarh, over 200 women lined up outside a government office, each holding a small, orange ticket. One by one, they shuffled i...

India’s Villages Don’t Have Enough Health Workers. But Here Is How Modicare’s Wellness Drive Can Still Succeed

Mumbai: The acute shortage of qualified medical professionals in rural India may impact the relaunch of 150,000 health sub-centres and primary health centres (PHCs) as “health and wellness centres...

Printing Paper On Both Sides In SC Cases = Saving 2,000 Trees, 24,000 Tankers Of Water: Study

Mumbai: As many as 61,520 cases were filed in the Supreme Court (SC) between October 2016 and September 2017, and using paper printed on both sides in filings would have saved nearly 2,953 trees and 2...

How Kerala Is Fighting TB, And Winning

Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Idukki (Kerala): Agathi mandiram (poor people’s home) in Kollam city was built after Independence to provide shelter to beggars. Today, its 123 residents are mostly homeless ...

Indian Women Facing Domestic Violence Find Succour At Government Hospital Crisis Centres

Mumbai: For years, Rima Chari’s life involved hospital trips, the consequence of eight childbirths and frequent visits to treat the injuries caused by her husband’s beatings. The last time Cha...

‘India On Track To Achieve Open Defecation-Free Status Earlier Than October 2019 Deadline’

Mumbai: The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014, to change the behaviour towards usage of toilets, and ensuring ‘Clean India’ or Swachh Bhar...

Why Open Prisons Are The Solution To India’s Overcrowded Prisons

Udaipur: Kalu Tulsiram*, 35, a bespectacled, serious looking man, was brewing tea at a stall near the Udaipur central bus depot on a recent monsoon day. It was close to noon, a busy time for the tea s...