Write on social justice, gender, culture. Medienbotschafter Fellow. Reporting Grant by European Journalism Centre. Reporting Fellow at Dart Center, Columbia University. Ex: Tehelka, Indian Express
MGNREGA: The Last And Often The Only Resort For Indian Women
Even as the rural employment programme provides low wages, it is a source of income and opportunity for women who have few other avenues of work in rural India and face barriers in migrating out of the village for work.
How Pandemic Is Pushing Women Out Of Jobs In UP
Among women, it is not only entrepreneurs who are struggling to survive, we found in our reporting across several districts of Uttar Pradesh including Lucknow, Allahabad, Sitapur and Amethi. In cities, women employed as domestic help, at construction sites and call centres, and in handicraft and retail units, have lost jobs. In villages, women's participation in public employment schemes has dipped as men who returned from cities during the lockdown have replaced them
Dreams on Hold: India Staggers Under the Coronavirus Burden
It took four months for the virus to arrive at Ajay Kumar Sinha's clinic at Nalanda Medical College & Hospital in the city of Patna. Things remained quiet there as the pandemic got underway, but in July, the situation suddenly grew serious. As they so often do, monsoon rains brought flooding to Patna, with the flood waters even pushing into the hospital
India debates how to end a lockdown without sparking another emergency
Authorities here face critical questions as the country heads toward a 3 May target date to lift restrictions: Will another emergency erupt as some 600,000 marooned workers again try to head home? How can better policies safeguard India’s neglected informal workforce – and stave off hunger and crippling labour shortages by helping migrants return to work?
The Nawab's Last Sigh
Rudely awakened by the fact of independent India, an aristocrat in Meerut clung to his past. Now, all he has left are his memories of a glorious age
India’s lockdown: Where community is prized, isolation proves tough
On a normal morning in Delhi, “I start hearing the vegetable vendor, the fruit seller ... shouting out their wares. I know my neighbors’ rhythms: who goes for a morning walk, who goes to the temple. It’s the background noise to life in India” – but not for now
Can better data change the fate of India’s invisible female farmers?
Women’s toil on the land tends to be underreported in our patriarchal structures of family, state, and capitalist economy
The Diver Who Brings Up the Bodies
So many Indian farmers are killing themselves that bodies pile up at the end of one long canal. Gurbaksh Singh helps their families find closure
'A gift from God': the Rohingya refugees adopting orphaned babies
The sexual violence perpetrated by Myanmar’s military could have led to a surge in abandoned newborns – but it never came
Akter, 20, expelled from university for being Rohingya
Rahima Akter has become the face of the struggle of Rohingya refugees who want, but are not allowed to pursue education
After losing father, activist leads fight against farmer suicide
Kiranjit's farmer father died facing crippling debt. Now she's an activist working to reduce the suicide rate in Punjab
Why Rohingya women risk dangerous home births in Bangladesh’s refugee camps
For weeks, health workers have been urging Minara Begum, 23 and pregnant with her third child, to deliver her baby at the nearest health facility in Bangladesh’s cramped Rohingya refugee camps. But she’s too afraid
Deathly Silence: An Inside Look at Kashmir
Kashmir has been largely cut off from the outside world for months and the internet remains cut off. Residents share stories of state violence and terror
How Rohingya Refugee Children Are Torn Between Languages
Language is both a means of assimilation and a source of exclusion for young Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh caught between a host country trying to prevent their integration and a home country that may prevent their return, writes Sunaina Kumar.