Reporting on human rights & everything in between. 2016 IWMF Adelante Fellow to El Salvador. 2015 IMC Medienbotschafter Indien-Deutschland. 2012-2013 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow.
Food, rows of men praying, shopping: versions of these have been the predominant narrative in which the holy month of Ramzan is photographed and written about across the world. There is hardly any representation of the fasting, the austerity, and the performance of everyday chores. What kind of daily efforts embody the spirituality aimed at during this month? How do people observe Ramzan in their individual ways?
Could the BJP fly its way into a fantasy of a resource-rich Arunachal Pradesh?
Mahul was supposed to be an escape from the slums. The buildings are very close to two refineries, flouting buffer zone norms. Three other factories are also situated in close proximity, one of them a significant chemical and fertilizer plant. The first residents came to stay in Mahul in 2013; since then, people across age groups have fallen ill, putting the death toll of residents at 23.
The death penalty was approved as a punishment for the rapists of girls below the age of 12, following an ordinance that amended an existing criminal law. Many in the country cheered while many others questioned how the death penalty would function as a deterrent. But if we want to protect India’s daughters, who is teaching India’s sons to keep their hands off the girls and women?
The incredible story of Afroz Shah, who led efforts to remove 13 million kg of toxic waste from Versova beach.
What will it take for India to finally see its girls and women as human beings?
India’s push to regulate “fake news” lays bare the poor state of press freedom in the country.
Newly hatched sea turtles give Mumbai a glimpse of what might be possible with a plastic ban.
A new religion has the possibility of being added to India’s official roster of existing and practicing religions. The state government of Karnataka has granted a separate religion tag to the Lingayats, who make up to 17 percent of the population of the southern state. But is this move a moment where nearly 40 million voices are finally being given their due, or is this a strategic move ahead of the elections in Karnataka in a couple of months?
What do two events — the fall of a statue of Lenin and a massive parade — tell us about the future of Indian politics? Between two consecutive Mondays, India was witness to the end of a two-and-half-decade idea based on socialist and communist principles, as well as the unshakeable power that is possible in a march of about 35,000 women and men.
The Indian Army’s violence against Kashmiri women must be etched in the history books.
In 1991 as many as 100 women were raped in one night by Indian forces in the Kashmir Valley. Nearly three decades later, there has been no justice - and the sexual violence faced by men simmers in silence.
Farmers who toil on farmland across India have been taking their own lives for the inability to repay these small loans, which are large enough for them to fall into a cycle of helplessness. And yet, it is the bigwigs like Mallya and Modi and Choksi that seem to have layers of harnesses before their fraud can be detected and brought to court.