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.
Scribbling over ballot papers has become a norm with more and more young people getting disillusioned with the country's leadership and many more wanting to move abroad.
Is the Indian government's executive order to criminalise oral divorce a progressive move to deliver justice to Muslim women, or will it just end up criminalising Muslim men?
The government of India passed an executive order that will send Muslim men to prison for three years for ending their marriage by uttering “talaaq” (divorce) three times. The practice is prevalent among India’s Muslim community, the majority of whom follow the Hanafi Islamic school of law.
The second draft of the Indian National Register of Citizens (NRC), which aims to separate “illegal” immigrants from “legitimate” residents of Assam in India’s northeast, was released on July 30. The names of four million people did not figure in it.
Illegal. Stateless. Detention camps. Ethnic cleansing. Genocide. These are words powerful enough to foment fear, to push people in the margins, to let the ones who bait for blood win.
The Indian prime minister’s touting of new schemes needed a little help in Rajasthan. What does it mean when a crowd has to be urged to cheer and clap? It means that the hired audience is bored, and may not be too keen to bite the bait of new schemes, strategically announced before elections.
Thirteen people were killed in the relatively quiet and small town of Thoothukudi (or Tuticorin) in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu, when they demanded the closure of a copper plant that was polluting vast tracts of land they inhabit.
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.