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Killing Girls, Buying Brides

Oct 19, 2014 08:00 AM The women from the village don’t quite open up. They have a lot to say but something holds them back. I try to tell them that the more they talk, the more the world will know of the truth, but the fear of reprisal is too overwhelming. With time and a lot of probing, however, the stories on female foeticide come forth quietly. Even as the women share this horrific reality that challenges the very existence of girls within their community, what is quite apparent is that no one admits to having gone through with it; it’s always a friend or a relative that they use as a reference.

Being old and alone in the city

Oct 17, 2014 06:12 PM “I am old, widowed and living all by myself. I am financially secure but I have one serious problem and that is loneliness. My children are settled outside state and are busy chasing lucrative careers while my grandchildren are caught in their studies. Brief, weekly phone calls are all the time I get with them. Every year, I fervently wish that they would come for a visit but that has not been possible yet,” says Archana Mohanty, 65, with moist eyes.

Rampyari loves her unique tribal school

Oct 12, 2014 08:35 AM As soon as Rampyari Tulegam, 16, sits behind the wheel of the tractor, with her two friends by her side, the confidence and happiness she exudes cannot go unnoticed. It looks as if she is ready to take on all of life’s challenges head on. While across the Indian countryside it is not uncommon to find women toiling away in the fields as agricultural labourers, it’s certainly rare to see young girls like Rampyari driving the tractor and tilling land. States the youngster, “Despite the fact that most of the back-breaking agricultural work is done by women we were constrained because certain key activities like tilling, for instance, has traditionally been done by the men only.

In this Bihar village girls shine as activists

Oct 09, 2014 02:52 PM Manisha Bharati, a Class Eight student of Government Middle School in Bhalui village of Vaishali district in Bihar, has only recently discovered the joys of using soap and knows the merits of washing hands to maintain hygiene. She has been telling everyone in her neighbourhood about it with the result that soap sales have gone off the charts in the village. Her classmate, Nidhi Verma, has taken on the task of talking to young mothers about immunisation. Although they find it awkward when she confidently approaches them to make inquiries about their children’s vaccination schedule they listen to what she has to say on the importance of proper and timely immunisation. Then there is Preeti whose pet cause is sanitation. She wants to make sure that every home in the village has a toilet so that no woman is vulnerable to violence or ill health due to open defecation.

Celebrating Mary Kom and Manipur on celluloid

Oct 04, 2014 09:10 AM As I watched the premier of the new Hindi film, ‘Mary Kom’, for two hours I sat in a packed hall, riveted. I juxtaposed my experiences of Manipur with the film and discovered a resonance.

Hill women lead another unique Green Revolution

Oct 01, 2014 09:00 AM The marriage ceremony is over. The newly-weds step outside and make their way towards a clearing where they plant a sapling. A group of young girls then rushes towards the groom who indulgently digs into his pockets and pulls out a thick wad of notes that he hands over to the eager teens.

Spiraling violence, disappearing women

Sep 28, 2014 08:15 AM On August 23, 2014, an elderly woman was returning home when she saw a group of men cowering over a girl beating her up. That was all she could make out from her car. She asked the driver to stop at once. Without a second thought she got down, rushed to the girl to shield her with her own body. That’s when the group turned on her; a woman accomplice of theirs lunged at her and began raining blows.

Actor-educator Swaroop Rawal teaches girls to dream

Sep 24, 2014 11:23 AM Those who have lived through the television era of the 1980s would remember Swaroop Sampat as the young woman who acted in the hugely popular sitcom, ‘Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi’.

'Roof of the world' beckons passionate Indian girls

Sep 16, 2014 01:10 PM A seven-member team of Indian women led by the legendary Bachendri Pal is all set for an expedition to Kharta Valley in Tibet also known as the roof of the world.
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Best news for Jharkhand women: A toilet at home!

Sep 09, 2014 12:05 PM Open defecation is a huge challenge for Jharkhand women, as only 7.7 per cent of households in rural areas have toilets, writes Dilnaz Boga.
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Standing up to violence against women in India

Sep 05, 2014 07:52 PM The Nirbhaya case, has brought about a change in the way the Indian society is tackling violence against women, writes Kamayani Bali Mahabal.
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India: All single women stand up for your rights

Sep 01, 2014 01:25 PM Every year, single women from different parts of Rajasthan come together to celebrate womanhood, writes Abha Sharma.

Guarding girl child in Indian schools

Aug 22, 2014 01:30 PM Many families either remain ignorant or are resigned to the threats their children are exposed to, especially in schools, writes Hema Vijay.

Construct a toilet to honour women

Aug 18, 2014 08:20 AM Every time Kabita Nayak, 47, sees the government-sponsored Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan advertisement on her small television set, where Hindi Film actor Vidya Balan, the celebrity face of the campaign, is praising a woman who fought for her right to get a toilet constructed in her home, she can not only identify with her but also feels pleased that women across the country are standing up to secure their right to sanitation. “Anytime I hear of a woman raising her voice, be it is against domestic violence, dowry, livelihood or sanitation, it makes me really happy. But I am particularly close to the cause of sanitation because I have felt the shame of having to go out to relieve myself in the open fields. It is one of the most degrading realities of an Indian woman’s life,” says the homemaker who has fought against open defecation for the better part of her married life.

Portraits of hunger from Rajasthan’s food insecure district

Aug 15, 2014 08:30 AM This is the story of a community that has been in the grip of acute hunger for over a decade. While it is not a new narrative, it nonetheless points to the gaps in the efforts being undertaken to tackle severe malnutrition, especially among tribal children.

Game changing Eco technologies

Aug 14, 2014 05:20 PM Cutting-edge technologies are conserving our resources and reducing our ecological footprint. TERI has developed some technologies that are making waves around the world.

Lifting the curse of child malnutrition from Bidar

Aug 10, 2014 08:30 AM In 2000, countries around the world pledged to fulfill the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight time-bound targets to eradicate poverty and hunger and uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity. India, which is ranked 63 out of 81 countries on the Global Hunger Index, has been working towards finding workable solutions to a problem that especially affects children between 0 to 5 years.

The millennial generation gives reason to hope

Aug 07, 2014 05:54 PM A while ago I participated in an event that attracted a good number of young women who are of the generation known as the Millennials. Demographers use this term (or Gen-Y) when referring to the children of baby boomers, adults in their late thirties and early forties. There are about 80 million of them in the US and they represent the last generation born in the 20th century. Life for them has never existed without the Internet; they are totally tech-savvy.

Taking life lessons from resilient Ladakhi children

Aug 03, 2014 08:30 AM What happens when a big city girl steps out of the comfort of an urban milieu and decides to spend a few weeks in one of the most isolated regions in India? She ends up imbibing some of the most unforgettable lessons about life, strife, struggle and survival – and that too from a bunch of six year olds.

What minority women want? Debating the Uniform Civil Code

Aug 01, 2014 03:22 PM With the Bharatiya Janata Party forming the new government at the Centre, the issue of the enforcement of a Uniform Civil Code has gained ground once again, as the ruling party had included it in its election manifesto stating that “there cannot be gender equality till such time as India adopts a Uniform Civil Code, which protects the rights of all women…”.

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