Kaur Competency: As tens of thousands of farmers leave for Delhi for the protest, women in rural Punjab are safeguarding their home and hearth

In the Malwa region of Punjab, villages wear a deserted look as large groups of farmers are in Delhi protesting against the three agri laws. Hundreds of women back in these villages have taken over farming activities, as their menfolk are away in Delhi, they say, ‘fighting’ for their rights.

Vivek Gupta

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775 million Indians exposed to heatwaves in 2019; Over 100,000 coal burning related deaths in 2018: The Lancet Countdown 2020 report

Climate change-induced shocks are claiming lives, damaging health and disrupting livelihoods. The recently released 2020 report of The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change presents a grim picture of India with an increase in extreme weather events, health impact and loss of livelihoods.

Shivani Gupta

Twin Benefit: Chhattisgarh revives 800 rivulets under its Narwa Vikas Yojana, provides employment to thousands of villagers

The Chhattisgarh government has mapped 1,955 rivulets in the state under the Narwa Vikas Yojana of which 800 have been revived from April 2019 till now. The target is to rejuvenate 8,821 rivulets by Financial Year 2023-2024. The programme has provided employment to thousands of people under MGNREGA and CAMPA.

Deepanwita Gita Niyogi

Bhagat Singh and the birds of the Himalayas

Chopta is unique in its amalgamation of meadows, and forests of Birch and Rhododendron. In summer, the whole mountain facade blooms with blossoms in varying hues of red, pink, and white.

Ramesh Pandey

The China trail: Detective-like, CSE trailed the mysterious “all pass” syrup allegedly being used by top companies to adulterate honey

In The Slow Cafe with Neelesh Misra, environmentalist Sunita Narain speaks about the Centre For Science and Environment’s pathbreaking research on adulterated honey and why following the trail to its logical conclusion is important.

Subha J Rao
India's Secret Kitchens

When in Lucknow, let Malai Makkhan melt in your mouth

It’s white, soft, sweet & fluffy … it simply melts in your mouth! Malai Makkhan is a dessert that truly has a nawabi touch. It is believed that the Mughals used to polish this delicacy off in minutes. Head to Old Lucknow to have the best malai makkhan

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Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some lip-smacking Biryani

Meticulously measured ingredients and a practiced technique makes the perfect biryani. The evolution of biryani spans many centuries, many cultures, many ingredients and many cooking styles. Head to Lalla’s in Old Lucknow for some yummy biryani

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They are hot & spicy … fancy some yummy kachoris?

A hole in the wall shop in Barabanki district in Uttar Pradesh, just 60 kms from state capital Lucknow, has been selling finger-licking kachoris for years now. Head to the shop — fondly known as Tandon jee kachori wala — for some yummy kachoris

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Songs of the battlefield and bravery are pride of Bundelkhand

The pride of Bundelkhand, these are songs of the battlefield, songs of bravery from a bygone era. Sung in Veer rasa, Aalha songs are sung by sword-wielding men and women in very powerful voices

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Close your eyes … sway to the tunes of Ravanahatta

If you are in Rajasthan, chances are that you will find many folk artists playing this instrument, commonly known as the Ravanhatha. There are not many artists who play the instrument now, but its melodious tune will attract you to the folk artists instantly

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This is how women in Bihar welcome their husbands home

Jhumar is a folk-dance form from Bihar. It is said women express their joy and happiness through Jhumar when their husbands, who have been away from them, return home after a long time

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