As part of a national rural survey, the first of its kind in India, Gaon Connection found 23 per cent migrant workers walked to their village homes during the lockdown. About 12 per cent were beaten by the police, while 40 per cent faced food scarcity during the journey home.
India’s New Education Policy, coming after a gap of 34 years, has been widely welcomed by experts and academicians but, not without certain apprehensions.
With ambitious solar power plant projects, India may be charging towards its 100 GW solar power capacity goal but, tackling solar waste will be key to safeguarding the environment.
As Oil India Limited struggles to douse the fire at its Baghjan Oilfield in Assam’s Tunsukia district, an expert committee report before National Green Tribunal finds many faults with its operations.
India’s captive-reared vulture release programme, a first-of-its-kind initiative to study the massive decline in vulture population, has been delayed. Again.
This year in Chhattisgarh, a three-tier purchase model was activated to buy minor forest produce from tribal gatherers after the lockdown was announced in March.
Tribal families of Bundelkhand used to earn a living by selling firewood from the jungles. The lockdown shattered this source of income. They now depend on sale of tendu leaves.
Tribal women in a hamlet in Thane are earning a living by selling eggs during COVID-19 crisis. They are also addressing malnutrition among women and children.
Muimasing Mosideng (pigeon pea bharta/bhurta) is one of the favourite dishes of tribal people in Tripura. Many people from across the country visit Tripura to try this spicy dish out.
Durga Prasad Murmu is an expert on the Olchiki script written by the Santhal Adivasi community. He is also a Santhali singer, a poet, a language expert, a school teacher and a music teacher
Laws enacted to protect the rights of tribal and forest dwelling communities have failed to deliver. Poor, marginalised tribal communities residing in resource rich districts face maximum land conflicts
Since time immemorial, tribals have resided in forests, thereby conserving it. But they are the ones who have been subjected to social exclusion and are also called ‘destroyers of the environment’
Most parents aren’t aware of the need for vaccination and health officials don’t reach most of the tribal hamlets located in forested areas that can be reached only by a long walk or a trek uphill
These Adivasis (tribals) living in hamlets in Maharashtra’s Panshet struggle to avail even the basic healthcare. After the lockdown, many labourers came to these villages from Pune and Mumbai. Villagers are worried as the nearest facility that can treat coronavirus is 40 kms away — in Pune
A Smart City cannot be called 'smart' only by the integration of modern technology to create facilities. It must cater to the security of both people and the installations.
From being offered thick fresh buffalo milk in Rajasthan, to salt and fat for tea in Ladakh, the warmth of the conversations over a shared cup of tea, and the new friendships born.
Human beings are conditioned to consider riverine floods a threat to their existence rather than as a geomorphological process necessary for agrarian wellness. Here is why this should change.
As India’s COVID-19 tally crosses the million mark, it may be tempting to conclude that tribal communities have ducked the blow so far. That is a partial truth that hides more than it reveals.
One morning, when I was thinking what water means to all of us, I saw a swarm of wasps rushing, not at me, but at the water. This is the story of how I bonded with a wasp over water.
A journey along the river Hindon, the first of the large tributaries of the Yamuna, lead to a unique mound and a small town Barnawa with history written all over it.
Sikkim relies heavily on tourism and has over 600 homestays spread across its villages and towns. Can these community-run homestays survive the wide-ranging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Despite governments having taken drastic steps, people with disabilities have been excluded as the advocacy hasn't factored in the inability of people who are immobile or living with mental illnesses
The condition of schools operating in rural areas is deplorable. Rural schools stand nowhere in comparison to the urban schools in terms of facilities, technology, and quality of teachers
Agricultural sector is projected to see a significant reduction in supply, demand, and value. This will lower farmer household incomes. Here’s how we can safeguard our farmers through this
Asif Kamal has helped about 1,000 migrant labourers from his home state of Bihar reach their homes, and has provided ration to more than 10,000 needy families. His efforts continue
Every day 27 children with thalassemia are born in India. This genetic blood disorder requires regular blood transfusion for lifetime. Since the lockdown, blood banks are facing an acute blood shortage
They were recently airlifted from Leh by the Jharkhand government, which brought to light the plight of migrant workers building roads in the country’s border areas
The plight of the eight football players not getting meals during the lockdown was highlighted by Gaon Connection on June 6. Now, these girls are getting cash and proper meals
It was convenient for volunteers to distribute Parle-G among labourers travelling back home. It was a cheap and accessible option. In April and May, the company has registered record growth
The weavers and traders have incurred huge losses. They feel if effective steps are not taken soon by the government, the business of Banarasi sarees would be pushed to extinction
Due to the stigma attached to the disease, life is tough for the leprosy patients. But, those living in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, said they haven’t got adequate medical help ever since the lockdown
Though he walked for three days to reach home, his family had to wait for one-and-a-half days to bring his dead body back home. Villagers stopped them as they suspected he had died due to corona
Ramsurat Verma’s family lives on the footpath in Lucknow and has had a hand-to-mouth sustenance. Now, with no income and not enough ration, this family, and many others, are in a fix
Nature Photography Day is celebrated to motivate people to pick up the camera and shoot mother nature in its purest form. Here are some nature and wildlife shots by Amit Mishra
Abhishek Verma is a travel photographer. Occasionally, he cuts himself off from the rest of the world, packs his bag, and leaves for the mountains. Let's see nature through his lens
Sanitary pads are 90% plastic. Their decomposition takes 500-800 years. On the other hand, a woman can use one menstrual cup for 10 years. They are made of silicon, and hence are safe for disposal
The Bishnois have been around even before the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. For them, the need to save nature arises from an inherent understanding of knowing that we exist because of nature
Plants and trees are the accurate indicators of the presence of pollutants. We should study plants to know about the presence of pollutants and use this as an effective tool in pollution monitoring
For villagers living in many districts in Chhattisgarh the human-elephant conflict is a ‘jumbo’ problem. These conflicts result in the loss of property, crops and even loss of human lives
For someone who is always fascinated by the unknown, the lockdown gave me an opportunity to explore nature and biodiversity. As I came closer to nature, nature came closer to me
It’s time we respected nature before it is too late to pull back from the catastrophic results of our greed and parasitic behaviour. It shocks and saddens me to no end to see people chop down trees
Over the years, I have learnt to respect animals, birds and plants. But I feel angry when I see adults not respecting nature and when they don’t teach their children to do the same
This forest guard had to deal with an unusual situation. But it made him reflect. The elephants are not trespassers, we, humans, are encroachers. And yet, we keep blaming the elephants
From making masks and PPE kits to being frontline health workers, Bank Sakhis, Aanganwadi workers, police officers, women have taken charge on many fronts in Chhattisgarh
Many women belonging to various self-help groups have been given the task of making masks. They are happy that they are earning during the lockdown and also doing their bit for the society
Meet Amar Singh, who along with other volunteers, has, so far, distributed over 4,500 biscuits and 1,800 milk packets to women and children in tribal areas of Jharkhand
Around 150 women belonging to a self-help group who were unemployed are now earning Rs 450-600 daily by making low-cost PPEs. The Army has ordered a consignment of 2,000 PPE kits to them
In the fourth part of our series ‘Corona Heroes’, meet Prashant Gade. He has been making affordable prosthetic arms, but he recently designed a ventilator that costs just Rs 30-35,000
Aditya Ranjan, IAS, West Singhbhum, Jharkhand, has developed a model in which health workers will not need to wear personal protective equipment kits during sample testing of COVID-19
Over the years, Mittal Patel has been helping nomadic tribes in Gujarat. But, after the lockdown, she has not just helped them with the paperwork, she has also been distributing dry ration to them
The players are giving a fitness challenge to the people through social media, especially Twitter. These people are requested to complete the challenge and donate Rs 100 or more
Meet Abhishek Shukla, who has been teaching kids living in slums in Prayagraj. He believes ‘education can’t wait’, and has found a way to teach his students even during the lockdown
In the first part of the series ‘Corona and Farmers’, read about the 20 suggestions given by Chaudhary Pushpendra Singh, the president of the Kisan Shakti Sangh
Gaon Connection has sought the views of agri-experts to understand what could be done to help our farmers amid lockdown. Read what agriculture scientist Dr Daya Srivastava has to say
Gaon Connection has sought the views of agricultural experts to understand what should be done to help our farmers during this lockdown. Read what the Bhartiya Kisan Union has to say
What should be done to help our farmers during the COVID crisis? In the fourth part of our series ‘Corona and Farmers’ read what Vikrant Singh from the Banaras Hindu University has to say
Should we ask our farmers to produce more oil and energy crops so that we don’t have to import edible, crude oil? Is this the right time to address the problem of rampant use of chemical fertiliser?
Dharmendra Malik, the Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson, feels the country is, at present, going through demand, and not supply, crisis. Read his view in the sixth part of Gaon Connection series ‘Corona and Farmers’
The immediate efforts to deal with the way challenges have emerged in the agriculture sector are fine, but it is crucial to formulate medium and long-term strategies for far-reaching results
Whenever I came across news of farmers committing suicides, I could never understand the gravity of the problem. But, since the lockdown, I have finally understood the reason
Last August, the gram sabha of Jabarra village in Dhamtari, Chhattisgarh secured rights over 5,352 hectares forest. By focusing on ecotourism, this tribal village has attracted many tourists
Many migrants have returned to the state due to the lockdown. Now, they have taken up the responsibility of reviving the traditional freshwater sources and springs in the region
To serve two of the most under-developed districts of the state – Palamu and Latehar – this hospital has, over the years, taken many proactive steps to add services to cater to the needs of the villagers
The school was founded in 2016 in Fangane village in Maharashtra by Yogendra Bangar. These 'students' wear their bright pink saree-uniforms and come to school
In 2016, when Ayyaj Tamboli, a doctor, joined as the Bijapur district collector, he was disappointed to see the plight of the district hospital. This is what happened next ...
Nativ Chefs, an online platform, offers home-cooked meals to those who like traditional food. Besides, it provides employment to home chefs, mostly women, with good culinary skills
Rahibai Popere, who lives in a small Adivasi village in Maharashtra, is all set to win the Padma Shri. She has been preserving indigenous seeds that need only water and air to grow
Bhima had briefly worked for the Naxals. When better sense prevailed, he switched sides and joined hands with the security personnel. Now, he wants to do something good for the Adivasis
Tulsi Patel, a drawing teacher working in a school in Surat, moved to his village in the neighbouring district during the lockdown. This is how the couple decorated their village home
Their earnings were never consistent. Once the lockdown ends, they won’t immediately start getting orders as people would prefer to save and not buy expensive Madhubani paintings
People living in Bundelkhand have been dealing with many issues like water scarcity, no job opportunities and migration for years. But, It will take them a while to recover from the lockdown
Eid and seviyan are almost synonymous. While the final product is delicious, making these seviyan is a lot of hard work and it's an elaborate procedure. Here's how it's done
Storyteller Neelesh Misra tweeted a picture of sarauta recently. This single Tweet opened up a spectacular cascade of memories and Twitter users recalled many forgotten words
I was at the Raipur airport recently. This particular art piece attracted me as it was very vibrant and colourful. When I looked closely, I realised it was narrating a tale from the Ramayana!
The earliest record of perfume-making in India can be found in the ‘Brihat Samhita’, an encyclopaedia authored by a 6th century astronomer, mathematician and astrologer who lived in Ujjain
While the end product of these industries are beautiful, the conditions in which people work are abject and far from safe. They often suffer from respiratory problems, silicosis and other diseases
The first mention of samosas was found in Abolfazl Beyhaqi’s work Tarikh-e Beyhaghi in 10th century, where it is referred to as sambosa. There is proof that the Sultanate too had relished samosa
Mohammad Ghalib, one of the few remaining calligraphic artists, sits in a corner in an old bookstore in the Urdu Bazaar, Delhi-6. He says he is destined to see his art meet a sad end
Extensive sand mining has been happening between the Chavara and Alappad coastline in Kollam since the 1960s. Because of this, more than 6,000 fisherfolk have vacated over the years
Despite the amendment in the Hindu Succession Act in 2005, whereby equal rights were awarded to daughters in their fathers’ ancestral property, women are not allowed to own agricultural land
Last year, Odisha's Bhadrak was the worst-hit when Cyclone Fani hit the state. Six months later, Cyclone Bulbul left its damaging imprint. With Cyclone Amphan, it’s the same cycle of destruction
Early reports by Gaon Connection show flooding and strong winds of the cyclone have destroyed fishing ponds, lakes, poultry farms, thousands of acres of paddy ready for harvest in the state
The land is shrinking due to the rise in the sea level because of climate change. This is leading to the tiger reserve area to shrink making fishermen vulnerable. The ‘tiger widows’ are still waiting for the compensation from the government
The unrelenting fight of a forest committee comprising women and led by Sasi mausi, 67, has helped regenerate the forests, providing villages with most of their requirements for sustenance
The poor in the Sundarbans bore the brunt of a cyclonic storm that flattened their mud houses and destroyed the standing crops. They have been dealing with climate change for long now
People of Uppada, a village in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, are facing nature's wrath. The village has had to move multiple times due to coastal erosion
Delay in warning and lack of communication lead to hundreds of fishers in Tamil Nadu and Kerala to go missing in Ockhi cyclone. Bodies of some dead fishers were found. Many are still 'missing'.
The fisheries sector provides employment to more than 14 million people. However, these fisherfolk are staring at a gloomy future as livelihoods get affected and unemployment looms
A joint investigation by Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti & Gujarat Pollution Control Board revealed that the last 120 kms of the Sabarmati river comprises just industrial effluents and sewage
Around 150 villages in six districts of Western UP are situated by the rivers Hindon, Krishna and Kali. The water is so polluted that people are suffering from cancer and limb deformities
The Hindon, Krishna and Kali rivers in Meerut, Baghpat, Shamli and Muzaffarnagar districts of Uttar Pradesh are extremely polluted, which is affecting the reproductive ability of people
The Gomti river, which flows through eight districts in Uttar Pradesh, is dying a slow but certain death. We are killing it at its every twist and turn for our petty gains
The Gomti river originates from Gomat Taal, situated at Madhavtanda, Pilibhit. Ironically, this is where it's counting its last breath. Excessive digging near its banks has led to this
There are thousands who worship the river, yet it's full of filth and is dying a slow death. We spoke to many people, who got nostalgic talking about the Gomti – a river that once was
Satha dhaan – a variety of rice which farmers sow for their petty gains overlooking the fact that it consumes 10 times more water – is a proof that we are to be blamed for the demise of the Gomti
It was meant to beautify the river, but the Riverfront project has throttled the river and has had a detrimental effect on its natural flow. It has also destroyed the ecosystem
Honey collection is a major source of livelihood for many. But changing farm practices, reducing forest cover, increasing use of pesticides and growing cell phone penetration are killing honeybees
If sparrows enter our homes, it’s because we want them there. I can’t think of any other wild animal which is so missed by people. There was global outrage when the house sparrow started declining
Many of us have cherished memories of spotting and catching fireflies that twinkled as if stars. But kids of today may not grow up with similar memories. That’s because fireflies are disappearing
In the past few decades, the aquatic life has been adversely affected due to human intervention. Agricultural use of pesticides is the leading cause of death among amphibians like frogs
When Durga, who was three-month-old, lost her way after the herd she was moving with was attacked by bees. She was then badly injured and roamed around, in pain, looking for her family
Phulmati is a content elephant. But nearly six years back, she was a slave. Her caretaker was unkind to her. But she was then rescued and got a new lease of life at a protection centre in Mathura
A forest guard shares with us his chance encounter with an elephant that had strayed out of the jungle. It was a harrowing experience for him as this was his first job. But he learnt something important
After Renu killed a man last year, she was mauled by furious villagers. She nearly died. But now she is safe at a zoo in Lucknow and spends quality time with Kishan – her boyfriend
Conservationists attribute the decline in the population of house sparrows to the unfriendly architecture of our homes, chemical fertilizers in our crops and noise pollution
Neha had gone to fetch water when she was dragged to a public toilet by a boy, her neighbour, and raped. She spent the next few months doing the rounds of police stations, courts, hospitals and rehabilitation homes. At 14, she is now a mother and is too scared to step out of her house
In 2015, Kanchan, 14, had gone to the fields to cut some grass. She was kidnapped by three youth who kept her locked in a room and raped her for 24 hours. Somehow escaping the torture, when Kanchan returned home, she faced the neglect of her family members
"Our religious faiths were different, but I had never discriminated against him. His daughters called me bhaiyya and tied rakhi to me on every Rakshabandhan. My faith in the goodness of any relationship is gone forever,” said the father of the rape survivor, a poor mason
She was just 11 when she was gang-raped near a Ramlila venue. While the accused have been put behind bars, the family faces social ostracism and constant threat to life. The survivor’s hopes of completing her education have been dashed. The family says it feels cheated
His minor daughter was abducted and gang raped for three days. He struggled to get the FIR lodged. Meanwhile, there was immense pressure on him to marry his daughter off to one of the offenders. On top of it, the girl’s family isn’t even aware that they are supposed to get a compensation
The minor, who is hearing and speech impaired, was raped by her relative. She became pregnant and is now a mother. The incident has scarred her for life. She is now kept in confinement and faces social censure for becoming an unwed mother. What’s worse? Her own father wanted her dead
A girl living in Sitapur district in Uttar Pradesh was raped when she was 19. It has been two years since the incidence. Now she feels she will not get justice. The police for long said they can’t do much against the accused for ‘misbehviour’ because the girl did not use the word rape in the FIR
For generations, the inhabitants of Raghurajpur village in Puri district of Odisha have been narrating mythological stories through their world-famous paintings — pattachitra — and palm leaf engravings
The earliest evidence of kite flying can be seen in Mughal paintings. From being a stress-busters for the Mughals in India, to being used in military operations in China, the kite has come a long way
Gurpreet Singh, who lives in Punjab, is an engineer by profession. He has this unique habit of collecting old, discarded stuff. He creates something useful out of those things that are considered to be useless
Sugar production involves two operations -- processing cane into raw sugar and processing the raw sugar into refined sugar. Watch to understand the process of making sugar from cane
In Dumaria village in Purnia district in Bihar, farmers have taken up marigold farming, which fetches them more than maize and paddy. They sell these flowers across India and Nepal
These weavers work long hours but don't get paid enough. They want to take up other jobs but most of them don’t have any other skillset. The next generation is already moving out
The animal husbandry ministry provided biogas plants to houses having milch animals and bought the slurry in return. The ministry claims it has increased the farmers’ income by three times
The small-scale traditional fishers in India are facing many challenges. T Peter, secretary, National Fishworkers' Forum, believes the government should give some subsidy to the fisher folk
Amul belongs to 36 lakh farmer families of Gujarat, said its managing director RS Sodhi. The best thing about Amul is that the profit from value addition goes directly to the accounts of farmers
In an interview with Gaon Connection, Uttar Pradesh Rural Development Minister Rajendra Pratap Singh spoke about gram panchayat elections, the housing scheme, MGNREGA and lot more ...
In this 'slow' interview, folk singer Malini Awasthi, a Padma Shri, talks about women, folk music, and the intricacies of marriage, and how her husband motivated her to start singing again
He feels the quality of persistence in him comes from his village upbringing, and many of the characters that he has played are inspired by some of the people he has met in his village
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been impressing us with his acting abilities, but these days netizens can't stop raving about Ganesh Gaitonde – the character he plays in Netflix series Sacred Games
Son of a farmer, Manoj says buying vegetables helps him connect with the outside world and that keeps him rooted. He is someone who likes to keep it simple and he loves to laugh at himself
Ayushman Khurana, who calls himself an old-soul, said he was an extremely laid-back. It was his father who made him ambitious. But what he is today is because of his mother and his wife
There are separate rules for girls set by others. Like, they must wear 'proper' clothes, sit cross-legged and look down while walking, said Taapsee and added she has started questioning these rules
He is funny and a very fine actor. But Sanjay Mishra has an emotional side. He has regrets. He wishes to go back in time and undo some damage that he has done. Meet the real Sanjay Mishra
Did you know when he directed his first film, he didn't have a producer? In a 'Slow Interview' with Neelesh Misra, Tigmanshu Dhulia talks about his journey from Allahabad to Mumbai via Delhi
Kumar Vishwas was a rebellious child, who fought with his father as he wanted to become a poet, not an engineer. But there is a soft side to him. He fell in love, and that, according to him, changed his life
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
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
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
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
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
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