Columns

March 28, 2020

The ongoing lockdown is revealing the yawning chasm between the urban and rural India

Even in rapidly urbanising India, 69% of the population lives in villages, according to the 2011 Census. But the distribution of health workers and facilities leaves much of rural India in dire straits

Patralekha Chatterjee
March 27, 2020

Make sure to keep the virus at bay, but don’t ignore your mental health and emotional well-being

Many people are wondering what would be the outcome of this lockdown. Those who live alone are feeling lonelier than usual. People are losing money. It’s important to keep your emotions in check

Shyam Mithiya
March 21, 2020

Barring a few metropolitan cities, the house sparrow is doing well in rural areas in India

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

Neha Sinha
March 2, 2020

We would perhaps value food more if we have to really search for it. Learn from a woodpecker

The tree may not mind the scars the woodpecker leaves; and the woodpecker perhaps does not mind hundreds of attempts before it gets a single insect that bores into the heartwood of a tree

Neha Sinha
February 29, 2020

Coronavirus scare: India should pay heed as our health system is patchy. India remains vulnerable

The Union Health Minister has said India has remained protected from Coronavirus due to its robust heath surveillance system. But health experts are more cautious in their pronouncements

Patralekha Chatterjee
February 15, 2020

The Wetlands Day should be celebrated every day as the future of wetlands in India is uncertain

There are still lakhs of wetlands in India but they are disappearing. The banks of the river Yamuna, for instance, were dotted with wetlands which are now getting tapped, dried or filled up

Neha Sinha
February 8, 2020

The broiler is selling cheaply these days. That’s bad news for small and independent farmers

The cost of production at broiler farms has shot up steeply in the past two years. In 2017-18, it was due to the high rise in chick prices and in 2018-19 it was due to high prices of both chicks and the feed

Ibne Ali
January 29, 2020

Despite a plethora of government schemes, many villagers are still spending huge sums for treatment

The 6,500-odd residents of Adbar village in Haryana say they would love to have a doctor round the clock, child delivery facilities and a wider range of medicines. This is the story of many villages in India

englishteam
January 22, 2020

The forest floor is a laboratory for species, growing, pushing, competing, nurturing …

We often use metaphors from nature to justify our worst impulses. ‘Rat race’ and ‘dog eats dog’ refer to cut-throat competition. It is true that species do compete. But they also collaborate

Neha Sinha
January 8, 2020

A tale of two sisters: One is allowed to study, the other has to fetch water

The tale of two sisters of Adbar shows that access to water also plays its part in determining who goes to school and who does not. Young girls should not have to miss school to fetch water

Patralekha Chatterjee