Positive Stories

April 17, 2021

Thousands of tribal women chart their own future after vocational training

About 4,300 women in Dungarpur and Banswara districts of Rajasthan have gone on to set up their own enterprises after undergoing skill development training offered by the Dungarpur Municipal Council and local non-profits.

Madhav Sharma
April 14, 2021

On Jur Sital, the Maithili New Year, the chulha maharani gets a break

For Maithili New Year, Jur Sital, which falls today, April 14, people in the Mithila region give the kitchen much-needed rest, indulge in some kite-flying, play a version of Holi with silt from water bodies, and sprinkle water on each other to beat the summer heat.

Shillpi A Singh
April 14, 2021

Delivering wishes wrapped in cardboard and duct tape

Gaon Connection’s 45-day campaign called Hands of India, supported by Flipkart, the e-commerce company, presents stories of creators, sellers and customers. The aim of the series is to create empathy and a sense of pride for the people who help build India. Read the first of the series about Ramsingh Pawar who delivers cargo, and believes that along with every precious parcel, he delivers great joy, too.

Pankaja Srinivasan
April 14, 2021

Puthandu Vazhuthugal: Neem flowers, jaggery and raw mangoes on Tamil New Year

Never has the neem flower pachchadi traditionally made for Tamil New Year been so significant as it has in this year of the pandemic. It stands for the metaphor of life, full of sweet, sour and bitter things, but still beautiful and filled with hope.

Pankaja Srinivasan
March 27, 2021

Three decades since anyone has taken dowry in this Kashmir village

A village in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir views the practice of dowry as a serious crime. Anyone demanding it is ostracised, barred from offering prayers in the local mosque and not allowed to bury their dead in the village graveyard.

Mudassir Kuloo
March 24, 2021

Sparrow boxes and a lesson in conservation

Archana Shukla, a biology teacher in a government school in Satna, Madhya Pradesh, teaches her students academics and the need to conserve house sparrows. She has helped build more than 200 wooden sparrow boxes.

Sachin Tulsa Tripathi
March 20, 2021

Creating a buzz to tackle an elephantine problem

The Khadi and Village Industries Ltd’s RE-HAB project, launched last year in Karnataka, addresses human-elephant conflict through bee-fencing. It is also raising income of the local farmers.

Arvind Shukla
March 19, 2021

Women in Varanasi set to enter the world of toy making traditionally occupied by the menfolk

A skill upgradation training programme initiated by the Central government in prime minister Narendra Modi’s constituency at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, is preparing 200 women to enter the business of wooden toy making.

Anand Kumar
March 18, 2021

Rural women’s ‘grain banks’ in Uttar Pradesh support small farmers, aid food security amidst COVID-19

The Grain Bank is an initiative that began in 2016, with the objective of benefitting farmers with small land holdings, but during the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown, it has turned into a movement to battle starvation and empower women in rural areas Uttar Pradesh.

Neetu Singh
March 16, 2021

Seeds of progress: A retired Army colonel cultivates chia seeds in Uttar Pradesh

Harishchandra Singh has successfully cultivated chia seeds, considered a superfood, on his farm at Barabanki, in Uttar Pradesh. PM Narendra Modi recently hailed him in Mann Ki Baat.

Virendra Singh