At least 4,000 kisan didis and tribal women in Simdega district are earning livelihoods by collecting, selling and extracting oils from seeds of the forest produce that were otherwise sold at a throwaway price to middlemen.
Several initiatives by the forest department in Madhya Pradesh have transformed the erstwhile hunting community of Pardhis into protectors of wildlife. The Pardhi youth are now skilled nature guides in the Panna Tiger Reserve.
In The Slow Interview with Neelesh Misra, Ranveer Brar reinforces how the smells, sounds, sights and, of course, the taste of childhood are a big part of cooking for both home cooks or celebrity chefs like himself. He also believes that lessons learnt in the kitchen are life lessons.
The Vivekananda Hill Agricultural Research Institute in Almora, Uttarakhand, has developed a portable polyhouse that can be easily moved from one place to another. It is ideal for small land parcels in higher elevations and includes a water harvesting option too.
The Indian Institute of Technology Ropar in Punjab has developed a device that ensures high flow of oxygen to patients in need. ‘Jivan Vayu’ is set to be a boon for oxygen supply infrastructure in areas with electricity shortage or frequent cuts. Details here.
In The Slow App, watch the unique bond shared between elephant Sulochana and her mahout Ayyub Khan at Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh.
A novel initiative of the Lakhimpur Kheri district administration in Uttar Pradesh is
bringing financial freedom to rural women by training them to extract fibre from discarded banana stems. Their yarn is going places.
She has roamed the forests in Nilambur in Kerala, in the jungles of the Bori Wildlife Sanctuary in Hoshangabad, and is now spending the last years of her life at Panna. Meet Vatsala who is perhaps the world’s oldest living female elephant. Efforts are on to find her birth records so that she can feature in the Guinness World Records.
In the COVID 19 pandemic hundreds of Gond artists in Madhya Pradesh have fallen through the cracks. With nowhere to turn, they are struggling to feed their families.
To respond to the COVID healthcare services in rural areas, the Odisha government has disbursed Rs 10,000 one-time financial assistance to each ASHA worker in the state. The money can be used to buy masks, sanitisers, soaps, face shields. More details here.