Positive Stories

June 23, 2021

Seeds of change: Using seeds of kusum, karanj and imli, tribal women in Jharkhand turn agri-entrepreneurs

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.

Shivani Gupta
June 23, 2021

Pardhi tribe members still roam the forests of Madhya Pradesh — as nature guides, not hunters

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.

Arun Singh
June 22, 2021

The alu-jeera and dal-tadka philosophy of Ranveer Brar’s cooking

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.

Pankaja Srinivasan
June 22, 2021

Portable polyhouse puts the smile back on faces of marginal farmers in the hills

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.

Divendra Singh
June 19, 2021

‘Jivan Vayu’: IIT Ropar comes up with innovation for oxygen supply without electricity

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.

Gaon Connection
June 17, 2021

Sulochana and Ayyub: The lovely bond between a jumbo and her mahout

In The Slow App, watch the unique bond shared between elephant Sulochana and her mahout Ayyub Khan at Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh.

Subha J Rao
June 17, 2021

Rural women in Uttar Pradesh spin a banana yarn and earn themselves economic independence

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.

Mohit Shukla
June 16, 2021

Vatsala, Panna Tiger Reserve’s senior- most citizen is more than a 100 years old

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.

Arun Singh
June 15, 2021

Gond artists in Madhya Pradesh work as daily wagers, vegetable vendors and MGNREGA labourers

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.

Pankaja Srinivasan
June 15, 2021

Odisha govt gives Rs 10,000 each financial assistance to ASHA workers to buy proper safety gear

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.

Shivani Gupta