Reportage

December 28, 2019

Kashmiri apples now have competition as Jammu apple growers reap rich harvest

About 5-6 villages, nestled about 150 km away from Jammu amid the mountains in Udhampur district, have been growing apples for 4-5 decades. But, they have been using the produce only for local consumption. That is now changing

Deepak Khajuria
December 28, 2019

Over 12,813 sq km forest land in India under ‘encroachment’. But, who is the ‘encroacher’?

Researchers and activists working with the tribals and other forest-dwelling communities pooh-pooh Union environment ministry’s recent data on encroachment on the forest land. Unless the Forest Rights Act of 2006 is implemented in both letter and spirit, encroachment will remain a contentious issue.

Nidhi Jamwal
December 28, 2019

Who moved my village?

The story of how women are facing the impact of climate change in the Sundarbans. Alone.

Nidhi Jamwal
December 28, 2019

Climate change hits Himachal’s famous apples, causes the of frequent floods

Kullu in Himachal is identified as highly prone to floods. But, the Centre is yet to release required funds for an early warning system. Rising heat, reduced winter chill have wiped off many apple orchards

Nidhi Jamwal
December 28, 2019

Uttarakhand’s health centres sans health facilities

Tying pregnant women to cots and carrying them to the nearest health centre, lack of sterilised delivery sets and neonatal resuscitation kits, missing mobile medical units and vacant health posts in rural areas. A Gaon Connection report on how villagers in rural parts of the hill state struggle for basic healthcare

Megha Prakash
December 28, 2019

The dark secret of Jharkhand’s shiny mineral mica

Families of the Santhal schedule tribe in Jharkhand are forced to descend into dangerous rat-hole mines to collect mica scrap for livelihood. Often they get buried alive when these illegal mines collapse. Those who survive suffer various health problems including breathing illnesses and even tuberculosis

Nidhi Jamwal
December 28, 2019

Women facing livelihood crisis in a fishing belt in Andhra spark a change; set up small businesses

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

englishteam
December 28, 2019

“What’s the point of development when our kids are going to die because of pollution?”

For development projects, like the construction of metros or bullet trains, authorities cut trees and then promise to compensate by planting saplings as many as three or four times for every tree cut. But how many of these saplings actually survive? The reality is hard to digest

Shivani Gupta
December 28, 2019

We wanted to study, but …

For young girls in villages, education is a luxury. But most of them are forced to discontinue their studies even before completing secondary education. Besides safety issues, there are many reasons behind their dropping out. In order to understand the roadblocks, Gaon Connection interviewed many girls in villages in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh

Shivani Gupta
December 28, 2019

Ever eaten veggies grown in “black and red” chemical water? People in Gujarat are eating

A joint investigation carried out recently by Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, an NGO, and Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) on the rising pollution in the Sabarmati river revealed that the last 120 kilometers of the river comprises just industrial effluents and sewage

Swati Subhedar