From starvation deaths to surplus

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Women farmers have led to the wave of change in Kashipur with organic farming.

Growing crops had never been easy in Kashipur. Farmers practised shifting cultivation, depending on rains to produce whatever little was possible on the rocky slopes. But with onslaught of bauxite mining, large scale felling of forest trees and...

Doordarshan's disruptive signals

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Programme mismatch has been the bane of Doordarshan

A major change has taken over the Indian skies. Gone are the days of aluminium rod antennas decked with torn kites. The small direct to home (DTH) dish antennas of today signify the shift from terrestrial (over the air) transmission to satellite...

The pied piper of Shahkot

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Sher Singh with his organic produce.

Marketing remains a major bottleneck for success of organic farming. All the growers are tapping into a very small segment of urban customers and thus registering losses. Solace and inspiration can, however, be found in certain flag bearers of...

Take it to the heart

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Know your heart challenges the notion that health is solely an individual's responsibility.

Are you free to be healthy? Can you cut back on junk food, jog around and reduce booze and cigarettes of your own will? "Yes," you might say, "we live in a democracy and can choose how to live." You are right but only partially. In the present...

A bridge on the river Kosi

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
A boy stands outside his home on a spur

It is difficult to make small talk with a woman who has lost her all. Khair-un-Nissa had generously invited me to her home for a meal, a curry made of the famously succulent Black Haringhata hen, no less. The curry was special but it was her...