Insights

In their immersive journey of experiencing the grassroots, fellows share the challenges and discoveries made, and how it connects to a larger perspective to build insights

Dying Children And Dead Living Rooms

Dying Children And Dead Living Rooms

Until a few months back, when I saw parents coming in with really sick children but not looking concerned enough, it was unbelievable. Basic Healthcare Services, where I work as a fellow, runs Amrit Clinics located in remote tribal villages of southern Rajasthan. We...

Ethical Conflicts Of A Non-Profit Working On Financial Inclusion

Ethical Conflicts Of A Non-Profit Working On Financial Inclusion

Imagine, you are standing next to train tracks and you see a train coming. There are five people tied up on the tracks, they will die if the train keeps going. But there is a lever next to you that you could pull to switch the train onto a different track. However,...

Whom Does The Forest Belong To?

Whom Does The Forest Belong To?

All about the game of resources and identities, understanding intersectionality with respect to the reserves of Uttarakhand and the politics around it “Hey, hello, you, who are you? What are you doing here?” A forest guard asked me when I was going around for some...

Learning From Cognitive Biases And Using Them To My Advantage

Learning From Cognitive Biases And Using Them To My Advantage

As someone who has been fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind, the concept of cognition and how it influences our decision-making has always piqued my interest. During my mid-point training as an India Fellow, I was introduced to the concept of cognitive...

Beyond Identity: The Power of Genuine Connection

Beyond Identity: The Power of Genuine Connection

Lately, I've been thinking about my true identity and how I introduce myself when asked who I am. It's intriguing how different people perceive my identity, which also varies depending on the location and context of our meeting. For example, during my India Fellow...

Addressing Mental Health Challenges for Women in India

Addressing Mental Health Challenges for Women in India

Introduction Mental health is as vital as physical health and should be approached with the same openness and comfort. It plays a crucial role in our overall well-being, influencing our thoughts, emotions, choices, and actions. Unfortunately, in India, discussions...

Rehan And Patwan – A System of Mortgaging Agricultural Land

Rehan And Patwan – A System of Mortgaging Agricultural Land

In rural India, where a significant portion of agricultural land is cultivated by tenant farmers, the practice of renting farmland is illegal. As a result, tenant farmers face limitations in accessing government assistance and farming markets. However, an informal...

Garment Construction: An Overview

Garment Construction: An Overview

Fun Fact: The piece of apparel you are currently wearing was potentially put together using a formula. Have you ever wondered about how different pieces of fabric of different sizes come together to be built into a single piece of garment without any flaws?...

Reflections From The Work On Tuberculosis

Reflections From The Work On Tuberculosis

I have been working for 18 months with Innovators In Health (IIH). The organization has been actively working on the ground for over 12 years now. They work to address public health issues like tuberculosis (TB) and maternal health. To understand IIH's work in detail,...

Visual Arts As A Way To Connect Children To The Library

I have a feeling that my relationship with art has been changing since joining the fellowship. It began with doing a life story drawing at the induction. And ever since that, I have wanted to bring more of its presence into my life. By presence, I mean, through...

A Brief Introduction To Crafts – From Kachchh, Gujarat

A Brief Introduction To Crafts – From Kachchh, Gujarat

The floor, the once-blue drums, tables and chairs; are all covered in a white-ish powder. Anything you touch and you will dust your hands. Machines that you don’t recognize, lie around you. There are big pots made with plaster of paris filled with a grey-looking clay...

I Asked Authority Figures What Do They Think About Authority

I Asked Authority Figures What Do They Think About Authority

The following conversations are my attempt to explore the less spoken-about, low points in the journey of being a leader and a person seen as an authority figure. I’ve not written these conversations verbatim. There are five conversations in all, with no fixed...

सुकमा की विलुप्त होती मौखिक भाषाएं  

सुकमा की विलुप्त होती मौखिक भाषाएं  

परिचय सुकमा छत्तीसगढ़ राज्य का एक ज़िला है।सुकमा ज़िला के पूर्व में उड़ीसा तथा दक्षिण में आंध्रप्रदेश है। सुकमा एक आदिवासी बाहुल्य ज़िला है । यहाँ आदिवासियों की आबादी लगभग 85% है। सुकमा में मुख्यरूप से गोंड, धुरवा, डोरला जनजातियां निवास करती है । यह...