Har Cheez Mein Caste Mat dekho

Har Cheez Mein Caste Mat dekho

TW: Mentions of casteism एतद् देशप्रसूतस्य सकाशादग्रजन्मनः । स्वं स्वं चरित्रं...

You Feel disgusted? You leave!

You Feel disgusted? You leave!

A long line of women, carrying their babies in slings across their chests, balancing eggs and channa on their heads, is a common sight as we travel in our jeep at Swasthya Swaraj from our head office in Bhawanipatna to the villages. Children are always tied close to...

Collectives And Public Health

Collectives And Public Health

The ongoing pandemic has emphasized the importance of creating a robust public health system. In Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh the shortcomings of the health infrastructure in these trying times were visible not only in the infrastructural inadequacy, but were also...

Who Bears The Brunt Of Borrowing Money?

Who Bears The Brunt Of Borrowing Money?

A gender lens to understand credit in rural India Microcredit = Lending to women in groups I remember making sense of microfinance using this simple equation the first time I read about the concept of lending to the poor. Somehow, it did make a lot of sense and it...

Did Covid-19 ‘Other’ The ASHAs From Their Own?

Did Covid-19 ‘Other’ The ASHAs From Their Own?

ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists) have been instrumental in managing the pandemic across the country. They carried out several responsibilities in the past year - identifying people showing symptoms of Corona, linking them to quarantine facilities or ensuring...

Where The SC Discriminates

Where The SC Discriminates

Kalahandi, Odisha, is a name that is almost ever-present in the books of development as a district in India that is so socially, economically and politically backward that there still exist ‘hunger-deaths’ and schools with no teachers. Swasthya Swaraj, a primary...

One Strand At A Time [A Photo Story]

One Strand At A Time [A Photo Story]

Having spent a major part of my fellowship in Maheshwar, Madhya Pradesh, it was impossible to not showcase the art-form that makes the place so special - Maheshwari sarees. The sarees and fabrics are registered for Geographical Indication, a certification that the...

Bridging The Digital Gap In Rural India

Financial inclusion, in today's day and age is not what it was a decade or two ago, when having a bank account was the starting point. Today, 'digital' is a key piece in the puzzle of financial inclusion, specially for low income communities. India is set to have 820...

Constructivist Approach To Teaching

Constructivist Approach To Teaching

Picture by Divya Sharma, a 2019 fellow Instance 1 5 year old Anush weeping: Maa I am not going to school anymore Mother: But why my love? (The mother had an impression that Anush will easily adjust to school based on the first day observations when he was playing in...

How 65 Plants Are Changing Lives

How 65 Plants Are Changing Lives

Agragamee works with farmers in Nabrangpur, Odisha. These farmers own 1.5 acres of land on an average and earn anywhere between 20,000 to 100,000 per year from this land. They mainly grow vegetables, rice and millets. Animals like chicken and goats are consumed as...

No Bad Blood

No Bad Blood

A still from 'Period. End of Sentence' Early on in my fellowship journey, I had an interesting experience. I got a chance to experience the stigma around menstruation first-hand. Even with the awareness of my community's relationship with menstruation, I never...

Resilience, As I Understood It

Resilience, As I Understood It

Resilience and perseverance - the two virtues almost always attributed to the poor. The glorification of their hardships and our awe for their ability to survive. Haven’t we started looking at them akin to cockroaches? They never die with a single stroke, it takes...

Education For Change

Education For Change

Imagine yourself as a child living in a small mud house in a green valley, with lush farms on rolling hills that extend until as far as you can see. Your family is engaged in agriculture, growing rice and corn. A good harvest ensures enough food for the next few...

Need For Reflective Teaching

Need For Reflective Teaching

Recently, I have had the opportunity to attend a session on “Reflective writing for teachers” by Dr. Neeraja Raghavan, Founder Director of Thinking Teacher. The session was organized by Agastya International Foundation, where I am currently working as an India Fellow....

Totes Amaze: How This NGO In Kutch Is Fighting Plastic With Plastic

Totes Amaze: How This NGO In Kutch Is Fighting Plastic With Plastic

Nine billion tons - that's the amount of plastic we have created since the large-scale production of synthetic materials began in the early 1950s. And why not, after all plastic is lightweight, flexible, relatively inexpensive, and durable, which also means that it...