While loss of land and livelihood is a more commonly discussed impact of mining, an invisible impact is on local women who witness a disruption of social structures, burden of earning an extra income, long term mental health issues and a shift from independent cultivators to being dependent on others, besides an uptick in cases of sexual violence. Mayank Aggarwal of Mongabay India reports
A Navi Mumbai couple has been fighting to save 80 hectares of wetlands in Navi Mumbai that are home to thousands of flamingos. The wetlands were proposed to be converted into a golf course and residential complex but in 2018, based on their petition, the Bombay High Court quashed a notification to this effect. Mongabay-India writer Tanvi Deshpande reports
In societies set with patriarchal values, middle-aged women trying to chart a life of their own are looked at with suspicion. But some break the norm anyway, as protagonists in two films, one from Georgia and the other from India, show, writes Ranjita Biswas
Harjant Gill, a Fulbright-Nehru Academic, aims to deconstruct the concept of masculinity in India through his films, writes Paromita Pain who teaches at Global Media Studies, University of Nevada
“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts” Robert H. Schuller
Ambassa(Tripura)/UNI: The rusty remains of a burnt helicopter, lying for more than half-a-century in a remote reserve forest in Dhalai district, has sparked curiosity among the locals for years, and now they have demanded an inquiry into the circumstances that led to its tragic end.
It is three months since the first lockdown was announced due to Covid-19. Like all fields, the pandemic has affected the area of education too which has had to take recourse to online learning even from the primary school stage. But lack of universal availability of the electronic tools for learning, has also created a divide between the haves and have-nots. Anju Munshi probes
At a time when the Prime Minister of India urges everyone to be 'vocal for local', here is a first hand account by Nitin Waghela about the traditional Dokra art of West Bengal and how one can train with the artists who are facing the challenge of machine-made products
Amidst a scary predicament, the world is currently passing through, the internet has emerged to be the sole connector in the new normal of social distancing. At a time when heads of the countries across the globe are constantly preaching the one mantra of social distancing, essentially demanding people to shrug off socialising, internet happens to unleash freshness in the lives of otherwise bored and quarantined social animals.
Despite growing advocacy for using solar power as a sustainable source of energy, the cost factor often deters even a willing customer. Bengaluru-based Simpa Networks offers a solution with its ‘solar-as-a-service to energy’ for poor households and micro-enterprises in rural India. Paromita Pain reports
RoadBounce uses cutting-edge analytic to improve public safety and infrastructure, all through smartphones. SPAN writer Michael Gallant reports
Yak of the high Himalayas is increasingly affected by climate change, with wider economic and social ramifications for the pastoralist societies that have thrived on yak economy. As temperatures rise in the Arunachal Pradesh Himalayas, the traditional yak herders, Brokpas, are facing multiple challenges. Mongabay India writer Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya reports
Buxar, Bihar/UNI: The prisoners in Buxar Central jail are preparing ten hanging ropes popular as “Manila Ropes”, for execution of capital punishments.
Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall (the momentous November 1989), the murals on the East Side Gallery on the remnants of the wall are as alive and relevant today with their message of peace and unity, discovers Ranjita Biswas.
Air pollution due to burning the stubble after harvest in winter in North India is big issue, socially and politically. As Delhiites brace up for another winter of smog and suffocating pollution from stubble burning, here is the story of Kriya Labs, a New Delhi-based start-up, that transforms agricultural waste into a valuable resource to make paper and biodegradable products. SPAN writer Michael Gallant reports