A year on, the case of alleged gang rape of a minor girl by men in uniform in Kunduli
area of Odisha’s Koraput district has become a point of discussion again. After dismissal from
Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Dr. Damodar Rout, lawmaker as well as former minister in the Naveen
Patnaik cabinet, sparked fresh controversy by making
statements that evidences were manipulated, destroyed and altered in the case to
protect one alleged rapist, a constable in paramilitary forces.
However, scientific experts reject Rout's charges while inviting him and all to prove the reports wrong.
Political warmth is on an increasing trend in Odisha as elections are on the head and many expect it to happen earlier than usual.
Confident about its electoral success until a few weeks ago, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) now seems to be worried a lot since dismissal of the veteran politician Dr. Damodar Rout and the speculations following it over formation of another regional political outfit to challenge the ruling party on the lines of the true ideology and dreams of late Biju Patnaik, the legendary person whom people of Odisha consider the icon of pride.
Although they are often the actual
cultivators, the lack of land rights among women farmers in Odisha has
resulted in chronic distress because they are unable to get government
loans or compensation over crop loss
Since her husband migrated out of Odisha for work, it fell upon
Remati Majhi (25) of Dhamnaguda village in Nuapada district to cultivate
rice in the fields owned by her husband. But she could neither avail
any government loan nor insure the crop because she didn’t have title
over the land. So, she had no option but to arrange the required
resources through private moneylenders.
Two ministries of the Odisha government are at loggerheads over the
dropout rate of ‘adolescent girls’ from school, in the state. Last week,
based on a baseline survey, the department of Women and Child
Development and Mission Shakti (WCD-MS) claimed that nearly 56,000
girls, in the age group of 11-14, are out of school.
Like most cities in India, Bhubaneswar is being driven to its knees
due to extreme rainfall and intolerable temperatures, underscoring the
urgent need for climate-smart urban planning
After intense overnight showers, Bhubaneswar woke up on Saturday, July 21,
morning with half the city under water. The situation at the capital of
the eastern state of Odisha in many ways typifies poor urban management
in India that is crumbling under adverse climatic conditions.
Residents in many parts of the city were stranded in their homes and
the condition was so dire in some parts that the state’s disaster
response team has to start rescue operations. Roads in the state capital
looked like gushing streams. Disaster response forces moved to
waterlogged areas with floating pumps to drain out water.
An initiative to reach healthcare
services to pregnant women and new mothers in the underdeveloped Araku
Valley, bordering Odisha's Koraput district, has seen a measure of success in tribal communities ruled by
superstition and regressive practices
In a lively anganwadi or daycare center in Godiguda village, an
auxiliary nurse midwife (ANM) conducting health check up of over 10
women, some pregnant and others lactating, reflected the changing
scenario in maternal and child health in the Araku Valley of Andhra
Traditionally, delivery cases handled by a dhai, elderly women from
the village or the community, being the practice, and pregnant women
visiting a medical or a doctor considered an act against norm, pregnant
mothers had to submit themselves to their fate despite high rate of
maternal and neonatal mortality in the valley, Malati (35), who has
decided to go for an institutional delivery for her sixth child, told VilageSquare.in.
Impacted by climate change and human activity, hope for the
Similipal biosphere reserve in the eastern state of Odisha has come from
protection offered by area residents.
Standing in the backyard garden of his thatched house near the core
area of the Similipal national park, Shyam Ho (50) of Kusumi village
recalled his childhood when the forest around his village was thick and
the primary source of food for his tribal community.
“We used to get everything, from tubers to leafy vegetables and a
variety of fruits and berries, in the forest. Honey was abundant
available in the hedges, the mud walls of our houses, and in the nearby
forest. They all have become rare these days,” Shyam Ho said. “Today, we
have to buy honey from collectors whenever we need it even for
medicinal use. We don’t see so many varieties of honeybees around our
villages these days.”
Women in Odisha’s coastal fishing
villages have turned to selling fish and value-added fishery products
after eliminating middlemen and abolishing the home brewing of country
liquor, the root cause of their problems. Selling fish at the local fish market, Dulana Das (40) of Rambha
village in Odisha’s Ganjam district took pride in introducing herself as
a businesswoman instead of a fisherwoman. “I buy fish every morning
from fishermen who fish in Chilika Lake and the nearby sea,” Dulana told
VillageSquare.in.“With a designated place for me in the market, and a 20% profit, I earn a good income.”
Inspired by the news
of celebrities finding mention in the records of the Pandas in Puri, I
wanted to verify what these records document and how the database has
The curiosity was after President Prativa Devi Singh
Patil saw mention in the personal records called ‘Yatri Panji’ of the
traditional Panda (People traditionally engaged in various services of
Jagannath Temple), Damodar Mahasuara, whose family has been looking after
the pilgrims from the state of Maharastra and Gujarat.