December 28, 2016

Malkangiri child deaths: disease or malnourishment?

The large number of children dying in Malkangiri district of Odisha has been officially attributed to Japanese Encephalitis and malaria but villagers and civil society organisations say that malnourishment has contributed to these avoidable deaths

“Following vomiting and symptoms that made my 3-year-old daughter, Julie, feel uneasy, we took her to the district headquarter hospital in Malkangiri. We never knew that it was her final departure from the village. She succumbed to a new disease that the doctors said was Japanese fever (Japanese Encephalitis),” says Chumudi Madkami of Palkonda village while holding her visibly weak one-year-old son Aditya.

November 23, 2016

Farmers, daily wage laborers in Odisha badly hurt by demonetization

Farmers and those in rural areas who make a living as daily wage laborers in Odisha have been left stranded by the demonetization drive by the Indian government that has led to a huge scarcity of lower denomination notes

With the sowing season for the winter (Ravi) crop in full swing, Nabarathi Kuanr, 60, of Sudrukumpa village of Kandhamal district in Odisha has no option but to skip a cropping season as he is unable to get seeds and fertilisers from the government and the cooperatives because of the scarcity of lower denomination notes after the Indian government on November 8 declared that Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 banknotes have been demonetized.

November 04, 2016

Indigenous farmers are developing climate resilient agriculture

To face the challenges of climate change, indigenous farmers in India are innovating traditions: developing climate resilient agriculture to feed their families

KBK is the short form referring to the region comprising the Kalahandi, Bolangir and Koraput districts of India’s eastern state of Odisha. News on acute poverty leading to child-selling and starvation deaths in the region prompted Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to visit these districts in the 1980s and inaugurate several poverty alleviation schemes. None of them, however, have performed well.

September 21, 2016

Malnutrition continues to be a threat 70 years after independence


Even though it's the fastest growing economy in the world, malnutrition in India still kills millions each year. This issue became even more stark when 19 tribal children died in a single village.

August 29, 2016

Did Dana Majhi's wife die of hunger, malnourishment?


Questions that linger about death of Dana Majhi's wife are whether this is another case of death due to malnutrition and hunger? Did the hospital authorities knowingly admitted her in the TB ward to show it as a death due to TB and to hide the real reasons that would expose bigger failures of the Odisha government

July 15, 2016

Jhodias of Kashipur: part of Paraja tribe deprived of its ST status

Indigenous communities across the globe are being victimised by the nexus between capitalist forces and political power. While corporate houses set their own expansionist agenda, people in power have always been instrumental in pushing the corporate agenda forward in the name of development. The story of the Jhodia community of Kashipur in Odisha exemplifies how the Indian government has cunningly kept a group of primitive Paraja tribe out of the list of scheduled tribe and deprived them of all rights given to them by the Indian constitution. All is made just to favour one of India’s largest corporate entity that heavily funds political parties to fight elections. 

March 02, 2016

Odisha Farmers Struggle for Survival

The state and central governments are likely to increase the focus on agriculture in their budgets. But the question remains: when will farmers receive the benefits of all these plans and programmes, and more importantly, how will they overcome the present crisis?