September 23, 2020

nurturing DREAMS - documentary on benefits of abolishing child marriage

"nurturing DREAMS," made in 2016, is a short documentary presenting how educating girls and abolishing child marriages has changed lives of girls and women in Gumma block of Odisha's Gajapati district and helped achieving many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at community level.

June 28, 2020

With no increase in tiger count, tribes continue to be relocated from Similipal Tiger Reserve

With discontentment among relocated tribes leading to conflict between tiger conservation and tribes’ habitat rights in Similipal, administrators hope to change mindset with education and employmen

Khejuri village after the relocation of Khadia tribal families. © Basudev Mahapatra

April 11, 2020

COVID-19: We Need Science to Save the Day, Not Panic & Fake News

This is a representational image. Source: The Quint
Odisha’s Health and Family Welfare (HFW) department has revealed the news of 16 fresh COVID-19 positive cases in the state, of which 15 were from Bhubaneswar, on 5 April. When most of the country was busy lighting diyas and candles, 8 out of 189 samples emerged as COVID-19 positive in Odisha.

With 34 positive cases detected in the last few days, the graph of affected people surged to 42 in Odisha. However, two of the patients have been discharged post recovery. 33 out of 42 COVID-19 active cases are from the city of Bhubaneswar.

March 07, 2020

Life skills education prevents child marriages among Odisha tribes

Photograph © Basudev Mahapatra.
Life skills education empowers tribal girls with knowledge, self-awareness and decision making capacities, helping them rise above social customs and pressures. It has resulted in decline of child marriages

January 20, 2020

Bhubaneswar needs to act fast to achieve sustainability

© Basudev Mahapatra
Bhubaneswar, set to transform into a smart city, is facing cyclonic storms and experiencing extreme weather events more frequently than a few decades ago, city dwellers observe.

January 03, 2020

Odisha's Kondh women lead a kitchen revolution in their backyards

Overcoming taboos and becoming more knowledgeable about abundant local foods, malnourished Kondh people in Odisha are bringing diversity to their food baskets through backyard kitchen gardens

Kaikeyi Majhi of Kalahandi's Kamegaon village irrigates
her kitchen garden. © Basudev Mahapatra
“Unless we consume a variety of foods that include vegetables and greens, pulses and legumes, and meat and fish along with rice, where will we get adequate nutrition? How can our children have proper physical and cognitive growth?” asked Golapi Kanhar.

The question from Golapi Kanhar (35) of remote Kasirikhol village in Kandhamal district, a Kondh woman with primary education, reflects increasing awareness about nutrition and food diversity within the community.