Articles by Anusha Sundar
Feb 14, 2020
With few employment benefits and mounting health risks, Redhills’ conservancy workers face a bleak future30 conservancy workers attached to the Naravarikuppam Town Panchayat in Redhills, a neighbourhood in the north-west part of Chennai, gathered at a community hall for a meeting on 6 February 2019. In the meeting, they narrated the ordeals they must overcome to complete their allocated task — collecting garbage from residential and commercial establishments, cleaning the sewer and stormwater drains, and disposing of the waste of nearly 18 wards, that altogether hold a population of nearly one lakh people.
Aug 29, 2019
Physical agony, mental trauma, death: 4 accounts of what it means to work as a manual scavenger in Tamil NaduOver the past three years alone, 88 deaths related to manual scavenging have been recorded in India — despite a ban on the practice. Among Indian states, Tamil Nadu has recorded the highest number of manual scavenging deaths in India.
May 28, 2019
Menstrual Hygiene Day: Chennai sanitation workers bear brunt of improperly disposed padsWhile menstruation itself continues to be a taboo subject, unhygienic use and disposal of sanitary pads — especially in metropolitan cities like Chennai — is slowly exacting a toll on not only the environment but also human lives.
May 07, 2019
Cauvery, a river under stress: In the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu, little water to spareThe eight Cauvery delta region districts contribute 45.4 percent of Tamil Nadu's total paddy production, with Thiruvarur and Thanjore contributing the highest (10.7 and 9.9 percent, respectively) — making them the chief rice suppliers to the state granaries
May 06, 2019
Cauvery, a river under stress: Effluents to sand mining, examining the impact of human activitiesThe Cauvery, flowing through the districts of Salem, Erode, Karur and Namakkal, is considered sacred by the locals. Triveni Sangamam — the confluence of the Bhavani, Cauvery and Saraswati — is a site of Hindu pilgrimage. Yet, the Cauvery runs barren for most of the year — the river and banks often exposed to harsh activities that impact them adversely.
May 05, 2019
Cauvery, a river under stress: The plight of Mandya's farmers — and of TN's fluorosis belt residentsIn part III of Anusha Sundar’s Cauvery — A River in Stress series, we examine the plight of the farmers of the Mandya plains, who rely on the river water for their paddy and sugarcane crops, as well as for their drinking needs. We also look at the Cauvery in the drought-prone Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts, known as the fluorosis belt of Tamil Nadu. Here, the excess presence of fluoride, an acute salt in the groundwater, leads to severe dental and skeletal problems for the residents.
May 04, 2019
Cauvery, a river under stress: In Coorg, unwanted 'development' comes at a high environmental costThe economic, political and social changes in Coorg have led to an environmental imbalance that has impacted the Cauvery
May 03, 2019
Cauvery, a river under stress: How the dispute over its waters was politicisedHydro politics over its rivers is not a new phenomenon in India, but the Cauvery water dispute is one-of-its-kind, in that it has continued for over two centuries now.