articles by Greeshma Kuthar

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2020, year of the pandemic: TN family of farmers accuse govt official of abusive and violent behaviour

Semaliyappan, Samiyatha and Shanti have submitted multiple petitions to the police and district administration demanding that action be taken for the casteism, verbal violence and public humiliation to which they were subjected

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2020, year of the pandemic: For a first-generation tribal college student in TN, getting an ST certificate has been toughest test

Dhanalakshmi, an Irula student, was preparing to study agricultural sciences, but official apathy towards granting her a community certificate stands in the way of her aspirations

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2020, year of the pandemic: Left without a stage and live audience, TN storyteller turns to Zoom to perform

Making her way back to her native village, Rathy S found herself grappling with a vexing question: How does one perform as a storyteller in this ‘physically-distanced world’?

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2020, year of the pandemic: After murder of husband and father, TN woman says cops gave abuse not protection

On 8 May, Muthulakshmi's husband Thangaraj and father Palavesam were murdered by a mob of Thevars in Sathankulam's Udayarkulam. This is the same infamous panchayat town where Jeyaraj and his son Benix were killed in police custody

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2020, year of the pandemic: How this visually-impaired Chennai woman struggled with daily commute in the face of COVID-19

From the moment she steps out of her home till she reaches her Chepauk office, Aruna Devi requires assistance from passersby at multiple points. “That there is still no policy to cater to something as basic as transportation shows that there is no concern for us,” says the Chennai revenue official

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2020, year of the pandemic: Forced into COVID duty with a newborn, TN nurse reveals unfair treatment of contractual health workers

When things went out of control, Sharon, a govt nurse in Tamil Nadu paid Rs 2 lakh to get transferred near her hometown, but her troubles are far from over as she now travels six hours a day to work and back all for a meager salary of Rs 14,000 a month

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2020, year of the pandemic: Denied land allotted to her, a differently-abled woman from Sivaganga ostracised

For Rajalakshmi, a woman with a locomotor disability, being forced to leave her rented house in the middle of the lockdown was only the latest chapter in a long story of stigmatisation

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2020, year of the pandemic: For Muslims in Madurai, COVID-19 meant widespread stigma, ostracisation

"These were our people. What happened to them? How did they turn against us in an instant?," one resident wondered while recalling the pervasive stigma against Muslims during the early days of the pandemic

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2020, year of the pandemic: How COVID-19 lockdown in Tamil Nadu washed out this farmer's yearly harvest

For Vijayakumari and her husband Sahadevan, every year is a struggle to survive, but the challenges this year were new

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Podcast; Voices from the lockdown: Kashmiri students unable to prep for board exams; experts say kids 'worst affected'

It has been 84 days since the 5 August decision of the Centre to revoke Article 370 and Article 35 A in Jammu and Kashmir. On 31 October, the state of Jammu and Kashmir will officially cease to exist.

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Podcast; Voices from the Lockdown: Amit Shah told Rajya Sabha situation in Kashmir is normal; Valley reporters test claim

The following is a transcript of a conversation between Greeshma Kuthar and three reporters — Danish Bin Nabi, Quratulain Rehbar and Kaisar Andrabi — from different parts of Kashmir.

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Podcast; Voices from the Lockdown: Until Centre engages with youths of Kashmir, things are bound to go out of control

In this episode, we will continue our conversation with Kaiser where he speaks about how the youth of Anantnag and Shopian are going through an identity crisis because of the abrogation of Article 370.

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Podcast; Voices from the lockdown: South Kashmir districts worst affected by 113 days of communication blockade; militancy on edge

The Centre on 5 August announced that Article 370 and Article 35 A will stand revoked as on 31 October. By then, more than one and a half lakh troops had been moved into the Valley. Kashmir witnessed a complete shutdown in the weeks to follow. On 31 October, the State of Jammu and Kashmir lost its special status and was converted into two Union Territorys — Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

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Podcast; Voices from the Lockdown: Kashmir's economy, one year since Article 370's abrogation

This episode of Voices from the Lockdown will attempt to highlight dying tourist revenue and the crumbling economy in the valley, through interviews with various stakeholders from Kashmir.

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Podcast; Voices from the Lockdown: One year since abrogation of Article 370, education sector worst affected

“The most badly affected sector because of the abrogation of Article 370 is the education sector.”

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Tamil Nadu Lockdown Diary: Resilient tracking and testing helped Perambalur contain spread of COVID-19

With just 13 active cases and one death so far, Perambalur district has the most impressive figure in Tamil Nadu, the second-worst affected state in India

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Tamil Nadu Lockdown Diary: From enforcing COVID-19 quarantine to managing alcohol withdrawal symptoms, health workers in rural TN have their task cut out

In rural Tamil Nadu, a health sub-centre is the first institution from the primary health care system that anybody from the community would turn to,

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Tamil Nadu Lockdown Diary: 'People talk as if COVID-19 came from Melapalayam, not China'; Muslims struggle with health systems steeped in prejudice

The experiences of many Muslims in Tamil Nadu in accessing healthcare revealed a system that repeatedly revealed its biases against them.

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Scared patients, overflowing hospitals and overworked doctors​: It's time Tamil Nadu govt got its act together in Chennai

Of the 22 hospitals listed on this Government Order, the number of private players catering to COVID-19 patients in and around Chennai has increased to 45 in a period of two months. Yet, there is uncertainty regarding the functioning of these hospitals.

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Tamil Nadu Lockdown Diary | Health workers battling COVID-19 and fear

Kandamangalam Block has five Primary Health Centers at Puranasingupalayam, Kondur, Siruvanthadu, Rampakkam and Kandamangalam.