Articles by Manish Kumar
May 13, 2019
Child marriage, malnutrition plague tribal children in Odisha's Nagada; villagers, mostly illiterate, pin hope on govt for healthcare facilitiesAlthough largely clueless about politics and political leaders, the villagers of Nagada in Odisha continue to pin their hopes on the state government to take care of their health, development and infrastructure needs.
Mar 27, 2019
Seven decades after Independence, many in Odisha's villages still drink contaminated water from pitsA large section of the rural populace of Keonjhar district in Odisha is struggling for access to a basic survival need.
Mar 13, 2019
Odisha's tribals who gather and sell minor forest produce left at the mercy of dysfunctional market with no govt supportThe Odisha government has plenty of funds to implement the Forest Rights Act to benefit tribals, so it can't blame a low budget for the poor enforcement of the law.
Jan 10, 2019
Swachh Bharat Mission: How tulsi saplings, rangolis helped Odisha's Ganjam district in ending open defecationThe Ganjam district administration, roped in women self-help groups (SHGs) and swacchagrahis to take an innovative way to ward off open defecation.
Jan 08, 2019
Swachh Bharat Mission in Odisha hits roadblock as abundant open defecation, insufficient toilets defeat cleanliness driveStatistics claim that the Bantaligram panchayat, which hosts 1,293 households, has only 234 toilets constructed, while 1,059 toilets are yet to be constructed.
Nov 12, 2018
Residents of Chhattisgarh's Lakha village, displaced for construction of Kelo Dam, vow to boycott BJP in pollsNearly a decade has passed since the Kelo Dam was constructed in Chhattisgarh, but many displaced villagers are waiting to get full compensation from the BJP government that took over their land.
Aug 10, 2018
Gurupriya bridge: Political slugfest undermines big step towards development as parties fight over credit and rivals allege scamNonetheless, the 910-metre bridge has proved to be a boon for around 30,000 tribal villagers residing in a zone cut-off from mainland Odisha for more than five decades in the absence of any concrete road or proper river link.
Aug 09, 2018
Gurupriya bridge: New communication link kindles hope for development in Maoist-infested hinterland of OdishaDespite the area’s history of terror and frequent attacks and bloodshed, the newly constructed link is now being used en masse by the villagers of the cut-off zone.
Aug 08, 2018
Gurupriya bridge: Proposed in 1982, opened in 2018, this Odisha bridge bears testimony to decades of frustrationWhile the villagers recalled their daily struggles, they have now pinned all hopes on the bridge changing their lives and bringing them quick development.
Jul 16, 2018
India's water crisis: After govt apathy, Odisha farmer carves out 3-km canal from hills to tackle scarcity in villageIn an effort that earned him the moniker of the "Dashrath Manjhi" of his district, Nayak not only resolved the problem of water scarcity in his village, but also provided his people with cleaner water than what was available to them earlier.