articles by Prachee Kulkarni


Dhanaji Jadhav had lost faith in govt, says family of Maharashtra farmer who committed suicide

Dhanaji Jadhav, a 45-year-old debt-ridden farmer from Maharashtra's Solapur, ended life on Wednesday. Firstpost spoke to Dhanaji's family.


Maharashtra farmers strike: Cities feel the pinch as farm growers unite against poor profit, govt apathy

Milk containers were emptied on highways while vegetables were dumped on the roads; few vehicles were also trashed to ensure no agriculture produce reach the market as farmers from 15 districts of Maharashtra went on a strike on Thursday


Lavasa in limbo: How politics, environmental concerns are holding up a Rs 50,000 cr project

Lavasa is a project that was praised by Narendra Modi when he was the Gujarat CM; how come the BJP-led Maharashtra govt is taking a stand that hinders the project's progress, asks an investor


Nayana's memories give me the strength to fight, says husband Abhijit Pujari

After eight years, all the three accused in the Nayana Pujari gangrape and murder case were sentenced to death on Tuesday. Firstpost spoke with Nayana's husband Abhijit Pujari, who though satisfied with the sentence, believes the fight is far from over.


Maharashtra's slain soldiers: A tale of bounced cheques, no jobs and no compensation for families

Chants of "Bharat Mata ki Jai", "Jai Hind" and "Amar rahe" fill the air as a soldier is cremated. Crowds of people from surrounding villages gather to pay tribute. Ministers and leaders from the area make it a point to visit the family


Pune's garbage crisis: No end in sight as villagers protest, waste festers, impasse continues

Land in Uruli Devachi and Phursungi villages was given to the Pune Municipal Corporation, which started dumping garbage at the site in 1991


Triple talaq row: 51 years on, Hamid Dalwai's movement for Muslim women's rights continues

Hamid Dalwai's march marked the first steps taken towards safeguarding Muslim women’s rights & was the beginning of the social movement against triple talaq


Beef ban: Gau rakshaks are becoming bolder by the day as innocents continue to suffer

Kamlesh Kokare bought 5 buffaloes. He was transporting them from Panvel to Hadapsar, Pune. When he was crossing the Khadi machine area in Kondhawa (Pune) he was stopped by Gau Rakshaks. They claimed that he was transporting them illegally and had not ensured the comfort of the animals, thus leading to cruelty against them. They took him to the police station where a case was registered against him. His buffaloes were sent to an animal shelter.


Heat wave in India: Climate change is here, prepare for irregular weather, says senior meteorologist

Firstpost spoke to Jeevanprakash Kulkarni, a senior meteorologist from the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, who is presently associated with a forum called Satarkindia that issues warning based on various climatic scenarios


Malin landslide rehabilitation: Villagers will be able to restart their lives only if the government assures safety

Though the memories of the deceased are not going to fade, Malin's villagers will start their lives with renewed hope.


Maharashtra doctors' strike: Agitating medics demand stricter laws, better security against attacks

Healthcare services in Maharashtra have been severely crippled as more than 4,000 resident doctors are protesting incidents of attack on their colleagues.


Sangli doctor's arrest unfolds a horrifying tale of female foeticide racket covering Maharashtra, Karnataka

Swati Jamdade died on 1 March while undergoing an abortion performed by Balasaheb Khidrapure. During investigation, police found 19 foetuses, some in a state of decay, some buried under a stream close to the hospital. Gradually, a horrifying tale of female foeticide unfolded.


Gajendra Chauhan's farewell message to FTII: 'Complete education, then get involved in politics'

Gajendra Chauhan, popularly known as Yudhishthira, is set to take an exit from the Mahabharata of FTII.


Dabholkar, Pansare murder cases: Fresh hope for families after CBI announcement of Rs 5 lakh reward for information on accused

Almost three and half years after Narendra Dabholkar's murder, the CBI has announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for the two wanted accused and Sanatan sadhaks — Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar.


Ramjas today, SPPU yesterday: ABVP fostering a culture of intolerance, violence across college campuses

Post 2014, these incidents are taking place all over the country. The ABVP is trying to establish itself through violence and is trying to create a space for themselves ahead of the university elections


PMC Election 2017: BJP's victory in Pune was unprecedented but not unpredictable

BJP's victory in the Pawar bastion during the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) elections can be notched as one of its biggest victories ever. After the 'shat pratishad' BJP (100 percent BJP) victory in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections, BJP wins the Pune civic body elections for the first time ever.


PMC Election 2017: NCP, Sena, BJP await counting as more voter turnout flummox all

Will the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) retain its bastion? Or will the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) get to govern the Pune civic body for the first time? A small rise in voter turnout in Pune has left everyone guessing


BMC Election 2017: Development issues out of focus as parties engage in mudslinging

As Sena and BJP crossed swords over seat-sharing in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, the repercussions were across the state.


Maharashtra civic polls: Blatant nepotism in political parties fuels unrest among loyalists, cadre

Ahead of civic polls, parties are faced with a challenge of convincing candidates against rebelling over blatant display of nepotism while issuing tickets.


FTII row: Students who went on strike denied scholarships, complain of hostile environment

On 26 January, 2017 students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) were all set to celebrate Republic day. Like every year, they were looking forward to watching the flag hoisting followed by a march-past and a screening of a patriotic movie like Gandhi or Sarfarosh. Instead, they were greeting at the entrance by a statue of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and a life-size replica of Andaman’s Cellular Jail, showing punishment meted out to prisoners lodged in the jail pre-Independence.