articles by Varsha Torgalkar

India

Farmer suicides in Marathwada: Chronic drought, patchy implementation of govt schemes still plague cultivators

The first three months of 2019 have seen 29 farmers committing suicide, or one farmer killing himself every two days, in Beed district of Marathwada.

Entertainment

NGMA Mumbai censorship row: Amol Palekar says curator had been instructed not to allow anti-govt remarks

Veteran actor and painter Amol Palekar in a press conference at Patrakar Sangh in Pune on Sunday spoke on the incident at NGMA in Mumbai.

India

Activists accuse Latur Police, child welfare panel of inaction against maulavi accused of sexually exploiting minors

Questions are being raised about why authorities are not taking action against the maulavi of a madrasa in Maharashtra's Latur district who is accused of sexually exploiting minor girls at the school. Social activists have questioned the inaction despite the complaints they registered with both the district Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and the Latur Police.

India

Marathwada villagers demand jobs under MGNREGA as drought dries up work in farms, factories

Fearing a rise in the number of suicides, alcoholism and housebreaking incidents, farmers in Marathwada are demanding that the Maharashtra government immediately provides jobs to the youth under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)

India

Security at Bhima Koregaon did little to ease insecurity among Dalits; tensions rise as first anniversary of violence approaches

At Bhima Koregaon, the tension had eased to some extent because of the meetings between Dalit and upper-caste members the police and administration arranged, but it has been escalating once again with January approaching.

India

In Maharashtra, while farm distress forces farmers to kill themselves, their widows lead forsaken lives

It is not only the widows who suffer, but even their children also go through various hardships.

India

Sugarcane emerges as likely culprit in drought-hit Marathwada; growing cultivation of cash crop depleted groundwater

Sugarcane requires 2,500mm of water and rainfall in Marathwada is between 500-700mm. The remaining 80 percent of water has been pumped out of groundwater for years now, causing a depletion of groundwater level so much that there is no water left to pump out, say experts

India

'Don't know how we'll manage': Facing drought, villagers in Maharashtra's Marathwada left scrounging for water

This year, Marathwada received 534 millimeters of rain against the region average of 682.9 millimeters

India

'Two meals a day and water will be our Diwali,' say Marathwada farmers as drought turns festival of lights into low-key affair

For farmers in Marathwada region of Maharashtra, Diwali is a low-key affair with lack of jobs at farms and elsewhere, and drought adding to their despair after a low yield Kharif season

India

71% of talukas in Maharashtra face groundwater depletion: Insufficient rains, lack of water management compound problem

In 7,212 villages in the state, groundwater level has reduced by over 1 metre. Overall, 13,984 villages from 252 talukas in the state have witnessed a depletion by more than 1 meter as compared to the average of the last five years.

India

Marathwada faces acute water scarcity, farm distress; farmers, local activists ask govt to declare drought

The Marathwada region of Maharashtra may face severe drought conditions in the coming months, due to a 37 percent deficit in the monsoon.

India

Bhima Koregaon battle was between British and Peshwas, not Mahar and Brahmins, researcher tells inquiry commission

"Neither the British nor the Peshwas won a clear victory in the Bhima Koregaon battle," says Chandrakant Patil

India

Bhima Koregaon: Before Tushar Damgude's FIR, ex-ABVP members had complained about Elgar Parishad meet

Even before Tushar Damgude filed an FIR in January in relation to the Bhima Koregaon violence, two former office bearers of ABVP had filed a complaint regarding the same Elgar Parishad meet. One of them knows Damgude very well

India

Bhima Koregaon raids: Pune court orders activists to be sent back home; prosecution reiterates Maoist links

Even as Pune Police on Wednesday demanded 14 days' police custody of three activists Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves and Arun Ferreira, Judge KD Wadane of Sessions Court of Pune said that they should be taken back to their houses.

India

Maharashtra's south Gadchiroli faces nature's fury as submerged roads and bridges maroon over 200 villages

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, all 11 tehsils in Gadchiroli received heavy to very heavy rainfall with an average of over 91 mm in four hours.

India

Marathwada farmers complain of low payout under PMPVY scheme; 30 lakh farmers yet to receive any money

Over 30 lakh farmers in drought-hit Marathwada region of Maharashtra are yet to receive payout under Pradhan Mantri Pik Vima Yojana (PMPVY) crop insurance scheme

India

Dhule lynching: Only a handful of people stay back in Rainpada, residents say village's image being unfairly tarnished

Residents of Rainpada village in Dhule district, where five men were lynched following a rumour, say their village is being unfairly maligned.

India

Dhule lynching: Fearing arrest, most Rainpada men have fled their village and maybe even the state

Twenty-three people were arrested by the Dhule Police in connection with the lynching of five men in Rainpada village on 1 July. Five of those arrested belong to the village.

India

In Maharashtra's remote Gadchiroli district, a section of tribals say Naxals help them secure their rights

Members of the tribal community in Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra say that they do not have the option not to take sides between the police and Naxals.

India

After Bhima Koregaon violence, residents of Dalit basti allege they are being forced to leave village, removed from their jobs

Dalits in the Bhima Koregaon village have lost their jobs following the 1 January riots while others were forced to leave the village altogether.