Sudipta Sengupta shares her story of ascending Lalana, tragedies and triumphs along the treacherous trek route
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Sudipta Sengupta shares her story of ascending Lalana, tragedies and triumphs along the treacherous trek route

The aim of the expedition was to climb an unnamed virgin peak (20,130 ft/6,136 m) in the Lahoul Himalayas. If successful, we planned to name it Lalana, which means woman in Bengali.

Nomadic nature of Pakistan's Bakarwals in danger, as community faces weather, administrative issues
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Nomadic nature of Pakistan's Bakarwals in danger, as community faces weather, administrative issues

For centuries, Bakarwals have centred their lives around rearing sheep and goats (bakra in Urdu) and even today accompany their herds across mountains and meadows.

A Jharkhand town powers India's nuclear dreams, at the cost of its residents' health, the environment
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A Jharkhand town powers India's nuclear dreams, at the cost of its residents' health, the environment

The people of Jaduguda note that displacement and deforestation for uranium mining robbed them of their land and livelihood, and later cursed them with health impacts.

Case of the disappearing hilsa: Prized catch eludes fishermen's nets in Bangladesh's peak season
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Case of the disappearing hilsa: Prized catch eludes fishermen's nets in Bangladesh's peak season

Overfishing had decimated Hilsa stocks in this part of the world until the Bangladeshi government imposed a ban in March and April, when the juvenile fish are growing up and moving out to sea.

In Diwik Singh Chhalani's quest to restore old radios, a coming together of nostalgia and sustainable methods
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In Diwik Singh Chhalani's quest to restore old radios, a coming together of nostalgia and sustainable methods

'Diwiks' are revived versions of old radios which individuals and families have held on to for decades, mainly for sentimental reasons. They feature sustainably reclaimed wood and a modern two-channel sound system.

Through Her Lens: Online exhibition encourages dialogue on representation in the North East through photography, archiving
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Through Her Lens: Online exhibition encourages dialogue on representation in the North East through photography, archiving

The project's aim has been to record the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on women and marginalised communities in the northeastern states, and engage with visual storytelling as a form of research and archiving.

Anwar Chitrakar, a folk artist from Bengal, captures vignettes of locked down lives through traditional art
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Anwar Chitrakar, a folk artist from Bengal, captures vignettes of locked down lives through traditional art

Anwar Chitrakar talks about his latest online lockdown-inspired exhibition 'Tales of our Times', and his personal journey with the folk art tradition.

Journeying along the Ganga, in photos: The past, present and future of India's holiest river
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Journeying along the Ganga, in photos: The past, present and future of India's holiest river

For more than 1,700 miles, stretching from the Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal, the Ganga flows across the plains like a timeline of India's past, nourishing an extraordinary wealth of life.

Ten artists respond to a decade of UN recognition for water, sanitation as vital human rights
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Ten artists respond to a decade of UN recognition for water, sanitation as vital human rights

WaterAid commissioned 10 visual artists from across the Global South to interpret the far-reaching impact access to clean water and decent sanitation has on people’s lives and the role these vital basics play in the realisation of other human rights

Wildlife photographer Shaaz Jung: 'Next big issue India will face is man-animal conflict'
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Wildlife photographer Shaaz Jung: 'Next big issue India will face is man-animal conflict'

Wildlife photographer Shaaz Jung talks to Firstpost about his viral black leopard photos, and importance of local involvement in conservation efforts as India tackles man-animal conflict.

As COVID-19 intensifies man-animal conflict, Thailand's Lopburi is a city under siege — by monkeys
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As COVID-19 intensifies man-animal conflict, Thailand's Lopburi is a city under siege — by monkeys

In Lopburi, tourists and pilgrims have long enjoyed feeding monkeys. Now, as COVID-19 reduces visitors, they're getting hungry, and aggressive.

Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: Remembering Tarasundari, the shape-shifter of early Calcutta theatre
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Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: Remembering Tarasundari, the shape-shifter of early Calcutta theatre

Born in 1878, Tarasundari was introduced to theatre by her neighbour and friend, Binodini. Binodini was 15 years older than her, and was already a well-known actress at the time | From #DastaanEDilrubai, a series by Shreya Ila Anasuya.

A new bill puts commercial surrogacy to an end. Here's how it shaped the lives of women in a Gujarat clinic
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A new bill puts commercial surrogacy to an end. Here's how it shaped the lives of women in a Gujarat clinic

Primarily home-makers or migrant workers, the surrogates at the Akansha Hospital and Research Institute earn nearly 10 times as much as they would be paid as labourers

As initiatives kick off to address racism in fashion, will ideological differences diffuse their long-term effectiveness?
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As initiatives kick off to address racism in fashion, will ideological differences diffuse their long-term effectiveness?

The emergence of these disparate racial justice initiatives is both an acknowledgment of the perceived ineffectiveness of the CFDA and a response to the various ways in which racial inequities pervade the fashion industry.

Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: The life and times of Farzana Joanna Nobilis Sombre Zeb-un-nissa, or Begum Samru
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Dastaan-e-Dilrubai: The life and times of Farzana Joanna Nobilis Sombre Zeb-un-nissa, or Begum Samru

Too many accounts of Begum Samru's life convey an almost tabloid-like fascination of her possible romances with European men, and describe her as an upstart | From #DastaanEDilrubai, a series by Shreya Ila Anasuya.

In Bangladesh, internet restrictions, rumours worsen COVID-19 fears in Rohingya camps
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In Bangladesh, internet restrictions, rumours worsen COVID-19 fears in Rohingya camps

Of those tested in the camps near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, 35 Rohingya people were found to be infected. A further 850 residents who had come into contact with the infected are now in quarantine. The only good news is that 618 Rohingya have completed their quarantine without contracting the disease.

In US, African-American protesters send out a powerful message of reform by dressing in their 'Sunday-best'
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In US, African-American protesters send out a powerful message of reform by dressing in their 'Sunday-best'

Almost every protest movement has its visual signifiers: images etched in the collective memory that crystallize the causes for which they were fought.

How community-run tourism can help Sundarbans recover from Cylone Amphan's devastating effects
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How community-run tourism can help Sundarbans recover from Cylone Amphan's devastating effects

Community-run ecotourism in and near the Sundarbans has the potential to popularise some of the existing and new tourism routes and locations. But a number of obstacles have to be overcome before it can really work.

In locked-down Kashmir, an upsurge in COVID-19 cases — and violence in civilian neighbourhoods
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In locked-down Kashmir, an upsurge in COVID-19 cases — and violence in civilian neighbourhoods

In the early hours of 19 May, Indian security forces allegedly launched an aggressive cordon and search operation of downtown Srinagar in Kashmir, followed by an armed confrontation, known as an “encounter,” against militants. Many have been rendered homeless, while some people's houses were smouldering for days

Four survivors of trafficking on life in lockdown, and why it has meant a resurgence of old fears, uncertainties
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Four survivors of trafficking on life in lockdown, and why it has meant a resurgence of old fears, uncertainties

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reported 38,503 cases of trafficking in the country between 2011 and 2019.