'No food, no water, no money': Back in UP's Banda on Shramik Special, migrant labourers look back on long journey home
Maneuvering the lockdown, contradictory government mandates and the always looming threat of both the virus and starvation, the first wave of migrants finally returned to their hometowns this week.
Flouting social distancing guidelines, crowd in Madhya Pradesh's Sagar gathers on street to welcome group of Jain monks
A large number of people came out on a road on Monday when a group of Jain monks, headed by Muni Pranam Sagar, reached Banda town, located about 35 km from the district headquarters.
'Would've gone home if we knew things will get bad': Lockdown leaves seasonal wedding workers in UP's Banda hapless
While majority of rural migrants are stuck in cities, the coronavirus lockdown has left seasonal wedding workers in a limbo in rural Uttar Pradesh
Return of the migrant: Even as UP govt appeals for calm, ramps up quarantine centres, delayed action turns a public health crisis into a humanitarian one
Delayed action turned a public health crisis into a larger humanitarian one, as evinced by the testimonies of migrant labourers stranded near Kamasin. And as always, there is some impasse between what measures are announced and what is actually implemented on ground
Teenage girl raped, set ablaze inside her house in Uttar Pradesh's Fatehpur district; 18-year-old battling for life at Kanpur hospital
In a chilling reminder of the recent Unnao case, an 18-year-old girl was allegedly raped and set ablaze at a village in neighbouring Fatehpur district in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday
District Magistrate's push for revival of wells, ponds brings hope in Banda; 471 gram panchayats join movement
Banda DM Heera Lal's ‘Kuan-Talab Jivao Abhiyaan’ initiative to revive the natural and man-made water bodies has started a movement in the district with 471 gram panchayats taking matters into own hands to recharge groundwater in their areas
Farmers in Uttar Pradesh's Banda change cropping patterns, restore ponds to make profits despite persistent drought
Ten years ago, the Union government had approved a special package of Rs 7,266 crore for implementing drought mitigation strategies in the Bundelkhand region.
Migrant workers who returned to UP's Banda to vote complain of intimidation by officials, long journey home
Bundelkhand witnesses the highest rates of migration in the country, with at least 50 to 70 percent of rural households having at least one annual or permanent migrant.
It’s ironic, when you look out at the sea of women of all ages, especially wizened old ones, at a recent nomination event in Banda, Uttar Pradesh, how few women are on the other side of the stage or ballot box.
Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi launch fresh salvo against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh election rallies
Uttar Pradesh, where 80 Lok Sabha seats are at stake, is undergoing polls during all seven phases. So far, the election has been held for 26 Lok Sabah seats in the state
Palra, with a sizeable Dalit population, has found its requests and complaints around the hand pump issue completely neglected.
While Banda is covered with friendly, informative and encouraging wall art about the Swacch Bharat Mission and even the survey, this has little correlation to the level of popular awareness.
'Can't do miracles from above, strengthen party at grassroots,' Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tells Congress workers
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra told party workers from Uttar Pradesh's Bundelkhand region that they should not expect a "miracle" from her
A house in Thana Bisanda in Banda caught on fire on 31 January, 2019, and resulted in the deaths of at least five people. The house, rented from Deshraj Patel in Bisanda, was being used as space for the manufacturing of firecrackers.
Made to pay for welfare schemes, a Bundelkhand village protests against years of corrupt administration
The chunk of the gaps and allegations are centred on the celebrated Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana Gramin (PMAY-G), though other policies have seen funds embezzlement too. According to Bhadehdu’s residents, they have even been made to pay to avail the benefits of government welfare schemes, which are meant to be free.
A video featuring a 'witch' goes viral with seeming complicity from the police and press in UP's Banda
Needless to say, the accompanying video – of said witch – went viral well before that Goodnight wish appeared across all our WhatsApp groups.
Rural finance: Delays in cash transfers are pushing troubled beneficiaries into greater debt, poverty
In Uttar Pradesh (UP), the meandering journey of direct cash transfers into beneficiaries’ bank accounts is one that’s deeply shrouded in mystery.
Toilets to solar panel scams: What the money trail on the policies implemented in a Bundelkhand village reveals
In Paprenda, a Bundelkhand village, budget upon budget allocated for development — from roads to hand-pumps — has disappeared down the drain.
Rural finance: Bundelkhand's old women wait for money that isn’t coming; pension problem, in four portraits
Digital Bharat has become a black mirror reflecting a distorted cast of characters with no role to play in the country’s economy.
Sahil Gupta, just short of 19, from Attara kasbah in Banda decided to take part in One Chance India, touted as India’s only real dance talent show on its own Facebook page.