For acid attack survivors, 2019 elections emerge as platform to campaign for stronger laws, proper treatment and compensation
Stop Acid Attack, a group which has been creating awareness about acid attacks and pushing for stricter punishment for the perpetrators launched a country-wide campaign during the election to highlight the demands of acid attack survivors
In Kanyakumari, Christian fisherfolk suspect foul play in mass deletion of voters' names, cite opposition to Sagarmala as reason
The Christian fisherfolk community in Kanyakumari is seeking a re-election in the Lok Sabha constituency, alleging a conspiracy to silence them through mass deletion of names of voters from fishing villages, for protesting against the BJP-led Central government's scheme to develop the coastline under the Sagarmala project
Farmers in Gujarat's Saurashtra seethe over being made pawns of electoral politics over water
Located at the border region of Rajkot district in Gujarat, Madhapur village has been battling a brutal summer, all on its own.
Villagers in Chhattisgarh's Surguja refrain from voting due to rise in elephant attacks, allege govt apathy
The elephants themselves are migrants, who made coal-rich jungles in Chhattisgarh their home after they were displaced in the 1990s.
Muzaffarnagar's Muslims, haunted by memories of riots, rebuff notion of 'compromise' with Jats
The Lok Sabha polls, fortunately, saw no repeat of 2014 and polling here was completed peacefully in the first phase on 11 April. But a sense of safety and security still eludes the displaced Muslim families.
In Tamil Nadu, turmoil surrounding NEET traumatises parents and students, sets BJP and AIADMK at odds
NEET has been a major bone of contention between the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government since it was first mooted in 2012.
Punjab govt's decision to advance paddy sowing aims to placate angry farmers ahead of polls, but ignores impact on groundwater
While the Amarinder Singh-led Congress government's decision to prepone the date for paddy sowing in Punjab to 13 June may ease the angry farmers ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, early sowing will put further pressure on the already depleted groundwater of the state
Child marriage, malnutrition plague tribal children in Odisha's Nagada; villagers, mostly illiterate, pin hope on govt for healthcare facilities
Although 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.
AMU, BHU bear witness to rising violence, polarisation as political parties invade campuses to spread their ideologies
Both the BHU and the AMU have been witness to 'academic interference', giving space for outsider and anti-social forces to create a disruptive environment in India's educational hubs
Gujarat farmers, stung by poor compensation for PM's pet projects, are fighting state govt in court
Gujarat farmers are protesting poor compensation for their land and alleged irregularities in the state government's acquisition process.
Absence of Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case from political campaign riles activists; experts seek transparency in child care institutions
A year ago, the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case had stunned the nation. However, the issue is now absent from political campaigns in the region.
Meerut's differently-abled, tired of govt apathy, threaten mass poll nominations; give UP election officials jitters
On 14 March, about two dozen persons with disability arrived at the collector's office and enquired how to go about filing the nominations
High cost of refills keep LPG out of reach for BPL families in Rampur, contradict govt claims on success of UJjwala scheme
Even though govt data shows the Ujjwala scheme exceeding its target of providing 5 crore subsidised LPG connections, the scheme has been a dud on the ground with BPL families claiming they can't afford LPG refills
Antagonism towards migrant workers keeps Kodagu on edge as politicos fail to balance interests of locals and coffee industry
Antagonism towards 'outsiders' employed in Kodagu's coffee plantations has been around for decades, lately, the narrative is focussed on workers from the north, including Jharkhand, Odisha, and Assam and other northeastern states
In fireworks capital Sivakasi, crackers ban may impact electoral outcome despite AIADMK-BJP promise for resolution
Firecracker industry owners and workers in Sivakasi, which is part of Virudhunagar Lok Sabha seat, which polled on 18 APril, have been protesting since November 2018 in the hope that electoral compulsions will force the Tamil Nadu government to announce some relief for them and grant them exemption from the new norms
Lack of connectivity in UP's Atrauli, Parsawal means voters are unaware that Lok Sabha polls are underway
Atrauli and Parsawal villages are just over 80 kilometres from Lucknow, on a small island between two streams of the mighty Ghagra river.
In mineral-rich Chhattisgarh, factory employees and farmers are uniting to fight Centre's 'anti-worker' policies
In Chhattisgarh, where voting has concluded for all the 11 Lok Sabha seats, political parties weren't the only ones reaching out to the electorate. Trade unions did their own outreach.
From UP to Assam, disgruntled villagers choose poll boycott to protest govt apathy; NOTA finds no favour
Every election, there are a few angry voters who believe that the threat to boycott polls is the best way to get candidates and governments to take note of them
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.
Villagers in south Goa's Costi reminisce about better days as hopes for revival of banned mining industry fade
Costi is around 65 kilometres from the Goa capital Panaji. The village and its roads, previously full of lorries and trucks transporting the ore when mining was in full swing, now wear a forlorn look.