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Dec 01, 2019
As Jharkhand votes, no party discusses mob-lynching cases, self-appointed gau rakshaks: Tale of 3 affected villages, and how they are getting by without govt aidWith at least 23 incidents of mob lynching in Jharkhand between March 2016 and November 2019, the state's Adivasi and minority communities are incredulous at the consistent silence of major political parties on the issue, and are determined to convey that anger in the voting booth as the five-phase Assembly election gets underway in the state.
Nov 13, 2018
Phase 1 of Chhattisgarh polls concludes: Voters in CM Raman Singh's Rajnandgaon constituency swear loyalty to no oneIn Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district, 80-year-old Baghela Yadav cast his vote in Kutheri village on 12 November, which was the first phase of elections for the state's Assembly. He has voted in every election that has taken place in the past, however, when asked, "Aapne kin muddo ke adhaar par vote kiya hai (On the basis of which issues have you voted)?", he responds with a blank look.
Nov 08, 2018
As Congress and BJP spar over poll issues, Adivasi farmers of Bastar fight for land acquired for industrialisation 5 years agoTata Steel signed a memorandum of understanding with the Raman Singh-led Chhattisgarh govt in 2005 to set up a Rs 19,500 crore plant in Bastar. It involved acquiring 5,000 acres of land across 10 villages for the plant that proposed to create 5.5 million tonnes of steel per annum. The state started acquiring land 2008-09 onwards.
Oct 22, 2018
Amritsar tragedy: Used to crossing tracks at will, Joda Phatak locals say 'we're victims, why treat us as criminals'For, living right next to the railway tracks, the locals of Joda Phatak in Amritsar have become accustomed to crossing them at will. They are also angry because they feel that no government agency - the railways, police or administration - has accepted any responsibility for the incident.
Sep 14, 2018
Kerala floods: Pinarayi Vijayan govt submits memorandum seeking Rs 4,700cr from Centre as compensation for damageAt least 488 people have died in Kerala due to the rains and floods this monsoon, which hit 14 districts of the state. The Kerala government has sent a memorandum to the Home Ministry giving details about the loss of human life, properties, infrastructure and crops and sought about Rs 4,700 crore as compensation, a senior government official said.
Aug 27, 2018
Kerala, After The Flood: As state turns into land of great tragedy; life won’t be the same for residents againIt's been just over a week now since floods ravaged Kerala. From Mumbai, I finally managed to get on a train to my home state (Kochi airport, the nearest to my home, is closed till the end of the month)
Dec 29, 2015
Firstpost Ground Report: KCR’s abundant display of wealth in drought-hit Telangana reeks of bad governanceKCR’s Maha Yaagam is wasteful, gaudy — the drought stricken mandals and families that have lost their breadwinners — wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, stand out like a sore thumb. Sore, they are, from years of negligence towards their needs and conditions not just by the TRS government, but by the five different political parties that were in power before.
Dec 26, 2015
Firstpost Ground Report: Telangana CM KCR deploys state machinery for massive religious ceremony even as state reels under droughtI took the first flight out of Mumbai to Hyderabad on Friday morning to record the scale of this Rs 7 crore ceremony, the excess of which seem all that more stark when contrasted with these grim numbers: over 50 per cent of administrative units in Telangana are stricken by drought, as a consequence of which 1,840 farmers have killed themselves since the state was formed in June last year.
Nov 11, 2012
Interview: We have a pro-rich policy in Gujarat, says SarabhaiIn an interview with Firstpost's Akshaya Mishra, Padma Bhushan awardee Mallika Sarabhai talks about women, Gujarat and Modi.
Nov 07, 2012
In Obama’s Kenyan village, locals celebrate reelection and progressAt a brief press conference Mama Sarah says this year’s election is even better than the first. “This is more meaningful because it is the decision of the American people after seeing his work.”