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May 07, 2019
Cauvery, a river under stress: In the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu, little water to spareThe eight Cauvery delta region districts contribute 45.4 percent of Tamil Nadu's total paddy production, with Thiruvarur and Thanjore contributing the highest (10.7 and 9.9 percent, respectively) — making them the chief rice suppliers to the state granaries
May 06, 2019
Cauvery, a river under stress: Effluents to sand mining, examining the impact of human activitiesThe Cauvery, flowing through the districts of Salem, Erode, Karur and Namakkal, is considered sacred by the locals. Triveni Sangamam — the confluence of the Bhavani, Cauvery and Saraswati — is a site of Hindu pilgrimage. Yet, the Cauvery runs barren for most of the year — the river and banks often exposed to harsh activities that impact them adversely.
May 05, 2019
Cauvery, a river under stress: The plight of Mandya's farmers — and of TN's fluorosis belt residentsIn part III of Anusha Sundar’s Cauvery — A River in Stress series, we examine the plight of the farmers of the Mandya plains, who rely on the river water for their paddy and sugarcane crops, as well as for their drinking needs. We also look at the Cauvery in the drought-prone Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri districts, known as the fluorosis belt of Tamil Nadu. Here, the excess presence of fluoride, an acute salt in the groundwater, leads to severe dental and skeletal problems for the residents.
May 04, 2019
Cauvery, a river under stress: In Coorg, unwanted 'development' comes at a high environmental costThe economic, political and social changes in Coorg have led to an environmental imbalance that has impacted the Cauvery
May 03, 2019
Cauvery, a river under stress: How the dispute over its waters was politicisedHydro politics over its rivers is not a new phenomenon in India, but the Cauvery water dispute is one-of-its-kind, in that it has continued for over two centuries now.
Mar 24, 2019
At the Banni Pashu Mela, a unique glimpse into the lives of Kutch's maaldhari communitiesThe Banni Pashu Mela is organised by the Banni Breeders Association. It brings together all maaldhari communities in Banni. There are animal beauty contests, milking contests, races, and freestyle wrestling for men (locally known as bakhmalakdo) during the day, and soirées featuring Sufi and folk music in the evenings.
Feb 04, 2019
Mumbai Pride 2019: First march post-Section 377 verdict sees city's queer community, allies celebrateMumbai witnessed its 14th Pride Parade on Saturday, 2 February 2019. It was the city's largest pride march yet, also its first after the September 2018 judgment decriminalising homosexuality.
Jan 28, 2019
Living and loving in Queer India: Aarti Singh, Jake Naughton look on 'both sides of the veil'The exhibition Both sides of the Veil, which features images, audio and visual installations, explores what it is to be queer in post-377 India
Dec 22, 2018
Love in the City: In no-nonsense Mumbai, couples steal quiet moments of togethernessMumbai is not always kind to its lovers; perhaps it doesn't intend to be cruel, but romance must navigate tricky terrain here nonetheless. Intimacy in public places — exalted in Bollywood movies but frequently frowned upon in real life — requires some delicate maneuvering on the part of couples.
Dec 18, 2018
Go, Goa, Gone: Stories from a changing paradise — and a look at what the future portendsWhen you speak to long-term residents of the state, you'll hear phrases like “Oh, but it’s not like it was in the old days…” It seems, however, that everyone has a different take on the evolution of Goa