Travels through the Hindi belt: In Gorakhpur, 2 doctors suspended after ghastly mishandling of encephalitis reflect on their lives gone awry
Dozens of babies suffocated to death in August 2017, allegedly due to a lack of oxygen at Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur
Travels through the Hindi belt: Rahul Gandhi's NYAY has no takers in Mirzapur's Saradah; most have not heard of it, don't believe it can work
The people of Saradah are unaware of Congress' Nyuntam Aay Yojana, or NYAY and don't blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the lack of development
Travels through the Hindi belt: Bihar's unemployed keep faith in Modi, mainly due to lack of credible Opposition
According to the Centre of Monitoring Indian Economy's report of December 2018, Bihar's overall unemployment rate is 10.9 percent, far above India's 6.8, as of 27 March
Travels through the Hindi belt: Love for golf saves Lucknow's Martin Purva from unemployment as locals tee off careers as caddies
The golf course has been employing at least one member from nearly every household in Martin Purva.
Travels through the Hindi belt: Varanasi shopkeepers, facing displacement due to Kashi Vishwanath corridor, vent ire at Yogi and Modi
The Uttar Pradesh government, led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, is keen on building a 400-meter corridor between the Kashi Vishwanath Temple and the Ganga, so pilgrims get “clear access” to the temple after a dip in the holy river
Travels through the Hindi belt: Knocked out by EC, Tej Bahadur Yadav's unemployment is an uncanny reflection on India's farm crisis
Dismissed as a BSF jawan in April 2017, Tej Bahadur Yadav kept himself busy by toiling in his 2.5-acre farmland in Haryana.
Travels through the Hindi belt: In Lucknow, daily wage earners vouch for Narendra Modi, feel Rahul Gandhi hasn't arrived yet
According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, Uttar Pradesh’s unemployment rate is 8.1 percent as against the national average of 6.7 percent.
Travels through the Hindi belt: Ex-corporator in Kanpur cultivates following by helping the unemployed take on the system
According to the CMIE, Uttar Pradesh’s unemployment rate is 8.1 percent as against the national average of 6.7 percent. In Kanpur, the numbers reflect starkly.
Travels through the Hindi belt: Unpaid and unemployed, Kanpur's textile workers slam Modi for failing to revive mills
Once called Manchester of East for its thriving textile industry, the textile mills in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur now resemble a ghost town with hundreds of textile workers scrambling for alternative livelihoods
Travels through the Hindi belt: Hatred, unemployment spur UP youths in search of purpose to join cow vigilante groups
After Yogi Adityanath took over as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in March 2017, things have gotten worse, say critics, with cow vigilantes running amok.
Travels through the Hindi belt: GST, demonetisation, Chinese competition leave Aligarh's famed lock industry struggling
the Tala Nagri of Uttar Pradesh, as Aligarh is popularly called, is struggling due to the combination of demonetisation, GST and invasion from China.
Travels through the Hindi belt: A year on from SC/ST Act agitation, Shobhapur village is a virtual ghost town
On 2 April last year, residents had poured on to the Delhi-Dehradun highway running perpendicular to the village to protest the dilution of the SC/ST Act. Similar agitations had been held across the country. But the demonstration at Shobhapur took a violent turn.
Travels through the Hindi belt: In dry Ramda village of UP's Kairana, Mallah community has little choice but to migrate
The current trend of migration in Mallah community is depriving the next generation of schooling as well.
Travels through the Hindi belt: In Yogi Adityanath's Uttar Pradesh, unemployment beats national rate; sports goods industry takes hit
After Yogi Adityanath became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in March 2017, he has been cracking down on cow slaughter.
Travels through the Hindi belt: Fragile peace in Muzaffarnagar engendered by interdependence, unemployment
The interdependence of the communities in Muzaffarnagar made them realise peaceful coexistence is the only way forward
Travels in the Hindi belt: 'How bad can Rahul be, Modi hasn't set a very high standard,' say some young voters in Bihar
Bihar is a state where caste identities probably matter more than the rest of India. The upper caste, Baniyas and Rajputs are firm with BJP, just as they have traditionally been. Yadavs and Muslims are more consolidated with the RJD and the Congress than they have ever been. The swing vote in Bihar is usually the non-Yadav Other Backward Class (OBCs) and the Economically Backward Class (EBCs).
Travels through the Hindi belt: Job dreams go bust in Bihar's Madhepura after loco factory abandons locals despite acquiring farm lands
Anil Mukhiya, a local leader who has been rallying the protestors, says the villages around the facility have not been prioritised for jobs, and it has not helped generate any significant employment.
Travels through the Hindi belt: For farm workers in Bihar's Darbhanga, seasonal migration to Punjab only hope of livelihood
Thousands of villagers from Bihar’s Darbhanga district migrate around March-end to work as labourers in Punjab’s wheat fields, where they toil away for over a month.
Travels through the Hindi belt: Cast out of cow trade, Bihar's Gora village plunges into despair, poverty; MGNREGA offers no relief
Half of Gora with a population of nearly 3,000 had been engaged in the cattle trade.
Travels through the Hindi belt: Motihari sugar mill in Bihar a poll plank since 2005 with no word on operations resuming yet
Narendra Modi, before the 2014 Lok Sabha election, had said that during his next visit to Motihari, he would have tea with sugar crushed at this mill.