In Kolhapur's Shirol taluka, a power loom worker ensures those in need gain hassle-free access to public healthcare
Arun Manjare makes navigating the labyrinthine rural public healthcare system easier for many in Shirol taluka
For MPSC aspirants in rural Maharashtra, lockdown curtails access to vital library services, educational resources
Students in Maharashtra's villages often travel several kms to the nearest library to prepare for the MPSC exams, or move to big cities and towns to work part-time even as they study. With the lockdown, most are now stuck at home, where the seven-hour study routine has whittled down to two, and books and other material are scant.
Narayan Gaikwad's quiet crusade: A Maharashtrian farmer is ceaselessly raising awareness about CAA, NRC
Ever since the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was passed by the Indian Parliament in December 2019, 73-year-old Narayan Gaikwad, a resident of Jambhali village in the Shirol taluka of Maharashtra’s Kolhapur district, has been on the move. He travels through villages in the region, spending up to four hours a day talking to farmers and agricultural labourers about the CAA and National Register of Citizens (NRC).
In Maharashtra's Kurundvad village, the women of the Sonamata Mahila Bhajni Mandal oppose oppression through music
From patriarchy to casteism and gender inequality, the women of the Sonamata Mahila Bhajni Mandal have been unafraid of tackling societal issues through their songs, for the past 46 years of the group’s existence.
For the Dalits of Bahadurwadi, a village in Maharashtra’s Sangli district, Suganda Kamble has come to represent hope. Kamble has, for the past five decades, been sweeping the village, collecting garbage, cleaning the gutters and public toilets, and looking after Bahadurwadi’s sanitation. While doing this work, Kamble has also consistently challenged the caste system, with his trademark dark humour.
In Tamil Nadu's Puliyanoor village, an organic underwear brand called Thuvam is ushering a quiet change
Thuvam's 100 percent woven cotton underwear is made by women, for women and is the brainchild of 26-year-old Ponmani Pethurajan.
In Rajasthan, the Manchaha Initiative is encouraging weavers to make the loom their window to the world
Manchaha rugs are taken up of one’s own volition and an increasing number of weavers are opting to do so across several villages in Rajasthan as well as other states. What’s being woven on these looms isn’t just yarn, but also the hopes, dreams and aspirations of these women.
Bereaved women farmers have been able to articulate their problems in public after years of mobilising efforts by the Mahila Kisan Adhikaar Manch (MAKAAM)
As I-League 2018 kicks off, a look at the rise of Real Kashmir FC — and that of Valley's football culture
Football has had a relationship of ups and downs with Kashmir. And the story of Real Kashmir FC, the first team from the state to play in the I-League first division, has grown out of that tumult.
In Wade Bolhai, visually impaired calendar salesman Sambhaji Bhor fights for the rights of the disabled
For the past two decades, Sambhaji has been selling calendars. This started off in the late 1990s when one of his uncles suggested him to make a living out of it. The piece of advice changed Sambhaji’s life as he embarked on the journey of traversing villages.
Though people in her home country Sri Lanka thought that becoming a marine biologist was 'frivolous', Asha De Vos decided to follow her dreams. She works towards making the oceans safer for whales
Six youngsters from India, part of the Oscar Foundation's football-for-development initiative, will be travelling to Russia to participate in a series of workshops and conferences and watch a game at the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup
In government schools in rural India, female teachers are everyday heroes | #FirstCulture
Akshay Kumar's Padman has brought the focus back on Arunachalam Muruganantham, the innovator/social entrepreneur/menstrual hygiene campaigner on whom the film is based
Los Angeles-bred rapper and singer-songwriter Raja Kumari (Svetha Rao) has had a good year, with collaborations with Divine and Anirudh Ravichander, and a Sony Music deal
Neelam Kumar battled two bouts of cancer. Then, she wrote a book (now adapted into a graphic novel) that takes an irreverent look at the 'emperor of maladies'. This is her story.
Having been selected for the Mission 11 Million programme, Mary Prakash Naidu met Narendra Modi at the opening ceremony of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 in New Delhi | #FWeekend
Shivani Bharadwaj, who teaches visually impaired children to draw, is showcasing their works at the India Art Festival in Delhi | #FWeekend
When Sunday comes, the future of India's women’s boxing will take centrestage. The competition they face in the ring will be tough, but it’s nothing compared to the odds they have already defied in getting to where they are right now.