Fighting Terrible Odds To Raise Her Girls: The True Story Of A Woman Rickshaw Puller

Sharmila Kashyap is an ordinary-looking young woman with a rather unusual job as an e-rickshaw driver. This, after she pulled a manual rickshaw for quite sometime. Orphaned as a toddler, raped when she was a child, a forced marriage with the rapist, and a potentially fatal abortion later, to then her husband abandoning her and[…]

Citizens are shocked while councillors say it’s their duty

In the context of the questions raised and discussed in the present Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) council which is completing its tenure this year, we spoke to citizens, corporators and civic activists to know their expectations from the new council. During the four year period starting from 2013 to 2016, the BMC council seems to[…]

Road ahead, expectations for the upcoming BMC elections

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s councillors, city’s activists and citizens are all preparing for the upcoming BMC elections. Councillors are on an over drive to finish promised projects, activists have kick-started their programmes to encourage people to go out and vote in big numbers and aware citizens are browsing the internet to learn about their ward[…]

Why were journalists reporting Rohith Vemula’s death anniversary detained?

Yesterday marked one year since Rohith Vemula’s suicide. His family, friends and supporters wanted to commemorate in peace at the University of Hyderabad (UoH). For the Cyberabad Police and university authorities, however, protests spell trouble and protestors are fit only for detention. So, by the end of the evening yesterday, journalists and close to 18[…]

Too Many Vegetables, Too Little Money: Prices Crash Post #Notebandi

Sunil Kumar, a 31-year-old farmer in Tondala village, Kolar district, 85 km east of Bengaluru, lost Rs 300,000 in November when tomato prices crashed after the November 8, 2016, scrapping of 86% of bank notes, by value, and the excess supply of vegetables. Kumar, who cultivates tomatoes on his five-acre farm, said he made a[…]

Renaming roads and chowks among top priority of Municipal councillors

Mumbai’s residents and their councillors are at odds when it comes to renaming roads, stations, chowks and other public places. In fact, councillors take up valuable time discussing ‘renaming’ rather than repairing them and on other vital needs that set daily life, while residents think it’s a sheer waste of time. So, many residents and social activists of Mumbai[…]