Kavitha Iyer


Kavitha Iyer works as Associate Editor with The Indian Express, Mumbai.

Simpy put: Loans have been waived. Why are farmers still angry in Maharashtra?
Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Glitches plus inconsistencies plus Aadhaar have added up to delay in credit showing up in farmers’ loan accounts. The Indian Express explains

Hornbill Festival 2017: War dances and crafts to a Naga chilli eating contest, there’s much to see
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

The annual Hornbill Festival is currently on in Nagaland, with a host of cultural performances, displays of sacrificial rituals, farewell songs, war dances, fire-making rituals, as well as some fun elements such as pineapple and Naga Chilli eating contests.

At 18, this teen has begun to dream big, wants to be an entrepreneur
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Their father was a Taj staffer who died while herding guests to safety; Rohan and Atharva now want to see their mother happy

With four boys, this mother measures her successes in how well she brings them up in a Mumbai slum
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Momina, who sold gajras for a living briefly, has learnt to run the household expenses with the interest of the compensation money.

Her own life on pause, a 19-year-old became a mother to her sister’s sons
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Their father snapping all ties, the boys live with their aunt and uncles; one wants to work on a cruise ship

Demonetisation anniversary: Cooperative banks still weighed down by cash that cannot be used
Wed, Nov 08, 2017

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court allowed the old notes to be accepted, after verification through NABARD that started in July.

Will Army come to the aid of all abysmal infrastructure in Mumbai?
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Commuters will, no doubt, be impressed at the Army’s speedy construction. But that is yet another short-term goal. And it will be met at the cost of commuters’ belief that the second successive Mumbaikar to become Union Railway Minister will have a long-sighted vision to redeem the city’s lifeline.

How to spend data insights for MPs: Young professionals assist in 20 constituencies
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Six hundred young professionals applied, including engineers, lawyers and humanities graduates. They selected 20 after a rigorous process, half of them from a technology/enginering background and therefore habituated to data crunching.

Why Mumbai’s rail commute is (only) a sentimental spectacle
Mon, Oct 02, 2017

Mumbai’s trains and their commuters have long been romanticised which gloss over the defeated, dejected faces of the millions on board who face everyday dangers that range from suffocation to ripped kurtas, sexual assault to physical injury.

Elphinstone foot overbridge a huge mismatch: 1972 bridge, 2017 crowd 1 lakh a day
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

While the Elphinstone foot overbridge on which Friday’s stampede that killed 22 people took place was built in 1972, over two decades before the transformation of the mill lands happened.

Narayan Rane, fiery as ever but now lonely and tired
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

Narayan Rane: The rise, fall, rise and fall of the Konkan strongman, who fails to convince rivals and former allies with his bluster as he announces that he is leaving Congress

Tunnel boring machine arrives for Mumbai’s first underground Metro
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Machine will start tunnel drive in October, and next see sunlight only after a year, boring from Dharavi through Shitaladevi before emerging at Dadar

Tunnel boring machine arrives for city’s first underground Metro
Tue, Sep 05, 2017

The machine will start its tunnel drive in October, and will next see sunlight only after a year, boring from Dharavi through Shitaladevi before emerging at the Dadar Metro station

Lessons Mumbai didn’t learn
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

July 2005 deluge was followed by much planning, Tuesday shows city still cannot deal with heavy rain. Dozens of de-watering pumps for localised relief also suffered technical glitches, as conceded by the municipal commissioner.

In Maratha quota protest, echoes of an enduring farm crisis
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

At the end of the 58th and final morcha in Mumbai on Wednesday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced a slew of measures that acknowledged the movement’s focus on economic progress.

What ails the farm sector part-1: Maharashtra farmers angry despite bumper pulse harvest, prices crash on oversupply
Tue, Jul 25, 2017

India’s biggest-ever farm loan waiver scheme is underway in Maharashtra, more drought-proofing plans are afoot than ever before. But the malaise in the agriculture sector runs deeper, and more wide-ranging, nuanced policy interventions will be needed.

Slum to shipping firm, a leap of hope for Mumbai slum teens
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

The first batch, comprising Ajit, Raghuveer and a girl, joined on December 1, 2015. At the peak, the programme had eight teens doing internships at various offices of JM Baxi

Fortnight after Maharashtra government credit line, farmers wait
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

Two weeks after CM Devendra Fadnavis’ assurance of fresh Rs 10,000 loans, credit crisis continues

Scientists arming new weapon against dengue, malaria — mosquitoes
Mon, Jul 03, 2017

Phase 2 of trials underway in Jalna on ‘friendly’ mosquitoes genetically modified to cause offspring to die. Next step? Limited tests in open field

Zilla Swachh Bharat Prerak: Young professionals fan out to free rural districts of open defecation
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

The Zilla Swachh Bharat Prerak Programme was announced last December with Tata Trusts chairman Ratan Tata saying that a cadre of skilled young professionals.

Milk price hike may do little for Maharashtra dairy sector
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Fadnavis’s 70:30 formula, with farmers assured of 70% of proceeds, will hit state’s already struggling co-ops, as key infrastructure issues remain unaddressed.

Farmers protest: In mobilisation, farmer allies turned on govts
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

As the farm protests in Maharashtra spilled over to MP, with five people killed in police firing in Mandsaur last week, The Sunday Express looks at the economics and politics of the unrest

Farmers protest: At heart of stir, crop glut, cash crunch
Sun, Jun 11, 2017

As the farm protests in Maharashtra spilled over to MP, with five people killed in police firing in Mandsaur last week, The Sunday Express looks at the economics and politics of the unrest.

As part of UK-India Year of Culture, collaborative artwork to come to Mumbai
Sun, May 14, 2017

Iconic design of a peacock and Indian classical dancers, projected on Buckingham Palace facade in February, will be on a Mumbai building later this year

MbPT buildings to house children battling cancer
Thu, Mar 30, 2017

In the new complex, three buildings have a centre on four floors each.

In arid Marathwada, village turns into oasis with water management
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

The collective water storage made it possible for Kadwanchi to go in for high value crops such as grapes, ginger and chillies.

Maharashtra: The undergraduate ‘Doctor Madams’ of Mhaswad
Sun, Mar 05, 2017

In this drought-prone region, 7 women trained to artificially inseminate goats have not only earned economic freedom but also broken free of stigmas

Uddhav 2.0: This is a resurgent Sena but will the gamble pay off?
Sun, Feb 19, 2017

As the NDA allies break ties for elections to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, the BJP finds the new Sena is actually the old one, belligerent and hard-nosed, and Uddhav a lot like the unyielding Bal Thackeray.

Civic polls: In Marathwada, Shiv Sena strains to regain ground lost to BJP since 2014
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Party has worked hard to win back influence in what was its sole area of dominance outside Mumbai and Konkan.

‘Entry into suburbs’ cuts a sorry picture: Shanty towns, bad roads
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

BMC’s tall claim of an open defecation-free city is shattered by just a drive through the narrow lanes of Jari Mari; roads are a patchwork of loose paver blocks and broken tarmac; footpaths are non-existent

Forgotten plaque pays quiet tribute to a Mumbai hero of 1930s Swadeshi movement
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

The narrow stretch of road snaking away across Kalbadevi’s Mahajanwadi, Babu Genu Road, is completely unremarkable in any way

Women from drought-hit Mann Deshi Mahila Festival bring to city their produce, tales of success
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

The Satara resident had in six or seven years learnt how to market her business, burnish her brand called Renuka Masalas, package her organic products so that they appeal to urban consumers and more.

‘We wouldn’t let him travel abroad for work, but he died on the street outside our house. That’s fate’
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

“I didn’t even know that he was dead, for three days. We had been asked to move out of our houses during the NSG operation."

‘I believe we must not forget. They were Mumbaikars’
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

“India was winning, and everybody was preparing to celebrate, but this was not the sound of firecrackers"

When a professor played translator for a terrorist
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

New York professor P V Viswanath says the experience taught him how ‘we can be manipulated by pieces of information we hope are true’

As families meet, out come new stories of 26/11 eight years ago
Tue, Nov 29, 2016

As a small group of survivors of Mumbai’s worst terror attack and families of victims gathered at the venue of the inauguration, it was clear that the significance of remembering is in the re-examination of their personal tragedies through new prisms.