Kavitha Iyer


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

Why Shekhubai marched barefoot to Mumbai
Sun, Mar 18, 2018

For the thousands of farmers from Maharashtra’s tribal districts who walked to Mumbai, the demand for land ownership is tied to their hopes for a better life — that they can dig wells, take loans and live without the fear of eviction. “We went for our stomachs,” they tell The Sunday Express.

Express explains: What is the forest land issue & what farmers were demanding
Tue, Mar 13, 2018

On the Mimimum Support Price as prescribed by the Swaminathan Committee, the government said the Centre has already committed this. Their concerns on water conservation projects and the Nar-Par and Damanganga and Girnar river-linking projects were also taken into account.

New edge to agrarian distress: Why demands are more than loan waiver
Mon, Mar 12, 2018

Large numbers of the tribals who have gathered in the Mumbai are not seeking a loan waiver, but the implementation of the vision envisaged in Forest Rights Act, a legislation enacted by Parliament in 2006.

Angry New Year: The buildup to Bhima-Koregaon violence
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

The January 1 violence against Dalits and their protests mark the deepening of a social and political fault line in Maharashtra. Indian Express on what led to Bhima Koregaon and what could follow

Maharashtra bandh: Young faces of protest shock many
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

Maharashta Bandh: The issue of children participating in the Dalit protests, especially in stone-pelting incidents, has begun to draw attention after a video of a boy, barely four or five years old, walking on a street in Pune with a stone in either hand surfaced.

Kamala Mills fire: We are setting up system for complying with fire safety norms, says Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta
Mon, Jan 01, 2018

The suspension of five officials for lapses in giving permissions to the restaurant where 14 died in a fire has been followed by demolition of illegal structures in pubs and eateries across Mumbai. Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta tells The Indian Express what else is on the anvil in the new year.

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.