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Uma Vishnu


Postcards of change: www.chandauli.com
Sun, May 03, 2015

Zuckerberg visited Chandauli- and to this Internet centre- to understand the way rural India connects to the Net.

The Big Picture : Hashimpura Then, Hashimpura Now
Sun, Mar 29, 2015

Hashimpura now, like all those years ago, is one of the many lanes that slip out of the main Old Meerut road.

Tamil Nadu growth bucks the trend
Wed, Jan 14, 2015

Tamil Nadu’s remarkable rise comes after its count had fallen from 15 per cent in 2010.

It happened one night
Sun, Dec 07, 2014

Vibhuti Narain Rai was Ghaziabad SSP in 1987 when the Hashimpura killings took place. With the trial on in a Delhi court, he is writing a tell-all book that raises vital questions.

Years to the Ground
Sat, Nov 29, 2014

A month-long exhibition on excavations from Pattanam, a village in Kerala, unearths layers of history through art and artefacts

Big Picture: Read me a story
Sun, Oct 19, 2014

Year after year, Pratham’s Annual Survey of Education Report, or ASER, tells us about children who go to school but can’t read or do basic math.

No country for the old: Seven out of 10 elderly who live alone are women
Wed, Oct 08, 2014

A whopping 72.83 per cent of old people who live alone are women.

Beyond our differences is common ground… Terrorists are seeking to destroy that: Mariane Pearl
Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Pearl simply drew from her story and her husband Daniel’s to say how journalism is at once both complex and simple.

Holy cow! Desi cattle show dip in numbers, foreign variety up
Thu, Sep 04, 2014

Balyan said that the govt was working towards promoting the indigenous variety — the desi cow or the ‘venerated’ gau mata.

Sweet and Sour: The journey of a mango, from orchard to plate
Sun, Jul 20, 2014

The journey of a mango, from orchard to plate, is a story of what’s wrong with India’s most romanticised fruit.

The Drop of Life
Sun, Apr 13, 2014

Israeli-born Sephi Bergerson’s images document the clockwork precision of the last leg of the polio eradication drive in India.

34% in slums have no toilet,but 63% own mobile phone
Fri, Mar 22, 2013

Life in a slum is comparable to life in most urban households in the country,according to Census 2011 data on living conditions in slums

Shumaila’s Story
Sun, Aug 26, 2012

A recent Delhi High Court ruling upholding a 15-year-old girl’s right to be with her husband has triggered a debate on the issue of Islam and child marriage.

An experiment in class
Sun, Apr 29, 2012

Vansha,Ashwini and Poonam—three stories of integration in schools under the EWS quota,despite strong doubts and prejudices

‘The notion that democracy and capitalism are interlinked is nonsense’
Mon, Apr 16, 2012

The 1960s were heady days — cultural and political revolutions,the death of Che Guevara and a raging Vietnam war

The census truth: More Indians have access to phones than to toilets
Wed, Mar 14, 2012

53.1%,or over half of Indian households,do not have access to something as basic as a toilet.

A winning shot for Moradabad
Sun, Jan 29, 2012

As India records a year without any new case of the wild polio virus,Uma Vishnu travels to Moradabad,once branded the world’s polio capital,to tell the story of a turnaround

May not need Voltaire to report on 2G scam but do need humility,hard work
Tue, Jan 17, 2012

Digvijaya Singh said that while he was in favour of “self-regulation” for the media

Search for Identity
Sun, Oct 09, 2011

For Chinnaponnu and Hamsa,domestic helps in Delhi,the identity that Aadhaar promises to give is just another way to be part of the system,even if on the fringes. Uma Vishnu follows them as they go about filing for a 12-digit number that holds much promise

A King’s Royal Dilemma
Sun, Jul 10, 2011

When the vaults of the centuries-old Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram were opened,they revealed a dazzling collection of wealth. Uma Vishnu visits the temple,meets a king in distress and tells the story of a temple and its royal connections. Photographs by Jyothy Karat.

Two sides of an Expressway
Sun, May 15, 2011

Bhatta-Parsaul,the country’s latest battleground over land acquisition,are twin villages along the Yamuna Expressway,a stretch that has triggered a gold rush among builders and real estate agents. By Uma Vishnu & Mandakini Gahlot. Photographs by Oinam anand

Something to cheer about
Tue, Apr 05, 2011

How the Bimaru states helped slam the brakes on population growth?

India biased against girls,child sex ratio is lowest since 1947
Fri, Apr 01, 2011

The child sex ratio has been in free fall since 1961,when it stood at 976.

Astrologer Bhanu,BSY’s mystic mentor
Sun, Feb 27, 2011

The eastern gates of the Vidhana Soudha,the building that houses the state legislature,were shut.

Census-II will count the parts that make the whole
Tue, Jan 25, 2011

Exercise to find out everything about every member of every household,including who heads it.

The search
Sun, Oct 24, 2010

This is the extraordinary story of a father who won’t give up. Air Force Sergeant Ravi Shankar lost his daughter in the tsunami of 2004. Apurva was eight then. For six years,Sergeant Shankar has searched for her,and he will continue,he says,till there’s closure. Uma Vishnu tracks the story of one man’s perseverance against all odds; the story of a father’s refusal to give up on his child.

The making of a number
Sun, Oct 10, 2010

How many people does it take to change a lightbulb of an idea into a 12-digit unique identity for each of India’s 1.2 billion people? A small team of 150,led by Nandan Nilekani

Muziris Lost and Found
Sun, Aug 01, 2010

Thousands of years ago,Muziris was a thriving port city on the western coast of India,with links to the Roman empire. And then,it disappeared. Now,four seasons of excavations in Pattanam,a coastal village in Kerala’s Ernakulam,have revealed that this could be Muziris....

Sat, Jun 26, 2010

Unfortunately,Bose the demographer is hard to find here....

‘Can a brother wreck his sister’s life because she married outside the caste? Is that justified?’
Sun, May 16, 2010

In 2004,months after Sushma Tiwari married Prabhu Nochil,an OBC from Kerala,her brother Dilip Tiwari killed her husband and three others in a chawl in Mumbai. A sessions court and the Bombay High Court sentenced Dilip to death but last year,the Supreme Court reduced the sentence to life imprisonment. Sushma is now fighting for death for her brother....

Once upon a Census: caught between need for caste count and difficulties in ’31
Sun, May 09, 2010

While the government has decided to make changes in the ongoing Census exercise to include a headcount on the basis of caste,80 years ago...

Weekend visits
Sun, May 02, 2010

What are you doing this Sunday? Would you like to drive up to a hospice,next door to Safdarjung Hospital,and meet Rajesh Bhakt,a 19-year-old terminally ill cancer patient?

Will 1 billion people please stand up
Sun, Mar 28, 2010

Since 1872,India has held a Census every 10 years without break,through a World War,freedom struggle,Partition,floods and earthquakes. As the country prepares to roll out the first phase of Census 2011 on April 1,UMA VISHNU looks at the scale of India’s 15th Census as enumerators fan out across the country looking for the numbers that tell the story of India.....

The colours of divinity
Sun, Jan 03, 2010

On a cold December morning,Shima Mahdavi breaks into a flurry of expressions on instructions from her aashan (teacher).

The French windows are wide open
Fri, Nov 20, 2009

To be French,you must wear a beret and carry a baguette at all times. France is in the midst of a raging debate...

French Connection Wide Open
Thu, Nov 19, 2009

To be French,you must wear a beret and carry a baguette at all times. France is in the midst of a raging debate—initiated by Eric Bensson,France’s minister of national identity...