Big Picture 2017

Big Picture 2017 News

Swachh Bharat’s forgotten soldiers

They live and die off official rolls, on the fringes of ambitious govt cleanliness missions, and down the drains of cities.

Without Fauzia’s Fire

Since her father died in 2009, she has been Ajmer’s topchi, the only woman known to undertake the task. This year, for the first time since she can remember, a Ramzan will pass without her lighting the cannon at the 12th Century shrine


Mandsaur agrarian unrest: The worth of a crore

Six people died during the farmer protests in Mandsaur, MP, after which the government announced Rs 1 crore to each of the families. The Indian Express visits their homes to hear their stories — from a new-born who will never see her father to an aunt who asks: “Will we get the money? When?”

Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism: Winners all

Each of the stories of 2016 that won the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism followed a basic rule of storytelling — the ability to tell a story simply, factually

Two weeks after cyclone Ockhi, hope and wait for families of missing fishermen

Cyclone Ockhi: In village after village, women sit with folded hands and tears in front of photographs of their missing loved ones. Or keep an eye on TV screens.

Paan to cotton, a Patel story

Beyond Hardik Patel, Saurashtra's Patidar country is caught in lure of city, lack of jobs; farmers distress, temple politics; pull of community, and push of divided clans. SANDEEP DWIVEDI tracks a community that could very well decide this Gujarat election


Out of the box: Stories behind India's five Gold medals at the Women's Youth World Boxing Championships

Behind India's record haul of five gold medals at the AIBA World Women’s Youth Boxing Championships are stories of grit from the homes of five girls.

Searching for Padmavati: A travel across Chittor to get a sense of the queen

In Chittorgarh, they repeat it faithfully: Rani Padmini is “hamari rani... Unka nakhun tak kisi ne nahin dekha aur film mein unhein naachte hue dikhaya hai... Rani kabhi naachti hai?

Inside the NGT as it turns seven

All eyes were again on the tribunal last fortnight as a gasping Delhi looked for answers to its thick smog. Set up to tackle India’s mounting environmental battle, the NGT last month turned seven. The Sunday Express takes stock

Smoke and Mirrors

Skill does not equal taste is the big learning from Khan Market's The Immigrant Cafe