Uma Vishnu travels to the district and finds that it’s slowly changing — ask the father who sends his three daughters out to study, the girl who is determined she won’t drop out, the education officer who is beaming at this year’s Class X pass percentage of 92%
The woman, from Dongariguda village under Koshagumuda block of Nabarangpur, tried to set her residence on fire after her 8-year-old and 6-year-old daughters, apart from her two-year-old son, died immediately after consuming the food.
For the last eight months, a dream has been taking shape, brick by brick, in Odisha’s Nabarangpur. In July, the district, arguably India’s poorest and the focus of a year-long Express assignment tracking poverty and transformation, will get its first government degree college.
Nestled among paddy fields and surrounded by a thicket of eucalyptus trees is Mangalam Timber Production Limited, right in the heart of Odisha’s south-western district of Nabarangpur. Branching off from State Highway 39, it takes a bone-racking detour on a 3 km weather-beaten track to get to the factory. This road tells the story, in […]