Kavitha Iyer

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

Articles By Kavitha Iyer

NREGA progress remains slow as drought worsens

While a focused jobs guarantee thrust could help mitigate financial distress for tens of thousands of rural families, Maharashtra’s performance on MGNREGA until now this year has been lacklustre on several counts.

At Bhima Koregaon, a search for answers without the anger

On January 1, 2019, a year after one person was killed and several injured in clashes and rioting, over three lakh people visited the memorial under a heavy security cover.

Bhima Koregaon: Before memorial day, fear under security blanket

Residents of Bhima Koregaon, Vadu Budruk and Perne, the sites of tension and rioting on January 1, 2018, say no trouble is expected this year.

Reunion for St Jude ChildCare Centres batch of 2006: All survived cancer, now ready to inspire other children

Oncologists say childhood cancers are highly curable if circumstances don’t cause treatment to be stopped midway. So St Jude’s role in offering a physical living space and emotional support is critical, the parents agree. Then there are the tips the young former patients share.

As glut hits prices in Maharashtra onion hub, farmers lose hope, brace for bleak new year

By all accounts, 2018 has been a year of deep losses for Maharashtra’s onion growers.

Maharashtra: Drought, market realities keep Gen Next away from farming

Families across rural Maharashtra find increasingly that the young at home see farming as a self-defeating cycle of losses.

Maharashtra: Fodder & drinking water scarce, villagers say govt slow to respond

As rural Maharashtra once again finds itself in the grip of a major drought with fodder and water fast becoming scarce, farmers are complaining of a lack of early government intervention.

Maharashtra: Fodder, water scarce, villagers blame govt

As rural Maharashtra once again finds itself in the grip of a major drought with fodder and water fast becoming scarce, farmers are complaining of a lack of early government intervention.

East and west, Maharashtra districts fight water wars

Across Maharashtra, as farmers mull another season of severe losses, disputes over scarce water resources have begun to percolate down to village and taluka levels.

Parched villages begin to empty out in drought-hit Maharashtra

Rabi crop severely hit; villagers migrate for jobs, animals in tow

Farmers’ march to Delhi: Photographers, lawyers and students mobilise support

On November 29, farmers are scheduled to gather at four locations on the outskirts of Delhi, from where they will march into the capital city.

WhatsApp updates form part of Maharashtra govt’s unique approach to find beneficiaries

The concept is a unique flipping of the process under FRA — instead of waiting for forest-dwellers to make claims, as stipulated by the law, the pilot project envisions a proactive state apparatus that locates probable beneficiaries.

Mahatma Swachh Bharat: ‘What makes me happy is the fact that my struggles were not meaningless’

The Indian Express reporters fan out across the country to mark milestones in the Mahatma’s journey. To bring stories of the footsoldiers of Swachh Bharat, whose job it is to wipe, mop and dust where the Mahatma once walked.

Elgaar Parishad probe: What police claim — accused planned to spread rebellion, overthrow government

Elgaar Parishad probe: The Pune police has alleged that the CPI-Maoists, through its mediators, funded the Elgaar Parishad of December 31, 2017.

Amid second round of arrests and Maoist link claims, a look at why Elgaar Parishad has come to matter

That day on December 31, 2017, apart from a multitude of Dalit organisations, the Elgaar Parishad also included several Maratha and OBC groups as well as Muslim organisations, as it was seen as a multi-community front against the New Peshwai.

Marathas have called off protests, but agitation continues. Here’s why

Maratha Kranti Morcha has been spearheading the agitation for reservations for the community in jobs and education. At the heart of their insecurity lies prolonged agrarian distress.

Bullet train to start in 2022: A look at its progress, hurdles

The National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) says that so far it has not missed milestones set in its timeline for the Rs 1.08-lakh-crore project, being built with an 80% loan from Japan.

Maharashtra will try digital route to review lakhs of forest rights claims

The tribal development department subsequently launched the Van Mitra programme to first train officials on the law and then to clear or reopen tens of thousands of pending or erroneously rejected claims and appeals.

Ahead of AIIB meet in Mumbai, a counter convention will oppose global finance

The three-day people’s convention on infrastructure financing will be held on June 21, 22 and 23, before the AIIB meets in Mumbai on June 25 and 26.

Community Forest Rights: Out of 12,009 claims submitted since 2006, 61.27 per cent accepted

The FRA accords rights to forest-dwelling communities including Individual Forest Rights and Community Forest Rights.