Kavitha Iyer

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

Articles By Kavitha Iyer

Damanganga-Vaitarna-Godavari project: Their water under threat from river linking, tribals want candidates to oppose project

Under the project, dams will be constructed in five villages of Mokhada - Nilmati, Ghatkarpada, Pulachiwadi, Bedukpada and Udhale. Wednesday’s rally saw villagers from these villages participating, as well as those from nearby villages and hamlets.

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena counts on disciplined cadre in Parbhani, NCP on rural distress

Speaking at a rally on Monday, Sena president Uddhav Thackeray called the NCP and Congress scamsters and thieves. His reference to the drought was actually to the previous one, when the NCP, according to Uddhav, indulged in corruption in the fodder camps for cattle.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Water the most critical issue in Beed; political discourse focused on personalities & their conflicts

For a district that is among Maharashtra’s poorest, ravaged by cyclical drought and lack of development, the political discourse is focused on personalities and conflicts among them, including family feuds - sisters Pritam and state minister Pankaja Munde, their cousin Dhananjay Munde.

Fighting for Marathwada’s eight seats, an ex-Congress CM, BJP state chief

Latur is witnessing a battle between state minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar and Cong MLA Amit Deshmukh, former CM Vilasrao Deshmukh’s son

In drought-hit Marathwada, farmers complaints will not drown out BJP’s nationalism campaign

Marathwada’s complaints against the government are as plentiful as its water bodies are dry. Yet, across the eight Lok Sabha seats here, even an all-pervasive agrarian crisis will not drown out a BJP campaign on nationalism, finds Kavitha Iyer.

Maharashtra elections: On rebound, Congress hopes to revive Vilasrao magic

If the Congress candidate makes it, even if credit will be due to a large team of committed party workers and pollsters, Amit Deshmukh will still pick up that part of his father’s legacy — strong rebounds.

Maharashtra: Meet Ashok Shankarrao Chavan, Nanded candidate and labourer

While independents who are namesakes of major parties’ official candidates are an old election ploy, 28-year-old Ashok Shankarrao Chavan shares former CM and sitting Nanded MP Ashok Chavan’s middle name too.

Maharashtra: Taking no chances, Ashok Chavan hits the ground running in Nanded

With three public meetings scattered 50 to 70 km apart in hilly Mudkhed and Umri talukas, Ashok Chavan has also squeezed into the day a series of consultations with party workers, other leaders on the campaign trail in his constituency and a press conference.

Angry with both fronts, Maratha votes split down middle

Hurt by agrarian distress, non-implementation of reservation, youth turn away from BJP-Sena.

Maharashtra: Shiv Sena has communalised Parbhani, says CPI’s Rajan Kshirsagar

One of only two Communist Party of India (CPI) candidates in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha elections, Rajan Kshirsagar is confident that the Shiv Sena will be defeated in Parbhani this time.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Rebels heat up poll pitch in Marathwada

Among Maratha voters in Aurangabad, there is some resentment against Khaire for not actively supporting their cause. Aurangabad city witnessed the worst rioting when a bandh called by protesting Marathas turned violent in August 2018.

Lok Sabha polls: Dharavi still bleeding from note ban, may hurt Shiv Sena

Those in Dharavi’s leather goods sector say retrenchments have hit a high in the last two months as bulk orders for corporate gifts dried up ahead of election’s wait-and-watch season.

Rumours of ‘sex videos’, political links, protests leave TN’s Pollachi town shaken

The DMK has attempted to cash in on the case, with no less than Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi addressing a rally in Pollachi, calling for a probe into the suicides of seven to eight young women in the town over the past few years.

Schemes and a family: Yogesh Kashid, Maharashtra

In March 2018, under the Mudra scheme, Kashid took a loan of Rs 5 lakh from the Central Bank of India and set up ‘Brilliant Computer Institute’, which he runs from a 500-sq foot rented space in Rajgurunagar.

Marathwada: BJP to face anger on rural distress

Nanded, home constituency of Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan, has seen the Congress party buck all trends in recent years.

Toilets, drainage: how Mumbai MPs spent MPLAD funds

While over Rs 15 crore was released under the MPLAD scheme for each of the six MPs, barring Mumbai South MP Arvind Sawant of the Shiv Sena, the remaining spent the largest chunk of their funds on construction of toilets or drainage networks, or both, in their constituencies.

Slowly rising from the rubble, a new Bhendi Bazaar in Mumbai

In yet another departure from most other renewal projects in Mumbai, the vision is “not to transform the area into Shanghai or Singapore, but a new Bhendi Bazaar”, said a SBUT spokesperson.

Forest Rights Act claims: Despite steps, progress remains slow

As of January 31, 2019, nearly 11 months since the long march, of a total of 3,62,502 claims for Individual Forest Rights filed with gram sabhas, only 1,25,681 progressed to the third tier, the District-Level Committees (DLCs). A total of 1,19,029 claims were accepted.

Already, over 1,300 tankers in Marathwada’s villages

As some regions have reported acute water and fodder scarcity, the first government-run fodder camps for livestock will be operationalised soon, starting with Beed and Aurangabad districts, officials confirmed.

Course helps Gadchiroli tribals know their forest rights — and win a diploma

The course covered not only the finer aspects of the forest rights law but also a range of associated subjects - from the history of adivasis in India to practical accounting and GST.