Kavitha Iyer

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

Articles By Kavitha Iyer

Raja Dhale (1940-2019): ‘A real fighter… there can’t be another Ambedkarite like him’

Born in Nandre village in Sangli, Dhale had moved to Mumbai along with his uncle and aunt after he lost his parents at a young age. He studied at the Maratha Mandir High School and lived at the BDD Chawls in Worli.

Maharashtra: Water scarcity, crop worries continue in Marathwada

Of 481 revenue circles in Marathwada’s 86 talukas, villages in at least 124 circles have recorded less than 100 mm of rain since the start of the season, according to data from the state agriculture department.

Constitutional validity of FRA: Protest in states on July 22, rally likely in Delhi in Nov

On February 13, the SC had ordered the eviction of lakhs of tribals and other traditional forest dwellers whose claims under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, had been rejected following a three-tier process.

Marathwada still faces 34% rainfall deficit, kharif sowing affected

Hingoli district in Marathwada, the central Maharashtra region that has suffered a serious drought in recent months, is witnessing a 60 per cent deficit monsoon as of Monday.

Mumbai rains: Intense isolated spells in suburbs, Dindoshi records highest 24-hour rain at 479.56 mm

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s weather apparatus also recorded very high rainfall readings at Kandivali fire station (455.91 mm), Malad fire station (451.32 mm), Chincholi fire station (447.54 mm), Malvani fire station (447.52 mm) and Goregaon fire station (412.25 mm).

2005 vs 2019: Mumbai’s response to disasters has come a long way

In sum, for large parts of suburban Mumbai, Monday night’s rainfall is the second highest ever recorded, almost half the quantum of average rain received on the day of the 2005 deluge.

Film on onion price crash makes a mark

A gentle probing of agriculture produce purchase mechanisms, the film follows a father-son duo to the mandi, the marketplace, to tell the story of lakhs of onion and vegetable farmers who have suffered dramatic price collapses in recent years.

Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana: 45 lakh farmers’ claims accepted for 2018 Kharif season

Data shows that while 49.8 lakh farmers received payments for claims they made under the Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in 2017 Kharif season, 45 lakh farmers’ claims were accepted for the 2018 Kharif season.

Maharashtra: Fewer farmers get crop insurance than in 2017 Kharif season

Data shows that while 49.8 lakh farmers received payments for claims they made under the Prime Minister Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) in 2017 Kharif season, 45 lakh farmers’ claims were accepted for the 2018 Kharif season.

Crop insurance: Farmers say claim rejections high despite drought

The Shiv Sena, which is holding a region-wide drive to assist these farmers, says Aurangabad district alone would have 10,000 to 12,000 such cases of rejection on technical ground.

Marathwada: Zero rabi crop, bone dry wells, serial hunger strikes in despair

More than half the villages where the state Groundwater Survey and Development Agency’s summer survey found a depletion of over 3 metres from the five-year average are in Marathwada — 1,467 villages.

Maharashtra Economic Survey: Crop sector growth to dip by 8% this year

In five of the last seven years, the state has reported depressed growth in the farm sector on account of low rainfall and poor irrigation infrastructure.

Slowing down of crop loans discussed in meeting chaired by CM Fadnavis

Access to credit still major worry for farmers ahead of sowing season

The memorabilia I inherited is worthy of any museum: Rinki Roy Bhattacharya

Filmmaker and writer Rinki Roy Bhattacharya is currently holding a retrospective of films starring Nutan to mark the latter’s 83rd birth anniversary. The daughter of film legend Bimal Roy talks to The Indian Express about preserving her father’s legacy.

Trauma from casteism: Students say need mental health facilities, support groups

While on the one hand, these discussions reiterate that discrimination takes multiple forms, on the other hand, some are also drawing attention to the need for accessible and affordable mental health care for those suffering distress associated with subtle and unsubtle casteism.

Maharashtra: In debut, VBA polls 41 lakh votes, king-maker in several seats

The votes polled by the VBA candidate were in excess of the margin in two more seats — Chandrapur where the Congress candidate won and Amravati where an NCP-supported Independent won.

Nanded: Chikhalikar, whose journey began in Congress, comes full circle with victory over Chavan

BJP leaders in Nanded said the plan to wrest the seat was in the making for two years at least, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis himself taking charge of the strategy.

Anger real, but Maratha voters did not look to rout Shiv Sena-BJP

While Marathas typically have a mixed voting pattern, historian-author Shrimant Kokate of the Sambhaji Brigade said that the Congress-NCP was unable to cash in on the community’s disenchantment with the state government.

Maharashtra Lok Sabha elections: Nationalism trumps drought in Marathwada

Across these regions, where mitigation measures to tackle a grave water and fodder scarcity had barely begun during the election campaign, BJP leaders had run a campaign almost entirely on issues of national security, the Pulwama attack and the Balakot airstrike.

Marathwada: Major upset for Congress, Sena; VBA makes debut

The Congress also lost in Hingoli, where sitting MP Rajeev Satav had preferred not to contest. Congress candidate Subhash Wankhede, an import from the Sena, lost to the Sena’s Hemant Patil by over 2,37,000 votes.