Basudev Mahapatra

Basudev Mahapatra
Basudev Mahapatra is a journalist based in Bhubaneswar.
March 20, 2017
A betel leaf vineyard in Jagatsinghpur district of Odisha. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

After defeating Posco, farmers turn to reclaim betel leaf economy

The formal closure of Posco’s steel plant project in Odisha is seen as a victory of agrarian economy over unwanted industrialization and the betel leaf farmers of Jagatsinghpur are rejoicing, although those who lost their land face new challenges

February 6, 2017
Jhita Kutruka is the lone survivor of Ankurbali village in Niyamgiri hills. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Abandoned Niyamgiri villages tell sad tale of wholesale migration

Five abandoned villages in the Niyamgiri hills that have now been reclaimed by the forest indicate a complete failure of governance and lack of the state’s reach and action among the Dongria Kondh indigenous people

December 23, 2016
Chumudi Madkami of Palkonda village in Malkangiri with her malnourished son Aditya. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Malkangiri child deaths: disease or malnourishment?

The large number of children dying in Malkangiri district of Odisha has been officially attributed to Japanese Encephalitis and malaria but villagers and civil society organisations say that malnourishment has contributed to these avoidable deaths

November 21, 2016
There's no work to be had for daily wage laborers. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Farmers, daily wage laborers in Odisha badly hurt by demonetization

Farmers and those in rural areas who make a living as daily wage laborers in Odisha have been left stranded by the demonetization drive by the Indian government that has led to a huge scarcity of lower denomination notes

October 2, 2016
Nagada village in Jajpur district of Odisha.

Why malnutrition in India continues to be a threat 70 years after independence

Even though it's the fastest growing major economy in the world, malnutrition in India still kills millions each year. This issue became even more stark when 19 tribal children died in a single village