Nidhi Jamwal

Nidhi Jamwal
Nidhi Jamwal is a Mumbai-based journalist. She tweets @JamwalNidhi.
April 19, 2017
Young girls of Shivali village in Mokhada are saying no to an early marriage. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Palghar tribal village says no to child marriages

Despite a long-held tradition of marrying off girls once they reach 15 years of age, a tribal village in the underdeveloped area of Maharashtra has stopped the ill-advised practice of child marriage for the past two years

February 1, 2017
Residents of Bariyarpur village have borrowed money and settled on the southern side of the elevated road to escape the regular flooding. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Bariyarpur farmers paying heavy price for Gopalganj-Bettiah bridge

Victims of ill-planned infrastructure development, villagers in this Paschim Champaran village are now forced to migrate because prime agricultural land has turned infertile. Flooding in parts of the village has increased as well, they say

December 19, 2016
Bhaskar Bhau Somamalik does not migrate any more to Mumbai in search of work. In one rabi season, he earns about Rs 50,000. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Palghar’s tribal farmers sow and sell as a collective to reap benefits

Collective farming is not only helping farmers sell their produce far and wide but has also arrested migration and increased the well-being of farmer families

December 9, 2016
A recently dug farm pond with no water even after the monsoon rains. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Faulty farm ponds pockmark tribal villages in Palghar

Constructed under the Maharashtra government’s Jalyukt Shivar scheme to end water scarcity in the state, these structures hold no water. Some were washed away in the first rains, making a mockery of the implementation

October 5, 2016
Sarita and Sunita are ready to begin their journey to school at 10 am. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Girls in Palghar are breaking entrenched stereotypes to continue their education

A walk of 7 km everyday across hilly terrain and fast streams, no food for the entire day, the additional burden of household chores — a few girls in the Western Ghats are fighting all odds to complete their education