Basudev Mahapatra
Basudev Mahapatra is a journalist based in Bhubaneswar.
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

November 18, 2016

Demonetization and the rural poor in five dimensions

The junking of high value currency notes has led to an unprecedented situation where the poor are more at risk from manipulation by the unscrupulous than from any crippling financial loss in the short or medium terms, barring exceptions

November 16, 2016
Fishermen decide to fish or not based on ocean statistics and weather forecast through the mobile app. (Photo by Jency Samuel)

Tamil Nadu fishermen leverage smartphone technology to boost fish yields

For fishing communities in coastal Tamil Nadu, the uncertainties of finding richer fishing areas in sea has been significantly reduced through a phone app called Fisher Friendly Mobile Application that also provides safety alerts

November 14, 2016
A newly constructed toilet in Rohtas district of Bihar.

Women are leading the sanitation campaign in Bihar villages

Although Bihar has been a laggard in implementing the Swachh Bharat program, there is heartening progress in places such as Rohtas, Sitamarhi and Khagaria, where women are driving the change for health and sanitation