Mohd Imran Khan
Mohd Imran Khan is a Patna-based journalist.
June 12, 2017
Village girls in Bihar have started playing football to fight against child marriage. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Girls join football clubs to resist child marriages in rural Bihar

Once topping the charts in child marriages in the country, Bihar has reduced the incidence of this social evil considerably, helped by innovative interventions such as starting girls clubs for solidarity and encouraging them to play football

June 9, 2017
Kiraksal village is in Satara's most drought-prone Maan taluk. Villagers are following the ridge-to-valley method of watershed works. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Competition encourages watershed management to drought-proof Maharashtra villages

As part of the Satyamev Jayate Water Cup 2017, over 1,300 villages in drought-prone areas of Maharashtra are creating water-harvesting structures to overcome chronic water scarcity, particularly during the hot season

June 7, 2017
Farm ponds to harvest and store rainwater could be an optimal solution in some places. (Photo by Aftab Alam)

Water control is the strongest anti-poverty measure

Once we realize that one size does not fit all, it will be easier for the government and civil society organizations to tailor strategies to manage water in the different agro-climatic regions of the country that truly benefits the rural poor

June 5, 2017
Babudhan Murmu with a set for a Chador Badoni show. (Photo by Channdosree)

Indigenous art forms of Santhal Pargana are in need of revival

The last few practitioners of Chador Badoni, a form of puppetry, and Jadu Patiya, a form of painting and story telling, say their art forms may soon be lost to modern times unless there is a serious attempt to revive them