Basudev Mahapatra
Basudev Mahapatra is a journalist based in Bhubaneswar.
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

February 3, 2017

Budget has prepared ground for states to usher in transformation

Finance Minster Arun Jaitley has paved way for making significant transformation of rural areas a reachable dream. It is now up to the states to get their acts together and not fritter away the substantial allocations for agriculture and rural development

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

January 30, 2017
The paths of Shikdamakha village are dotted with bamboo baskets to collect waste. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Remote village in Karbi Anglong sets cleanliness benchmark

The young people of Shikdamakha in Assam didn’t wait for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to set standards in sanitation, which has today resulted in the village being one of the cleanest in the entire country