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

January 18, 2017
The women of Tarkhutta village holding a meeting. (Photo by Suneeta Dhar)

Godda women rise up to leave imprint on local politics

The victory of Poonam Devi of Tarkhutta village in Jharkhand in local government body elections is a story of how collective resolve of village women successfully challenged patriarchal structures and corrupt governance practices

January 16, 2017

Campaign by tribal women groups brings down alcoholism in Attappadi

When women living around Attappadi Reserve Forest found that no development was possible due to chronic alcoholism among the tribal men, they banded together to rid the area of the menace and start a labor bank for employment