Sharada Balasubramanian
Sharada Balasubramanian is a Coimbatore-based journalist.
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

December 12, 2016
Runa Devi and Daya Devi of Kaladinda village in southeast Bihar have emerged as village leaders. (Photo by Suneeta Dhar)

A tale of two women and a watershed

Two unlearned women in a remote area of Bihar have broken gender stereotypes to emerge as community leaders and manage the construction of a watershed that now benefits 12 villages

December 5, 2016
A village school in Assam. (Photo by Michael Foley)

New education policy fails to address issues of equity

The 2016 education policy of India reinforces the status quo through its tacit acceptance of stratified education, the intense focus on regimented outcomes and competition, and its inability to decentralize and empower teachers

December 2, 2016
Those in the supply chain of perishable farm goods are suffering the most. (Photo by Patrik M. Loeff)

Small vegetable and poultry farmers severely affected by demonetization drive

Three weeks into the surprise announcement by the government to withdraw high denomination currency notes from circulation, it is now clear that producers of perishable commodities such as vegetable and poultry have been seriously impacted