Manipur is home to a rich and important pottery trade. Its ceramic artisans hold a key place in Manipuri culture. Manipurans have depended on this crafts for use in ritual and in everyday life for longer than living memory. Yet the forces of globalization have brought new, cheap and efficient plastic products to Manipur from Burma and other foreign markets. This new supply threatens not only the livelihood but the continuance of Manipur’s traditional pottery trade.
The Sardar Sarovar Dam project has already displaced thousands in the Narmada River Valley. In this report, Narmada Valley residents and supports march on the NCA building in Indore to protest this injustice and speak out on the government’s lack of follow through in compensating displaced people.
Under the Anganwadi system in India, it was legislated that even pre-school children have a right to schooling. In Karnataka preschoolers find themselves attending “school” in any space the teacher might find. Often they are located in one child’s yard, or the patio of a larger house.
Mukesh Rajak tells the story of bamboo artisans who lack a proper market to sell their goods.
In Lucknow, capital of Uttar Pradesh, there are many schools where education takes place only in a single room. Gunjan Singh asks the local Education Officer whether UP residents shouldn’t expect better in this episode of IndiaUnheard.
In India’s northeastern state of Meghalaya tradition in West Garo Hills dictates the Gaonbura is an unelected member of a single local family. The current Gaonbura is illiterate and himself admits that this system is hindering the development of the local villages he oversees.
In Nagaland’s Wokha district and elsewhere women still engage in back-breaking labor with nothing but manual tools to till the soil.
Goa is mostly known for being a top tourist destination, but away from the coast mining is the major industry, and it is severely impacting local water.
In Calcutta, migrant laborers cannot send their children to school because they must cross dangerous roads.
On December 12, The Citizens of Mumbai umbrella organisation mobilized communities from all parts and classes of Mumbai from Colaba to Dharavi to come together on the streets and build a human chain. People stood for 15 minutes on a sunny Friday holding hands and peacefully protesting the terrorist attacks and violence in India. This is a clip from Hamari Awaaz in Mumbai of the events which took place and interview bites with students from the community. It's amazing to see how many people of all races, classes and neighborhoods of Mumbai came out for a meaningful peace protest.