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India Tomato Shortage Causes Curry Crisis And Puts Sellers Under Pressure

India Tomato Shortage Causes Curry Crisis And Puts Sellers Under Pressure

At Pimpalgaon Basant, a village in western India, there is not a single cloud in the sky. The last time it rained was days ago, and that was only for an hour. Without rain, the Pimpalgaon tomato market, said to be the biggest in Asia, is almost empty. “We have around 75% fewer tomatoes than […]

India Goes From Village To Village To Compile World’s Biggest ID Database

India Goes From Village To Village To Compile World’s Biggest ID Database

The digital revolution arrives in remote Indian villages such as Akbarpur by communication methods old and new: a WhatsApp message buzzes through to the village chief; he notifies his fellows via megaphone. The world’s biggest biometric ID programme is coming to town. The next day, two men arrive at the village in Palwal district, Haryana […]

A Solar Scheme in India Shows Local Teamwork Can Be A Guiding Light

A Solar Scheme in India Shows Local Teamwork Can Be A Guiding Light

At last month’s world humanitarian summit in Istanbul, leaders outlined a set of core responsibilities for humanity, and spoke of the need to reform development assistance. One proposal was to place greater emphasis on local ownership and control of projects. The idea is simple: rather than providing ready-made solutions that might not be right for […]

Sterilised at 20: The Indian Women Seeking Permanent Contraceptive Solutions

Sterilised at 20: The Indian Women Seeking Permanent Contraceptive Solutions

Three days after she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Susheela* is in the operating theatre. Her procedure will take only 10 minutes. A small scar below her bellybutton, hardly visible, is the only mark the doctors will leave behind. At 27, the mother of two is getting permanently sterilised. After the operation, Susheela […]

India Counts The Cost Of Trying To Solve Its Drinking Problem

India Counts The Cost Of Trying To Solve Its Drinking Problem

By the time the liquor store on Kalavasah Teni road in the south Indian city of Madurai opens for business at 10am on Monday, a small queue of regular customers has already begun to form outside. Within minutes, bottles fly off the shelves. By the end of the day, the shop will have sold about […]

Rohingya Trafficking Victims Stuck In Captivity, One Year On

Rohingya Trafficking Victims Stuck In Captivity, One Year On

Hundreds of trafficking victims from Myanmar and Bangladesh remain detained in Malaysia a year after being rescued from near-certain death at sea during the Asian migration crisis. In total, 390 trafficking victims – 325 Rohingya and 65 Bangladeshis – have spent the past year in detention, despite nominally being freed from captivity in May 2015, […]

There’s a Place in India Where Religions Coexist Beautifully and Gender Equality Is Unmatched

There’s a Place in India Where Religions Coexist Beautifully and Gender Equality Is Unmatched

Back in the summer of 2015, the heart of a Hindu man was transported across Kerala for a Christian patient in dire need of a new one. Funds were raised by a Muslim businessman to pay for the operation and performed by the state’s top heart surgeon: a Christian. The entire state became engrossed as […]

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