Labourer builds toilet at home, reunites with family after 2 years

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Dev Karan, a 35-year-old Dalit landless labourer from Madhya Pradesh, saved his marriage on Friday by building a toilet complex in his house, the absence of which had triggered a marital dispute.  His wife had filed for divorce four years ago and left his house two years later over the issue. The local court had… Read more »

Welcome Speech – 1st National Distinguished Lecture Series on Sociology of Sanitation by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Sociologist & Social Reformer Founder, Sulabh Sanitation Movement

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WELCOME SPEECH   Hon’ble Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development, Government of India, Hon’ble Prof. Yogendra Singh, Professor Emeritus of Sociology Centre for the Study of School Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Hon’ble Prof. Leela Visaria, Eminent Sociologist and Former Director, Gujarat Institute of Development Research, Ahmedabad, Hon’ble members from print… Read more »

Indian flood victims set to rebuild

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DEOLI, India–Cradling her newborn daughter at her home in a remote valley in the Indian Himalayas, Dhanita Devi tells of her determination to fight for her family's survival. Devi's husband was killed, along with thousands of others, when flash floods and landslides tore through the mountains of northern Uttarakhand state in June. Devi, 22, was… Read more »

‘Village of Widows’ determined to rebuild after India flood disaster killed thousands

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Cradling her newborn daughter at her home in a remote valley in the Indian Himalayas, Dhanita Devi tells of her determination to fight for her family’s survival. Devi’s husband was killed, along with thousands of others, when flash floods and landslides tore through the mountains of northern Uttarakhand state in June. Devi, 22, was left… Read more »

‘Village of Widows’ determined to rebuild after Uttarakhand floods

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Cradling her newborn daughter at her home in a remote valley in the Himalayas, Dhanita Devi tells of her determination to fight for her family's survival. Devi's husband was killed, along with thousands of others, when flash floods and landslides tore through the mountains of northern Uttarakhand state in June. Devi, 22, was left alone,… Read more »

A Village of Widows

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This year’s monsoon turned out to be a nightmare for the people of Uttarakhand. The six hamlets that comprise the Deoli-Bramhagram panchayat saw grief that parallels none. The men here had been washed away by the Himalayan Tsunami on the fateful night of 17 June 2013. Fifty-seven men went missing that night, all of whom… Read more »

Dejavu again: Ring out 2013, ring in … 1947?

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The 2014 calendar is the mirror image of the 1947 one, day-wise, date-wise and even on the position of the stars and planets.  “It’s deja vu all over again,” says author, poet and former heroin addict Jeet Thayil. The 54-year-old, whose first novel Narcopolis was initially rejected by every publisher he approached till Faber signed… Read more »