FCRA creates hurdles for social work in Karnataka

NGOs across the state are facing difficulties on account of the new FCRA rules Rural Institute for Social Education (RISE), a grassroots non-governmental organisation (NGO) that worked for the education and upliftment of children of devadasis, sex-workers, dalits and tribals for over 40 years, shut down last year owing to “a decline in funding”. Education […]

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Conversion Therapy: illegal and failed attempt to change sexual orientation

Conversion therapy is persisting in India through quacks, religious gurus and healthcare practitioners with conservative training backgrounds. Balaji, a motivational speaker did not doubt their sexuality from the get-go. They knew they were gay and had no qualms about it. But the society had a different point of view, at every point in their life […]

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10-Minute Delivery, Really?

Do you really want your food and groceries delivered within minutes? Braving harsh working conditions with minimal pay, this is the story of those who make it possible. Bangalore/Thane: Suraj has been delivering for Swiggy and Dunzo for three years in Bangalore. He worked as a supervisor in Gujarat earlier and some circumstances lead him […]

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Life Outside the Woods has Turned Oppressive for Iruligas

In the wake of a prolonged protest, only 43 Iruliga families received new homes after they were relocated from Ambigahalli forest. Still, basic facilities remain elusive. With orange-tinted saree and a sky-blue weaved blouse under a pouring bright sun, Boramma sits chewing betel leaves, fingers tracing their paths across the leaves. Two months have passed […]

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Karnataka yet to realise the potential of ABArK

Lack of awareness around the Ayushman Bharat Arogya Karnataka (ABArK) scheme blocks eligible claims. In the waiting room of Vydehi Hospital, Basavaraj, a farmer from Raichur is waiting for the receptionist to call him for a follow up checkup. The ABArk scheme has put a smile on his face as it helped him cover for […]

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Pandemic worsens the state of child labour in Karnataka

In the list of states with the highest incidence of child labour cases, Karnataka stands in the ninth position. Barren land in the middle of fields of Bheemanakatte village, only a few kilometers away from Kengeri, is home to a small community of construction workers and their families. It is surrounded by an array of […]

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A trail of never-ending sexism in newsrooms

Discriminated for beat allocations, doubted for potential, judged on physical appearance, subject to sexist remarks, women journalists in Indian newsrooms have been suffering the brunt of patriarchal mindsets since ages, and it continues. Aditi (name changed), a newspaper reporter, went to cover Uttar Pradesh elections in Muzaffarnagar five years back. Since she was a fresher […]

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Children with disabilities left out of mainstream education

Lack of inclusive education and trained personnel force 26 lakh special children out of mainstream education. “Nobody accepted my child into a mainstream school,” said Sudha Madhavi, whose child, Raju* has multiple disabilities – epilepsy, autism and a learning disability. She had to teach her son at home all by herself. “I am alone fighting […]

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