Indira Khurana

Indira Khurana
Rural realities amid second COVID surge
Practitioner's experiences in tackling the second wave in Indian villages Posted on 17 May, 2021 10:44 PM

The second wave of COVID-19 has now spread to the rural pockets of the country at a much faster rate than it did during the first wave of the outbreak.

There is a need to strengthen the capacities of ASHA workers, and other healthcare and grassroots workers. (Image: DMD, Government of Bihar)
Sheroes: A tribute to women who value water
Beating odds, women water warriors deepen their work on water Posted on 22 Mar, 2021 10:19 PM

Every year, March 22 is celebrated as World Water Day. The theme for this year is ‘valuing water’. This indicates the higher level of thinking that is percolating agencies like the UN.

Rural women believe in the power of ‘water continuity’ or having sustained and intergenerational access to water resources (Image: Romit Sen)
Burden of Inheritance: Can we stop manual scavenging? – A report by WaterAid India
This report outlines how over one million people in the country continue to scrape an existence through manual scavenging, forced largely by social convention and caste prejudice. Posted on 19 Apr, 2010 04:28 PM

Burden of inheritance: Can we stop manual scavenging? – A report by Indira Khurana and Toolika Ojha, WaterAid IndiaThis report by WaterAid outlines how over one million people in the country continue to scrape an existence through manual scavenging, forced largely by social convention and caste prejudice, and calls for strong action to eradicate this practice.

A violation of human rights, this discriminatory and demeaning practice was outlawed by the Indian Parliament in 1993 but still continues today. India has missed three deadlines to make the country 'manual-scavenger free'. India's booming cities help keep the practice alive, as there is often little infrastructure for sanitary sewerage and waste disposal systems.

The report tries to seek answers to why this practice continues despite:

  • Availability of other dignified livelihood sources, for the people in this occupation?
  • Other cleaner options for survival existing in cities and towns?
  • Feasible and viable technological alternatives being available to dry toilets, one of the drivers of this occupation?
Half full, Half empty: A WaterAid publication on the drought and drinking water crisis in Bundelkhand
The paper presents a situational analysis of the crisis and challenges of drinking water in Bundelkhand in the overall context of the drought spell in 2007 Posted on 11 Aug, 2009 01:44 PM

This paper on Bundelkhand from their Water and Sanitation Perspective series of WaterAid presents how ecological degradation and faulty policies make drinking water scarce and less accessible.

Right to water and sanitation - A draft paper by WaterAid
The paper reviews the current status of drinking water and sanitation in India and views the issue of water and sanitation as a fundamental human right Posted on 05 Jun, 2009 11:54 AM

"Right to Water and Sanitation", is a briefing paper (draft) written in March 2009, by Indira Khurana and Richard Mahapatra of WaterAid India, based on secondary research.

Issues and approaches for drinking water quality in rural India: a background paper by WaterAid
The paper presents challenges related to continuous water quality and quantity issues in rural India and shows the need to look for a holistic and people-centred approach for water management Posted on 20 May, 2009 11:40 AM

This background paper by WaterAid highlights the challenges involved in achieving clean drinking water supply in rural India.