Saurabh Sharma

  • Lokesh Verma, a farmer from Nainital’s Chanfi village, says this is the third year in a row that he is bearing losses in agriculture. “I have lost around Rs 2 lakh and there’s a debt of Rs 70,000 to pay off. I grow strawberries, guavas and peas in my 15 bighas of land, but there is not enough ...
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  • On October 22, 35-year-old Lallu Yadav was celebrating Govardhan Pooja, a Hindu festival celebrated after Diwali, in Panchkurha village, almost 22 kms from the district headquarters of Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh. The men of the village including Yadav have been doing the Deewari dance for five consec...
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  • “Earlier, I'd wait till sunset to answer nature's call. In the morning, I'd wait for others to return from the fields so I could go. Quite often, I had to miss school for this very reason. And I'm grown up now; so having a toilet in the house has become a must," says class IX student Jyoti Gaud, a...
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More than 1000 villages of the state are expected to be affected by a severe water crisis.

Lokesh Verma, a farmer from Nainital’s Chanfi village, says this is the third year in a row that he is bearing losses in agriculture. “I have lost around Rs 2 lakh and there’s a debt of Rs 70,000 to pay off. I grow strawberries, guavas and peas in my 15 bighas of land, but there is not enough water in the hills to irrigate crops properly,” he says.

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Recurrent droughts have left the Bundelkhand region in abject misery. While some farmers are adapting by digging ponds and changing crops, others are leaving for cities or committing suicide.

On October 22, 35-year-old Lallu Yadav was celebrating Govardhan Pooja, a Hindu festival celebrated after Diwali, in Panchkurha village, almost 22 kms from the district headquarters of Hamirpur in Uttar Pradesh. The men of the village including Yadav have been doing the Deewari dance for five consecutive days--going door to door, beating country-made goat-skin dhols with wooden sticks. The villagers believe that Deewari dance appeases the rain god.

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An American scholar's effort towards building toilets in Uttar Pradesh villages is bringing dignity to the villagers' life by enabling them to give up open defecation.

“Earlier, I'd wait till sunset to answer nature's call. In the morning, I'd wait for others to return from the fields so I could go. Quite often, I had to miss school for this very reason. And I'm grown up now; so having a toilet in the house has become a must," says class IX student Jyoti Gaud, a resident of Tiktha Mussallepur village in Jagatpur. Jyoti’s problem found a solution in an evapotranspiration toilet in her house built with a sum of Rs 10,639. No, her father did not build this toilet for her. Marta did.

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