People along the west coast of India are slowly picking up pieces of their lives scattered & shattered by #CycloneTaukte.
Exactly a year ago, on May 20, #CycloneAmphan had hit the Sundarbans. People are still displaced.
As part of @GaonConnection's 'A day in the Life of...' series, yesterday you met Sushma Devi, a woman पंडा.
Now, meet Munna, who , for the past 30 years, has been digging graves.
“Ever since COVID, I have been digging graves almost non stop."
“I have been digging graves for thirty years and have never seen this number of dead in such a short span of time. Even after spending hours digging graves all day, there are still more graves to be dug," 54yo Munna.
In this raging pandemic, there are faceless people who are working against time but not classified as #CoronaWarriors.
@GaonConnection launches a new series 'A Day in the Life of...' in which you can meet such people.
Here's Sushma Devi, a woman पंडा
Sushma was only 11yo when she was married off to 15yo Santosh, whose traditional occupation was 'panda', a priest who performs the last rites prayers. By the age of 26, Sushma was widowed.
She became a पंडा, something restricted only to men
“We were alerted by the weather dept that a cyclone will hit Mumbai around May 15. So, we had parked our boats in safe areas. But still, boats destroyed... In the Madh port alone, 25-30 boats have been damaged... some fishermen missing." #Tauktae
The Ganga ghat in Unnao, UP, has dead bodies buried right up till the edge of the river. In 'normal' times, 25 bodies used to come a day for cremation, but now jumped to over 300, claim local residents.
As far as the eye can see are shrouds, in shades of red. They mark the makeshift graves of people recently buried. Almost every few yards are unmarked graves. Some partially dug up by dogs.
Titauli village in Rohtak, Haryana had 40 deaths in the past 10 days, said Suresh Singh, a resident. But CMO said only 5 deaths in the village. Similar stories from other villages. Are #COVID19 deaths being underreported, @divendrasingh tries to find out
“We lost 16 people in a week to ten days. None of them had got themselves tested and all of them had cold and fever. Today, (May 10) a team has come to the village and people are being tested."
Jharkhand CM @HemantSorenJMM had requested a moratorium on the auction of coal blocks, but the PM Modi still announced it. Jharkhand has approached the apex court. Now even Chhattisgarh & Maharashtra have raised objections. My report in @GaonConnectionEbit.ly/2YlzpTr
On June 20, Chhattisgarh envt minister wrote to @PrakashJavdekar@moefcc informing the proposed 1,995 sq km in Hasdeo Aranya as Lemru elephant reserve. Destruction of forests due to #coal mining would increase human-elephant. Remove 5 coal blocks from auction @ChhattisgarhCMO
Dec 31, 2019 • 20 tweets • 21 min read
Okay tweeple. There is a party going on at a club near my house with loud music and there is no way I can sleep before midnight. So, here is a thread on some key stories I did in 2019 from various parts of the country. Slow, travel, explore, learn & report - my 2019 in four words
I started the year by writing in Deccan Herald (Jan 12, 2019) about the extreme weather forecast for 2019. As the year draws toward an end, the forecast has come true. Will prove that at the end of this thread.
Dec 27, 2019 • 15 tweets • 7 min read
Visited Bellary Fort in Ballari, Karnataka today. Quite a contrast to Hampi as far as conservation is concerned. No sign board for the fort; not even at the main entrance of the fort complex. No toilet at all though I spotted @swachhbharat symbol. Sad state. @ASIGoI
The first look of Bellary Fort built on top of a hill called the "Ballari Gudda" . It has two parts — Upper Fort and the Lower Fort.
Who was to know one had to climb up some 370 huge stairs to reach the fort top 😨. But, managed to climb up and climb down 😀
Dec 26, 2019 • 33 tweets • 24 min read
#Hampi is an experience, hard to describe in words or through pictures. But, can’t help sharing what I did today. Walked through the magnificent history of Vijayanagara Samrajya (1336-1646). EACH stone of Hampi is a story in itself.
1. Stone Chariot, Vitthala Temple. 2. Absolutely stunning single-stone carved structures. And, these are giant.
Here, single stone carved doors (with locking system), which used to be at the entrance of the Royal Enclosure in #Hampi.
Jul 26, 2019 • 14 tweets • 4 min read
“Gendered Cultures And Climate Justice” — Pune University
“Smartness in the Smart City Mission is against sustainability and against the SDG11 of sustainable cities and communities,” Priyadarshini Karve, member of Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change. #SmartCities
“Greenness and smartness of solutions being pushed under the Smart City Agenda need to be questioned,” Prof Amita Bhide, TISS. #SmartCities
Jul 21, 2019 • 14 tweets • 9 min read
As late as Oct 2012, I travelled to Bihar for the first time. Ever since then, thanks to my friend, @Watervagabond, I have been regularly travelling there & reporting on floods & other related issues. A thread on #Bihar & #BiharFloods stories to keep the larger picture in mind.
@Watervagabond 73% of the total geographical area of Bihar is prone to floods. Bihar is India's most flood prone state, too. Embankments have failed to control floods. Some claim these engineering solutions are responsible for flash floods & other problems #BiharFloods