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Mar 23 21 tweets 7 min read
Bhagat Singh’s ideology is not meant to be hijacked. He has written with remarkable intellectual clarity. Read what he stood for in his essay — Why I Am an Atheist.

Do not let anyone cloud your mind and reasoning. Snippets in the 🧶 below, link at the very end This 5,790-word essay was first published in People, a periodical brought out from Lahore, in September 1931.
Mar 22 5 tweets 3 min read
#WorldWaterDay 🧶📹 #WorldWaterDay
Latur, Maharashtra
How much time does it take to fill one pot?
Mar 21 4 tweets 3 min read
It takes months of hard work to find water in Sivagangai, Tamil Nadu. It is an assault on the senses — the heat, the smoke, the juddering engine. The well-diggers – 5 men and 3 women – hew mud and rock, and heave it up in 40°C #WorldWaterDay2022 🧶

📹 @AparnaKarthi 1/3 Sivagangai is a part of Chettinad, famous for its cuisine and architecture. Here, water has always been a problem. Given its location in Tamil Nadu’s ‘rain shadow’ region, rainfall is often patchy and has been distressingly meagre in the last couple of years

📹@AparnaKarthi 2/3
Mar 21 4 tweets 2 min read
A city cab driver, who operated taxis in Mumbai and bulldozers abroad for decades, is now devastated by illness. He and his family are struggling with hospital visits and expenses, moving between fear and hope

ruralindiaonline.org/en/articles/dr… Abdul Rahman’s world has shrunk – professionally, personally, physically. And quite literally. A migrant worker who once travelled across 4 continents, he is now confined to the 150 sq.feet room he lives in with five family members. Image
Dec 15, 2021 11 tweets 3 min read
The stories by @AparnaKarthi have warmth and empathy. It is why they are so humane, surprising, and affecting. It is also why one can dive into them blindly and be glad that one did.

Here's a short list of some fantastic rural reporting from her 🧵

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Nov 19, 2021 12 tweets 5 min read
The repeal of the farm laws is a fantastic victory for one of the greatest protests in decades. We are unsure of what lies ahead, but today we must celebrate the resilience of the many farmers who showed us what standing up for your rights can do.
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#farmlawswithdrawn First off: What were they protesting?
The farmers were fighting for a cause much larger than the repeal of three unjust laws. They were fighting for the rights of us all.
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Oct 31, 2021 11 tweets 5 min read
Festivals across rural India: Diversity, Devotion, Celebrations 🧵 Tens of thousands of pilgrims come from the villages of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to the Urs of Hazrat Janpak Shaheed – many drawn by an enduring faith in the dargah, some for brisk business at the venue

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Oct 28, 2021 21 tweets 7 min read
We take you to the mandis in rural Punjab to get a sense of the robust network of APMC markets and yards. These are crucial to the food security of India and a price assurance mechanism for the farmers. 🧵

ruralindiaonline.org/en/articles/in… | By Novita Singh 📷 Image 2| A combine unloads the wheat grain into a tractor, which will carry it to the nearby Sunam mandi in the Sangrur district. This process is repeated multiple times over the day. The harvesting season starts around Baisakhi in mid-April and is at a peak for the next 10 days Image
Oct 15, 2021 10 tweets 4 min read
Every day is Rural Women's Day here at PARI. You don't have to take our word for it, just look at our feed. But if a hashtag gets people to read the right message, then, by all means, let's jump on it. A thread of some of our favourite stories on #InternationalDayOfRuralWomen 1/ Seaweed is an essential algae to a wide array of industries, including the pharma industry. But who goes down into the sea to get it? @MPalani17304893 introduces you to the fisherwomen who spend 7-10 hours in the sea every day to harvest it.
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Oct 15, 2021 7 tweets 2 min read
Indian women's under-rated role in agriculture[thread]
81% of Indian women workers are cultivators, labourers & small livestock handlers. Women are barred from ploughing but they almost exclusively perform transplanting, weeding, harvesting, threshing
ruralindiaonline.org/en/articles/vi… ‘Manual’ planting, sowing and weeding are more than hard work. They involve a great deal of time spent in painful postures. Most of these activities mean a lot of bending and squatting. Besides, many of the tools and implements used were not designed for the comfort of women. 2/7
Sep 2, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Sep 1, 2021 15 tweets 5 min read
It was love at first sight. Her family railed against marrying a blind man. Since then, their life has been full of twists, sometimes cruel. Yet Chitra and Muthuraja face life with courage and hope. This is their love story. 🧵

ruralindiaonline.org/en/articles/ch… 2| Chitra plucks 1-2 kilos of jasmine flowers at a farm for daily wages. She has worked long, back-breaking hours since she was 10, much of it as a farmworker and cotton mill employee
Aug 26, 2021 26 tweets 9 min read
By simply implementing the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission (National Commission on Farmers). The extensive reports’ main features are condensed into 25 simple points here. Have a look 🧵 Image 2| To make farming a viable activity and reverse farmers’ distress, the following factors need to be taken into account— unfinished land reform agendas, quantity and quality of water, technology fatigue, accessible, adequate, and timely institutional credit, and assured markets. Image
Jul 24, 2021 15 tweets 6 min read
This is a report by Aajeevika Bureau (an organisation working with migrant workers in Gujarat and Rajasthan) in April 2020. It explores the experiences faced by ‘circular migrants’ employed in the informal labour markets of Ahmedabad and Surat. 🧵

ruralindiaonline.org/en/library/res… |Free 2| Circular migrants move between ‘urban work destinations’ and their villages in rural areas, without settling in the cities where they are employed. Such migration includes movements that are short or long term; over short or long distances.
Jul 24, 2021 12 tweets 3 min read
This report contains the results of a study on the pandemic’s effects on women from households with a monthly income of less than Rs. 20,000, their livelihoods, access to essentials, assets, debt, food, nutrition, sanitation, and time use.

Download: ruralindiaonline.org/en/library/res…| 🧵 2| The report includes testimonies through telephonic interviews of about 15,000 women and 2,300 men from low-income households across 10 states: Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
Jul 23, 2021 24 tweets 9 min read
With traditional symbiosis b/w farmers and pastoralists on the decline, Kuruba shepherds are migrating greater distances with their herds and belongings – on an ever-harder journey. Here's a peek into their lives in this long photo essay🧵

ruralindiaonline.org/en/articles/ku… 📷Prabir Mitra 2| “Our job is to find landlords who will give us good money for the manure that my animals produce for the land,” says S. Bandeppa. During winter, the Kuruba shepherds are on the road while agricultural work is at a low.
Jul 22, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
Pari Education offers a new lens to see the world, and develops both empathy and understanding. 🧵 Image Perhaps in our rush to make them global citizens, we have alienated them from their own history and geography. We need to expose our students to the rest-of-India, get them to engage with the wider world around them – that of rural India where 800 million people live and work Image
Jun 26, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
#BlueTwitter | Sundarbans📷Mahesh Ramchandani #BlueTwitter | Mridamgam maker of Mylapore📷@butaniashna
Jun 26, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
The Irulas – listed as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) in Tamil Nadu – depend largely on daily wage work and MGNREGA for their income.

Smitha Tumuluru covers their lives in these 4 stories in the thread below

#TribesofIndia #TribalIndia Technology and zero balance accounts were supposed to make banking simpler for the poor. For Bangalamedu’s Irulas, it has made it far more complicated, mystifying and frustrating

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Jun 24, 2021 9 tweets 4 min read
"It's as if the poor have no right to healthcare."

Poor public infrastructure, unaffordable private medical care, and limited access to the state health insurance scheme are pushing Covid patients and their families into long-term debt in Marathwada. 🧵

ruralindiaonline.org/en/articles/we… The thought of the hospital bill, nearly double the family's annual income, was overwhelming to Ramling Sanap (40). In the wee hours, he walked out of the Covid ward and hanged himself in the hospital corridor. Image
Jun 8, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
#WorldOceansDay | A small boat loaded with seaweed reaches the shore, as a harvester guides the anchor in the fishing hamlet of Bharathinagar in Tamil Nadu’s Ramanathapuram. Manoeuvring the boat into the sea to dive for seaweed: without the favour of the winds, all sea-related work is challenging. With changes in larger climatic conditions, too many days are unpredictable. #WorldOceansDay