Bhishtis, The Traditional Water Carriers Of Old Delhi, Fading Into History

Bhishtis, The Traditional Water Carriers Of Old Delhi, Fading Into History

Shakeel Ahmad wanders the cramped alleyways of Old Delhi offering water from a goat hide canteen called mashaq slung over his shoulder, a centuries-old service welcomed by thirsty vendors toiling under the baking sun. Mr...
Depression Can Set In Early, Delhi Schools Innovate For Mental Well-Being Of Children

Depression Can Set In Early, Delhi Schools Innovate For Mental Well-Being Of Children

New Delhi: One in four adolescents is known to have depression by the time they reach the age of 25, according to World Health Organisation. However, most mental health problems, though manageable, are not identified early. Mother's...
Happy Meal! A Mobile Kitchen In Delhi Serves Healthy Food To Those In Need

Happy Meal! A Mobile Kitchen In Delhi Serves Healthy Food To Those In Need

Often ‘obliged’ with leftover food, the underprivileged in India end up falling sick – and their condition worsens further when they are unable to get timely treatment. A food start-up in Delhi-NCR,  Rasoi On Wheels,...
Kerala’s Progress Has Not Reached Its Tribal Belts. Here’s Why

Kerala’s Progress Has Not Reached Its Tribal Belts. Here’s Why

By Sreedevi RS/ IndiaSpend.org Maruthi and her husband Vellangiri are still mourning for their infant son who lived only four-and-a-half-hours after birth in 2014. Maruthi, who continued working as a daily wage labourer into her...
Forced To Quit Studies As A Child, Bengal Cab Driver Ensures Other Children Don’t

Forced To Quit Studies As A Child, Bengal Cab Driver Ensures Other Children Don’t

Kolkata: It's been a bumpy ride for a 65-year-old yellow cab driver, Gazi Jalaluddin. A good student who was forced to give up formal education due to poverty, he now runs two schools and...
‘Was Unable To Stop Suicidal Thoughts’: 19-Year-Old Recounts Battle With Depression

‘Was Unable To Stop Suicidal Thoughts’: 19-Year-Old Recounts Battle With Depression

Bengaluru: Two months ago, 19-year-old Arjun Gupta, a student of Bangalore Medical College, went public with his experience of depression. He  shared a post on Facebook and then decided to blog on the subject. With no particular...
Low Attendance, High Dropouts Major Hurdles To Universal School Education In India

Low Attendance, High Dropouts Major Hurdles To Universal School Education In India

By Ashwini Deshpande and Manjistha Banerji/ IndiaSpend.org Around 3.5 per cent of children between the ages of 11 and 14 years, and 13.5 per cent between the ages of 15 and 16 years were dropouts, while...
Why Six Month Paid Maternity Leave Is Still A Distant Dream For Many

Why Six Month Paid Maternity Leave Is Still A Distant Dream For Many

New Delhi: Six and a half months of maternity leave for women in the organised sector is now a reality after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 last week. The critics...
Dealing With Depression: Every Case Of Suicide Is Preventable, Say Psychiatrists

Dealing With Depression: Every Case Of Suicide Is Preventable, Say Psychiatrists

New Delhi: Three patients are on a suicide watch in the psychiatric ICU of Institute of Human Behavior and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) in Delhi. Among them is Rajani. The 33-year-old has made three suicide attempts...
In Its War Against Tuberculosis, Why India Should Use Private Pharmacies

In Its War Against Tuberculosis, Why India Should Use Private Pharmacies

Swagata Yadavar/IndiaSpend.org India has over 850,000 private pharmacies or chemists nationwide; yet, only nine per cent of them have been engaged in efforts to control tuberculosis (TB), according to a January 2017 paper published in...

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