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...
9 Women Survivors On What Living With Tuberculosis Means

9 Women Survivors On What Living With Tuberculosis Means

From being snubbed, misdiagnosed, repeatedly diagnosed and asked to stay quiet, these nine women had a hard time swallowing the harsh realities that came their way along with tuberculosis. After braving all odds to...
This Sensory Garden Helps Special Children Learn While They Have Fun

This Sensory Garden Helps Special Children Learn While They Have Fun

An innovative sensory garden in Maharashtra's Thane district is paving way for specialised learning for special children. The children with multiple disabilities have made Jidd Special School their second home. With the introduction of...
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...
How Children With Special Needs Found Place In Mumbai Classrooms

How Children With Special Needs Found Place In Mumbai Classrooms

By Swagata Yadavar/ IndiaSpend.org For the first 14 years of his life, Javed Shaikh's world was confined to the four walls of his house in Kala Tanki slum in Sewri, South Mumbai. Javed was born...
Why 12.1 Million Children With Special Needs Cannot Read Or Write

Why 12.1 Million Children With Special Needs Cannot Read Or Write

By Prachi Salve and SwagataYadavar/ IndiaSpend.org At the launch of the government's Accessible India Campaign in December 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested the term "divyaang" -- which translates into "divine body" -- for persons...

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