Despair over Kashmir’s young offenders


Delhi Mumbai Corridor: how the world's largest infrastructure project is uprooting Indian farmers.


How Uygurs and Tibetans found unity in Kashmir


Why journalists are leaving India's Chhattisgarh


Women take southern India's drought into their own hands – one shovel at a time


In Rural Haryana, Women Blamed for Rape Where Men Make the Rules


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Raksha Kumar is a multimedia journalist focusing on human rights.  She reports for The New York TimesBBCGuardianForeign AffairsForeign PolicyOpen DemocracySouth China Morning and The Hindu.

This website showcases Raksha’s work from 11 countries and across 23 states in India. Her focus areas are land and forest rights of the most vulnerable communities. Since these issues cannot be looked at in isolation, Raksha found herself increasingly reporting on armed conflict around resource extraction.

In 2015, she wrote, shot and directed a documentary film on Rationalists in Contemporary India, which was aired by India’s public broadcaster, Doordarshan.  READ MORE.

Latest under Land & Forest

Land & Forest
22 Feb ’18

In Bihar, a land programme for Dalits improved many lives – until Nitish Kumar allied with the BJP

His government has eased off on Dakhal Dehani, which seeks to help Dalits reclaim their occupied land, allegedly to please his ally’s upper caste support base Lalti Devi in Beria…
Land & Forest
17 Feb ’18

Planned ‘Pharma City’ to pump out cheap Indian drugs is making villagers sick with anger

Officials in Hyderabad promise that an industrial estate will not only help India end its reliance on China for key pharmaceutical chemicals but also improve the lives of residents. But…
Land & Forest
13 Feb ’18

Despite Setbacks, Battle Over Land Rights Continues in Telangana’s Vemulaghat

“We will fast for as long as we have to,” say protesting farmers who face displacement, even as the Kaleshwaram irrigation project has already received environmental clearance Five men fasting…
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Latest under Features

22 Dec ’17

Why Will the Proposed Anti-Trafficking Bill be Ineffective

Conflation of sex work and trafficking will not only curb women’s freedoms but make it tough to police trafficking Chanda Wazne, sex worker, Sangli. Photo: Raksha Kumar Chanda Wazne is the…
3 Oct ’17

Even as Trump and Modi clash on energy, India and U.S. are partnering

In the past, and under Pres. Trump and Prime Minister Modi, the U.S. and India have often been at odds environmentally, especially regarding climate change, with the U.S. saying that…
1 Oct ’17

Criticism isnt hatred, PM Modi is not an underdog: response to ‘Hate-Modi Industry’ speech

One wonders who wants to criticise someone for the heck of it and receive death threats on social media? As I slumped down on my chair on Friday, waiting to…
30 Sep ’17

Three boys from Pulwama

As three families in Kashmir’s Pulwama bury their sons, young lives are lost, and young legends are born South Kashmir’s Pulwama has been the epicentre of most encounters in the…
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Latest under Multimedia

20 Nov ’16

An Invisible Minority: Rationalists in Contemporary India

A promo of my upcoming documentary on the Rationalists in India. A group that puts scientific reason over religion also endorses tolerance. Hence, this group is crucial in maintaining India’s…
15 Jan ’13

A Long March to Land Reforms

50,000 landless people marched to Delhi from Gwalior, called it ‘Jan Satyagraha’ (people’s movement) – for framing a National Land Reforms Policy.
20 Dec ’12

Hope for the Yamuna

Delhi’s water crisis recurs every summer, only as a bigger menace. Scientists are now proposing the use of plants and micro-organisms to help in sewage treatment, which would in turn…

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