Despair over Kashmir’s young offenders


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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
November 10, 2018

Adivasis in poll-bound Chhattisgarh say state illegally acquired their land for Bhilai Steel Plant

Villagers in Kanker district of Bastar say they have used the forest land for generations, and therefore have rights over it under the Forests Rights Act. Kapil Dev Rajak (centre)…
Land & Forest
August 18, 2018

Reclaiming tribal land rights, one stone at a time

Binary Prakash Kujur sat alone by the edge of a hill that overlooks the Badalkhol forests in Jashpur district of Chhattisgarh. “I come here to think. Strategise,” he said. Many…
Land & Forest
April 20, 2018

Successful Dilution of the LARR Act of 2013 (Part II)

Understanding land rights in contemporary India cannot be done without understanding the impact of one of independent India’s landmark legislations, Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation, and…
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Latest under Features

November 9, 2018

India’s female addicts battle gender bias, social stigma, poverty

Although women attend rehabilitation centres, they are at risk of relapse because of family, social and work pressures. An Indian woman in New Delhi smokes a crude form of heroin.…
October 17, 2018

Why are female suicides most common in India?

As Indian women feature at the top of global female suicide rate, we met a group of survivors from Bangalore city who explained how suicidal thoughts crept into their minds.…
October 16, 2018

Indian women abandoned because of mental illness

Mental illness is often neglected in India because of stigma and poor care. But women are the worst affected and are mostly abandoned by their families. Nearly 14% of Indians…
October 6, 2018

These superwomen from Himachal Pradesh show why empowered women make for an empowered country

Bhuira's women are coping with the higher workload by creating vastly more flexible family and community structures. And they are simultaneously pushing towards modernity much faster than their neighbours. The…
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Latest under Multimedia

May 3, 2018

How people in Chellakere have lost their livelihood to India’s ‘secret nuclear city’.

It is easy to miss the town of Challakere on the National Highway 48 between Bengaluru and Chitradurga. Easier still to not notice the small road that deviates to the…
November 20, 2016

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…
January 15, 2013

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.

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