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
July 13, 2020

‘It is more than just losing our homes’

Photo: CJP Nivada Rana, who belongs to the Tharu tribe, lives within the Dudhwa National Park, which sits on the India-Nepal border. Although unlettered and unaware of the law, her…
Land & Forest
November 1, 2019

This Dalit woman from Bihar faked her death to protect her land

In many parts of Bihar, as indeed in most of India, a Dalit owning land is seen as an act of defiance, and Dalit women especially face the brunt of…
Land & Forest
September 10, 2019

Tumkur: To be a Smart City or not, that is the question

The story of a small town in Karnataka and the price it is paying for ill-conceived development Jalappa’s family has lived in Karnataka’s Tumkur for over four generations now. About…
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Latest under Features

August 5, 2020

Kashmiris Lament the Loss of Their Youth

While much of India opened up to the world after the country’s 1991 reforms, Kashmir instead became the world’s most militarized zone. A generation of young people have suffered. TOPSHOT…
June 5, 2020

Indians Are Supporting George Floyd—and Ignoring Police Brutality in Their Own Country

As tens of thousands of Americans continue to protest the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last week, the world’s attention has focused on the problems of…
May 1, 2020

#MeToo in the age of coronavirus

Lounge spoke to four women facing sexual harassment at the workplace who admit to feeling safer working from home. The ‘Red’ series by illustrator Reya Ahmed is aimed at expressing…
March 4, 2020

Armed With Protest and Poetry, a Muslim Ghetto in India Fights Back

Over the past decades, thousands of Muslims have moved to Mumbra to escape religious violence in other parts of India. (Photos by Raksha Kumar) A wide main road cuts across 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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