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
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…
Land & Forest
April 5, 2018

60,000 villagers vs the state of Gujarat

More than 20 years after the state acquired over 2,000 hectares of land in Ghogha but built nothing on it, the High Court will decide if the land should be returned to…
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Latest under Features

August 8, 2018

Republic TV’s hounding of rights activist shows ‘urban Naxal’ is convenient label to crush dissent

The phrase is deliberately vague to cover a wide array of dissidents, human rights defenders say Screengrab via Republic TV On July 4, the news channel Republic TV told viewers…
July 28, 2018

Why Is Modi’s “Clean Energy” India Bankrolling Dirty Coal?

Even with the cost of renewables dropping 50 per cent in recent years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government still pressures banks to loan money to the coal industry Workers clean…
July 27, 2018

Who will benefit from the latest proposed amendments to the RTI?

How do laws, framed in Delhi, impact people in the corners of India? Do people understand the laws framed for them? What is their impact on the targeted people? #FromPolicyToPeople…
July 16, 2018

South Asia Islamophobia Burgeons in Sri Lanka

Muneera Begum, with two of her children, walks through a neighbor's house that was burned down during an anti-Muslim riot in Digana, Sri Lanka. The mob also destroyed Begum's home,…
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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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