The survey of child labour in agriculture has helped to draw attention once again to many issues that must be
addressed if every child is to have a meaningful right to education, writes
One woman dies every eight minutes due to complications arising due to pregnancy such as sepsis, haemorrhage or obstructed labour.
These deaths could be avoided if there is timely medical intervention, writes
They forage the city, collecting and sorting often hazardous waste when the city sleeps and by day they are gone. Most of them are women and we have no
long-term policy in place that looks at their welfare or health, writes
The Annual Status of Education Report, 2009 points out yet again that what stands between rural girls and a good education is often basic
facilities like transport and proper toilets, writes
Narnaul illustrates above all the value of investing in women. Many have continued to be active and involved even though they have little
practical support from the Municipal Council, writes
While the old town is chaotic and crowded, on the other side the roads are wide and well maintained.
There appears to be a complete disconnect between the two halves of Mirzapur, writes
Jhunjhunu's example can be emulated by other towns of this size. The work of the local groups has been diluted by institutionalisation,
but mobilising people continues to pay dividends, writes
If the government fails to take on board some of the constructive suggestions made on the draft Women's Reservation Bill,
it might not serve the purpose for which it has been conceived, writes
Twenty years ago Sehore was a very livable town. It had a beautiful microclimate and was surrounded by forests and water bodies
that never dried up. Today it is becoming a village again, finds
The concrete road is a symbol of some development in this northern Bihar town, but it sits oddly with its surrounding landscape.
The lack of jobs, the bane of many small towns, has affected Madhubani too, writes
They cannot compete with Mayawati, or Jayalalitha or Sonia Gandhi. But the new breed of women politicians springing up in India's small towns will
become a political force to reckon with in the years to come, writes
In the run-up to the elections, only the dominant voices from "mainland" India will be heard. But we need to listen to what those living
at the margins of this country are saying, writes
It is relatively easy to legislate laws regarding domestic workers, as Maharashtra has just done with its recent bill on their welfare. But it's not
that easy to change attitudes, writes
I would like to salute women like Dayamani Barla, for reminding us that there are other ways to "develop" and that it is possible to fight peacefully
but with determination for your convictions, writes
A recent ruling by the Bombay High Court on a case of sexual harassment against a private sector company offers encouragement
for women are afraid to talk about the problem.
Kalpana Sharma is an independent journalist, columnist and media consultant. She has been, until recently, Deputy Editor and Chief of Bureau of The Hindu in Mumbai. In over three decades as a full-time journalist, she has held senior positions in Himmat Weekly, Indian Express and the Times of India. Her special areas of interest are environmental and developmental issues. She writes a fortnightly column in The Hindu's Sunday Magazine section, The Other Half, that comments on contemporary issues from a gender perspective. She has also followed and commented on urban issues, especially in the context of Mumbai's development.
Kalpana Sharma is the author of Rediscovering Dharavi: Stories from Asia's Largest Slum (Penguin 2000) and has co-edited with Ammu Joseph Whose News? The Media and Women's Issues (Sage 1994, 2006) and Terror Counter-Terror: Women Speak Out (Kali for Women, 2003)