Sep 242012
uttarkashi flash floods relief in pictures

Images from the relief work following the flash floods in Uttarkashi, North India, in which at least 31 people died. The floods destroyed homes and swept away bridges and a large amount of the Gangotri National Highway. An estimated 250 buildings collapsed.

Sep 012012
indian tribe continues fight against mining company

In December 2008 I was commissioned by Resurgence magazine to examine the relationship between the Kondhas tribes and Niyamgiri Mountain. I travelled to Orissa to discover the impact that Vedanta’s mining project would have on their tribal identity.

Aug 112012
urgent help needed as natural disaster hits Uttarkashi

We may be feeling peeved by the weather in the UK this summer. But the moonson flooding in North India last week puts our woes into perspective. Late last Friday night, flash floods struck the town of Uttarakshi and its neighbouring villages, killing at least 31 people. Forty are reported missing and an estimated 2-3,000 people have been affected overall.

Aug 032012
countryboy's struggle: rural ambitions reach edinburgh

Sometimes you’re presented with an infectious idea that makes you smile and you say: ‘Yes, I get it!’ That’s how it was with Maxwell Golden’s CountryBoy’s Struggle. I first met Maxwell Golden in 2009 at Lit Up, a live literature and spoken word showcase and conference at the Bristol Old Vic.

Aug 012012
rising from the dust ~ india's hidden voices

Quitting his job and selling his house, Mark Helyar travels to India. Discovering a dynamic side to its vast land and people, he becomes embroiled in a post-tsunami orphanage intrigue, lives with street kids and is the first Angrez to visit some of the remote villages of the Garhwal region in the Himalayan foothills.

Aug 012012
the hidden dangers of being an indian girl

According to a new report produced by the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Sex Differentials in Childhood Mortality, the Times writes that “an Indian girl aged 1-5 years is 75% more likely to die than an Indian boy, making this the worst differential in child mortality for any country in the world.”