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Citizens examine flood relief record in Jammu & Kashmir

This article was published in indiatogether.org, with the support of Oorvani Foundation – community-funded media for the new India.

After the disastrous floods and landslides in Jammu and Kashmir in September 2014, who was eligible for relief and compensation from the government?   How would people apply for it, and what were the details of the relief packages?  And who actually obtained these benefits?   

Bandipora flood RTI5

People of Bandipora district decided to find out.  And the district collector complied, posting the information on the notice board and on the official website: Bandipore Dstrict Flood Relief Details.  Continue reading

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Unindicated Hysterectomies

While clearing up after lunch yesterday I mentioned to Uma Auntie and Samyuktha that the women in the villages were having hysterectomies after going to the doctor for such a small thing as white discharge. As I had learned this just before leaving I did not have time to find out more, and in any case I myself would have to learn more about this before I could try to advise them though in one sense anything is better than what is happening now. One could wish that they saw a better doctor who would give them the right advice but my fear is that once they see a doctor the likelihood of getting medicine and surgery just shoots up. And the doctor says that the patient wants action, the patient says that she was following the doctor’s orders. So how to get out of this loop – better not to enter it.

“I know a doctor couple who have been campaigning on this issue, do you want to meet them?”  asked Uma Auntie. Continue reading

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Of stitching and stitches

As we were preparing to leave Appalagraharam, a young tailor named Jaya came over to Nirmala’s home to meet me.  She had not been at home the other day when we went to visit the other tailors in the village.   She had stitched the bags with multiple compartments that we would market as carry-all totes, or the equivalent of diaper bags though with a name that does not suggest the use of diapers.   Maybe Baby Totes. She had also stitched the new model nursing kurta, with a V-shaped front and snaps.

Among our new tailors, she was stitching the most neatly. So I looked even more closely at her work, to generate a checklist so that we would have a flawless product that people could order directly from the village and receive by post, without my serving as an intermediary.

As I examined the seams and snaps, she and Nirmala started talking quietly. After a few minutes Nirmala told me, “ఆవడికి చాల రోజులు నించి ఇక్కడ నొప్పి ఉంది”  (she has been having pain here), pointing to the chest area. Continue reading

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Gram Sabha in Vanabarangipadu

Invitation to Gram Sabhas in Chintapalli and G Madugula Mandals in February 2015

Invitation to Gram Sabhas in Chintapalli and G Madugula Mandals

For the first time in the tribal areas! the flyer proclaimed, Gram Sabha as per the PESA Act!  We were being offered front row seats to history and we weren’t going to miss it.   Over two weeks in February, a series of Gram Sabhas were taking place in this tribal belt and we took the opportunity to attend the one on 16 February in Vanabarangipadu, G Madugula Mandal, Visakha District in the Eastern Ghats (తూర్పు కనుమలు) of Andhra Pradesh. Continue reading

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