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Surviving On A Tough Turf: Kashmiri Women Cops

Inspector Shakti Devi of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, currently deployed in the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), has been awarded the International Female Police Peacekeeper Award 2014. ...read more

Parvati’s Rice Boiler Is Her New Best Friend

Parvati Devi, 45, of Madanpur village in Deoghar district, Jharkhand, is a happy woman these days and the reason for her smiles is a newly-acquired rice par boiler unit, which has allowed her to save more than 50 per cent of her yield that used to get destroyed when she’d heat the paddy to make par-boiled rice, popularly known as ‘usna’ in the region. ...read more


Puppets That Help Women Fight Violence

What is a puppet but an inanimate object moved and controlled by others? Is the life of a widow in India any different? In spite of the reform movement initiated by Raja Ram Mohan Roy in the early 19th century, thousands of widows still live a life marked by exclusion, agony and cruelty. ...read more


Chennai Girls Sail To New Horizons

Picture this: Two teenage girls from middle-class homes in Chennai, Tamil Nadu’s state capital, forego their studies at school, shuttle across the city to divide their time between the gym near the beautiful Marina Beach and sailing into the far seas off the Chennai harbour before rounding off their day studying videos of their sailing style to spot where they could do better. ...read more

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