The vanishing tribes of Jharkhand

Bhola Birhor lies paralyzed in his hut in Tilra village.His wife Ratni died in September, 2011 at the age of 55 due to starvation related complications. Her death had caught the state’s attention, triggered outrage and prompted government interventions.

Bhola Birhor lies paralyzed in his hut in Tilra village.His wife Ratni died in September, 2011 at the age of 55 due to starvation related complications. Her death had caught the state’s attention, triggered outrage and prompted government interventions.

In Jharkhand’s hinterland—dotted with deep ravines and hills rich in bauxite—the eight particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTGs) struggle hard to survive against a dwindling population, lack of infrastructure and government apathy.

I was sent by Hindustan Times on a reporting assignment to Jharkhand to write on the condition of PVTGs.

Click on Bhola BIrhor’s photograph to read the three-part series that was published in the Hindustan Times from January 1 to 3, 2015.

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