The vanishing tribes of Jharkhand

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

Sorry Shweta, we let you down

By Abhishek Saha, Hindustan Times Winning a National Award at the age of 11 is not a child’s play; neither is climbing the stairs of Bollywood stardom. Yet Shweta Basu Prasad, the young actor who was recently arrested on charges of running a prostitution racket, was keeping at it, one must say, with élan—playing roles…

Amid rage over ‘Love Jihad’ what about what women want?

By Abhishek Saha, Hindustan Times As India debates the much-talked about ‘Love Jihad’ and forced conversions, feminists feel the political mainstreaming of the narrative, apart from fuelling communal strife, also signals difficult times for women’s rights movements in the country. Hindu right-wing proponents allege ‘Love Jihad’ is a conspiracy by Muslim men to expand their…