India Yatra is an ambitious medley of journeys and reportage across India, to understand how the country has changed since the last general elections and to understand its emerging aspiration. The stories will be told by more than 30 reporters who will crisscross the country to hone into all the pertinent issues that shape India.
Untouchability is dead in rural Bihar. But when it comes to voting — and marrying — caste boundaries remain. Ruchira Hoon reports.
As the country’s longest expressway inches its way around the National Capital Region, farmers in Haryana are getting rich, and the Congress could gain from the windfall. Sanchita Sharma reports.
Security forces are everywhere, but elected leaders are still being gunned down by Naxalites in Purulia, West Bengal. So most politicians have responded by packing their bags. B Vijay Murty reports.
In Uttar Pradesh, a seemingly unwinnable battle between music and hunger — with a lot of politics for a backdrop. A report by Sunita Aron.
Mumbai’s rail commuters make up 55 per cent of the country’s total commuter train traffic. And ahead of the election, these 6.4 million voters are demanding that conditions be improved. Sweta Ramanujan-Dixit reports.
Six years after a saffron outfit demanded that a Muslim place of worship be turned into a temple, both communities pray here — and Hindutva’s not on the poll agenda. Piyusha Chatterjee reports.
The Congress-led UPA gave the people the Right to Information. In Raigad, Maharashtra, farmers are using it against Congress policies, reports Ketaki Ghoge.
In the Hindutva heartland of Uttar Pradesh, young men are turning away from the saffron agenda. They’re too busy making the most of Sonia’s ‘White Revolution’. Rajesh Kumar Singh reports.
Tribals in Chhattisgarh are yearning to learn English, and dreaming new dreams. For the BJP-led government that just returned to power, it’s proof that good governance pays. A report by KumKum Dasgupta.
Tribals in Koraput, Orissa, believe voting for Indira’s party guarantees good rains. But even they are tiring of government neglect, and threatening not to vote this time. Rajesh Mahapatra
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Multi-crore loan waiver packages have failed in Vidarbha — because what’s driving farmers to suicide is often the moneylenders acting outside the law. Dharmendra Jore reports.
Neglected by their own states, 23 districts in UP and MP are stepping up their demand for statehood ahead of the polls. Pankaj Jaiswal
Girls are dropping out of school in East Singhbhum, Jharkhand, as security forces take over their classrooms in a bid to tackle Naxal attacks. B Vijay Murty reports.
4 farmers commit suicide in Chhattisgarh daily. But ahead of the polls, politicians are locked in a populist battle over cheap rice. Kumkum Dasgupta reports.
More Dalits can read — and write in Mayawati’s land. And Dalit literature is finding more takers than ever before. Sunita Aron reports.