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A pandemic of human rights violations in Madhya Pradesh

A pandemic of human rights violations in Madhya Pradesh

In early April this year there was outrage across the country when photographs emerged of eight journalists and theatre artists stripped to their underwear in a police station in Madhya Pradesh. They had been arrested by the police in Sidhi district on 2nd April over a protest against the arrest of theatre artist Neeraj Kunder, at the behest of a[Read More…]

by 19/04/2022 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Mahua bumper harvest brings cheer to Adivasis hit by Covid economic woes

Mahua bumper harvest brings cheer to Adivasis hit by Covid economic woes

The happiness of 65-year-old Santo Bai, an Adivasi in Madhya Pradesh,  knows no bounds. After suffering during the Covid pandemic she is now bursting with happiness because  the Mahua flower, used for making a popular, traditional brew is blooming well in the forests this time. She goes to the forest to collect Mahua flowers every morning and returns home in[Read More…]

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Debt and bureaucracy deal death blow to MP farmers reeling from Covid impact

Debt and bureaucracy deal death blow to MP farmers reeling from Covid impact

“The farmer also wants to live, sir! But he is forced to take a loan. This is done not once, but over and over again. First, to sow the crop, one has to take a loan. Then a loan has to be taken to eliminate weeds, to apply medicines, to apply fertilizers. If the crop is ruined, then you have[Read More…]

by 11/04/2022 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Incompetence turns to indifference in MP during third Covid wave

Incompetence turns to indifference in MP during third Covid wave

The first wave of Covid in India revealed that those running the government were clueless. The second was exposed their sheer incompetence. And now, during the ongoing third wave of the pandemic, it is becoming very clear that those at the top of the governance pyramid have become supremely indifferent to the plight of the public. This is at least[Read More…]

by 31/01/2022 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Covid hits survivors of the Bhopal Gas Disaster hardest

Covid hits survivors of the Bhopal Gas Disaster hardest

It has been 37 years since the deadly killer gas, methyl isocyanate, spread from the Union Carbide factory like a suffocating blanket of death across the old city of Bhopal, killing thousands of people on that night, and, then, slowly, over a long period of time. The disaster shocked the country and the entire world. It was then called the[Read More…]

by 02/12/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Covid becomes excuse to deny dues to MP state government employees

Covid becomes excuse to deny dues to MP state government employees

“In the first and second wave of the Covid pandemic, ministers and MLAs were sitting in their homes. They avoided common people and crowds. Had virtual meetings. Continued their rhetoric via Twitter and Facebook. Not one rupee was deducted from their salaries. Whereas, we government employees worked round the clock. We did not get time to go home, could not[Read More…]

by 24/11/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Medical interns at AIIIMS, Bhopal strike over dues from Covid duty

Medical interns at AIIIMS, Bhopal strike over dues from Covid duty

On 28 October, over a 100 interns at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhopal went on a day and night hunger strike. They were demanding that the hospital management pay them the Rs.1000 for every 8 hours of overtime duty promised to them at the peak of the Covid pandemic earlier this year. A promise that was never[Read More…]

by 09/11/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
MP farmers in distress due to low cotton prices

MP farmers in distress due to low cotton prices

After making losses on their vegetable crops throughout the Covid period farmers in Madhya Pradesh are making big losses due to falling prices of cotton. Vegetable crops have been destroyed for two years in a row due to Covid, because the market was closed. Prices had fallen so low that paying for  wages and freight charges to the mandis was[Read More…]

by 28/10/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Rail passengers in MP demand restoration of pre-Covid train services

Rail passengers in MP demand restoration of pre-Covid train services

With 22 million passengers every day the Indian railways is second only to China globally in terms of the number of people transported. Since the onset of the Covid pandemic in early 2020 however, hundreds of train services have been shut down and traffic plummeted with big revenue losses. While this has not made much difference to the India’s urban[Read More…]

by 20/10/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Bhimanna Jadhav. Photo courtsey- Bhimanna Jadhav

Sundari players struggle as Covid takes the music out of Indian weddings

Bhopal: Sundari, a wind-instrument is held in high regard among musicians of Maharashtra, as the younger sister of the better-known Shehnai. But sadly, the Sundari-organists in Solapur, are still reeling from the consequences of the pandemic trying out odd jobs to make ends meet after COVID-19 took a toll on their livelihood. “I tried to become an auto-driver a few[Read More…]

by 26/09/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Suicides, drug addiction on rise in MP due to Covid induced job losses

Suicides, drug addiction on rise in MP due to Covid induced job losses

“I am unable to face hunger, future, illness, fee debt, house rent and unemployment” said the four  page suicide note. On the night of 27 August 2021 Ravi Thackeray*, an engineer in Bhopal’s Sahara township, aided by his wife Ranjana*, slit the throats of their young son Chirag* and daughter Gunjan* with stone cutters. Soon after, the couple consumed poison[Read More…]

by 14/09/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Right to protest curbed in MP under guise of Covid

Right to protest curbed in MP under guise of Covid

On August 18 as members of the Movement against Unemployment hit the streets of the Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal they were brutally caned by the police as they tried to move towards the Chief Minister’s residence in a bid to gherao it. Cases were also filed against many of the protestors, who were demanding jobs and the filling up of vacant[Read More…]

by 26/08/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
‘No investigation, no vaccination!’ MP villagers leverage Covid to fight corruption

‘No investigation, no vaccination!’ MP villagers leverage Covid to fight corruption

In the midst of the gloom caused by the Covid pandemic there is a uniquely inspiring story from Madhya Pradesh. It is about how a group of villagers smartly leveraged the ongoing vaccination drive to win their long running battle against corruption in a prestigious government scheme. The story starts in the pre-Covid period, when the villagers of Dularia gram[Read More…]

by 15/08/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Covid pushes families in MP into debt as economic crisis deepens

Covid pushes families in MP into debt as economic crisis deepens

Bhopal: The second wave of Covid-19 has hit the people of Madhya Pradesh hard, with thousands losing their lives. The misery has not stopped though for millions of citizens in the state who now find themselves neck-deep in debt due to expenses borne during the pandemic as well as loss of jobs and income. The deepening economic crisis has devastated[Read More…]

by 07/08/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Vaccination among women 11% lower than in men in Madhya Pradesh

Vaccination among women 11% lower than in men in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal: “I don’t want to take the vaccine as I have read on social media that I will not be able to bear a child,” said Rekha (name changed on request). The 22 year old, is a resident of Bhopal, the state capital of Madhya Pradesh, who fears that she will have grave side effects after vaccination that will render[Read More…]

by 27/07/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch
Gudiya (name changed) at her house, eating plain rice form a plate, sharing it with her sisters- Photo Courtsey - Sachin Kumar Jain

After Covid, a pandemic of hunger looms large in MP

The lockdown-induced loss of livelihoods has left many vulnerable villagers in Madhya Pradesh unable to feed their families even two square meals a day.   Bhopal: Four-year-old Gudiya* (name changed) smiles shyly as she eats salted rice from a plate that she shares with her two sisters. The three girls from Birhulia village in Umaria, Madhya Pradesh haven’t eaten dal[Read More…]

by 17/06/2021 Comments are Disabled COVID Response Watch