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Grassroots is a monthly, which looks at a range of social development issues, with the thrust being on women achievers and their fight against the odds. There are stories from across India’s heartland and most of them strike a chord. In many ways, it is the voice of the real India.

Groups of committed women lend a helping hand to the disadvantaged
Pushpa Achanta, Bengaluru
In Bengaluru, groups of underprivileged, disadvantaged women have come together to help others like them jettison age-old detrimental practices such as child marriage, and also .... MORE >
For disabled women, it is a constant struggle to prove their worth
Rakhi Ghosh, Sambalpur, Odisha
Even though the number is low, disabled women in Odisha are trying to prove themselves in different sectors. Most of them face societal or attitudinal .... MORE >
Where the taint of being a ‘witch’ never washes away
Puja Awasthi, Lucknow
Practised across 12 Indian states, witchcraft is a peculiar form of female victimisation leading to extreme psychological distress, social ostracism and even murder. The most .... MORE >
Battling social mores, an all-woman unit produces sanitary napkins
Rakhee Roytalukdar, Jhunjhunu District, Rajasthan
Akshay Kumar’s new film Padman is about to be released in April 2018. Based on the real life of a small-time entrepreneur, Arunachalam Muruganantham, from .... MORE >
Rains are meant to cheer, but it’s sorrow for many with no help in sight
Sakuntala Narasimhan, Bengaluru
After months of drought in several parts of India, the seasonal rains have made amends, farmers are happy, and state authorities .... MORE >
Caring for the community with love, and creating an everlasting bond
Naresh Kumar Jatwar, Janjgir Champa, Chhattisgarh
It is not common knowledge that the frontline health functionary or the ASHA (accredited social health activist) is a concept that evolved in Chhattisgarh. A .... MORE >
When rivers carry sewage and dams do more harm than good
Manu Moudgil, (reporting from various Indian states)
According to the Monitoring of Indian National Aquatic Resources System, a part of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), over 655-km length of 15 rivers .... MORE >
Testing water drops for health
Rina Mukherji, Kolkata
Unsure of the quality of water that you get from your tap? Not confident of the water you are compelled to consume on your travels? .... MORE >
A Cambridge-University-led collaboration for food security
The M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) will be part of a major research collaboration led by the University of Cambridge that will focus on .... MORE >
A natural instinct for weaving helps patch tattered lives
Rakhee Roytalukdar, Chirang District, Assam
This is the story of Nandini Moochahary, Thringing Boro, Rethe Basumatary and others in Assam’s Chirang District, many of them ruwathis – girls who stay .... MORE >