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.

Where the lives of people depend on the mahua
Ajit Panda, Bhubaneswar
As the mahua trees flower less and less, the villagers of Odisha’s Nuapada District find it hard to make ends meet. These blooms affect not .... MORE >
He created a forest and much more, all from a wasteland
Rina Mukherji, Kolkata
For most people in Kolkata, Shantiniketan-Bolpur is a favoured weekend getaway to get close to nature, especially in winter and autumn. Once there, a meal .... MORE >
A women-led initiative ensures access to water, better sanitation
Mahua Tripathy, Jhansi, Uttar Pradesh
This story is of Punawli Kalan Village in Uttar Pradesh where a community with the support of a women-led federation solved its water woes by .... MORE >
An idyllic setting where education suffers without transport
Afsana Rashid, Baramulla, Kashmir
Sumaira Bano is interested in studies. But today, the 18-year-old’s days are spent weaving shawls in her native village of Chak Jamal Mir in North .... MORE >
How the aboriginals here have hopelessly lost out
Shoma A. Chatterji, Kolkata
As names go, The Head Hunter is something of a misnomer. The feature film is neither about recruiting ace employees for the corporate world nor .... MORE >
Embodying hope while raising questions about rehabilitation
Manjira Majumdar, Kolkata / Singrauli, Uttar Pradesh
The recent announcement by the Ministry for Human Resources Development, of the government’s plan to set up a special university for the disabled may well .... MORE >
Holding out against change in the Land of the High Passes
Anzara Anjum Khan, Leh, Ladakh
The bond between farming communities and their land is unmistakable. So is the bond between them and their animals. The dzo is foremost amongst .... MORE >
An outstanding puppeteer who keeps entertaining and educating
Sreemathy Mohan, Chennai
The Kamala Award for contribution to crafts instituted by The Crafts Council of India in 2000 honours senior craftspersons for their contribution towards the development .... MORE >
Now, off-grid solar power for rural communities
Social scientists from universities in the US and Scotland have carried out ground-breaking analysis of the benefits of providing off-grid solar power to rural communities .... MORE >
Working hand-in-hand for better nutrition
MSSRF and UNICEF join hands in Tamil Nadu to create a Nutrition Alliance with the aim of making a positive impact on the state’s nutrition .... MORE >