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.

From garbage heap to lake restored
Rina Mukherji, Kolkata
Over the past few decades, more and more people have been dumping garbage in and around the Rishra Lake, causing water hyacinth to .... MORE >
Reviving traditional rice varieties
Dinesh C. Sharma, Delhi
Rising temperature, erratic rainfall and occurrence of moderate drought are beginning to impact food production in Nagaland. In order to meet the challenge of climate .... MORE >
How rice-fish culture transformed the life of a farmer
Jagannath Chatterjee, Bhubaneswar
Coastal regions of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur Districts of Odisha have been hit by cyclonic storms for more than two decades. These have severely affected the .... MORE >
When pushing daughters into marriage seems the only safe option
Sakuntala Narasimhan, Bengaluru
Weddings are occasions for celebration and cheer, isn’t it? In the past six months, three young girls whom the writer knows have got married. Each .... MORE >
The Aadhaar card, and the difficulties people have to go through
Pushpa Achanta, Bengaluru
Even as the Supreme Court has referred cases pertaining to the Aadhaar Act to a Constitution Bench, the financially and physically challenged find it difficult .... MORE >
Integrated farming backed by self-help groups brings faith, hope
Usha Dewani Das, North 24-Parganas, Bengal
Cyclone Aila that arrived in 2009 caused extensive damage in large parts of India and Bangladesh, killing scores of people. Thousands remained missing. About a million .... MORE >
Farmers must be supported financially first
For the small group of media professionals, an early morning walk in a 10 ha botanical garden in Wayanad, listening to sounds of birds, was .... MORE >
Treat us as humans – we have a life to live, they cry out
Rakhi Ghosh, Bhubaneswar
Widows in Odisha perform special pujas to secure release from their plight in the next birth. But when will they get moksha (deliverance) in this .... MORE >
‘Nutrition gardens’ raise the quality of life in a remote village
Ajit Panda, Bhubaneswar
Thuamul Rampur Block of Kalahandi District in Odisha is inhabited mostly by tribals. Vegetable cultivation has evolved as a viable means of supplementing the livelihoods .... MORE >
How ice hockey opened windows for boys and girls
Dechen Dolker, Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Ice hockey may not be very popular in most of India, but it is extremely so in Ladakh. The game was introduced in Ladakh by .... MORE >