Barefoot auditors ensure health for tribal mothers

In the tribal villages of Nandurbar district of Maharashtra, committed social workers are improving the health and lives of mothers and children by spreading awareness about their special needs. Dilnaz Boga brings you their stories.

Child health Women's Health Health

When tribal India too begins to favour its sons
Tribal societies and groups belonging to the Scheduled Tribes in India are traditionally known to have been relatively gender-unbiased, but recent reports and statistics point to a deteriorating child sex ratio in these communities, too. Shambhu Ghatak analyses the findings.
Caste Women

Planning families, planning progress
As India moves closer to the deadline for achievement of its Millennium Development Goals, the critical need for effective family planning interventions and greater awareness of the same become more pronounced, writes Anuradha Sahni.

Is Mumbai growing anymore?
Contrary to popular imagination, there are not that many migrants coming to Mumbai in search of jobs anymore. Planners and politicians need to introspect on why, writes Darryl D'Monte.
Cities Government

Renaming Nakusa
Girl children who were given names that reflected their unwanted status are being renamed in Maharashtra, in a new initiative to reverse the decline in sex ratio. Freny Manecksha reports.
Gender Violence MAHARASHTRA Women
The masculinisation of India
The child sex ratio continues to follow the worsening trend established over four decades ago. Demographers predict that India's population will remain overly masculine for decades. Kannan Kasturi reports.
Health Society

By the Holy book
A family planning programme in Assam uses texts from the Holy Quran, encouraging husbands to accept sterilisation to promote the health and well-bring of their family. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.
Health ASSAM
A newborn's first right
Less than 50 per cent of girl child births are being registered by parents because of gender bias, says former Census Commissioner Jayant Banthia, speaking at a Panchayats and Child Rights convention recently at New Delhi. Nitin Jugran Bahuguna reports.
Children Women
The lucky rag picker
She only knows at the end of each day whether there will be enough money to survive tomorrow. Does this woman have rights, the right to produce a child? Or should someone else decide what her rights are, and conclude that sterilisation is the only option, asks Kalpana Sharma.
OP-ED Kalpana Sharma Kalpana's Commentary

Less populous, more powerful
Ashwin Mahesh shows how some states wield more power in Parliament than they would if statewise seat shares were fixed on the basis of population alone.
Government Ashwin Mahesh India Central

The Census revelations
N P Chekkutty reports on several marked trends in the latest Census data.
New govt's population control thrust
Abhijit Das expresses concerns on the United Progressive Alliance's misplaced stress on population control targeting, taking the case of Uttar Pradesh.
Health U.P. Women
Sex ratio: the hidden horrors
Millions of males are falling victim to illnesses at much faster rates, skewing the demographic balance. Pavan Nair looks at the numbers.
Health Women
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