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Democracy “is a farce” in Manipur polls

01/27/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Villagers cast their vote amidst high security in the polling station in Moirang. About 62 percent of the 802,000 registered voters voted in an incident-free second phase of Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) elections for the Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency on April 22nd 2009 - Sanjit Das | Panos Pictures

The culture of elections in the state is of bribery, corruption and proxy voting. Democracy – which is based on people electing their own representatives – has become a farce of money power and muscle power.

Meet Relay’s journalist fellows from Northeast India

01/25/2012 | Panos London

This is Tingri village; which will be badly affected once the dam has been constructed. It is home to a Mising Community. The Mising are a Scheduled Tribe; which means that their rights as indigenous people are protected to a degree under the Indian Constitution (http://bit.ly/e5kioj). This village is typical of Mising communities: houses are on stilts because the area is prone to seasonal flooding.

We’re proud to be able to show you a documentary video made by Panos Relay journalist fellow Sandeep Patil, as well as other work from the concluding project.

The biggest challenge is apathy

01/23/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Efforts are on to raise awareness among Dalit and tribal people -mostly women - of Kaudikasa to know and cliam their rights - Stella Paul | Panos London

Bhan returns with a blog for us about social change in rural India and how this can come about by claiming ownership over community affairs.

I am being followed because of my videos

01/13/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Bhan's one-room house - Stella Paul | Panos London

“It is the second time in six months that I had been called to the police station. The last time it happened, my landlord asked me to vacate the house immediately, saying he didn’t want any trouble. In the police station they asked me if I knew any Maoists.”

Sensitising the community to protect women in Manipur

01/09/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Detail from a poster made by WAD (Women Action for Development), the organisation that Ambra works for - Thingnam Anjulika Samom | Panos London

Takhelchangbam Ambravati talks about her work in Manipur supporting women who live with domestic violence.

“What women need is economic independence”

01/04/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Bhan Sahu

In her first blog, Bhan Sahu tells us about rural entrepreneurs in the Indian village of Vihiri, who are taking their futures in their own hands.

Renting wombs

01/02/2012 | Divya Gupta

Surrogate Mothers in Anand, Gujarat, India - Suzanne Lee | Panos London

“Human beings have two main instincts: the instinct of self-protection and the instinct to reproduce,” says Dr Nayana Patel.
And she should know – she has carved out a career matching infertile couples with poor women willing to “rent their wombs”.

“We, the rag-pickers of Pune, are in big trouble”

12/27/2011 | Stella Paul

Scavenging for food and anything that can be sold in the Bantella rubbish dump - George Georgiou | Panos Pictures

Rag-pickers, people who sift through rubbish for a living in India, travelled to Durban to take part in the UN climate change negotiations.

Celebrating International Mountains Day

12/11/2011 | Siobhan Warrington

Caring for flocks in the high pastures above Shimshal village, July 2000 - David Butz | Panos London

It is nine years since the International Year of Mountains (2002) when Panos London launched the Mountain Voices website, an online archive of testimonies from some 300 men and women living in mountain communities from 10 countries.

The story of an HIV widow

12/01/2011 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

A person living with HIV in Manipur, northeast India, makes ribbons for World AIDS Day

A woman had been married for just five and a half months when her husband died. While going through his possessions after his death, she found documents which showed that her husband had been HIV positive for a long time and was even taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.

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