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July 2020 | The month of June is celebrated as Global Pride Month, however, physical distancing norms have put many pride parades on hold this year. We're looking back to last year where an LGBTQ community member posed with a rainbow flag during a pride march to celebrate the decriminalisation of homosexuality in India. Photo: Avijit Ghosh, Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA 4.0)
June 2020 | Paddy seeds are sown in June, in time for the kharif harvest. This year, with the national lockdown, many farmers—like the one featured in this image from Kerala—face severe livelihood insecurities as the kharif season approaches. Photo: Navaneeth Kishor, Flickr (CC-BY 2.0)
May 2020 | Many construction workers are stuck because of the national lockdown. Neither do they have a way to contact the state, nor can the state contact them. And their contractors and principal employers take little responsibility. Photo: Jan Sahas
April 2020 | Bangalore, notorious for its heavily congested streets, lies unusually empty amidst the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. Photo: Kinshuk, Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
March 2020 | Rajkala Devi, the first ever Sarpanch of Hingwahera gram panchayat in Alwar district, Rajasthan, motivates other women to stand tall and voice their opinion. Photo: UN Women/Ashutosh Negi
February 2020 | In Sehore District, Madhya Pradesh, women’s haemoglobin levels are tested by taking a blood sample from their fingertips and matching it to a colour card. The World Health Organisation (WHO) colour scale method is an inexpensive way to estimate haemoglobin concentration, before deciding whether to test for anaemia. Photo: ©Gates Archive/Mansi Midha
January 2020 | Avijit Michael, director of Jhatkaa (jhatkaa.org), on a fact-finding mission around Bangalore on the practice of garbage burning, and how it causes catastrophic changes to the air quality. Photo: Hari Adivarekar
December 2019 | Even though neighbouring villages also comprise of Adivasi communities, this village in Ganjam district, Odisha, is called 'Adivasi Colony', named after the community that migrated down from the hills to settle here. Photo: Anushka Dalal
November 2019 | Women from the Village Organisation (VO) in Koimari (Rangjuli block, Assam) carried out a 'resource mapping' of their village, a two-day exercise facilitated by professionals from the development organisation SeSTA. The houses in this map are colour-coded to reflect which ones have piped water, sanitation, and so on. Having this information makes them better placed to demand improvements from their local government. Photo: Saahil Kejriwal
October 2019 | The rivers Teesta and Rangeet are named after two river-spirits who challenged each other to a race down the hills. The Lepcha people of Sikkim consider the race's finish line, the confluence of the two rivers, to be a sacred site. Newlyweds are taken here, and people wish them a life as happy and prosperous as the two river-spirits. Photo: Zarir De Vitre
September 2019 | In a school in Dharwad district, Karnataka. Photo: Deepta Sunil
August 2019 | Worn for ceremonies and by elders of the Toda tribe, a shawl like this takes more than three months to complete. ‘Slow fashion’—where the experience and effort that goes into making a garment is recognised and respected, is quickly losing out to fast fashion. Photo: Native Picture