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The farmer protests at the national capital’s borders have reached a critical stage, with farmers adamant that only a complete repeal of the three ‘‘black laws” will make them step back. In spite of the many rounds of talks with the government, they are loath to accept a lesser solution. The Caravan reports from the protest sites and analyses why?

Satyagrah reports from one of the largest government hospitals in the country, Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Hospital, and recounts the horrors they encountered - absentee-doctors, “diagnosis and medication in seconds” and alleged institutionalised illegal gratification by senior medical staff.

And, in an investigative piece, The Lede reports the story of an Indian ‘expert chemist’ illegally making Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid fifty times more potent than morphine, for one of the most powerful Mexican drug cartels.

For these varied stories from our grantees, please read on.


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Going by the demands of its cadres, compromise is out of the question for farmer leaders

The pressure from the cadres of the farmer bodies and unions for nothing short of the complete repeal of the three farm laws by the government has ensured that protesting farmers have taken a hard position. The Caravan reports from the protest sites to understand why, and trace the organisations at the forefront of the movement.

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राजस्थान के सबसे बड़े अस्पताल में जाने का मतलब ही क्या है जब वहां बड़े डॉक्टर होते ही नहीं

In a deep-investigated story, Satyagrah reports on the abysmal state of affairs at Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Hospital, one of the biggest government hospitals in India. Not only are senior doctors absent from their consultations but thronging patients are dismissed “in a matter of seconds”with a perfunctory examination by junior doctors and interns. What is equally alarming is that patients at the government facility are diverted to doctor’s homes for ‘personal consultation’ on the payment of hefty fees.

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Breaking Bad: How Indians Cooked Fentanyl For A Mexican Drug Cartel

The Lede collaborated with multiple publications as part of The Cartel Project to investigate Mexican drug cartels and their operations across the world. The first part tells the story of how an Indian ‘expert chemist’ and entrepreneur came to make Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than morphine, for the violent Sinaloa cartel. In the second and third parts, the story reports on how India emerged as a major supplier of Fentanyl, after tighter regulations in China.

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Amid repair ban and new policy, Houseboats are sinking in Kashmir

The sinking of six houseboats in Kashmir’s Dal lake this year has raised fears that one of the icons of Kashmir is threatening to soon be only a memory. The threat is so imminent and real that a group of houseboat owners are even planning a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. What also doesn’t help? – a High Court ban on repair and reconstruction of the boats. Kashmir Observer reports.

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An Often Overlooked Contributor to Climate Change: Banks

The Bastion analyses how banks financing energy projects that cause damage to the environment often tend to be overlooked in assessing the impact of corporations on climate change. The piece argues that a regulatory push could nudge banks to reconsider their lending decisions.

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