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The Coastal Highway Project in Kerala, running through nine districts, spanning more than 600 kilometres from Thiruvananthapuram in the south to Kasaragod in the north, to be built at a cost of Rs 6,500 crore, is touted to transform the state’s coastal economy.

However, Keraleeyam Masika ground reports from Kulathoor in Thiruvananthapuram, the starting point of the coastal highway, of the uncertainty that prevails among the fisher community and citizen groups in the area. Years of severe and continuous erosion of the coast and the seeming lack of details about the new project have fanned fears that the proposed coastal road will only further undermine their lives and livelihoods.

It’s been exactly a month since the train accident in Odisha’s Balasore which took 290 lives and injured over a thousand. But for many of the families of those killed in the tragedy, their anguish and suffering are yet to find closure. A significant number of families still wait for the bodies to be officially identified, with DNA confirmation taking arduously long. Article 14 reports from Bhubaneswar on the continuing travails of the families.

The transition to greener energy sources – and moving to a sustainable economic model – is imperative for India. However, this shift has its own consequences for those dependent on jobs based on traditional energy sources, who may be less than prepared for the transition. India Development Review looks at what needs to be done to skill and fortify these communities for the challenge and ensure that no one is left behind.

And, discrimination based on caste, gender and religion has been the bane of our society. Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, despite being the birthplace of Dr B R Ambedkar, among the men who did the most to erode and eradicate the evils of caste prejudices, is no exception. Mojo Story reports from Mhow on how caste continues to be a hallmark of social fault lines, and seemingly continues to haunt even after death!

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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തീരമില്ലാത്ത നാട്ടിലേക്ക് തീരദേശ ഹൈവേ എത്തുമ്പോൾ

Keraleeyam Masika ground reports from Kulathoor in Thiruvananthapuram - the launch pad for the ‘transformative’ coastal highway project - on the fears of the fishermen and citizens about the already rampant erosion of the coast and how the new projects will exacerbate it.

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Long, Difficult Process Of Identifying The Dead Prolongs Grief & Horror For Odisha Train-Crash Families

Article 14 reports on the families of the victims of the train accident in Balasore in Odisha and points out that even after a month, the families of the victims are yet to find closure.

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Clean energy to green jobs: Ensuring no one gets left behind

India Development Review looks at what needs to be done to protect livelihoods even as India attempts to green its energy sources.

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Caste Discrimination: आंबेडकर की जन्मभूमि Mhow में आज़ादी के 75 वर्ष बाद भी जाति का दंश झेल रहे दलित

Mojo Story travels to Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, the birthplace of Dr B R Ambedkar, to tell the story of entrenched and continuing caste discrimination.

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