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I met the volunteers of Lucknow based NGO 'Red Brigade' in Ramgarh, Rajasthan earlier this year. The women were young, strong and confident. They were there to impart self-defense training at an all-girls’ school. 
What started as a hesitation in the school girls about being aggressive or bold, soon converted into a joy at having an all women space where they could shout, display aggression and let themselves be. In the process, they learnt about the mindset of offenders, how they needed to overcome their own apprehensions around men and some techniques that would be handy in dealing with the situation.

I photographed these amazing women for the current issue of @natgeo #womenofimpact

#selfdefence #womensafety #redbrigade #women #womenempowerment #womenempowerment #thefutureisfemale
I met the volunteers of Lucknow based NGO 'Red Brigade' in Ramgarh, Rajasthan earlier this year. The women were young, strong and confident. They were there to impart self-defense training at an all-girls’ school. What started as a hesitation in the school girls about being aggressive or bold, soon converted into a joy at having an all women space where they could shout, display aggression and let themselves be. In the process, they learnt about the mindset of offenders, how they needed to overcome their own apprehensions around men and some techniques that would be handy in dealing with the situation. I photographed these amazing women for the current issue of @natgeo #womenofimpact #selfdefence #womensafety #redbrigade #women #womenempowerment #womenempowerment #thefutureisfemale
At the Chhatt Puja celebrations, on the banks if river Yamuna, India.

#festival #everydaychildren #dailylifeindia #streetsofindia #yamuna #indiaphotostory #indiaphotoproject #reportagespotlight
At the Chhatt Puja celebrations, on the banks if river Yamuna, India. #festival #everydaychildren #dailylifeindia #streetsofindia #yamuna #indiaphotostory #indiaphotoproject #reportagespotlight
As per media reports, Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) remained severe at 447 this morning. Many flights were diverted due to low visibility, and schools will remain shut till Tuesday, but no relief seems imminent. 
Celebrations for Chhatt Puja commenced last evening but people did not practise refrain from burning fire crackers. Well, because burning fire crackers for them means practising faith. And that definitely is more important than breathing. Happy slow dying, Delhi.

#delhi #delhipollution #diwali #firecracker #pollution #airpollution #climatechangeisreal
As per media reports, Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) remained severe at 447 this morning. Many flights were diverted due to low visibility, and schools will remain shut till Tuesday, but no relief seems imminent. Celebrations for Chhatt Puja commenced last evening but people did not practise refrain from burning fire crackers. Well, because burning fire crackers for them means practising faith. And that definitely is more important than breathing. Happy slow dying, Delhi. #delhi #delhipollution #diwali #firecracker #pollution #airpollution #climatechangeisreal
#Repost @natgeo
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Photos by Saumya Khandelwal @khandelwal_saumya | Since a horrifying assault shocked the nation, women in India have pressed for protection from harassment and abuse in public spaces. The gang rape of a woman in a moving bus in 2012 sparked nationwide protests, spurring the government to fast-track court hearings for the accused assailants and set up a fund for safety initiatives.

In these images, Usha Vishwakarma of Red Brigade Lucknow demonstrates self-defense techniques to girls in rural Rajasthan. 
Tarannum Shokat Ali, 28, is a bouncer in Cafe Mafioso in New Delhi, where her job is identify rogues and ensure a safe environment for women. She hopes every club will adopt the approach and encourages other young women to follow in her footsteps—even though her family doesn’t approve of her work.

Officers from the Kerala Pink Police Patrol respond to a man trespassing in a female-only accommodation in Thiruvananthapuram. The all-women units, which opened in the city in 2016 and include 32 officers, are called for reports that involve women and children, and they specialize in cases requiring counseling and arbitration. #women #womensafety #womenempowerment

Nat Geo is celebrating women who fearlessly push boundaries and inspire the next generation of changemakers. For a week, all of our posts and stories on @natgeo were photographed by women, about women. Use #NatGeoWomenofImpact to share how a woman in your life has empowered you.
#Repost @natgeo ・・・ Photos by Saumya Khandelwal @khandelwal_saumya | Since a horrifying assault shocked the nation, women in India have pressed for protection from harassment and abuse in public spaces. The gang rape of a woman in a moving bus in 2012 sparked nationwide protests, spurring the government to fast-track court hearings for the accused assailants and set up a fund for safety initiatives. In these images, Usha Vishwakarma of Red Brigade Lucknow demonstrates self-defense techniques to girls in rural Rajasthan. Tarannum Shokat Ali, 28, is a bouncer in Cafe Mafioso in New Delhi, where her job is identify rogues and ensure a safe environment for women. She hopes every club will adopt the approach and encourages other young women to follow in her footsteps—even though her family doesn’t approve of her work. Officers from the Kerala Pink Police Patrol respond to a man trespassing in a female-only accommodation in Thiruvananthapuram. The all-women units, which opened in the city in 2016 and include 32 officers, are called for reports that involve women and children, and they specialize in cases requiring counseling and arbitration. #women #womensafety #womenempowerment Nat Geo is celebrating women who fearlessly push boundaries and inspire the next generation of changemakers. For a week, all of our posts and stories on @natgeo were photographed by women, about women. Use #NatGeoWomenofImpact to share how a woman in your life has empowered you.
I photographed Abhijit Banerjee in 2016. The Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics visited the Hindustan Times office to speak with @sanjoynarayan and team. I remember leaving the conference room with a tinge of satisfaction at all the work he was doing. We usually had politicians and bureaucrats come in and talk about promises, achievements and plans, but this one was different. Abhijit spoke from a point of deep knowledge and analysis on India’s problems as a growing economy, while addressing issues like poverty. All these years later, it is amazing to see the man win a Nobel Prize.

#abhijitbanerjee #nobelprize #mit #india #portrait
I photographed Abhijit Banerjee in 2016. The Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics visited the Hindustan Times office to speak with @sanjoynarayan and team. I remember leaving the conference room with a tinge of satisfaction at all the work he was doing. We usually had politicians and bureaucrats come in and talk about promises, achievements and plans, but this one was different. Abhijit spoke from a point of deep knowledge and analysis on India’s problems as a growing economy, while addressing issues like poverty. All these years later, it is amazing to see the man win a Nobel Prize. #abhijitbanerjee #nobelprize #mit #india #portrait
I am so thrilled to share that my second story for @natgeo this year is out. 
I travelled around the country to see how women safety was being brought about in public spaces.

In a world where women safety is rarely a part of urban planning, and is mostly a response, I looked at initiatives taken in India, by women, NGOs and governments to bring about changes in the direction. 
It was incredible to meet the such strong women and see the work they are doing, that will change the country one step at a time. Right from claiming the streets at night to imparting self defence classes. Even the efforts of the government to create safer spaces by ensuring the likes of women compartments in public transportation, or an all-women police patrol. And not to forget, the efforts of NGOs to educate men about masculinity, women issues and safety. 
I feel grateful to all the people I photographed for sharing their lives with me. Please take the time to read and share feedback. 
Link in bio
@insidenatgeo @natgeoindia #women #womensafety #india
I am so thrilled to share that my second story for @natgeo this year is out. I travelled around the country to see how women safety was being brought about in public spaces. In a world where women safety is rarely a part of urban planning, and is mostly a response, I looked at initiatives taken in India, by women, NGOs and governments to bring about changes in the direction. It was incredible to meet the such strong women and see the work they are doing, that will change the country one step at a time. Right from claiming the streets at night to imparting self defence classes. Even the efforts of the government to create safer spaces by ensuring the likes of women compartments in public transportation, or an all-women police patrol. And not to forget, the efforts of NGOs to educate men about masculinity, women issues and safety. I feel grateful to all the people I photographed for sharing their lives with me. Please take the time to read and share feedback. Link in bio @insidenatgeo @natgeoindia #women #womensafety #india
Many villages flooded on India and Nepal’s border areas this year. Indian village of Barwarha Punarwas was one of them. The village remained partly immersed in water for about two months because it lies along the embankment. This is the primary reason for increased impact of floods, because it restricts the flow of water.

The Indian government has built embankments in Bihar, which protect some areas from flooding upto a certain water level. But it also aggravates the impact on the villages not protected by embankments. As a result many people die every year. 
Outtakes from a shoot for @nytimes 
#river #flood #flooding #bihar #embankment #indianepalborder #climatechange #climatechangeisreal  #india #everydayclimatechange #reportagespotlight #indiaphotostory #dailylifeindia
Many villages flooded on India and Nepal’s border areas this year. Indian village of Barwarha Punarwas was one of them. The village remained partly immersed in water for about two months because it lies along the embankment. This is the primary reason for increased impact of floods, because it restricts the flow of water. The Indian government has built embankments in Bihar, which protect some areas from flooding upto a certain water level. But it also aggravates the impact on the villages not protected by embankments. As a result many people die every year. Outtakes from a shoot for @nytimes #river #flood #flooding #bihar #embankment #indianepalborder #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #india #everydayclimatechange #reportagespotlight #indiaphotostory #dailylifeindia
Reposting @worldpressphoto
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1. Sheela and Sanju place their hands over each other’s, in Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 8 December 2015. These tattoos show the girls' marital status and are required for acceptance into their husband's homes.
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2. Muskaan* (14) is wrapped in a red cloth as part of her wedding day ceremonies in Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 29 April 2017. She was marrying 21-year-old Raju*. Under pressure from her father, Muskaan discontinued her education after her marriage was fixed. When asked about how she felt about her marriage, Muskaan responded, “what is there to feel about it? It happens with everyone.”
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3. Anjani (16), married to Om Prakash, sits in a corner of her in-laws’ house during her 'Gauna' ceremony, in Shravasti, India, 8 December 2015. In these communities, a girl does not start living with the husband right after marriage, but after the ‘Gauna’ ceremony. As part of the ceremony, the bride is brought to the husband’s house where relatives and villagers gather to look at her. After that, the bride can start living in her new house. Om Prakash will leave Anjani back in the village when he moves to Mumbai for work, and will visit about 3 times a year. Meanwhile, Anjani will stay back and take care of his house and family.
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* Not their real names.
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From ‘Child Brides of Shravasti’ by Saumya Khandelwal (@khandelwal_saumya), #WPPh6x6 talent from Asia.
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Shravasti district is part of Uttar Pradesh, one of the most populous, and among the least literate states in India. According to Census 2011, one in every four girls born in Shravasti is married off before she turns 18. Marriage of girls younger than 18 years old and boys younger than 21 years old is illegal in India but the practice continues unabated.These child brides are left to face the realities and repercussions of premature marriage, and in many cases, premature parenthood.
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Showcasing stories by the six selected talents from Asia, visit the special 6x6 Global Talent Program exhibition at the Indian Photo Festival (@indianphotofest) in Hyderabad, on display until 20 October 2019. Follow the link in our bi
Reposting @worldpressphoto ・・・ 1. Sheela and Sanju place their hands over each other’s, in Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 8 December 2015. These tattoos show the girls' marital status and are required for acceptance into their husband's homes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Muskaan* (14) is wrapped in a red cloth as part of her wedding day ceremonies in Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh, India, on 29 April 2017. She was marrying 21-year-old Raju*. Under pressure from her father, Muskaan discontinued her education after her marriage was fixed. When asked about how she felt about her marriage, Muskaan responded, “what is there to feel about it? It happens with everyone.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. Anjani (16), married to Om Prakash, sits in a corner of her in-laws’ house during her 'Gauna' ceremony, in Shravasti, India, 8 December 2015. In these communities, a girl does not start living with the husband right after marriage, but after the ‘Gauna’ ceremony. As part of the ceremony, the bride is brought to the husband’s house where relatives and villagers gather to look at her. After that, the bride can start living in her new house. Om Prakash will leave Anjani back in the village when he moves to Mumbai for work, and will visit about 3 times a year. Meanwhile, Anjani will stay back and take care of his house and family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * Not their real names. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From ‘Child Brides of Shravasti’ by Saumya Khandelwal (@khandelwal_saumya), #WPPh6x6 talent from Asia. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shravasti district is part of Uttar Pradesh, one of the most populous, and among the least literate states in India. According to Census 2011, one in every four girls born in Shravasti is married off before she turns 18. Marriage of girls younger than 18 years old and boys younger than 21 years old is illegal in India but the practice continues unabated.These child brides are left to face the realities and repercussions of premature marriage, and in many cases, premature parenthood. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Showcasing stories by the six selected talents from Asia, visit the special 6x6 Global Talent Program exhibition at the Indian Photo Festival (@indianphotofest) in Hyderabad, on display until 20 October 2019. Follow the link in our bi
The swelling Baghmati river touches Jamla village in Bihar, one of the last villages on India’s border with Nepal. 
#river #flood #flooding #bihar #nepal #water #indianepal #indianepalborder #indiaphotostory #everydayclimatechange #climatechangeisreal
The swelling Baghmati river touches Jamla village in Bihar, one of the last villages on India’s border with Nepal. #river #flood #flooding #bihar #nepal #water #indianepal #indianepalborder #indiaphotostory #everydayclimatechange #climatechangeisreal
In the times of floods, the fishing gets better. Locals situated on the banks of Baghmati river on India-Nepal border fish in the flooded river.

#reportagespotlight #river #flood #bihar #india #nepal #everydayclimatechange #climatechangeisreal
In the times of floods, the fishing gets better. Locals situated on the banks of Baghmati river on India-Nepal border fish in the flooded river. #reportagespotlight #river #flood #bihar #india #nepal #everydayclimatechange #climatechangeisreal
Out-takes from a recent shoot for @nytimes in India and Nepl’s flood prone areas. This one is from a village on the border of the two countries situated on the banks of Baghmati river. 
#bihar #flood #fishing #monsoon #river
Out-takes from a recent shoot for @nytimes in India and Nepl’s flood prone areas. This one is from a village on the border of the two countries situated on the banks of Baghmati river. #bihar #flood #fishing #monsoon #river
En route Guwahati, Assam.

#guwahati #assam #roadtrip #road #india #monsoon #indiaphotostory #dailylifeindia
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