‘Cattle and birds, both need a lot of water’
Medha Kale • Satara, Maharashtra

‘Cattle and birds, both need a lot of water’

Drought across rural Maharashtra has forced many families into cattle camps. At a camp in Mhaswad, Satara district, Sarika and Anil Sawant speak of their growing struggle with their milk and poultry business

May 7, 2019 | Medha Kale
'No one even asked for the price'
Medha Kale • Satara, Maharashtra

'No one even asked for the price'

Vithoba Yadav was willing to sell his goat for less than half its market price, but the drought and severe shortage of water and fodder means few buyers at the market in Mhaswad town of Satara district

March 13, 2019 | Medha Kale

Chimnabai gets to eat finally, with 8,000 others
Medha Kale • Satara, Maharashtra

Chimnabai gets to eat finally, with 8,000 others

Lakshmi Kalel has moved to a cattle camp in Satara district with her two buffaloes, a cow and a bull, leaving her family in the village, but forging new bonds with others trying to cope with the harsh drought

February 28, 2019 | Medha Kale
Families separated by the search for fodder
Medha Kale • Satara, Maharashtra

Families separated by the search for fodder

An early drought in Satara and other districts of Maharashtra has dried up farm work and cattle feed, forcing people to take their animals to a cattle camp – where women are shouldering the bulk of the crisis

February 18, 2019 | Medha Kale
Sturdy cattle that sustain fragile communities
Harinath Rao Nagulavancha • Nagarkurnool, Telangana

Sturdy cattle that sustain fragile communities

In villages near the Amrabad Tiger Reserve in Telangana, the indigenous Poda Thurupu cattle are a source of sustenance for breeder communities and farmers, and efforts are on to conserve the species

January 11, 2019 | Harinath Rao Nagulavancha
‘When I see him back home, I thank the tiger’
Jaideep Hardikar • Yavatmal, Maharashtra

‘When I see him back home, I thank the tiger’

Though Shankar Atram, a terrified cattle herder in Yavatmal, fashioned a near-comical flimsy ‘body armour' against the recently-killed T1, for him and other villagers the problem could now be more displaced tigers

November 06, 2018 | Jaideep Hardikar
Milk boats from the chars
Ratna Bharali Talukdar • Dhubri, Assam

Milk boats from the chars

For the people living on Chalakura island on the Brahmaputra in Assam, dairy farming is the only sustainable livelihood – but a withdrawal of state-subsidised cattle feed has increased the uncertainty of their lives

October 03, 2017 | Ratna Bharali Talukdar
'This calf went missing after I took this photo'
N. Swamy Bassavanna • Chamarajanagar, Karnataka

'This calf went missing after I took this photo'

N. Swamy Bassavanna, a farmer from Mangala village, says in this sixth in a series of six photo essays on life in a forest, ‘Everyone should be involved in farming and understand the challenges we face’

August 21, 2017 | N. Swamy Bassavanna
'That is where the leopard and tiger attack'
M. Indra Kumar • Chamarajanagar, Karnataka

'That is where the leopard and tiger attack'

Indra Kumar, who works in Mangala village near Bandipur National Park, records cattle herders, leopard attacks, folk art performers and the harvest in this fifth photo essay in a series of six on PARI

August 14, 2017 | Indra Kumar
Close encounters with the Prince of Bandipur
K.N. Mahesha • Chamarajanagar, Karnataka

Close encounters with the Prince of Bandipur

K.N. Mahesha, a naturalist and cultivator who lives close to Bandipur National Park, brings images of fighting bulls, sensitive cows, work elephants and raptors, in this fourth photo essay in a series of six on PARI

August 07, 2017 | K.N. Mahesha
Another day at the races
P. Sainath • Yavatmal, Maharashtra

‘An animal saved today is an animal earned tomorrow’

Many cattle camps in Maharashtra that offered desperately-needed shelters, water and fodder during the drought have shut down with the monsoon. But Beed is yet to receive good rains and the camp at Palvan is still open

July 22, 2017 | Jaideep Hardikar

Brokpa: ‘The jungle is our mother'
Ritayan Mukherjee • Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh

Brokpa: ‘The jungle is our mother'

The Brokpa of West Kameng and Tawang districts of Arunachal Pradesh are reclusive herders who migrate in fixed seasonal patterns at high altitudes. A photo story depicting their daily rhythms

June 22, 2017 | Ritayan Mukherjee
Not quite a cash cow
Parth M.N. • Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Not quite a cash cow

Across Marathwada, in 45 degrees heat, farmers already trapped in the agrarian crisis are walking many kilometres from market to market, trying desperately to sell their cattle to raise some money – a task made nearly impossible by the beef ban

June 01, 2017 | Parth M.N.
‘We are now self-reliant and organised’
Shirish Khare • Beed, Maharashtra

‘We are now self-reliant and organised’ 

It has taken decades of struggle for the Tirmali Nandiwale, a nomadic tribe of performing artists, to find a permanent home in Kanadi Budruk village in Beed district of Maharashtra, and to get basic facilities

December 13, 2016 | Shirish Khare
When the cows come home in Parkidih
Arunava Patra • Purulia, West Bengal

When the cows come home in Parkidih

During the 'go-bnadna' festival – a time of earth colours, wall painting, music and games – the Santals of Purulia district in West Bengal offer thanks to their cows

July 04, 2016 | Arunava Patra
Risking bulls, running from puppies
Aparna Karthikeyan • Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu

Risking bulls, running from puppies

The unique Kangayam cattle of Tamil Nadu are in decline – we meet a rare bull of this species during the Pongal festival in January

January 14, 2016 | Aparna Karthikeyan
Swimming to migrate in Odisha
Dilip Mohanty • Jagatsinghpur, Odisha

Swimming to migrate in Odisha

In Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district, buffaloes swim across the local river every day during the summer, seeking fresh pastures

October 02, 2015 | Dilip Mohanty
Cattle class: native v/s exotic
P. Sainath • Thrissur, Kerala

Cattle class: native v/s exotic

An emphasis on high-maintenance crossbreeds in Thrissur has brought a sharp decline in hardy domestic animals

August 05, 2015 | P. Sainath
Holy cow! Small is beautiful
P. Sainath • Thrissur, Kerala

Holy cow! Small is beautiful

Native breeds were ruined not by people but by official policies over a long time

August 05, 2015 | P. Sainath
A day at the races
P. Sainath • Yavatmal, Maharashtra

A day at the races

The bullock cart races at Delanwadi in Maharashtra’s Chandrapur district are held in a carnival-like atmosphere. But, as this author learned, dangers lurk on the track. And not just for the bullocks

June 14, 2015 | P. Sainath