Emerging Readership

Anuradha Nagaraj

Rural library initiatives take books to children who had no access to them

Beastly Tales from Cover to Cover

The assumption that all animal stories are children’s stories is an odd one. Two recent books, by Nilanjana Roy and Musharraf and Michelle Farooqi, remind us that many of our best-loved stories that feature animals have engaged children as much as they have intrigued adult readers

Active Fatherhood

A new study finds that dads who sleep near their children experience a drop in testosterone

The Underfed and the Unscrupulous

Raichur district of Karnataka has some of India’s worst statistics on malnourished children. It is hard to tell which is the worse scandal: the lack of nutrition here or the money being made off it

Just Another India Story

A deadly epidemic of encephalitis has broken out in eastern Uttar Pradesh. And the government remains clueless about its gravity

I am Kalam

An appealing film, but the ‘Kalam’ angle seems a forced search for political significance

Child Sex Abuse and the Law

As Parliament gets set to reconvene, a bill to protect children from sexual abuse is on the agenda. Author Pinki Virani has warned that the bill might end up as a ‘graveyard of good intentions’ unless parts of it are redrafted. She explains to Open where the draft bill falls short

Tsunami’s Children

An aid worker’s first-hand account of how the children of Japan are coping

Children’s Days

No tantrums, no parental cajoling, no reprimanding. The Bookaroo fest was three days of fun, with stories, doodles and secret languages

Children of the Revolution

Some of them haven’t even attained puberty. But Maoists think nothing of brainwashing them to their cause and thrusting guns in their unsuspecting hands, using them to fight armed forces, lay land mines and inform on their kith and kin. This is the story of thousands of lost childhoods.


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