• Five years on we’re still slumdogs who dream of being millionaires

    Five years on we’re still slumdogs who dream of being millionaires0

    Gethin Chamberlain in Mumbai, for The Sun on Sunday, 20 April 2014 THEY are the slum kids who were going to set Hollywood alight – the stars of Oscars sensation Slumdog Millionaire, plucked from the gutter to become overnight stars. As the film became a global hit, Rubina Ali and Azhar Ismail were convinced a life

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  • Bonfire of Britain’s Foreign Aid Billions

    Bonfire of Britain’s Foreign Aid Billions0

    Swanky new aid offices in India costing £442,000 are just one example of the disturbing way British taxpayers’ money is wasted  Gethin Chamberlain for Mail on Sunday, 12 April 2015 Set inside the walls of the High Commission compound in the smartest part of New Delhi, Britain’s aid offices are an oasis of calm amid

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  • Death on five ton tiptoes

    Death on five ton tiptoes0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in North Bengal, India, for The National, Apr 20, 2012 The moment the elephant’s trunk wrapped itself around Fulmani Urao’s waist, she must have known it was all over. She did not even try to struggle. There was no point. It was about 1.30am when the huge, bad-tempered bull elephant smashed its way into

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  • Andaman human safaris

    Andaman human safaris0

    In January 2012 India was scandalised when the Observer exposed the practice of human safaris in the Andaman Islands with the publication of this video, showing members of the threatened Jarawa tribe being coaxed into dancing in return for food. The video accompanied an investigation in The Observer into the running of human safaris on the

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  • India targets the traffickers who sell children into slavery

    India targets the traffickers who sell children into slavery0

    Up to 200,000 children a year fall into the hands of slave traders in India, many sold by their poverty-stricken parents for as little as £11. Now a group of activists has set out to rescue them from a life in the sweatshops of Delhi Gethin Chamberlain in Katihar, India, for The Observer, 5 August

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  • The Red Brigade: the women of India fight back

    The Red Brigade: the women of India fight back0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Lucknow, India, for The National, 6 April 2013 THE young women stride out along the dusty street that cuts through the Madiyav slum. Their bright red uniforms glow in the late afternoon sun and there is no mistaking their air of confidence. Since the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student

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  • Burning Issue

    Burning Issue0

    Despite years of robust economic growth, famine, insurgency and greed have pushed millions of people in India to the brink of starvation, especially in Jharkhand where famished children are ‘cured’ by branding Gethin Chamberlain in Mirgitand, India, for the South China Morning Post, 27 June 2010 The poker is glowing red hot, flames from a

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  • The Human Safari

    The Human Safari0

    Jarawa people at risk from disease, predatory sex and exploitation as tourist convoys crowd the road through their jungle Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 7 January 2012 “Dance,” the policeman instructed. The girls in front of him, naked from the waist up, obeyed. A tourist’s camera panned round to another young woman, also naked and

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  • How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India’s trade in child slavery

    How poverty wages for tea pickers fuel India’s trade in child slavery0

    Millions of Brits drink a cup of Assam tea each day, but it comes at a terrible price. Plantation workers on 12p an hour are easy prey for traffickers who lure away their daughters to India’s cities. Now pressure is growing on big tea brands to safeguard better pay Gethin Chamberlain in Assam, for The

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  • Last days of the tiger?

    Last days of the tiger?0

    Gethin Chamberlain for the South China Morning Post , 21 February 2011 WHEN he found the bull the tiger had killed, Mangya Moghiya set to work quickly. The wily old poacher knew the tiger would be back soon, and he wished to stack the odds in his favour. He began digging a series of holes and

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  • Her father wielded ‘the simple sword of truth’. But Alexandra Aitken prefers the spear of a Sikh warrior… and a bag of bananas

    Her father wielded ‘the simple sword of truth’. But Alexandra Aitken prefers the spear of a Sikh warrior… and a bag of bananas0

    Gethin Chamberlain, in Anandpur Sahib, India, for The Mail on Sunday, 25 August 2012 With a spear clutched in one hand, a bag of bananas in the other and iPod headphones tucked beneath a white and purple turban, Alexandra Aitken cuts a striking figure as she strides along an Indian country road. The look – completed

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  • Vedanta versus the villagers: the fight for the sacred mountain

    Vedanta versus the villagers: the fight for the sacred mountain0

    Tribes say plans by UK-listed mining firm Vedanta to mine on holy land will destroy their way of life Gethin Chamberlain in Niyamgiri, India, for The Guardian, 12 October 2009 The ash spills out across the plain beneath the brooding bulk of Niyamgiri mountain, swamping the trees that once grew here, forming dirty grey-brown drifts around

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  • Where a baby girl is a mother’s awful shame

    Where a baby girl is a mother’s awful shame0

    Over the past 20 years in India, 10 million female babies have been aborted. The pressure to have sons is terrifying – mothers who bear daughters are beaten or cast aside by husbands and in-laws desperate to escape the financial burden of a girl’s dowry. Now mothers are being urged to ‘save the girl child’

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  • India prays for rain as water wars break out

    India prays for rain as water wars break out0

    The monsoon is late, the wells are running dry and in the teeming city of Bhopal, water supply is now a deadly issue. Gethin Chamberlain reports The Observer, 12 July 2009 It was a little after 8pm when the water started flowing through the pipe running beneath the dirt streets of Bhopal’s Sanjay Nagar slum. After days

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  • Convert or die, Hindu lynch mobs tell fleeing Christians

    Convert or die, Hindu lynch mobs tell fleeing Christians0

    As a fresh wave of sectarian violence is unleashed across the Indian state of Orissa, Gethin Chamberlain talks to homeless survivors in Kandhamal district who were forced to abandon their religion Gethin Chamberlain, for The Observer, 19 October 2008 HUNDREDS of Christians in the Indian state of Orissa have been forced to renounce their religion

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  • One family’s anguish amid India’s child abduction epidemic

    One family’s anguish amid India’s child abduction epidemic0

    Gethin Chamberlain for The National, 5 July 2011 It happens all of a sudden. One moment Anil Lakhotia is talking, the next his face is buried in his hands and his shoulders are shaking. Life goes on around him in a small cafe down a side street in the city across the river from Kolkata:

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  • The tea pickers sold into slavery

    The tea pickers sold into slavery0

    GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN for The Observer Magazine Sunday 2 March 2014 A car, speeding through the crowded streets of Delhi. Inside, a phone is ringing. The voice on the line is that of a ghost, a girl who vanished into thin air three years ago. Somila was 16 when the traffickers lured her from the poverty of

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  • The five-year race to save India’s vanishing tigers

    The five-year race to save India’s vanishing tigers0

    With some conservationists claiming only 800 tigers still live in the wild, radical steps are needed if the species isn’t to disappear from India within five years by Gethin Chamberlain in Ranthambhore, India, for The Observer, 7 March 2010 The poachers perch on the rough platforms they have built in the trees about 15 feet

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