Issue Date: Apr 30, 1999
The world is shrinking for Santosh Kumar Manjhi. Bedridden for the past few months, the boy looks much too young for his 13 years of age. His world is limited to his small room in village Capshar in district Saran of northern Bihar. His stomach is swollen, his body reduced to a skeleton. He has kala-azar, the black fever, also known as leishmaniasis. It is transmitted through the bite of the sandfly (Phlebotomus argentipes) infected with the parasite Leishmania donovani.
Recent Supreme Court order in Vedanta case holds hope for tribal community life
Butterflies on the roof of the world is a vivid and engaging narrative of the author's rendezvous with the butterflies and moths in particular, and nature in general