Every winter, a thick blanket of smog engulfs Delhi and the National Capital Region as farmers in the states of Punjab and Haryana burn millions of tonnes of paddy stubble to clear their farms for the sowing of wheat. When the skies over Delhi began to fill with smoke in October 2020, we began tracing the smog from Punjab to Delhi while also looking at efforts being made to deal with the crisis. We wanted to find out if the farmers could be blamed for it, or was it due to the government’s failure to offer an alternative to stubble burning?
Jessica Goel is a Multimedia Producer with StoriesAsia and a graduate from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi. When she isn’t telling stories, she likes to make illustrating artwork.
Richard Kujur is a Multimedia Producer with StoriesAsia and a graduate from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi.