“Dedicating” Sardar Sarovar dam to the nation: It’s time to revisit India’s developmental model

A note on a civil society public meeting held in Delhi on Sardar Sarovar Project and the development debate around it: The current model of development has a far wide acceptance among political parties and the executive, but has it been accepted by the Indian people, the vast majority which has silently suffered at its … More “Dedicating” Sardar Sarovar dam to the nation: It’s time to revisit India’s developmental model

In rural Marathwada farmers are still reeling from the effects of the November 2016 demonetisation

By Parth MN* Ten months after currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 were scrapped on November 8 last year, the ghost of demonetisation continues to haunt Deepak Badavne. In early November, Badavne had harvested 31 quintals of cotton from his 2.5 acre farm. He expected good returns on it. “The trader arranged for … More In rural Marathwada farmers are still reeling from the effects of the November 2016 demonetisation

Mountain women of ecologically fragile Hindu Kush Himalayas bear the brunt of climate change

By Juhi Chaudhary* It is widely recognised that climate change effects take the heaviest toll on the vulnerable and the poor. These impacts are exacerbated if the affected person is a woman. A recent study by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) sheds light on the disproportionate levels of adversities women and girls … More Mountain women of ecologically fragile Hindu Kush Himalayas bear the brunt of climate change

High prevalence of mental disorder among urban areas caused by fast paced lifestyle, stressed living

Excerpts from the report “National Health Survey of India-2016”, prepared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Government of India: The National Mental Health Survey of India-2016 was conducted on a nationally representative sample of 34,802 individuals, sampled from 12 states of India. The response rate at households was 91.9%, while individuals interviewed were … More High prevalence of mental disorder among urban areas caused by fast paced lifestyle, stressed living

Not too keen to have citizenship that takes away land rights, deprives of Scheduled Tribe status

In an open letter to Union home minister Rajnath Singh, civil rights activist Mahendra Chakma of the Right Cause Society, Bengaluru, has taken exception to certain riders attached with the Government of India’s decision to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees, who came to India in thousands from Bangladesh starting 1960s. Most of them … More Not too keen to have citizenship that takes away land rights, deprives of Scheduled Tribe status

Rivers aren’t simple water channels. They are ecosystems, carry nutrients, support biodiversity

Statement by senior activists on Sadhguru-led Rally for Rivers, which is currently being held across India: We are concerned about the increasing superficial optics around saving rivers, with little or no effort to address fundamental issues which are causing their demise. The high profile rally initiative to save India’s rivers taken up by well-respected religious … More Rivers aren’t simple water channels. They are ecosystems, carry nutrients, support biodiversity