Nepal hydropower project affected persons: Failure to uphold free, prior, informed consent

Indigenous communities affected by the Tanahu Hydropower Project in Nepal have filed complaints with independent watchdogs of the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank — two co-financiers of the project — requesting an independent mediation process. At least 32 affected families or landowners organized under the “Directly Inundation Affected Peoples Collective Rights Protection … More Nepal hydropower project affected persons: Failure to uphold free, prior, informed consent

10 Downing Street recruits super talented wierdos: Cummings’ blog on brave new world

By Dr Mansi Kapoor* Dominic Cummings, adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recently invited applicants to apply for positions for advisors to help him with policy and governance at 10 Downing Street. He wrote a rather unconventional blog inviting people of all sorts to give it a shot. His blog is an interesting take … More 10 Downing Street recruits super talented wierdos: Cummings’ blog on brave new world

New parliament building may lead to irreparable historical, cultural and environmental loss

By Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli* The proposal to revamp the Central Vista of Delhi involves, among other things, creating a new parliament. But last week, the Central Public Works Department moved an application for the environment clearance calling it an “expansion and renovation of existing Parliament building”. This project, of such great importance for the … More New parliament building may lead to irreparable historical, cultural and environmental loss

High court judges, chief justices deserve better, fair treatment from Supreme Court collegium

By Sanjeev Sirohi* It is distressing to see that the arbitrary transfer of High Court Judges in our country is not stopping, which is hurting the smooth functioning of our judiciary immensely as some are even resigning in protest. Just recently we saw Justice Satyaranjan Dharmadhikari of Bombay High Court who was next in line … More High court judges, chief justices deserve better, fair treatment from Supreme Court collegium

Solar pumps scheme for farmers should be redesigned to disincentivize overuse of water

By Simi Thambi* On February 1, 2020, union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman released the annual budget of India for the financial year 2020-21. The budget speech made important announcements for agriculture, irrigation and rural development which have implications across land, water and energy sectors. Before the discussion over the budget fades, it is prudent to … More Solar pumps scheme for farmers should be redesigned to disincentivize overuse of water

Important to keep conversation going for a cleaner, greener, more harmonious Narmada

By Jubin Mehta* Narmada is a sacred river originating in the Maikal Hills of central India from a place called Amarkantak. Parikrama is a Sanskrit word derived from the root ‘pari’ meaning around and ‘krama’ meaning going. And hence, Narmada Parikrama means circumambulating the river. This is a spiritual/religious tradition of the Hindus existing from … More Important to keep conversation going for a cleaner, greener, more harmonious Narmada

Salt pan workers of Tuticorin suffer silently with dwindling incomes, lack of adequate support

By Mahera Dutta*   Light from the scorching sun gleamed on crystalline salt heaps stretching across saltpans in Rajapandi Nagar. The edges and walls of the many wheat colored makeshift straw huts were bleached white with salt. The onshore breeze was the only respite from the heat. A distant chatter of the salt pans workers … More Salt pan workers of Tuticorin suffer silently with dwindling incomes, lack of adequate support