The pandemic of loneliness: We should learn to protect the solitude of each other

By Moin Qazi* I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. – Henry David Thoreau Nothing can make us feel better—calmer, happier, and clearer—than being immersed in a book or a piece of music or in the plaintive woods, away from the bustle of life. This is a sentiment of most … Continue reading The pandemic of loneliness: We should learn to protect the solitude of each other

Future of environment with future generation: Open letter to MoEFCC

Open letter by Prof Mansee Bal Bhargava1 to the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) of Government of India, along with Farmer-Entrepreneur, Vivek Shah and Young Thinkers led by Gautamee Baviskar and Kruti Desai: This is an open letter for the Ministry of Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) of Government … Continue reading Future of environment with future generation: Open letter to MoEFCC

CityMakers amidst lockdown 3.0 and search for future Solutions

By Prof Balwant Singh Mehta, Dr Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Dr Simi Mehta, Dr Indu Prakash Singh, Anshula Mehta, Ritika Gupta, Dr Arjun Kumar* In conformity with the globe trend, COVID-19 is threatening cities in India with multidimensional impacts on the economy and the society. On March 24, 2020, the Prime Minister of India announced the world’s … Continue reading CityMakers amidst lockdown 3.0 and search for future Solutions

Covid-19, when individual survival becomes intrinsically linked to the survival of the collective

By Deepankar Roy* The idea of the ‘collective’, its importance and power, vis-à-vis that of the ‘individual’, her/his centrality and power, is something that, I believe, we, as a community of humans, have not quite come to terms with. The idea in itself that ‘We are, therefore I am’, is not new. Ubuntu, a Zulu … Continue reading Covid-19, when individual survival becomes intrinsically linked to the survival of the collective

Why corporates perceive public hearing in environment clearance more lethal than Covid-19

By Anandvardhan Yagnik* Barely a few days into the Covid-19 lockdown and people all over the country had started realizing and sensing how the skies were bluer than before, the air purer and the Ganges cleaner. The carbon emissions fell drastically as human activity came to a halt, the animals started returning to their natural … Continue reading Why corporates perceive public hearing in environment clearance more lethal than Covid-19

Waste picking workers should be identified as corona warriors by government

Letter by Mahesh Pandya, director, Paryavaran Mitra to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for making waste disposal (plastic and household) workers aatmanirbhar (self-reliance): Paryavaran Mitra is a Gujarat-based advocacy organization working on socio-environmental issues since 1997. It acts as a watch dog and pressure group in the formation of policies and implementation of environment acts and … Continue reading Waste picking workers should be identified as corona warriors by government

Support the call for the removal of the statue of Manu from the Rajasthan High Court

Well-known human rights activist Raju Rajagopal has started a petition to all Indians who oppose caste system, stating that the public statue of the author of the infamous Manusmṛiti in Rajasthan High Court premises has no place in India’s pluralistic society: We support the call for the removal of Manu from the premises of the Rajasthan High Court. We … Continue reading Support the call for the removal of the statue of Manu from the Rajasthan High Court