Prioritization of large dam projects typically occurs in centralized decision-making processes

A joint statement has been issued by over 250 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the occasion of 2019 World Hydropower Congress, organised in Paris by the industrial lobby of the International Hydropower Association (IHA) in partnership with UNESCO. Titled “The False Promises of Hydropower: How dams fail to deliver the Paris Climate Agreement and the … More Prioritization of large dam projects typically occurs in centralized decision-making processes

Development beyond numbers: Role models, mentors matter more than words, formal training

By Moin Qazi* A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. – Lao Tzu India is at a crossroads in its journey of “development”. It is still perceived that the development landscape continues to look jaded. Lessons from … More Development beyond numbers: Role models, mentors matter more than words, formal training

Solar power Rs 3 per unit: Why attempt to push large hydro, costing universally over Rs 5-6 per unit?

In a critical assessment of the latest situation with regard to India’s hydro power generation, South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) has explained,  in a recent blog, as to why it has again reached below 10% in 2018-19: In 2018-19, for the third year in succession, power generation from India’s large hydropower … More Solar power Rs 3 per unit: Why attempt to push large hydro, costing universally over Rs 5-6 per unit?

Warmer sea temperatures, other global, local factors forcing Indian Ocean’s deadly tropical cyclones

By Jennifer Fitchett* The Indian Ocean has made its mark on the global news cycle this year. In March, tropical cyclone Idai made headlines as one of the most severe storms to have made landfall in Mozambique. Current estimates indicate that more than 1,000 people died. This makes it the most deadly tropical cyclone ever to have made … More Warmer sea temperatures, other global, local factors forcing Indian Ocean’s deadly tropical cyclones

Key concerns about violations of UN covenant with regard to Dalits and Adivasis: Joint submission

Joint submission* to United Nations Human Rights Committee, adoption of list of issues 126th session (July 1-26, 2019), submitted by the National Dalit Movement For Justice-NDMJ (NCDHR) International Dalit Solidarity Network-IDSN: National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ)-NCDHR & International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) provide the below information to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee … More Key concerns about violations of UN covenant with regard to Dalits and Adivasis: Joint submission

During last 10 days of Ramadan, God is believed to be releasing greatest number of souls from Hell

By Moin Qazi This is the holy month of Ramadan (Arabic: Ramaḍān, variations: Persian: Ramazan‎; Urdu: Ramzān; Turkish: Ramazan), the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the most sacred month in Islamic culture.It is in this month that  Muslims, about one fifth of the world’s population, undergo a rigorous fast (not even a drop … More During last 10 days of Ramadan, God is believed to be releasing greatest number of souls from Hell

Little developmental justification to push unpopular, outdated hydropower projects in North-East

By Manju Menon* In the last months of 2018, the Dibang Multipurpose project received a go-ahead from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) after long legal battles. This project is among the 165 dam projects that were proposed for Northeast India in 2000. Hailed as “clean and cheap”, these dam projects, mainly situated in the state of … More Little developmental justification to push unpopular, outdated hydropower projects in North-East