Dam operators held responsible for Australia’s Brisbane 2011 floods: Relevance for India

In a judgment on November 29, Australia’s New South Wales Supreme Court has held the State of Queensland, Wivenhoe Dam operators and engineers are responsible for "inappropriate operation of the dam”, leading to the devastating Brisbane 2011 floods. A South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP) note on the relevance of the judgment … Continue reading Dam operators held responsible for Australia’s Brisbane 2011 floods: Relevance for India

Children living in extreme poverty are most vulnerable to effects of climate change

Text of the note prepared by Compassion UK, “Child Poverty: the Facts and the Future”, which is an in-depth guide to child poverty and how can one tackle the challenges: Child. Poverty. Two words that should never be put together. Yet tragically this is the reality for an estimated 385 million children, accounting for more … Continue reading Children living in extreme poverty are most vulnerable to effects of climate change

How to help solve mental health problems among students

By Daniela McVicker* How do you know if students are suffering from mental health problems and how to help them when they do? Fortunately, we’re not living in the 1950s anymore. Now, if somebody has mental health issues they are not automatically stigmatized and avoided. At the same time, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. … Continue reading How to help solve mental health problems among students

Protest against appointment of Muslim as Sanskrit professor: India can’t be complete without Muslims

By Sanjeev Sirohi* It was shameful to see that how the students of the Banaras Hindu University’s (BHU’s) Sanskrit Vedvigyan Sankay (SVDVS) went on strike  demanding the cancellation of the appointment of Assistant Professor Feroze Khan and transfer him to another faculty. These students were opposing the appointment of a Muslim to teach Sanskrit in … Continue reading Protest against appointment of Muslim as Sanskrit professor: India can’t be complete without Muslims

Can a village specialised in shark fishing have lessons for India’s fisheries?

By Bhanu Sridharan The Thoothoor group of villages in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu has a long history of targeted shark fisheries. Shark fishermen from the region undertake month-long risky journeys to international waters in search of sharks. With shark populations declining in India and across the world, scientists are concerned about overexploitation and call for … Continue reading Can a village specialised in shark fishing have lessons for India’s fisheries?

A global ‘toilet revolution’ is underway – but it’s polluting water and ignoring the urban poor

By Deljana Iossifova, Purva Dewoolkar, Youcao Ren* Don’t take toilets for granted. Their connection to a managed sewage disposal system protects you from diseases and infections that can stunt your growth, harm your nutrition and even kill you. For some 670 million people, this basic service is not provided. In rapidly growing cities in low … Continue reading A global ‘toilet revolution’ is underway – but it’s polluting water and ignoring the urban poor

FRA continues to be plagued by challenges in implementation

Uphold forest rights act to secure rights, livelihood and forest conservation: A note by Community Forest Rights-Learning and Advocacy (CFRLA), All India Forum of Forest Movements (AIFFM), Mahila Kisan Adhikaar Manch (MAKAAM): The Forest Rights Act (FRA) was enacted to undo the historical injustice against Forest Dwelling Scheduled Tribe and other forest dwelling communities by recognizing … Continue reading FRA continues to be plagued by challenges in implementation