Changing climatic pattern in Himalayas: Half of glaciers in Satluj basin may disappear by 2050

By Dinesh C Sharma* Changing climatic patterns are affecting the health of glaciers in the Himalayan region. A new study has warned that as many as 55 percent of glaciers in the Satluj basin may disappear by 2050 and 97 percent by 2090 under extreme climate change scenario. This could adversely hit availability of water … Continue reading Changing climatic pattern in Himalayas: Half of glaciers in Satluj basin may disappear by 2050

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

Institute impartial inquiry into beating of Jaipur jail undertrials, take action against wrong doers

A three-member joint delegation of two civil rights organizations, Rihai Manch and Association for Welfare, Medical and Legal Assistance (AWMELA), went on a three day visit to Jaipur to look into reported facts of beatings of Jaipur blast undertrials and those arrested in the name of terrorism. The team met Jaipur based human rights/ social … Continue reading Institute impartial inquiry into beating of Jaipur jail undertrials, take action against wrong doers

Sabarimala: If Preamble is followed strictly, the State should not intervene in any religious situation

By Gajanan Khergamker* The September 2018 Supreme Court verdict upholding the rights of women of all ages to enter Sabarimala Temple has stirred a hornet’s nest. Ever since, the Sabarimala imbroglio has been a populist bone of contention for political parties that have aligned despite differences for fear of upsetting a sizeable religious faction. The … Continue reading Sabarimala: If Preamble is followed strictly, the State should not intervene in any religious situation

As higher proportion of people start ageing, savings might see a bulge, then start declining

By Dr Soumya Kanti Ghosh* It is widely perceived that India, being touted as Young Nation (compared to US & China), will remain young in the coming decades also. Even our estimates suggest that India’s elder population will increase from 5.5% in 2011 to only 15.2% in 2050. The corresponding proportion of elder population will … Continue reading As higher proportion of people start ageing, savings might see a bulge, then start declining

Right to Education’s input-based approach to education quality is unlikely to succeed

Reproduced below is the chapter "Making growth inclusive and sustainable" in the recently-released "An Economic Strategy for India", authored by well-known economists* led by former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan. The chapter has controversially said that the Right to Education's (RTE's) input-based approach undermines low cost private and government schools. Excerpt: A good … Continue reading Right to Education’s input-based approach to education quality is unlikely to succeed

Existing infrastructure underused, yet Delhi forced to have world trade centres, other complexes

By Manju Menon*, Meenakshi Nath** A massive redevelopment project planned for seven old residential colonies in the leafiest part of Delhi is all set to ruin not just the capital’s already fragile ecology but also place a huge burden on taxpayers. A public interest petition filed by a Delhi based orthopedic surgeon, Dr Kaushal Kant … Continue reading Existing infrastructure underused, yet Delhi forced to have world trade centres, other complexes