AIIMS redevelopment is the latest in the line of projects that grab the public lands of Delhi

By Manju Menon and Kanchi Kohli* On January 17, 2017, an MoU was signed between V. Srinivas, the deputy director of AIIMS, and the NBCC at an event called the “signing ceremony”. The then director of AIIMS, professor M.C. Misra, invited the AIIMS community to this event. Also present were Venkaiah Naidu (then Union urban development minister) … More AIIMS redevelopment is the latest in the line of projects that grab the public lands of Delhi

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?

Outdated Central Water Commission is now a stumbling block for efficient water management

By Himanshu Thakkar, J Harsha* As even NITI Aayog report acknowledged in June 2018 [i], there is consensus that India is facing dire water crisis, which will only get worse. This was also predicted by the World Bank way back in their 2006 report called “India’s Turbulent Water Future”. But do we have the institutions that … More Outdated Central Water Commission is now a stumbling block for efficient water management

Samerth mitigates adverse drought effect in Kutch, ensures participatory water resource management

By Chandan Nandy1 The torrid afternoon sun is far from setting at Dholavira, one of two Harappan sites on the edge of the shimmering wilderness of Greater Rann of Kutch in northwest Gujarat’s Bachau block. A dirt-and-rocky track originating at Dungarivandh (hamlet), the last human habitation before the in hospitable and hostile aridity takes over, … More Samerth mitigates adverse drought effect in Kutch, ensures participatory water resource management

Lack of adequate housing, healthcare, education, food, access to finance, insurance are inter-related

By Moin Qazi* India has long been a testing ground for several western products, particularly in agriculture and medicine — making the most of loose regulations and genetic diversity of a huge population. It is done to help cut research costs dramatically for lucrative products to be sold in the West. The relationship is highly … More Lack of adequate housing, healthcare, education, food, access to finance, insurance are inter-related