Outdated Central Water Commission is now a stumbling block for efficient water management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 But do we have the institutions that … More Outdated Central Water Commission is now a stumbling block for efficient water management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

How think tanks can trigger community involvement for policy change in South Asia region

By Omair Ahmad Maybe one of the least well understood policy actors in South Asia is the think tank community. Given the diversity of think tanks it is unclear to those outside (and even some inside) the policymaking community what these institutions are, who funds them, how they influence policy, and how effective or ineffective … More How think tanks can trigger community involvement for policy change in South Asia region

Illegal mining: Need to call out names of fraudulent, wasteful ventures, reverse inhuman conditions

The seventh general assembly of the mines, minerals and People (mm&P), held in Dabbanda, Visakhapatnam on March 1-3, 2019, saw participating human rights defenders, academics, journalists and students “pledge” for securing the rights of the indigenous communities for sustainable development, even as sharply focusing on illegal mining, women and children affected due to mining, poor … More Illegal mining: Need to call out names of fraudulent, wasteful ventures, reverse inhuman conditions

Too much insistence on technicalities leaves genuine development work out of the CSR net

By Moin Qazi  In a free enterprise, the community is not just another stakeholder, but is in fact the very purpose of its existence. — Jamshedji Tata When we flip back through the business history of the world, we find that all large mercantile communities were great patrons of the art of philanthropy. They regarded … More Too much insistence on technicalities leaves genuine development work out of the CSR net

India’s invisible water wizard conquers the world with his unique borewell recharge technique

By Moin Qazi* India has long undervalued one of its most precious resources—water. Today the country’s chronic mismanagement of water has led to drought in nearly 2,00,000 villages. According to the World Bank data, Indian farmers use almost 70 percent of the total groundwater that is drawn in the country each year. Shockingly, India uses … More India’s invisible water wizard conquers the world with his unique borewell recharge technique