Women argue for prohibition because they bear the brunt of problems caused by sale of liquor

By Sheshu Babu* One of the most debated problems in the recent elections in Andhra Pradesh was the implementation of ‘ prohibition’. Struggle against liquor, that too state-sponsored liquor shops, has been going on for years, especially by women. Most Dalit and lower caste women in both Telengana and Andhra participated in exerting pressure on … More Women argue for prohibition because they bear the brunt of problems caused by sale of liquor

Despite Green Revolution success, rate of malnutrition in India remains stubbornly high

Excerpts from “Food and Nutrition Security Analysis, India, 2019”, jointly prepared by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation & The World Food Programme: The Green Revolution in India which took place in the 1960’s was responsible for increasing agricultural productivity and overall food production in the country. As a result, India had a surplus … More Despite Green Revolution success, rate of malnutrition in India remains stubbornly high

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