Excerpt from the book “River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India’s Future” by Victor Mallet, journalist, commentator and author with three decades of experience in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa: On a hot April day in 2014, a fervent crowd of thousands surged through the streets of Varanasi to catch … More Cleaning Ganges will take untapped reserves of political will and national effort to succeed
By Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon* The Supreme Court’s recent ban on the sale of firecrackers in Delhi as an emergency measure to control air pollution has re-ignited the debate on how to legally regulate air quality in the city. Court-ordered bans are no doubt painful, but they come about because the state vacates the regulatory … More Crackers ban: Why can’t India’s regulators first begin with thermal power plants?
By Himanshu Thakkar* “Oh my god! I won’t have believed that such an amazingly beautiful river canyon exists in India had I not seen this!” These were my first words, believe or not, on seeing Raneh Falls earlier this year. It was such mesmerizingly beautiful scene that I could not believe no one has even … More Ken Betwa Project to destroy Raneh Falls: India’s Mini Grand Canyon-cum-Mini Niagra
Letter to the President of India on protection of citizens from toxic white asbestos by Jagdish Patel, national coordinator, Occupational and Environmental Health of India: We wish to draw your attention towards uncontrolled use of unnoticed hazardous white asbestos. In the recent 8th Conference of Parties (COP) of UN’s Rotterdam convention at Geneva this May, … More There is overwhelming scientific consensus that all forms of asbestos are hazardous to health
By Kanchi Kohli and Debayan Gupta* Even as the Joint Parliamentary Committee’s report on the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RFCTLARR) is awaited, several states have already brought about changes that severely compromise the scope of clauses related to consent, Social Impact Assessment (SIA), food security and higher … More Mapping dilutions in India’s 2013 Land Acquisition Law: How states severely compromised its scope
By Nava Thakuria* Understanding the gravity of the situation where India loses nearly 10,000 people to electrocution deaths annually, a civil society group based in Northeast has raised voices for a total rearrangement of the power supply system in the country. Endorsed by Gandhian Natwar Thakkar, civil liberties campaigner Dr Gopal Krishna, senior advocate Upamanyu … More High electrocution deaths: Pragmatic action plan needed on high voltage, low quality live wires