Vadodara waterlogging due to dumped debris, discharge of untreated sewage along Vishwamitri

Several concerned citizens of Vadodara, led by Rohit Prajapati, environment activist, researcher, and writer, in an open letter to the Municipal Commissioner, Vadodara Municipal Corporation; secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Union of India; Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat; and several senior environment and forest department officials of India and Gujarat have sought “immediate” … More Vadodara waterlogging due to dumped debris, discharge of untreated sewage along Vishwamitri

Historical injustice and “bogus” claims: Forest rights, conservation and large infrastructure in India

By Kanchi Kohli* As the country geared up for the 17th Lok Sabha elections, the first quarter of 2019 saw two decisions that signify the deeply fraught forest governance in India. The first was the Supreme Court’s direction to state governments on evicting families whose legal rights to occupy forest land were “rejected”. The apex … More Historical injustice and “bogus” claims: Forest rights, conservation and large infrastructure in India

Implementation of NRC updation in Assam: Worrying signs for those excluded from draft list

In a letter, five top officer bearers* of the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner have expressed concern that the Government of India has failed to respond to the UNHCHR’s plea regarding human rights violations in relation to the process of updating National Register of Citizens (NRC). Excerpts: We wish to address … More Implementation of NRC updation in Assam: Worrying signs for those excluded from draft list

Greenhouse gases causing temperatures to increase, bringing with it damaging consequences

In India, air pollution is the leading cause of death and is responsible for 1.2 million premature deaths every year—more than the number of people killed by road accidents, smoking or malaria. Long-term exposure to polluted air is known to cause lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Breathing problems like asthma have surged in recent years, and about 350,000 new … More Greenhouse gases causing temperatures to increase, bringing with it damaging consequences

In drought-hit Kutch nomadic communities owning goats, sheep, camels are bereft of any relief

By Azera Parveen Rahman* Drought in Kutch has hit the pastoral communities hard, resulting in one of the highest rates of migration in the last three decades. Among livestock owners, while cattle and buffalo owners have got government help through subsidised fodder, sheep, goat and camel owners have got no such relief. Kutch district administration … More In drought-hit Kutch nomadic communities owning goats, sheep, camels are bereft of any relief

Ramadan in West: An occasion to understand each other’s commemorations, sorrows, joys, festivities

By Mike Ghouse* Whether you are an atheist, Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Native American, Pagan, Shinto, Sikh, Wicca, and Zoroastrian or from any other tradition, you may feel a sense of connection with the spirit of Ramadan. The best way to build cohesive societies is for its members to understand each other’s sorrows … More Ramadan in West: An occasion to understand each other’s commemorations, sorrows, joys, festivities

New government’s policy concerns on energy, water, environment, pollution and climate change

What are the major policy concerns on energy, water, environment, pollution and climate change India would face even as the new government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes over? Joydeep Gupta, South Asia Director, The Third Pole, a project initiated by China Dialogue and Earth Journalism Network, takes a look: Energy Clean energy and clean mobility … More New government’s policy concerns on energy, water, environment, pollution and climate change