Global school climate strike in Delhi: Rising up to take direct action when older generations have failed

By Chandra Vikash* “Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people, to give them hope, But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to … More Global school climate strike in Delhi: Rising up to take direct action when older generations have failed

Political will needed to effectively and efficiently conserve and manage water in India

Dr Mansee Bal Bhargava, a research entrepreneur at the Environment Design Consultants (EDC), Ahmedabad, has written an open letter on behalf of water allied researchers, educators, consultants, and enthusiasts*, titled “Water Matters: Appeal for Election 2019 Onward”. Text of the letter: This is an open letter from a group of water allied researchers, educators, consultants, enthusiasts … More Political will needed to effectively and efficiently conserve and manage water in India

Uttarakhand’s rivers quench the thirst of millions while its residents face water shortage

By Mayank Aggarwal* Uttarakhand has vast water resources and is a lifeline for millions of people living in downstream areas. However, many areas in the state are facing a water shortage. The hill state is going to polls in the first phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections on April 11. In some constituencies, voters, … More Uttarakhand’s rivers quench the thirst of millions while its residents face water shortage

A forest dwellers’, fisherfolks’ election manifesto documenting demands for political parties

Adivasi Election manifesto released by civil society organizations in Madikeri, Karnataka ahead of the general elections: For centuries now we, the Adivasis, fisherfolk, hill, forest dwellers and others who are the original inhabitants of the Indian sub-continent have been systematically pushed off our ancestral lands  and forcibly confined to small, remote and increasingly vulnerable corners of the country. In this … More A forest dwellers’, fisherfolks’ election manifesto documenting demands for political parties

The state of stigmatized employment in India: Need to overcome historical injustices of labouring

By Sumeet Mhaskar* On 2 October 2014, the Government of India launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) ostensibly to fulfil Gandhi’s dream of a clean and hygienic India. To achieve this objective, the central government planned to eliminate open defection through construction of new latrines, and connecting toilets to the sewers. The media … More The state of stigmatized employment in India: Need to overcome historical injustices of labouring

Impact of Chhattisgarh Bodai-Daldali bauxite mine on livelihood, environment: Evidence from below

Bharat Aluminium Company Limited (BALCO), which is a Public Sector Undertaking, received an environmental clearance in 2003 for bauxite mining in the Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh. Since the mine became operational in 2003, there have been studies and media reports which have highlighted instances of non-compliance of environmental safeguards. There have also been complaints by … More Impact of Chhattisgarh Bodai-Daldali bauxite mine on livelihood, environment: Evidence from below

Unwise use causes water famine in India in absence of law regulating groundwater extraction

By Joydeep Gupta  Anurag Verma is a rich and curious farmer. His gently waving fields of wheat are ready to ripen, but he is wondering why he has to dig over 200 ft to water them, when he is barely 2 km from the Yamuna River. As you drive just around 10 km out of Delhi … More Unwise use causes water famine in India in absence of law regulating groundwater extraction