By Mohan Guruswamy* By 2050, India’s population is likely to reach 1.7 billion, which will then be nearly equal to China and the US combined. A fundamental question then is can India feed 1.7 billion people properly? If the food availability is stretched now, what is likely to be the situation in 2050 when India … More Can’t have an agricultural sector that employs 60% of workforce but grows at 2% per annum
By Himanshu Thakkar* Book Review: Ganga: The Many Pasts of a River by Sudipta Sen. Penguine Viking. 2019. PP 445 + (xvi) “Panditaraja Jagannath, Mughal court poet extraordinaire, a scholar of Linguistics, poetics, and philosophy, hounded by the Brahmin orthodoxy led by Hara Dikshita for marrying a Muslim woman, sought refuge on the steps of … More A valuable addition to literature on Ganga, on the way it connects the river’s various historical periods
By Utkarsh Jain* In the recent past, the Supreme Court has lent color of greater depth than perhaps ever before, to the jurisprudence surrounding the National Green Tribunal. It is a serious concern that across the spectrum of strict interpretation of environmental laws on the one hand and liberal on the other, the Supreme Court, … More The top court of India has been sending warnings to National Green Tribunal. Will it listen?
By Sharat Karekaat* All the great civilisations in the history of humankind have flourished alongside riverbanks. However, in recent years, India’s booming economy, rapid urbanisation and industrialisation have disturbed the ecology of our rivers. Divvying up the river water by building dams, diverting the flow of rivers for irrigation, deforestation, and exploitation of groundwater sources, has … More India’s river catchments are drying up, too many too soon: Only 60% are climatic change resilient
By Moin Qazi* Pride and dignity would belong to women if only men would leave them alone. – Egyptian Proverb During the last two decades the gender landscape in rural India has been slowly greening and women are now on the cusp of a powerful social and political revolution. The harbinger of this social and … More Potential harbingers of female revolution, devolution of power in panchayats isn’t yet seamless
By Sheshu Babu* ‘I sing the song Of equality: In my view gender difference is essentially a triviality. Everything that is great in the world, all the works, beneficial and good, half must be credited to woman, and to man, half only we should.’ (Original: ‘Nari’ ( Bengali) Translator : Mohammad Omar Farooq, Source: poemhunter.com This … More His works exposed oppression in society, he wrote against bigotry, fundamentalism, caste
By Dinesh C Sharma* Changing climatic patterns are affecting the health of glaciers in the Himalayan region. A new study has warned that as many as 55 percent of glaciers in the Satluj basin may disappear by 2050 and 97 percent by 2090 under extreme climate change scenario. This could adversely hit availability of water … More Changing climatic pattern in Himalayas: Half of glaciers in Satluj basin may disappear by 2050