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State of rivers goes south
At a time when the government’s attention is steered towards the concerns of the northern rivers like the Ganga and the Yamuna, it is seldom that the polluted rivers of the south India come up for discussion.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 days 8 hours ago
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When riverbed becomes real estate
Shalu’s household was evicted from Koyla Basti of the Yamuna pushta (embankment), a massive slum cluster on the banks of the Yamuna river in the year 2004. Earthmoving machines bulldozed thousands of homes at the site which was to host the Commonwealth Games of 2010.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 weeks 2 days ago
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Summer of discontent
On a 29 sq km tract of land in Bharatpur, Rajasthan lies the wildlife reserve, Keoladeo national park, locally known as Ghana. Birds enjoy the open water while wildlife roams freely in this montage of wetland, grassland and forest. The wetland, which is man-made, has a diversity of open water, trees and grasses.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 5 days ago
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Water worried, Ranchi looks for a way out
Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, has gained disrepute for the plummeting groundwater level and water shortage in its dams. Once a settlement of the indigenous communities of Munda and Oraon, the city, located in the coal-steel belt of India, witnessed unprecedented growth since 1869.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 6 days ago
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Grand scheme to befriend farmers
“Agriculture is a highly risky venture,” says Nagi Reddy, a farmer in Anantapur. Reddy is a small farmer affected by uncertainty in crop production stemming from unpredictable weather events and pest attacks, especially in his cotton crop. He works on his 2.5-acre farm and the rest of the time, he clocks in as a tenant farmer at an adjacent farm.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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WASH away Ujjain woes
Despite all the hype around Swachh Bharat Mission, the situation on the ground remains abysmal. The city of Ujjain is located on the western part of Madhya Pradesh on the Malwa Plateau and is primarily a religious tourism centre due to the Mahakal temple.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Angry, swirling waters
“The gravity of the Kedarnath disaster in June 2013, which killed thousands of people, shocked the public almost to the point of numbness”... begins the forward by Bill Aitken in Hridayesh Joshi’s account of the disaster Rage of the river: The untold story of the Kedarnath disaster. It’s a sentence which will whirl in your mind while you read Joshi’s book.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Should wildlife suffer for water?
Set in India-ka-dil, Madhya Pradesh, is the unending expanse of Panna.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Empty fields remain as schemes fail
Phaguni Ho hails from East Singhbhum district in Jharkhand. Come March, Phaguni’s husband will migrate to Chennai to work as a daily wager at a construction site. Unable to handle the small farm in Singhbhum alone, she has given it on lease to another farmer. “I have to look after my four children and livestock.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 1 week ago
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Ways to keep arsenic away
For villagers at Madhusudan Kathi, the handpumps serving water from an unprotected source led to arsenic contamination, making water from these pumps risky to drink.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 1 week ago
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Dealing with urban waste
When it comes to managing huge piles of waste, Indian metros have a monumental task in hand. As per 2011 figures, Delhi is the biggest waste generator with 6800 tonnes of waste being produced daily.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 months 2 weeks ago
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Power crisis: Time to go green
Despite the severe water management crisis India is going through, hydro energy continues to be the second leading source of power, next only to thermal-based energy in the country. Hydropower generates over 16 percent of India’s electricity.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 months 1 week ago
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Water warriors at work
The pitiful state of some of the water bodies in the country, coupled with the sheer apathy of the government, have forced some well-meaning citizens to come out of their comfort zones and make a difference. Some of these efforts, like the Puttenahalli lake in Bengaluru that is now overflowing with clean water, have been successful, while others are ongoing.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 months 3 weeks ago
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Mines radiate disaster
The body of Guria Das looked like that of a three-year-old when she passed away at the age of 13. Guria was born in 1999 with a condition that constrained her growth. Her father, Chhatua Das recounts how Guria, unable to speak or move, communicated with him and his wife through gestures; a language that only the three of them could comprehend.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 months 2 weeks ago
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Riverbed off limits, farmers fume
Champa Devi has been working as a sharecropper on a two-acre farm at Nilothi village in west Delhi. Until a few years ago, the water she used for irrigation came from the Najafgarh drain that empties into the Yamuna river. This form of cultivation using waste water was a norm in the area till sometime ago.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 5 months 2 weeks ago
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Once a drain, now a sewer
Originally a darya (creek), locally known as Nizammuddin darya, Barapullah is a key drain of Delhi today. Barapullah gets its name from a pul (bridge) built across it by the then emperor Jahangir's chief eunuch, Mihir Banu Agha.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 6 months 2 weeks ago
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The river of gold, Subarnarekha is dying. Who’s responsible?
It would not be an exaggeration to say Subarnarekha (Line of gold) is a film that left an indelible mark on Indian cinema. The film, by Ritwik Ghatak, is inspired by a river by the same name and narrates the reality around the river which flows through the present day Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha, before draining into the Bay of Bengal.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 7 months 3 weeks ago
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Two states, a canal and a river
‘Jat’ reservation and the rampage on a canal
Amita Bhaduri  posted 8 months 6 days ago
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A lac cooperative’s success story
The farmers of Jharkhand have long been depending on lac farming for their livelihood. Lac, a resin extensively used in preparation of a range of products - from cosmetics to ammunition - is cultivated on a variety of trees, mostly fruit-bearing and shady trees like Ber, Kusum, Palash and Sal.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 8 months 6 days ago
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Small scale fishworkers fishing for jobs elsewhere
Chinna, 35, harvests fish and is engaged on a piece rate basis by the local contractor who has rights to fishing in the village tank in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. At times, Chinna also uses family labour to complete his work.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 10 months 5 days ago

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