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Waging the war within
“That was a very scary place to be in,” says Nandini frowning at the memory of dealing with a rape allegation against a colleague. The allegation had severely fractured the community of activists that she worked with. “These were people who we knew really well, we were comrades on so many issues.
chicu  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Election update: Rivers can wait in Uttarakhand
The people of Uttarakhand, like other Himalayan states, follow many unique and traditional practices to live in sync with nature.
chicu  posted 2 months 1 week ago

Election update: Small state, big promises
Two hundred and fifty candidates are contesting 40 seats in the elections for Goa's legislative assembly scheduled for February 4, 2017.
chicu  posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Curious case of disappearing fish
Jaman Ram, a resident of Bhikia Sain, a tehsil in Uttarakhand, remembers fishing with his father in the Ramganga. “We could catch 80-100 kilograms of fish a day. That is no longer possible,” he says. Shafiq of Haldwani shares an unsettling memory of the Ramganga. As a young man on a holiday, he was paddling in the river near Marchula when the rock he was standing on shifted.
chicu  posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

On a wing and a prayer
Renuka can be forgiven if she were to feel a bit crazy at times. Like many other women, she could be finding it hard to balance her pious and wild sides.
chicu  posted 4 months 1 week ago

Saving Tso Moriri
Poised at a breathtaking 4,595 metres above sea level, Tso Moriri is a clear lake fed by multiple springs as well as snowmelt that drains into it from the nearby mountains. Of the streams that feed it, the two primary stream systems lie to the north and the south-west.
chicu  posted 5 months 1 week ago

Get your facts right, get them to act right
Hasdeo Arand illustrates all that is wrong with the coal mining industry today. This ancient and dense forest in Chattisgarh, inhabited by several tribes, was once famous for being an elephant corridor. Since 2013, the area has worn a different face.
chicu  posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

When Osaka comes to Lucknow
Raghunath Lakhpat is a terrified man. He can only watch warily as the land on either side of his modest home is being dug up by huge earthmovers. “We are stuck in the middle. Sooner or later, we will have to leave. But where will we go? What will we eat?” he asks helplessly.
chicu  posted 7 months 2 weeks ago

Farakka faces a barrage of criticism
The chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, called for the decommissioning of the Farakka barrage recently.
chicu  posted 8 months 2 days ago

Honestly, not the best policy changes
Saileena Sarkar's introduction to the East Kolkata Wetlands began as soon as she moved to the city. She says, “The Kolkata wetlands have been a point of interest since I came to the city.
chicu  posted 8 months 1 week ago

Understanding Kamla’s sorrow could control Bihar’s floods
“When I was a boy, a family and their livestock could feed on just one crop for three years,” says Jugal Mandal of Sakhwar village in Darbhanga district. “For the last five years though, the village fields have been fallow because we have not had water,” he adds.
chicu  posted 10 months 3 weeks ago

Sailing the ocean to save marine life
He is called Mobi Dick's Avenger.
chicu  posted 10 months 3 weeks ago

Collateral damage: Buffalo herders and the privatisation of our water
Kishan Yadav has a lot in common with the popular flute-playing god whose namesake he is. They share a name, a caste, a profession, and the land they live on.
chicu  posted 11 months 1 week ago

"SWM-ing" against the tide
The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. A visit to almost any village or small town in India today will serve to confirm that statement. In an undoubtedly laudable attempt to keep the village clean, gram panchayats tend to dump waste in a convenient patch of land on the outskirts.
chicu  posted 11 months 2 weeks ago

Letting rivers flow in Nepal
Dr Hari Kumar Shreshta is an engineer, teacher, and a passionate crusader for healthy rivers. On a recent visit to India, he spoke with India Water Portal about the efforts to introduce the concept of environmental flows in hydropower-focused Nepal.
chicu  posted 1 year 3 weeks ago

Think livelihoods, not only jobs
The theme for the 2016 UN World Water Day is 'Water and Jobs'. What is your opinion of the chosen theme?
chicu  posted 1 year 1 month ago

One river, two names and a 14 year-long dispute
The Mandovi river is picture perfect. She is the wide, placid river fringed by the coconut palms and dotted by the boats that we think of when we think of Goa.
chicu  posted 1 year 1 month ago

Unnatural world: India's national parks and climate change
Forest guards in India have fought many things over time in the course of their daily work--poachers, irate citizens, even animals at times! But they are now facing a threat that may well be beyond their capacity to overcome. A threat that is not just responsible for the death of individual animals, but for the destruction of entire groups of species--climate change.
chicu  posted 1 year 2 months ago

The Last Builder of Naulas in Chatola, Nainital
No temple is as venerated in Uttarakhand as the little unassuming naulas. These small hut-like structures dot the mountains and hold within them a great treasure--water. Usually made of stone masonry with pyramid-like slate roofs, every naula respresents within it a residing spirit which can range from a simple stone piece to an ornately carved statue.
chicu  posted 1 year 3 months ago

Springs are more than just a source of water for humans
"If you do good work on the ground, policy will happen", says Himanshu Kulkarni of ACWADAM. This has proven to be in true at least in the case of springs.
chicu  posted 1 year 4 months ago