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Are people in villages less thirsty?
In India, there has been a stunning growth of inequality in the last 25 years and a spectacular growth of inequality in the last 15 years. It is not just a question of wealth and income; inequality is visible in every sector. It is visible in water whether (it is) water for irrigation or drinking water.
chicu  posted 5 days 8 hours ago
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What it means to be water rich
I grew up in the Konkan, drinking water from a well that was filled by rainwater, filtered through the area's laterite aquifers and “fortified” by the leaves shed by the jackfruit tree above it. And then I moved to Pune, where I came across a cloudy, salty, heavy liquid that passed for water.
chicu  posted 6 days 21 hours ago
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Let’s buck up and deal with deluge
It was supposed to be a normal monsoon as Indian Meteorological Department had predicted. But barring the central plateau, the rest of India may be forgiven for thinking that the Biblical deluge has come a second time.
chicu  posted 1 month 1 week ago
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Tel Aviv, we are looking for water
After a gap of 67 years, the Indian Prime Minister made an official visit to Israel this year.
chicu  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Catch them young
The children of Shri Ram Vidya Mandir in Dotiyal in Almora district of Uttarakhand were hushed as they entered the hall. Within 15 minutes, they were all giggling in anticipation of the fun of learning something new. This is one of the schools where students are taught the basics of hydrogeology and water quality.
chicu  posted 1 month 2 weeks ago
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Seven decades of water woes
In the early half of the last century, two people in love with each other worked in their own separate ways to create the India of their dreams. Venkapaiyya worked in the district court at Kasargod, Kerala eventually retiring a few years before India became independent and spent his days administering the laws of British India.
chicu  posted 2 months 1 week ago
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Bad times at Baddi
When Satya Devi was a child, the open well near her house in the village of Malku Majra was the water source for the household. She reminisces, “The water was clean and soft. The well would never go dry.
chicu  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Renuka raises crucial questions
When I meet Puran Chand, an activist in the forefront of the anti-Renuka dam struggle, he dictates from the two much-thumbed pages of his notebook the several objections he has against the government’s plan for the rehabilitation of people displaced by the Renuka dam.
chicu  posted 3 months 1 week ago
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River health goes south
Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa, all located in the west of India, have rivers belonging to several different basins. With the exception of rivers in Rajasthan that drain into the Yamuna basin, the other rivers in these states either drain into the Bay of Bengal via the peninsular basins or run from the Western Ghats and into the Arabian sea.
chicu  posted 4 months 2 weeks ago
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Why rivers don’t flow anymore
Rivers in India are always in the news whether it’s the interstate water sharing disputes, dams, sand mining or the recent order of the Uttarakhand high court declaring Ganga and Yamuna as living entities. Seven major river systems, over 400 rivers and numerous streams have sustained lives and livelihoods in India for centuries.
chicu  posted 4 months 2 weeks ago
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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 7 months 3 weeks ago
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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 8 months 1 week ago
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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 8 months 3 weeks ago
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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 9 months 2 weeks ago
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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 10 months 1 week ago
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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 11 months 1 week ago
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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 11 months 3 weeks ago
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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 1 year 1 month ago
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Farakka faces a barrage of criticism
The chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, called for the decommissioning of the Farakka barrage recently.
chicu  posted 1 year 1 month ago
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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 1 year 2 months ago

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