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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 6 days 8 hours 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 1 week 5 days 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 1 month 4 days 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 2 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 2 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 5 months 2 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 6 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 6 months 2 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 7 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 8 months 6 days 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 9 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 9 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 11 months 1 week 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 11 months 4 weeks 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 days ago
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Knowing Kamla’s sorrow could control Bihar 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 1 year 2 months ago
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Sailing the ocean to save marine life
He is called Mobi Dick's Avenger.
chicu  posted 1 year 2 months ago
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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 1 year 3 months ago
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"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 1 year 3 months ago
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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 4 months ago

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