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The sea mouths crisis
Lingaraj Jena is a worried man. At 86, he is one of the older fishermen in Berhampura village, an island on the Chilika lake in Odisha. Though he no longer goes for fishing due to old age, he is worried about the opening of new sea mouths; he knows it is not good news for the fishing communities he is a part of that depend on the Chilika for their livelihood.
makarandpurohit  posted 1 week 3 days ago
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Saving the Ganga, one step at a time
An aerospace engineer from IIT, Kharagpur, Siddharth Agarwal could have been drawing a fancy salary like any other 25-year-old if he hadn’t followed his passion.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 weeks 6 days ago
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Breathing life into Baitarani
Pranab Choudhury has been actively engaged with the causes of the poor and the environment for more than a decade.
makarandpurohit  posted 1 month 6 days ago
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Twin lakes of Bhoj
The Bhoj wetland is situated in the heart of Bhopal district in Madhya Pradesh. The wetland consists of two man-made lakes--the upper lake and the lower lake.
makarandpurohit  posted 1 month 3 weeks ago
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Maha battle over water
It’s a battle that dates back to 1957. Two states of India--Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Odisha--have fought fiercely over the water of the Mahanadi they share. When Chhattisgarh was carved out of MP in 2000, it inherited both the Mahanadi and the conflict with Odisha over its water.
makarandpurohit  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Saving inland fisherfolk
In his late 30s, Nilesh Heda is a renowned expert on issues related to fishing communities and wetland ecology. While doing his PhD on fish diversity, he worked with the fishing communities in Vidarbha in Maharashtra.
makarandpurohit  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Water not for profit
In August 2016, the Karnataka government gave Abu Dhabi-based businessman B.R. Shetty permission to privatise the iconic Jog Falls to make it a perennial waterfall and to develop it into a tourism hotspot.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 months 2 days ago
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A losing battle
At the recently concluded Woodpecker International Film Festival held at Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi, Abdul Rashid, who works for Educational Multimedia Research Centre (EMMRC) in the University of Kashmir, was awarded Young Green Filmmaker 2016.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 months 1 week ago
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Voices that go unheard
Minket Lepcha always felt close to nature and the environment since her childhood, thanks to her upbringing in the picturesque Darjeeling. Though she had spent many years in Delhi, studying and working in corporate firms, her interest in community development, environment and culture brought her back to her home town. 
makarandpurohit  posted 3 months 1 week ago
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When in drought, save the livestock
The Marathwada and Vidarbha region of Maharashtra have been witnessing drought and drinking water crises for a long time. A drought situation always makes headlines for its impact on human lives, but rarely for the effect it has on the livelihoods of these farmers. Livestock are their lifeline and extreme climatic variations are bound to affect them adversely.
makarandpurohit  posted 4 months 6 days ago
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Water for everyone
The management of water resources in India has always been a challenge. From the British era till now, the various governments that ruled India have grappled with the fundamental issue of water equity. 
makarandpurohit  posted 4 months 1 week ago
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Damn the dams, say the displaced
"If you are to suffer, you should suffer in the interest of the country.” - Jawaharlal Nehru, speaking to villagers who were to be displaced by the Hirakud Dam in 1948.
makarandpurohit  posted 4 months 2 weeks ago
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Rejuvenating traditional water system in Maharashtra
Malguzari tanks were ponds made for water harvesting by the Malguzaars, who were zamindars or tenants in eastern Vidarbha, Maharashtra two centuries ago.These tanks provided water for irrigation and also increased the availability of fish for local consumption.
makarandpurohit  posted 5 months 2 weeks ago
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Living in fear of water
Farmer Ravikant Deshmukh (40) is a much worried man. He lives in Kudari Dalli in Balod district in Chhattisgarh, a village that would get affected adversely if Mohar reservoir project takes off. The project, once realised, is estimated to submerge the agricultural land and houses of 1200 villagers in Kudari Dalli.
makarandpurohit  posted 5 months 2 weeks ago
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State does a Nero while Kharun weeps
At sunrise, everything is luminous but not clear.  ― Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
makarandpurohit  posted 6 months 3 days ago
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Pipara women realise pipe dream
The cracks on the parched land of Bundelkhand are waiting for the monsoon to quench the thirst of its arid landscape. Despite the wide-spread drought here, Pipara, one of the villages in the region, stands apart as the only one that has not run completely dry. 
makarandpurohit  posted 6 months 2 weeks ago
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Farm ponds save village from drought
Vikram Patel, a 71-year-old farmer in Chidavad village of Dewas district in Madhya Pradesh is one of the first farmers to have embraced the idea of farm ponds to increase the groundwater level in his farm.
makarandpurohit  posted 7 months 8 hours ago
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Simhastha leaves farmers fuming
Ramesh Mali, a farmer in his late thirties, looks at his farmland nervously. It has been 13 days since the Simhastha Maha Kumbh festival, 2016, concluded. The district administration had acquired his four bigha land (approximately 0.64 hectares) for the festival. The barricades and the concrete left on his land give us the idea that the land is not fit for farming this season.
makarandpurohit  posted 7 months 1 week ago
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At Simhastha, government fishes in Kshipra’s troubled waters
The Madhya Simhastha Maha Kumbh festival, the religious extravaganza that happens once in every 12 years, was held in Ujjain from April 22-May 21, 2016.
makarandpurohit  posted 7 months 2 weeks ago
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Mangrove nurseries protect coasts and livelihoods
Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur are among the most vulnerable districts affected by cyclones and climate change in coastal Odisha. In the last few decades, the coasts of Odisha have witnessed three major devastating storms.
makarandpurohit  posted 8 months 1 week ago

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