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Pest fest on paddy fields
It is that time of the year when the empty granaries wait for the maturing paddy to fill them. Kati Bihu or Kongali Bihu (Kongal means poor while Kati is the Assamese seventh month where farmers await their harvest) is the most placid of the three Bihus (Assamese agriculture festival) celebrated without much pomp or splendour.
Usha Dewani  posted 2 months 2 weeks ago
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Of broken pots and dreams
Women in Salmora area of Majuli, the world’s largest riverine island and India’s first island district, practise their traditional form of pottery--the one that does not use a wheel but is hand beaten to shape and uses a viscid kind of clay. As the Brahmaputra eats away huge swathes of land year after year, the clay that these potters use is being taken away by the river. 
Usha Dewani  posted 3 months 3 weeks ago
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Majuli: A hungry river and a succumbing island
Brahmaputra is the highest siltation-carrying river in the world, and controlling erosion is not easy. Because of its characteristics, it does not have a parallel with any other river in the world. Mythologically also, the Brahmaputra has always been a disturbed river, highly meandering, says Gunajeet Kashyap (ACS), Election Officer, Majuli.
Usha Dewani  posted 3 months 3 weeks ago
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Forgotten water bearers of Guwahati
Guwahati, one of the fastest growing cities in India, is thousands of years old. Once known as Pragjyotishpura or the city of eastern light, Guwahati has many ancient stories attached to it. This beautiful city finds mention in epics such as Ramayana, Mahabharata and the Puranas.
Usha Dewani  posted 3 months 4 weeks ago
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Children of a lesser God
In what is considered the worst flood in a decade, the flood in Assam this year has swept over 2,800 villages away and submerged more than two lakh hectares of crop. More than 26 lakh people have been affected in 28 out of 34 districts of the state.
Usha Dewani  posted 5 months 1 week ago
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Community effort saves mangroves
Come monsoon, the villages in the Sundarbans islands witness nature’s fury with floodwaters overriding all boundaries and inundating huge tracts of land. As such, the earthen embankments, stretching to 3600 kms on the 54 inhabited islands out of a total of 102 in the Sundarbans, protect scores of people from floods and tidal waves.
Usha Dewani  posted 5 months 2 weeks ago
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Kolkata's ponds on shaky ground
Urban water bodies have an important role in the urban ecology. It is not just a source or water collected somewhere but is an integral part of life--a haven for different types of trees, insects, birds and small animals.
Usha Dewani  posted 7 months 2 weeks ago
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Water is more than a job for them
"A job isn’t just a job. It’s who you are". That quote seems to define the five people who are being honoured for their extraordinary dedication in ensuring water to the people in Nagaon and the newly declared Hojai district of Assam.
Usha Dewani  posted 10 months 2 days ago
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The semi-arid regions of the Moyar-Bhavani basin
Today's rural poor operate in highly risky and uncertain environments. Grappling with multiple stresses like eroding natural resources, poor assets and increasing climate variability, they are constantly adjusting their lives and livelihoods--changing a crop grown, digging another well, or migrating to a nearby town.
Usha Dewani  posted 1 year 18 hours ago
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Lessons on ecology from the Apatani tribe in Ziro Valley
Ziro Valley, which figures in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites as a unique cultural landscape, sits at a height of 5600 feet in Arunachal Pradesh. It is inhabited by the Apatani tribe who are completely confined to the valley.
Usha Dewani  posted 1 year 1 day ago
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Life and water at Rachenahalli lake
Rachenahalli is one of the few living lakes in north Bangalore. It is connected to water bodies upstream and downstream, particularly Jakkur Lake on the north-east. Both these lakes have been rejuvenated at substantial costs by the Bangalore Development Authority over the last decade.
Usha Dewani  posted 1 year 3 weeks ago
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Tea trouble brewing in Assam
Assam, which lies on either side of the Brahmaputra River and borders Bangladesh and Myanmar, is the world's largest tea-growing region (Wikipedia). According to estimates by the Tea Board of India in 2007, the state has 3.11 lakh hectares of area u
Usha Dewani  posted 1 year 1 month ago
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Seven years after Cyclone Alia, farming that nurtures food and faith in the Sunderbans
“Another flood like Aila should never happen again, but if it does, we have the knowledge to start working on our soil again”, remarks Binota Munda of Nebukhali village in Hingalganj block, North
Usha Dewani  posted 1 year 3 months ago
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Catching rain in the land of "too much water"
Even in the remotest village of Assam, you would often find one saying ‘paanir nisina daam’ (meaning as cheap as water) or ‘paanir nisina xorol’ (as simple as water) over a good bargain or an easy task. Water is, almost always, associated with simplicity and abundance. But those were the good old days.
Usha Dewani  posted 1 year 4 months ago
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The sacred springs of Sikkim
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase". - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Usha Dewani  posted 1 year 6 months ago
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Sikkim conserves its Tsomgo lake
There are about 227 lakes and wetlands in Sikkim, many of which are revered by the people as holy.
Usha Dewani  posted 1 year 6 months ago
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Stained teeth, weak bones and untimely death -- all caused by contaminated water
"When I wake up in the morning, I feel like a normal person, but when I get up, I realize that I cannot walk properly. I feel like running but I cannot", laments Md. Manik Uddin. This isn't unique to just Manik. Many others of Tapatjuri village in Nagaon, Assam feel the same.
Usha Dewani  posted 1 year 6 months ago
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First Sikkim, now Meghalaya springs hope!
Meghalaya boasts one of the rainiest places on the planet at Cherrapunjee, receiving over 11,000 mm of annual rainfall. Yet, despite all the rain, water availability remains a problem for many rural and urban communities across the State. Natural springs that have provided drinking water for generations are in crisis.
Usha Dewani  posted 1 year 7 months ago
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Arid, but water secure in Kutch
For many in Rapar taluka of Kutch, migration was a way of life due to the absence of rainfall; they went in search of greener pastures. But when the people realised their collective potential and how they could use it to resolve water scarcity in their villages, there was no stopping them ,and the compulsion to migrate reduced.
Usha Dewani  posted 1 year 11 months ago
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My disappearing land: Majuli
The Brahmaputra, one of the mightiest rivers in the world, has many stories to tell as it journeys from Tibet through India and finally finds its way to the Bay of Bengal. Sadly, many of these tales are not happy. Known for its disastrous flooding, the monsoon season is play time for the river.
Usha Dewani  posted 2 years 2 weeks ago

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