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Should wildlife suffer in the name of water?
Set in India-ka-dil, Madhya Pradesh, is the unending expanse of Panna.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 years 9 months ago
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Empty fields remain as schemes fail
Phaguni Ho hails from East Singhbhum district in Jharkhand. Come March, Phaguni’s husband will migrate to Chennai to work as a daily wager at a construction site. Unable to handle the small farm in Singhbhum alone, she has given it on lease to another farmer. “I have to look after my four children and livestock.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 years 10 months ago
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Ways to keep arsenic away
For villagers at Madhusudan Kathi, the handpumps serving water from an unprotected source led to arsenic contamination, making water from these pumps risky to drink.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 years 10 months ago
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Dealing with urban waste
When it comes to managing huge piles of waste, Indian metros have a monumental task in hand. As per 2011 figures, Delhi is the biggest waste generator with 6800 tonnes of waste being produced daily.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 years 10 months ago
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Power crisis: Time to go green
Despite the severe water management crisis India is going through, hydro energy continues to be the second leading source of power, next only to thermal-based energy in the country. Hydropower generates over 16 percent of India’s electricity.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 years 11 months ago
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Water warriors at work
The pitiful state of some of the water bodies in the country, coupled with the sheer apathy of the government, have forced some well-meaning citizens to come out of their comfort zones and make a difference. Some of these efforts, like the Puttenahalli lake in Bengaluru that is now overflowing with clean water, have been successful, while others are ongoing.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 2 years 11 months ago
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Mines radiate disaster
The body of Guria Das looked like that of a three-year-old when she passed away at the age of 13. Guria was born in 1999 with a condition that constrained her growth. Her father, Chhatua Das recounts how Guria, unable to speak or move, communicated with him and his wife through gestures; a language that only the three of them could comprehend.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 6 days ago
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Riverbed off limits, farmers fume
Champa Devi has been working as a sharecropper on a two-acre farm at Nilothi village in west Delhi. Until a few years ago, the water she used for irrigation came from the Najafgarh drain that empties into the Yamuna river. This form of cultivation using waste water was a norm in the area till sometime ago.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 1 week ago
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Once a drain, now a sewer
Originally a darya (creek), locally known as Nizammuddin darya, Barapullah is a key drain of Delhi today. Barapullah gets its name from a pul (bridge) built across it by the then emperor Jahangir's chief eunuch, Mihir Banu Agha.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 1 month ago
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Subarnarekha is dying. Who’s responsible?
It would not be an exaggeration to say Subarnarekha (Line of gold) is a film that left an indelible mark on Indian cinema. The film, by Ritwik Ghatak, is inspired by a river by the same name and narrates the reality around the river which flows through the present day Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha, before draining into the Bay of Bengal.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 2 months ago
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Two states, a canal and a river
‘Jat’ reservation and the rampage on a canal
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 2 months ago
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A lac cooperative’s success story
The farmers of Jharkhand have long been depending on lac farming for their livelihood. Lac, a resin extensively used in preparation of a range of products - from cosmetics to ammunition - is cultivated on a variety of trees, mostly fruit-bearing and shady trees like Ber, Kusum, Palash and Sal.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 2 months ago
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Small scale fishworkers fishing for jobs elsewhere
Chinna, 35, harvests fish and is engaged on a piece rate basis by the local contractor who has rights to fishing in the village tank in Anantapur, Andhra Pradesh. At times, Chinna also uses family labour to complete his work.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 4 months ago
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Is Budget 2016 all about ‘Swachh Bharat’ and a rustic touch?
Is this year’s budget a mere continuation of the trajectory set last year in social sectors like drinking water, sanitation, employment guarantee and agriculture? Is the budgetary outlay for urban development responsive towards the drinking water and sanitation needs of vulnerable sections of society such as the urban poor and women? Does the budget hold appeal for India's rural poor?
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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Jharkhand's octogenarian water warrior
It was 1961. Simon Oraon, a Class IV school drop-out began his journey against drought in Bedo, a tribal block of Ranchi, Jharkhand. An idealistic young man, he along with his fellow villagers began constructing earthen dams to capture rainwater for recharging groundwater.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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Art of killing a river
Recent permission granted to the Art of Living to hold the World Culture Festival in the Yamuna floodplains points fingers yet again at the fact that not much has been done to assure its safety. The rapid encroachment of the Yamuna floodplain has raised a few questions. Can the river sustain the rampant commercialisation of its floodplains?
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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Budget needs to protect food security
With the budget 2016-17 round the corner what are the asks from the standpoint of food security? This year’s budget is being prepared in the wake of many parts of the country being affected by drought resulting in greater distress, hunger and starvation for a large number of people.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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Can Budget 2016-17 breathe life into the public health system?
Per a report by the Planning Commission, India’s burden of water borne diseases remains grossly underestimated. The improvements in access to drinking water has not been matched by a proportionate decline in deaths and illnesses from waterborne diseases.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 5 months ago
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Agriculture and informal sector labour need a budgetary push
Recent data from the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) as well as the Agriculture Census highlighted the plight of Indian farmers. Around 85 percent are small and marginal farmers with an average monthly income of only Rs. 4653, which is lesser than their monthly expenses. Debt rates are very high among farmers with an average loan of more than Rs.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 6 months ago
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Water and sanitation sector needs a budget push
While the WatSan sector has been prioritised in the country’s policy agenda through the launch of the Swachh Bharat Mission, last year’s budgetary outlay was way below desired levels.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 6 months ago

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