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What it takes to clean India
Sajan, a 14 year old Bhilala Adivasi boy studying in the Rani Kajal school in Kakrana in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh says, "We now save a lot of time as we bathe in the bathrooms and defecate in the toilets rather than in the open fields; and so we study better".
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 7 months ago
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Sustainable practices in slash-and-burn lands in Nagaland
A thick smog and haze eclipse the sun all through the day when jhum areas are burnt. Jhum, known as shifting cultivation a practice practice inv
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 7 months ago
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A pond comes to life
It had not rained for awhile and the tiny cracks in the earth in Bapugaon were opening up. This little village in Chaksu tehsil of Jaipur was yet again faced with a drought in the mid 1980s. The situation was aggravated in 1986 when the river Dhund, an important water source for Bapugaon, went dry. Since then, both the quantity and quality of water started deteriorating.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 9 months ago
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Polavaram--solution or problem?
Papi kondalu, a scenic gorge located on the lower stretches of the Godavari, will soon be engulfed within the controversial Polavaram Dam. The river serves as a visitor’s delight as it winds through the hills--the same hills that are home to primitive tribal groups such as the Kondareddys.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 9 months ago
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Bisalpur revisited--10 years after protesters were shot, killing 5
Ten years ago five farmers were shot protesting the diversion of waters from Bisalpur dam to Jaipur city, located about 130 kms away.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 9 months ago
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Kaun kitne paani mein: Movie review
‘Kitna shaant hai ye paani, aur iske liye yeh rajniti’ (the water is so still, yet there is politics around it).
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 9 months ago
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The curious case of Kolkata's missing water bodies
Mohit Ray of Vasundhara has written two books--"Five Thousand Mirrors: The Water Bodies of Kolkata”
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Colourful fabrics lead to murky waters
Amanishah nallah flowing through Sanganer, a town located 15 kms from Jaipur, is getting murkier by the day as the the textile hand printing industry in the area is getting more prosperous.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Delhi’s Bhalaswa landfill contaminates groundwater
With more than 8360 tons of trash created daily in Delhi, the city has three trash pile sites at Bhalaswa, Ghazipur and Okhla. In these sites technically known as landfills, garbage is buried between layers of earth to build up low-lying lands.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Flawed embankment strategy converts Bihar into a watery grave
Dr. Dinesh Kumar Mishra of Barh Mukti Abhiyaan, an authority on the river network of North Bihar speaks to India Water Portal about the flood problems, the skewed flood control policy of the Government, the Kosi breach of 2008 and the gargantuan interlinking of rivers project.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 11 months ago
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Hindon clean-up, a prerequisite to cleaning the Ganga
Come monsoon and the situation in the Hindon river is truly troubling. Large stretches of the river continue to suffer toxic contamination.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 11 months ago
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What are the odds of a dam burst?
One of history’s worst dam bursts took place in Gujarat in 1979 when the four-kilometer long Machhu Dam II on the Machhu River collapsed. This led to a deluge in the industrial city of Morbi located five kilometers downstream as well as surrounding rural areas destroying thousands of homes and lives. While this was a tragedy, it was by no means an isolated one.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 11 months ago
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Groundwater as Commons demonstrated in Mahbubnagar, Telangana
By the year 2000, farmers in Mahbubnagar, Telangana could see how risky their investments on groundwater had become. The area barely received 600 mm of annual rainfall, and just 15 percent of its area was under irrigation.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 3 years 11 months ago
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Udaipur's water threatened by India's largest reserve of phosphate
Huddled in the Aravali range in the southern part of Rajasthan about 26 km from Udaipur, is the largest reserve of phosphate in India.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 2 days ago
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Farmers field school in Jharkhand shows the way in integrated farming
Chedua Bedia is a 47-year-old marginal farmer from Dubulabeda village, Angara block of Ranchi district. In addition to being a successful farmer, Chedua has founded a school and motivates other farmers from his village to attend classes!
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 1 week ago
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Two states and a dam row
While the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have opposing stands on the Mullaperiyar dam, civil society actors have provided alternatives to the old dam whose decommissioning is bound to happen sooner or later. They have also pointed out the inappropriateness of building a new dam on Mullaperiyar.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 1 week ago
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Women assert their space under the sun
When Satya was asked by the Sarpanch to opt for the position of a worksite supervisor as a Mate, she was thrilled at the prospect of a better life. Brought up in Murayur village in Sivagangai district, Tamil Nadu, she knew how tough agricultural wage labour work was. While her mother left her with grandparents, her father also took on menial jobs and errands from big farmers.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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Niyamagiri hills get temporary respite from Vedanta
The Niyamagiri hills in the Eastern Ghats is peopled by indigenous groups such as the Dongria and Kutia Kondhs -- or 'primitive tribal groups’ in official phrasing. For them, these hills which spread over 300 sq kms in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts in southwestern Orissa, is the sacred abode of Niyamraja, their God.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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Facing uncertain rains, farmers dig in
Amulya Soren couldn’t get stable yields in the kharif (monsoon) paddy in his farm. A member of the Santhal tribe, he was the beneficiary of a surplus land redistribution programme in Hirbandh block of Bankura, West Bengal. The undulating terrain in which his farm lies receives sufficient rainfall of about 1000 mm a year, yet sufficient irrigation was an issue.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 2 months ago
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Unpacking the water and sanitation budget
What does slashed funding for the water and sanitation sector in this year’s budget mean? Is the government’s claim that the states will get more money because of the latest Finance Commission recommendation, spot on? Sona Mitra and Kanika Kaul of the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CGBA) shed light on these at the All India Convention on the Right to Sanitation.
Amita Bhaduri  posted 4 years 2 months ago

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