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Why a right to sanitation is necessary
Indian activists have been campaigning for the last three years for a justiciable right to water and sanitation.
chicu  posted 3 years 8 months ago
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Water treated royally in Mandu's Jahaz Mahal (Ship Palace)
Ghiyas-ud-din-khilji is a man about whom history is confused. Contemporary records speak of 'a lover of peace, particular in his daily prayers'.
chicu  posted 3 years 9 months ago
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Groundwater: It's not a source, it’s a resource
Springs play an important role in the daily lives of thousands of communities in the hills and mountains of the Himalayas. However, in many places once reliable springs are drying up, presenting rural communities, and women in particular, with new challenges.
chicu  posted 3 years 9 months ago
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Why did Urmila have to suffer?
Urmila can neither walk upright, nor run about, nor do her chores easily. She is loved in her parents' house and they do not grudge her the extra care she requires. In rural India, this state of affairs does not last long for a girl, especially since she's only six years old. 
chicu  posted 3 years 9 months ago
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Mantra for the Char Dham: Don't Panic!
'To be or not to be' may well be the new mantra for people undertaking the Himalayan Char Dham pilgrimage this year.
chicu  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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How Bandu Singh recovered hope
Bandu Singh, a lean old man aged around 60, has spent his entire life living in a small mud house in Kaalapani, a small village located in Manawar block of Dhar district, Madhya Pradesh. Kaalapani has a population of 849 people of which 99.41% (as per Census 2011) are listed as belonging to Schedule Tribes (ST).   The area
chicu  posted 3 years 10 months ago
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Barefoot hydrogeologists: The next generation
I first met Kunti and Priya at a meeting of the Springs Initiative, which is a network of organisations and individuals working across India to restore their springs.
chicu  posted 3 years 11 months ago
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Abandoned dams; abandoned people
Kanhar, 1976; Polavaram 1941. These are just two of the several dam projects that were proposed decades ago but are yet to see the light of day.
chicu  posted 3 years 12 months ago
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Kanhar: To be or not to be?
The last month has been one of great activity around the illegal construction of the Kanhar dam in Sonebhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.
chicu  posted 4 years 1 day ago
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Don't forget this Ambedkar Jayanti
If Babasaheb Ambedkar had been alive today -- April 14, 2015 -- he would have been 125 years old. In the predominantly tribal and dalit district of Sonbhadra, it was natural that Gambhira Prasad, President of the Kanhar Bandh Virodhi Sangharsh Samiti (KBVSS), decided to mark the day.
chicu  posted 4 years 1 week ago
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India's largest springs mapping exercise begins in Meghalaya
World Water Day 2015 proved to be significant to the people of Meghalaya. That day is when the state's Springshed Management Initiative was launched.
chicu  posted 4 years 2 weeks ago
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An intimate relationship: how rivers, humans and animals coexist
“Every inch of our planning is directed towards human beings. At least leave environmental flows alone!”, said the professor, revealing a side to himself that I had not dreamt existed.
chicu  posted 4 years 3 weeks ago
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Don't just hide waste!
Bihar is working hard to achieve total sanitation. Sanjay Kumar Sinha, of  the Public Health Engineerng Department spoke about Bihar's efforts in this direction during a conference on the Right to Sanitation.
chicu  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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Cursed by greed: The Falgu river
The story of the Falgu is one of greed. Unlike most other rivers, the Falgu is not just a victim of greed, but also an oppressor -- she oppressed none other than Sita herself as she flowed through Gaya in Bihar. The story
chicu  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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A speed limit on river use
Professor Jay O'Keeffe is well-known to all those who are interested in the concept of environmental flow releases. The Professor has been involved in this, all over the world, since the seventies.
chicu  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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Righting an insanitary wrong
SOPPECOM and Water Aid have been working for the last three years on the right to water and sanitation. They have engaged in consultations with people across the nation, and used these discussions to articulate their campaign demands. The campaign has also come up with a wealth of resources on the topic but what does this right to sanitation entail? Mamata Dash explains.
chicu  posted 4 years 1 month ago
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Keepers of a complex irrigation system in Bihar
For as long as local records exist, the countryside of  South Bihar has witnessed a lone man striding across the fields night and day. In the past, he was accompanied by a lantern and a lathi. Today, his companions are a bicycle and a mobile phone. He is the Bandhwe, a man charged with overseeing the irrigation channels of the area.
chicu  posted 4 years 2 months ago
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The pond with a purpose
The Bhuiyas, a group of people who belong to the Scheduled Castes in Jharkhand and Bihar, have historically been landless foragers -- a fact reflected in their name which means 'of the earth'.
chicu  posted 4 years 2 months ago
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Studying springs: A matter of life and death
Hydrogeology has, before this, been considered a highly specialised field known only to dedicated academics.
chicu  posted 4 years 3 months ago
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'Ganga Maiyya ki Jai': Uma Bharti at the Ganga Mahasabha
Banaras has always been identified with Baba Vishwanath but Modiji said that he had been called here by the Ganga. Ganga was thus present in the election atmosphere. When he extended the cabinet, he established a ministry for the Ganga. Some unprecedented things have happened in these elections.
chicu  posted 4 years 4 months ago

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