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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 2 years 9 months 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 2 years 10 months 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 2 years 10 months 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 2 years 10 months 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 2 years 11 months 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 2 years 11 months 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 2 years 12 months 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 3 years 1 week 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 3 years 3 weeks 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 3 years 1 month ago
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At Simhastha, govt 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 3 years 1 month 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 3 years 2 months ago
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Government schemes converge at Sarda Panchayat in Sambalpur, Odisha
Since India became independent in 1947, the central and state governments have introduced various rural development schemes, and have been trying to get them to converge. While this effort hasn't been as impactful on a large scale, there are some success stories. Sarda Panchayat in Sambalpur, Odisha is one.   
makarandpurohit  posted 3 years 2 months ago
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'The Dying Springs of Chirimiri'
Chirimiri Coalfield is a part of Central India Coalfields, located in Koriya district, Chhattisgarh.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 years 3 months ago
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Villagers in Puri, Odisha return to agriculture after a 32 year hiatus
Water logging has been a persistent problem for farmers in the coastal areas of Puri, Odisha. Construction of national highways has affected the natural water drainage system and has changed the lands of thousands of farmers since 1980.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 years 4 months ago
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Water for Profit: Experiences from America and India
In January 2016, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Employees Union and residents of Nagpur yet again protested the privatisation of water services in the city.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 years 4 months ago
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5 crore people cleanse themselves at the cost of 5000
The Ujjain Simhastha (Kumbh Mela) in Madhya Pradesh will begin on April 22, 2016 and go on for a month. The event, held once every 12 years, holds religious significance to Hindus, and throngs of people--approximately 5 crore over the month--take a holy dip in the Kshipra river during this time.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 years 4 months ago
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Preparing for the Ujjain Simhastha Kumbh Mela
The Ujjain Simhastha Kumbh Mahaparva is one of the four Kumbha Melas, which is held once in 12 years.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 years 4 months ago
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Floating gardens for the landless
The coastal district of Puri in Odisha is infested with water hyacinth. In 1982, 10 million people and 3 million hectares of agricultural land was affected by floods causing the water hyacinth to increase to such an extent that it has affected the lives and livelihood of communities for almost three decades.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 years 4 months ago
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Rice-fish culture transforms the lives of cyclone-hit farmers in Odisha
Coastal regions of Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha have been hit by cyclonic storms for more than two decades.
makarandpurohit  posted 3 years 6 months ago

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