'Pharma companies don't want any regulation'

Saturday, January 3, 2015
Protest against unregulated clinical trials. Source: Uday Foundation

Clinical trials in India have for long been inviting controversy due to lack of transparency and regulatory mechanism. While replying to a question in Rajya Sabha in March 2013, the then Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said 438 deaths took...

Deceived: The water carriers of Kangra

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
The distance between community and its resource leads to disaster in the long run.

Man has always been on quest of building new things. Even when there were no big machines and qualified engineers, the world had expert builders who shaped the earth into various forms to meet needs of the society. Kuhls of Himachal Pradesh are...

From field to CFL

Thursday, December 18, 2014
The huge biomass resource of India can overcome the energy deficit. Source: Ramjar/WikimediaCommons

Around a thousand families of Thalangi tribal hamlet in Coimbatore district received free television sets from the Tamil Nadu government in 2006. But these were of no use as the houses had no electricity supply. Kerosene was the main source of...

Death in their breaths

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Sandstone mines of Rajasthan are deathbeds for many. Source:GRAVIS

Though dust is of trivial significance to us, it kills millions of workers in Indian industries and mines. Silicosis, one of the many lung disorders caused by dust, is not only untreatable but also the commonest and most widespread of all...

Nature at my doorstep

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Home strengthens the man-nature bond.

From climate-friendly homes of yore to monotonous concrete and glass structures of today, we are losing out on aesthetics and warmth. Stone and timber houses of Himachal Pradesh, circular bhungas of Kutch, stone buildings of Rajasthan or bamboo...