‘Think people, not vehicles’

Thursday, March 5, 2015
The vehicle population in India increased from 5 million in 1980 to 145 million in 2011. Source: Tamal Mitra

In India, only 4 per cent of transportation is by private cars; but these contribute 20 per cent of passenger transport emission. Width of the roads becomes inadequate and cannot be increased due to crowding of buildings on both sides. The policy...

Irony of Indian farms

Sunday, February 22, 2015
Rural India has 90.2 million agricultural families with an average monthly income of just Rs 6,426.

It's an open secret that agriculture in India is stagnating. The latest situation assessment survey done by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) paints a bleaker picture. Rural India has 90.2 million agricultural families with an...

'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...