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...

Forests have got enough food for us

Thursday, November 6, 2014
If maintained sustainably, forest can also be a source of income for the communities. Here villagers packing Sitaphal (sweet apple) in Udaipur district, Rajasthan.

Forests have been serving as food basket of several communities across India. Tribals have been traditionally sourcing their diet from forests. The cultivated lands, on the other hand, face starvation deaths in times of drought or flood as there’...

The RTI story in graphs

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
RTI's implementation has not improved much over the years.

The Right To Information Act has been the only law which allows Indians power to question the government through a simple process. But over the years, several bottlenecks have cropped up.Lack of proactive disclosures, indifferent first appellate...

More power to the States

Sunday, November 2, 2014
Source: Bin im Garten/Wikimedia Commons

The Centre-State relations have always been under strain especially when opposite political parties are heading the two governments. Most of the bickering is either due to fund allocation or matters of jurisdiction. It’s the subjects under the...

From starvation deaths to surplus

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Women farmers have led to the wave of change in Kashipur with organic farming.

Growing crops had never been easy in Kashipur. Farmers practised shifting cultivation, depending on rains to produce whatever little was possible on the rocky slopes. But with onslaught of bauxite mining, large scale felling of forest trees and...