How come Andhra is left out of the mining loot story ? It is good for the nation if we learn to keep environmental and...
The UN environment report states that Ganga would disappear by 2030.There would be no need to train engineers or even Ganga...
A report published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology suggests that babies of...
Features Editor with Down To Earth is interested in how history, culture and politics shape the environment, and hopes to be a food writer someday
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When May Day meant rebirth of the soil
Mahatma Gandhi never used the words environment protection. However what he said and did makes him an environmentalist. His writings are replete with remarks on the excesses of industrial society. Political psychologist and social theorist Ashis Nandy has written extensively on Gandhi. In a freewheeling chat with Kaushik Das Gupta he spoke on Gandhi's vision of social change, his critique of industrialisation and the way movements draw inspiration from Gandhi. Edited excerpts:
There is much in serious Mayan scholarship to assuage fears about the world ending on December 21, 2012
Water crisis behind the decline of Angkor Wat
Ten years ago Bangladesh’s rivers were deeper and hilsa plentiful. Silting, dams and pollution pushed the fisher into deep ocean leading to shortage and a ban on export to India in 2006. The Bangladesh fish wholesaler’s loss became Gujarat’s gain as increasingly hilsa from the Tapti and the Narmada feed the Kolkata market. Though people say the Gujarat hilsa tastes bland in comparison, the delectable fish from the Padma costs at least 500 rupees more. Kaushik Das Gupta travelled to Bangladesh to report on the hilsa’s shifting homebase
Kaushik Das Gupta attends a festival that celebrates endangered stories
The Inca empire thrived on innovations to boost maize production
The UK’s longest case was a PR disaster for the fast food giant
Automobiles were not the harbingers of good roads—at least not in USA
Biometry’s colonial roots
A typical Bengali meal is eaten course by course. Kaushik Das Gupta shows how the tradition helps refine taste buds
A priest-scientist to artists, dinosaurs have had their popularizers
Jagdish Gandhi wears many hats. A historian writing a book on Mumbai’s colonial past, he was among those responsible for restoring the Kutchh palace. He also filed a PIL to rescue the Mithi river. Kaushik Das Gupta spoke to him on this petition
Mike Hulmes interest in politics shows up in his research on climate change. Kaushik Das Gupta caught up with the former director of Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UK, at an event organized by the British Council. Edited excerpts
Book>>Report>>A moving story, but sans villains--humankind is pitted against nature's fury. But the Centralia inferno was created by sins on all sides. American coal barons mined the anthracite veins of Centralia until petroleum-based fuels became the rage, they then fled without bothering to clean up the mess
Film>> The Happening written & directed by Manoj Night Shyamalan
Book>> Jungle Capitalists by Peter Chapman Canongate Books, Edinburg
Report>>his is the autobiography of a man
Meinhard Von Gerkan, a partner in the German architectural firm GMP, was in Delhi recently to prospect for ventures in India, particularly in light of the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi. He speaks to Kaushik Das Gupta
Book >> 1491, New Revelations Of The Americas Before Columbus by Charles C Mann Vintage Books 2006
film>> The Right to Survive - Turtle Conservation and Fisheries Livelihoods • Directed by Rita Banerjee and Shilpi Banerjee • Produced by International Collective in Support of Fisherworkers
How Diego Garcia became a US military base
A dictator and a timber dealer fomented West Africa's civil wars
The mafia's control of garbage business
The US retains control over the Internet
The politics over smoke pollution dates back to the 13th century
Till very recently, it was taken for granted in India that film festivals were avenues, which encouraged critical voices. Selection committees were appointed on merit and not because of their malleability to the official line. Not anymore, if developments surrounding the Mumbai International Film Festival is anything to go by. Several hard-hitting films have been excluded from the festival for displeasing the ruling edict. But there is a silver lining...
What do people do when their livelihoods are threatened? How do they deal with a world that pushes them to the margins? Such issues were raised by nine documentaries at Jeevika 2003
Throughout the 1860s a frail young European woman with a medicine chest was a conspicuous presence at the women's ghats of the river Yamuna in Delhi. This was Priscilla Winter, an Anglican missionary who...
After he was done with the phonograph and the electric bulb, the American scientist Thomas Alva Edison focused his attention on a living doll with perfectly feminine features. For years the prolific inventor remained obsessed with the bizarre thought of little girls spewing forth from his factory, as if they were lamps or clocks. The endeavour was a disastrous failure, says the much acclaimed book...
Rivers are wellsprings of life. They give birth to civilisations, sustain livelihoods and sometimes even trigger wars. Rivers inspire awe and creativity. But in modern times, they are taken for granted: their flow checked by large dams, their waters sullied by dirt from our factories, the lives of those who live by their waters imperilled by the march of our supercilious civilisation. We are socialised very early in our lives to believe that scarce waters will flow towards us, regardless of whether we kill rivers and poison those who live by them..
An Elglish translation has been made exactly 300 years after the Hortus Malabricus was written, new, sinister designs seem to lurking behind it - biopiracy