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Mr Modi, Wish us a Happy Environment Day

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Issue Date: Jun 4, 2014
Posted on: 4 Jun, 2014

Bhutan’s experiments with happiness

Author(s): Nitya Jacob 
Issue Date: Oct 31, 2013
Tucked away in the Himalaya to the north-east of India is a tiny country that has taken the world by surprise. About 40 years ago, Bhutan, then a medieval Buddhist kingdom, opened its borders and joined the modern world. But it did not lose the balance. Instead, it gained an almost mythical status, largely for its pursuit of an elusive concept—national happiness. See also:  Great white hope Trek, pray, smile USP underplayed Subsistence affluence Bhutan’s modern face Happily bound  

Dongrias decide

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2013

Letters - March 15, 2013

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2013
A seductive mirage We at Auroville Consulting have closely followed the “crashing down” of solar prices as mentioned in the editorial, “Clouds over solar” (January 16-31, 2013), and would like to share a few observations.

Bamboo rising

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2013
Nobody in Loyendi village keeps track of time. But for its 150-odd residents, December 7, 2012, is a day to remember. “It is our independence day,” says village elder Petra Kanhara. On this day, the village in Odisha’s Kandhamal district got community right over 20 mountains full of forests under the Forest Rights Act (FRA).

The Kani learning

Author(s): M Suchitra
Issue Date: Oct 15, 2012

10 villages to get forest benefits

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2012
IN A first-of-its-kind move, the Maharashtra forest department has decided to pay 10 villages their share of benefits under the Joint Forest Management (JFM) scheme. A total of Rs 74,51,063 will be paid to eight villages in Gadchiroli district and two in Gondia district.

Jarawas: to protect or not

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2012
A RECENTLY released video showing Jarawa women dancing in front of tourists has triggered a debate on whether the ancient tribe of Andaman and Nicobar Islands should be brought into the mainstream. In this context, an expert committee of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has recommended the Central government should not alter the policy of protecting the Jarawas from exposure to the outside world until studies are conducted on their concerns and aspirations. The Jarawas, whose population is just about 300, are known to have little immunity to outside illnesses.

Wealth of forests withheld

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2011
Some 40 years ago an experiment began in Arabari forest range of West Bengal that caught the fancy of the nation. The forest authorities roped in the people living in the area in regenerating degraded forests. In return they offered them a share in forest resources and revenue. It worked. Two decades later the Centre adopted the Arabari model to start the Joint Forest Management programme. The response was such that today it involves 25 million people.
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