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Ecology

Talk to neighbours

Issue Date: Feb 29, 2012
Down To Earth has been consistently arguing that people’s self-management is the best way to deal with the critical ecological problems facing India. This is a powerful thesis based on real-life experience of village communities that are actively battling ecological decline and the crises in their daily lives. During the past few months, India has suffered the traumatic experience of being rocked by communal disharmony. Can participatory politics help in the maintenance of urban communal harmony and peace and produce the same positive results as it does when dealing with rural natural resource management?

Reservoir of dams

Issue Date: May 15, 2008
Once you reach Lower Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, you know you have stepped into the shadowy side of "shining" India--the cell phone stops catching signals, the roads are worn out and the electricity supply, erratic. If you drive 40 km out of its district headquarters Roing to Nizam Ghat and then trek for three hours in Mishmi hills, you will reach Pather Camp, a nowhere destination in absolute wilderness. A helipad is the last thing you will expect here. Yet there it stands, a testimony to the importance of this place.

How green is your building?

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2007

OFFICIALLY BANKRUPT

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2004
One stove, one pot What eco-development means to people in Nagarhole

Back To Beginning

Issue Date: May 31, 2002
After 20 years If the bombs didn't kill, the land will. Afghanistan's natural resources are all but dead

Orphans of the river

Issue Date: Feb 15, 2002
Kagjitola Bhagalpur Bihar. The struggle of 500 families on the banks of the Ganga is to the country's fisherfolk what the Chipko movement was to the forest people of India. In early 1980sit fought a successful battle against landlords and forced the state government to allow traditionalfisherfolk to fish in all the rivers of the state. Now Kagjitola's fishercommunity is on the verge of extinction.

A look at the future

Issue Date: Mar 31, 1999

When the old gods died

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1998
this is an amazing story. A story that shows that India can start eradicating poverty very fast and very cheaply. This is the story of the degradation and the regeneration of Jhabua - a poor tribal district of Madhya Pradesh bordering Gujarat. In 1985, when I first visited the district, I thought I had been catapulted to the moon.

Relevance of history

Author(s): Max Martin
Issue Date: Jun 30, 1997
POLITICAL history cannot be separated from cultural history, and cultural history is not a catalogue of events or a roster of events or a roster of personages, but an unfolding process of interaction between humans and nature. German scholar Leopald von Ranke, the father of modern positivist history, defined its objective in 1830 as the process of " acquiring knowledge about human affairs".

Will the Aral Sea ever come back?

Issue Date: Nov 15, 1995
IN SEPETEMBER 1995, the presidents of the five republics which constitute the watershed of the Aral Sea - Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan met in Nukus, the capital of Karakalpakstan, the autonomous republic of Uzbekistan (the worst affected by the tragedy). This was the fourth meeting of the presidents within three years.
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