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A new manifesto

Issue Date: Feb 29, 2004
Does holding the World Parliamentary Forum indicate the Left is using the event to resurrect itself?

The secret gardens of Malabar

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2003
The Dutch East India Company was formed c 1602. As the Dutch Armada set sail for the East Indies from Amsterdam, surgeons and apothecaries on the fleet were instructed by the great European renaissance botanist Carolus Clusius "to bring, laid between paper, branchless carrying leaves and fruits" foremost of commercially important spices and fruit trees but also from any "kind of trees that seem strange".

Don't make the world dysfunctional

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2003
It is interesting how the coalitions of the willing and the wanting shift in this world. When it comes to negotiations on ecological globalisation -- conventions from climate change to biodiversity protection -- the powers almost always align as follows: on one side, the US flanked by its partners (Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand); on the other the European Union (EU), supported willingly or hesitatingly by developing countries. But when it comes to negotiations on economic globalisation, the chessboard changes.

A foreign vocabulary

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2003
Why are we, as a nation, so non-serious about following through on actions? Is it the curse of a foreign language in which we act, but not think, that we pick up words and so believe the deed, too, is done? Take any major challenge that has confronted decision-making in the past and you will find this pattern: a vocabulary mastered; an intent not internalised. And policy never translated into effective practice.

"Massive assault"

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2003
On the Vietnam war: No war in the 20th century has seen as massive an assault on the environment. Some 70 million litres of Agent Orange, a herbicide and defoliant, and other toxic chemicals were rampantly used by us armed forces. It completely destroyed about 10 per cent of forests in South Vietnam, including a third of coastal mangroves -- the lifeline for fish stocks and crucial to sustaining coastal ecology.

'Supercede capital'

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2002
Read a review of Joel Kovel's book THE ENEMY OF NATURE

Green laws

Author(s): Milind Sathe
Issue Date: Jul 15, 2002
When the Republic of India began its democratic journey in the 1950s, people were given incentives to cut and clear forests to bring more land under cultivation and help alleviate poverty. This scenario has turned full circle today, with every inch of forest cover being protected as sacred.

Roots breathing heavy

Author(s): Nitin Sethi
Issue Date: Dec 15, 2001
at first glance, the photographs on display fail to stir one's imagination. The vast mangrove forests along the Orissa coastline are just as picturesque as any other, with little pretension of offering a novel experience. In other words, the work focussing on the natural and supernatural, appears to be nothing out of the ordinary. The staccato scenes from the documentary, also being screened at the Delhi-based India International Centre's gallery, on the other hand, blast the comfort of a genteel ambience.

Himalaya's human face

Issue Date: May 31, 2001
The magic of the Himalaya is heady. It has led many researchers and travelers to record their impression of this mountain range. Himalaya : Life on the edge of the world, is one such labour of love by David Zurick and PP Karan both professors of geography at the Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky respectively.

Himalayan upheavals

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2000
it is difficult to categorise Natural Premises: Ecology and Peasant Life in the Western Himalaya 1800-1950. It unveils changes in the society, geo-politics, political economy and ecology of the western Himalaya. The book contributes to understanding the region better.
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