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Development

"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.

'Farmers will have no choice'

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2003
A new seed policy is on the anvil in Brazil. Why is it controversial?

'Give communities a say in tourism'

Issue Date: Nov 30, 2002
You are working on the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR)... Not really. I am working on the Corbett Binsar Nainital Ecotourism Initiative. We are trying to develop a framework in conservation and ecotourism. We are working in the area rimmed by ctr, Binsar Wildlife Sanctuary and Nainital. What is the project about?

Tribals become anthropologists

Author(s): Nitin Sethi
Issue Date: Sep 30, 2002
A woman in her mid-twenties, probably of European descent, is trying to explain something to a group of Bhil tribals in village Tejgadh, Chhota Udaipur block, about 90 kilometres east of Vadodara city, Gujarat.

Displacing a livelihood

Author(s): L C Jain
Issue Date: Aug 31, 2002
As we begin, we must remind ourselves that of the 25 million persons displaced on account of development projects, less than 50 per cent have been rehabilitated. The rest have been 'pauperised' by the development process, and 40 per cent of all such persons are tribals.

Profiting from disaster

Issue Date: Sep 15, 2001
What are your development plans for Mizoram, which has one of the richest natural resources in India? Mizoram has plenty of cultivable land and the government is thinking of developing the region with more and more cash crops. It also plans for a project that would improve bamboo cultivation, which is highly profitable. This will improve the economy of the region and also will help in reducing insurgency in the region. What commercial options are you eyeing as far as bamboo is concerned?

Weeding out corruption

Author(s): Ishfaq-ul-hassan
Issue Date: May 31, 2001

Developing issues

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2000
the growing livelihood insecurity that the masses face due to depletion and degradation of environmental resources, population explosion, unemployment and poverty have marked the end of the 20th century. The development sector involved in contesting these issues at the local level has raised more questions than answers. The sector finds it difficult to set an agenda while understanding the global processes of change and its implications at the grassroots level.

Mission control

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1999
THE bad news first: The space ship called Earth is in serious jeopardy. All of us (and future travellers) have no easy option. No one can shout, "Stop the ship, I want to jump off." No way. Now some of the cold facts to drive home the point: reckless overexploitation of the Earth's resources has poisoned the soil, water and air, thus making healthy, happy living a receding possibility.

"The new land Bill will displace More people"

Issue Date: Feb 15, 1999
You initiated this campaign against the new Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill. Do you think it will succeed? Has it become a political issue?
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