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Himalayan blunders

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
The floods in the Himalayas have been ferocious and deadly. Fears are that the final body count could run into several thousands. There is no clear estimate of the number of villages wiped out, property destroyed, roads washed away and hydropower projects damaged in the mountain state of Uttarakhand. The mountains are bleeding and its people have been left battered, bruised and dead.

Heaven's rage

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
At 7.18 pm on June 16, Ram Singh heard the loudest crack in 45 years of his life. It was the deafening roar of a disaster. “I felt as if the sky had been torn asunder. Within seconds, a massive wall of water gushed towards Kedarnath Temple. Huge boulders flung into the sky like an explosion. In less than 15 minutes, thousands of people were swept away,” he recalls lying at the Rudraprayag district hospital.

Victims of ‘growth’

Issue Date: Jun 30, 1999
As the title suggests, the book is about the displaced. It brings to the reader stories of those who have given up their land, their livelihood, their families and even their lives for the “greater public good” or “public purpose” or “national interest”.

Mirage of a river

Issue Date: May 31, 2013
It is claimed to be an exemplary project. It has won two awards for excellence in innovativeness and urban planning; one from the Prime Minister’s Office. Narendra Modi, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat, recently hailed it as his big achievement. He pitted the restoration of the river Sabarmati in Ahmedabad against the poor record of the Delhi government in looking after the Yamuna, the capital’s lifeline river. The media has showered praise on the project. Claims apart, what are the facts on the ground?

Letters - April 15-31, 2013

Issue Date: Apr 30, 1996
Passive Choice

Kerala overlooks environmental aspects of proposed small hydropower plants

Author(s): Abhinav Goyal
Issue Date: Mar 29, 2013
Last October, the Kerala government launched a scheme to construct 62 small hydro power projects to increase electricity generation in the state by 262 MW.
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