Though political parties deny such claims and these “incidents” often go unnoticed, the truth is that the poor consider elections to be the time to make some “extra cash”
India’s wildlife needs its people’s empathy, not just sympathy
Doha Model shows how to rein in water for irrigation
'Village forests have been pitted against community rights'
All that crap: How can faecal sludge be reused
If more people in India’s rural areas are building septic tanks, there must be effective ways of managing faecal sludge. Here are some ways to utilise it
Recycling of e-waste in India and its potential
Since India is highly deficient in precious mineral resources while untreated e-waste goes to landfill, there is need for a well designed, regulated e-waste recovery regime which would generate jobs as well as wealth
Rise of the machines: Why India need not be afraid
Artificial intelligence, robotisation and automation would open avenues for new jobs rather than generating job losses
New ruse in Big Pharma's old game
Drug multinationals are lobbying for a devious patent linkage system to block the entry of competitive generics
Scientific management of mangroves is need of the hour
40 per cent of mangrove forests in West Coast of India have been converted into farmlands and housing colonies over the last three decades
Development news, polarisation and social media in times of Lok Sabha polls
Polarisation of development news in social media makes its impact partisan and non-effective
Time to abandon UNFCCC to address climate change
The progress made by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change so far and its potential to deliver results in the future looks uncertain.
Is NOTA the answer to TINA?
The ‘None of the Above’ provision on electoral voting machines is turning out to be a decentralised protest
General Elections 2019: Science in polls, from feel 'good' to feel 'strong'
With the Balakot episode and later the ASAT declaration, the ruling party has brought ‘muscular science’ into the spotlight alongside oft-repeated claims of ancient India’ scientific prowess
Without the switch to renewable energy, CO2 emissions would have been 50 per cent higher in the world; that's great, but not enough
What happens to our shit once we are done with it?
SFD Week: From treatment technologies to the genetics of faecal sludge
Yes, green issues are missing from poll discourse, but who is to be blamed?
It’s the civil society that has failed to inform and engage citizens on this crisis
Many more may fall into poverty trap and several may not escape it
Here’s how poverty, political myopia and ecological degradation are inter-related
India heads to an unprecedented rural economic crisis
Fifth consecutive drought for 1/3 districts, dipping rural wages, El Nino threatening monsoon have squeezed livelihood options for over 500 million Indians
Mining in Jharkhand threatens locals in their own land
Residents of the state’s mining areas are unemployed and are threatened of being jailed when they ask for work
Reforms in India’s forest sector stuck in reverse gear
The proposed amendment to the IFA reveals the mindset of policymakers regarding the forest sector has not changed
'We should identify mineral-rich sites and allow monitored mining'
Manohar Singh Rathore, Director, Centre for Environment and Development Studies, Jaipur, talks about mining in Aravallis
'The mining lobby tried to suppress our voice'
Chairperson of Tarun Bharat Sangh writes about their fight against illegal mining that started in the 1980s
Open defecation in an ODF district in Rajasthan
Here's a travelogue to four tribal villages in Rajasthan's Sirohi district, which has been declared open-defecation free; but there are barely any toilets constructed or used
Apologies for yesterday’s crimes: Spain and its Conquistadors
Mexico recently asked Spain to apologise for Hernan Cortes’ Conquista. Are apologies to the native peoples of the Western Hemisphere overdue?
How the Nanar anti-refinery protests in Maharashtra clicked
The protestors used diverse social, legal and political activism strategies and drove a hard bargain with the local politicians to convey the will of the people to the state government