Founder director of the Centre for Environment & Development, Kolkata, is currently acting as the country lead on the issue of environmental governance and climate change in an international project
Wildlife conservation in India: are we really serious?
Fast-track forest clearances that are an indicator of India’s development also pose a question–what is the future of wildlife in India?
Waiting for justice
India had a regulatory system of governance already in place to avoid a disaster as big as the Bhopal Gas Tragedy
Environmental governance: India's changing scenario
The department of environment came into existence on November 1, 1980 followed by state departments
Who will protect wildlife from the conservationists?
The environment ministry’s decisions on wildlife protection contradict the pledge for conservation
Climate change and small islands
Inhabited by nearly 4.5 million people, even after 70 years of Independence Sundarbans is without proper roads and surface transport, drinking …
Catastrophic lack of action on climate change
The UN has warned that it may not be possible to restrict temperature rise up to 2°C citing a gap between commitments and action
How current drought is adding to India’s water crisis
The agriculture sector has the biggest demand for water, followed by industries, the power sector and domestic consumption
India's GDP is growing, yet hunger getting worse
In the past three years, India has recorded a fall of 55 points in the Global Hunger Index
Is climate change taking a backseat in the agenda of global alliances?
It seems at the end alliances are made for trade and business expansion while climate change takes a backseat
India's biodiversity and advocacy for GM seeds
What is the justification to advocate GM seeds in a country with one of the richest inventory of agricultural biodiversity
How the GST has affected traditional weavers in West Bengal
Orders from wholesalers have dried up, affecting the weavers' income
Glimpses of Ghana: a changing profile?
In spite of declining poverty, residents of Ghana still struggle for subsistence
Kolkata and Sundarbans: climate change rhetorics
The Indian Sundarbans, covering an area of nearly 10,000 sq km and having a population of 4.5 million, is facing a serious threat
Promoting tourism in Andaman & Nicobar islands puts ecology at stake
The Ministry of Tourism has reportedly formed a panel to probe the scope of allowing high-value tourism in uninhabited islands
People in Sundarbans most susceptible to climate change
The Indo-Bangladesh deltaic region has been experiencing storm surges and cyclones over the past seven years
Phasing out environment-friendly transport in Kolkata
The state government is also trying to phase out tram lines laid in the city in 1903. Earlier, it banned cycles on more than 174 roads
Proposed thermal plant will damage Sundarbans
Instead of proposing a coal-fired thermal power plant in an eco-sensitive zone, Bangladesh could have collaborated with India in building up …
Real state of India’s forests
India has been trying to achieve to put 33 per cent of its geographical area under forest, but the latest report shows that it is yet to reach 22 …
How many people die of silicosis in Indian mines?
One of the worst health hazards that miners engaged in stone quarrying, crushing, quartz mining, glass and ceramic manufacturing face is dust …
Good news for Indian farmers
In the absence of any National Crop Insurance Cover, there is no safety net for farmers
Killing blue bulls: are there alternatives?
Unless conservation area declared for protection has enough grazing field for herbivores and enough prey for predatory carnivores, straying will …
Why do we need to protect wildlife?
In a deeper analysis, it will appear that protecting wildlife is vital for the present as well as future generations
Climate change: can right to skilled jobs be denied?
To stop mass exodus after floods and cyclones, there is a need to introduce skill development for better adaptation to climate change
Cyclones and the threat to delta population
Extreme weather events cause huge loss of lives, livestock and household assets
Do we really need GM mustard in India?
Increasing production of oilseed crops like mustard requires adequate policy initiatives