Six states, 30 villages, 13,000 kilometres. Down To Earth travelled to some of the most remote villages of the country to assess India's progress on rural electrification. And the results were far from encouraging. Was the government too hasty in promising 24x7 electricity for all by 2019?
A smart idea
Economic growth has unleashed an enormous appetite for home appliances among the Indian middle class. At their current level of energy efficiency, these products can seriously threaten the energy security of the country. There is a way out. Move on to super-efficient appliances-now
Towers of pollution
60 per cent of telecom towers in India are powered by diesel
Bhutan’s experiments with happiness
The idyllic Buddhist kingdom believes that peace and happiness should take preference over material growth. In a world beset by inequities and environmental degradation, Bhutan’s approach to development is evoking a lot of interest. Nitya Jacob analyses whether its concept of Gross National Happiness is an empty slogan or a new model of sustainable development