Rakesh Sharma on space exploration and technology
Wing Commander (retired) Rakesh Sharma recently completed 35 years of being the first Indian to have ever set foot in space. He talked to Down To Earth about the exhilarating moment, space exploration, humans as multi-planetary species, ISRO’s plan to send a humanoid to space and weaponisation of space in a four-part series
Forest Rights Act: Who is the encroacher and who is encroached upon
Thirteen years after a historic law was formulated to give forest dwellers legal ownership of their traditional land, their fate still hangs in the balance. A recent Supreme Court verdict, which almost made their eviction imminent, has brought the focus back on the tedious rights recognition process under the Forest Rights Act, 2006
Will the farmer benefit from cash support?
A first after many years, farmers are at the centre of political attention. Ahead of the general elections, there is a rush of cash support schemes to woo them. This may bring some solace to farmers, but will the schemes have a lasting impact?