To feed the cattle of the West
Extensive soya bean cultivation in Madhya Pradesh to supply fodder to the West has cut a swathe of degradation
The contours of repression
The government has consistently steamrolled opposition to the Sardar Sarovar project
'Spare parts' for sale
Unless Indians realise the nobility of donating their organs after death, the illegal trade in organs from living people will continue to flourish.
The credo of an economist
Long-term economic growth is impossible through any act that pits humankind against the environment
USA faces up to the biodiversity challenge
The US President reiterates that the one world, one environment theme is the only way to protect the planet.
Exploring India's rural market potential
With rural disposable incomes outstripping urban ones, there is a lot of scope for the expansion of the rural market base.
Green issues need equitable entitlements
Now that the Cold War is over, concern for the environment will play a vital role in international relations in the foreseeable future.
Debt-burdened Indonesia bows to World Bank
Large foreign debts have forced Indonesia to give in to World Bank pressure and adopt structural economic changes.
Delhi's two faces: One rich, the other poor
The slums in the capital city will keep on growing unless the villages around it are allowed to prosper.
Revitalised role forecast for people's movements
It is becoming possible to utilise the capacities that exist outside the state -- such as non-governmental organisations -- to influence state …
Children of the earth, worshippers of nature
Rigoberta Menchu, a Guatemalan human rights activist and peasant leader, was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize. Menchu was witness to the …
Everybody coughs in Kumaon
... but the government has done nothing to monitor the prevalence of tuberculosis in the area.
Improving village life will keep villager home
Voluntary agencies will have to come up with ways to make the village peaceful and productive. Only a satisfying life in the village will prevent …
Disappointing and poorly done
There is no merit in the Morse committee's philosophy which can be summed up as 'do nothing till you've done everything'
Dozens of families displaced from Gujarat villages in the vicinity of the Sardar Sarovar dam years back have returned to their original homes …
Rio has not changed the North-South equation
The UNCED deliberations have to be viewed in the context of northern attempts to maintain hegemony over the rest of the world
Did Riocentro learn anything from Flamengo park?
While heads of state deliberated on the future of the world at the Riocentro, social activists and NGOs expressed their sense of frustration …
Stockholm and Rio: Bigger, but was it better?
Stockholm wasn't as big as Rio, but I think it had a soul. I expect Rio's soul was there too, somewhere
McNamara shoots from the hip
Today's neo-Malthusians have acquired a fashionable new fig leaf: environmentalism. And Robert McNamara's recent talk in Delhi was an eloquent …
NGOs left holding the baby
The state is slowly withdrawing from the welfare sector leaving voluntary organisations in a quandary
Passing USA's laugh test
Helping George Bush gain political mileage seemed to be the overriding concern at the recent climate convention negotiations in New York. India …
The ethics of genetic combinations
The 17th International Congress of Genetics highlighted the role that genetic technology could play in shaping our world.
The common root
The ancient tradition that sanctified groves for the common good awaits a voyage of rediscovery.
Sub-Saharan Africa is on the brink of starvation. In spite of
efforts made by the
government and private organisations, the agricultural scene
Fishing practices in Chilika are threatening the Irrawaddy dolphin, which is not only rare but also little known