Rooted to earth
A social force called water
The state is struggling to meet the rising water demand. It is time to learn from the days when people arranged their own water. In cities and in …
Greenest of all
Model building design that helps save energy and money by exploiting the sun’s movement
Till a couple of decades ago Bangalore was a sleepy city -- running to the rhythm of old trading networks and retired people taking their evening …
The great wetland grab
Guwahati allows construction on wetlands, but will not spare poor settlers on hills. A photo narrative by Sayantan Bera
Islands in the river
The insular but self-sufficient existence of the marine nomads
the islands that pepper the Brahmaputra river as it winds across
Project brings cheap cement to the village
Narasimharaju's dream of providing inexpensive cement for rural use will come true when his plant starts production later this year.
Forest protection in a Midnapore village has created prosperity - and local heroes
Will the future city, marked by responsible governance
and a concerned citizenry, be able to address the problems
dogging the world's urban centres?
Public spaces make cities
Street activities work as ‘eyes on the street’, that keeps cities safe, and Jane Jacobs said create neighbourly environment. Public …
Who messed it up?
Guwahati indicts poor settlers for flash floods, ignores damage on wetlands by construction work
Official doublespeak stumps Udaipur villagers
An Udaipur NGO has been summoned to court because a community hall it helped the residents of Vasu village set up allegedly encroaches on …
Who will help her learn?
Merely providing schools is not enough to educate the more than 197.34 million illiterate women in India. Far too often, girls have to drop out …
Silk route to success
With the launch of a sericulture project in Vidisha, a district in Madhya Pradesh, the lifestyle of the rural women undergoes a metamorphosis
If only solutions were so simple
Relocating slums does not reduce pollution; it only increases human misery
The Urban Dwellers (Rights to Forest Lands and Resources) Bill 2005
Eyeing the coastlines
Further dilution of the rules safeguarding the Indian coastal ecosystem has just been proposed. Under the guise of providing land to poor …
When alienation ruins
Sandalwood smuggling, epitomised by Veerappan, has become a collective phenomenon involving entire villages, which even the ban on sandalwood …
Helping women irks men in Haryana district
A non-govemmental organisation attempting to help women in Haryana's
and Rewari district is hampered by caste factors and male chauvinism.
Tribals solve problems through self - reliance
The Budakattu Krishikara Sangha, with its emphasis on people-oriented strategies, has improved tremendously the lot of the tribals in and around …
Overcoming the gender barrier
Several voluntary agencies are working to provide greater control over natural resource use.
A school with an ecological curriculum
For 45 years, a school in Kausani has been inculcating ecological consciousness in hill women
Reduced to filthy, foul smelling cesspools, with mosquito larvae
arawing their lazy, intricate patterns on the green surfaces, the
same takes …
Foreclosure of a Dream?
The Adarsh Gaon Yojana was set up to empower some 300 villages in Maharashtra. After eight long years, it is yet to show results. The people …