Rivers, Provide and not Serve
Hydro-power, long irrigation canals, sand mining and water for industrial use: these are not what Maa Ganga in its magnanimity provides. These …
A waste management expert voices his concerns about our misguided and selective approach to cleanliness
About sleepless nights at PMO and the diwan
Are bureaucrats under Modi regime so hard-pressed that settees in office have become a necessity?
At industry's behest
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar's decision to lift the moratorium of 8 critically polluted clusters of the country is inexplicable. The …
Farewell to welfare
The budget is a patch work of abandoned schemes revived or existing ones being re-named. This is all for rural development
Modi mantra to a healthy and wealthy nation
The mantra of zero defect and zero effect manufacturing practice should translate into no pollution from industrial effluents
Mr Modi, how about including garbage in your sanitation deadline?
India is the sixth largest garbage generating country, but has made provision to treat only 12.5 per cent of it
Healthy maa Ganga needs healthy sisters
Varuna and Assi, the two tributaries of the Ganga that gave Varanasi its name and together defined the original extent of the city are fighting …
Delhi demands foresight
Amid promises galore by the Aam Aadmi Party , it becomes necessary to examine how it will implement its demanding manifesto and how environmental …
Modi's growth agenda sneaks into Indian Science Congress
The theme of the conference, 'science and technology for human development', struck a chord with scientists. It will be interesting to see if …
What are smart cities?
Smart city may simply mean a place where a smart phone can run all the errands for you. But the Indian urban challenge is not as digital and way …
Taking labour out of the picture
Modi's focus on clearing impediments for industry leaves the worker out in the cold
NaMo budget on transport and pollution: Green expectations - Dashed hopes
NDAÃ”Ã‡Ã–s maiden budget upholds and supports UPAII blunders to protect the automobile industry while ignoring the perils of …
Are we moving towards a renewable energy economy?
Developers, bankers and equipment manufacturers commit themselves to developing 270 GW renewable energy capacity by 2022 at a recent renewable …
Science and the Indian politician
If India conducted its first nuclear test many centuries ago, why did we wait till 1974 AD to conduct our second test in Pokhran? Where did all …
Those magnificent men and their machines
So-called scientific achievements of ancient Indians are no laughing matter when they are championed by the Prime Minister of India
Religion v science: desperate claims
Rationalist analyses recent statements by Prime Minister Modi and the Pope
A radical new order for living well
India is not in synch with G77's new declaration for development that is in harmony with nature and inclusive for all its peoples
Modi and irrational exuberance
India's youth is pinning its hopes of jobs on the development promise of Modi. Can he deliver?
The environment-development divide: is there room for dialogue?
If we accept the premise that ecological concerns are as worthy as developmental needs , then the decision to have a mine, dam, or road needs to …
A plate half full
The National Food Security Bill may not do much but what it does is essential
If only ‘jal manthans’ could secure our water supply
Experts reiterate the old suggestions at the three-day meeting to strategise for better development and management of the country’s water …
POOP – It’s not crappy!
If we utilized whole lot of crap India produced per day through open defecation, we could light around 1,092,000 street lights or 72,800 stoves …
Modi back to ‘vikaas’ hardline
Prime Minister seems to have gone back on promises to farmers
Power for all—can it be achieved?
Round-the-clock assured power supply programme to kick off with Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan; finances and logistics pose a huge challenge