Reporting on environment, governance. Water Aid Fellow 2019, TDU-Nature India Fellow 2017, CMS Young Environment Journalist 2015; Govt of India's Right To Information Fellow 2012
The jungles of central India are blooming with mahua flowers (Madhuca longifolia). An emblematic tree of the region that is deeply connected with tribal life, Mahua is used in distilling country liquor, medicines, oil and culinary dishes. It is thus an important source of economic sustenance for tribal families. The bloom also signals the start of the four-month season when the jungles are flush with several riches, including the highly lucrative tendu leaves used make bidis (hand-rolled ciga...
Punjab uses 5,337 litres of water to grow 1 kg of rice, double the figure for West Bengal (2,605 litres), a more natural habitat for the crop, showed estimates by the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, under the Union agriculture ministry. The state government started promoting DSR in 2011 because of its low use of water, a dwindling resource in a state which has registered overexploitation of groundwater in 110 of its 146 administrative blocks.
Dhamadi Tola, Gondia district, Maharashtra: One nippy November morning, Gopal Kumeti picked up a brown, rough fruit from the ground, resembling chickoo (sapodilla). “This is the fruit of the tendu tree. When dried, it remains good for 4-5 months. People who did not have enough grain, used to survive on this. It has become a rarity in the last 30-35 years because tendu is not allowed to grow like this,” said Kumeti, head of a federation of gram sabhas (village committees) in eastern Maharashtr...
Paddy stubble burning in Punjab is often blamed for air pollution in north India. The government has been introducing alternatives over the years but these are yet to make a substantial impact on the ground. High operational cost of machines weighs heavy on the already indebted farmers. Additionally, lack of training in machine-use results in higher input cost and lower production.
A land rights movement is sweeping across 70 villages of southern Punjab, upsetting the deeply-entrenched power equations between upper-caste farmers and scheduled caste (SC) labourers. The campaign also aims to protect village commons from encroachment, ensure food security and uphold women’s safety. This is why the likes of Paramjit Kaur are at the forefront of this movement.
Cordyceps, a caterpillar fungus found in alpine pastures of the Himalayas, is a highly valued aphrodisiac commonly known as “Himalayan Viagra”.Its collection and illegal trade have transformed remote villages of Uttarakhand, where it is found in the wild. Excessive harvesting and climate change are affecting its reproduction but there is no conservation policy in place.
A 2014 study by Living Farms, a group working on sustainable agriculture and ecological issues in Odisha, documents 121 uncultivated food harvested from the forest between July and December that supplements a normal tribal diet. This constitutes 30 mushrooms, 23 tubers, 26 green leafy vegetables, 14 wild fruits and 28 wild animal species.
Westward Ho: Why young men from Tripura are moving to Gulf countries - but making a stop in Chennai first
Each one of these young men has a plan — they know what they will be doing in five,10, 20 years. Life is a game of hopscotch; the moves have been charted for them by those who have gone before. Spend four-five years working in a big Indian city, save money to move to one of the Gulf countries, work there on a higher salary and return home with bigger savings. Life can wait.
A Revolutionary Toilet Saves Water, Money, But It Is Ignored By Target-Obsessed Swachh Bharat Mission
"Earlier, we used to wade through water to go looking for a dry spot to relieve ourselves. It is not easy to do so when the whole area is flooded. This new dry toilet has made things very easy,” said Chatthi Devi in Bishambhurpur, a village in the Gandak river floodplains of north Bihar’s Paschim Champaran district.
Several families, corporates and non-profit organisations now have such oases in today’s increasingly hot and dusty, world both for their own relief and to support nature. Can these private forests — groves spanning hundreds of hectares and startup-driven mini greens — be our answer to deforestation, wildlife loss and environmental pollution? What kind of social complexities and sustainability aspects do these spaces bring along?
सूख चुकी नान्दूवाली नदी का फिर से बहना अकाल ग्रस्त भारत के लिये एक सुखद सन्देश है। यह कल्पना करना मुश्किल है कि यह नदी और जंगल कभी सूख चले थे। पेड़ों के साथ-साथ समाज और परम्पराओं का भी कटाव होने लगा था। कुओं में कटीली झाड़ियाँ उग आईं और बरसात से जो थोड़ी सी फसल होती उसमें गुजारा करना मुश्किल था। गाय-भैंस बेचकर कई परिवार बकरियाँ रखने लगे क्योंकि चारे को खरीदने और गाँव तक लाने में ही काफी पैसे खर्च हो जाते। जवान लोगों का रोजी-रोटी के लिये पलायन जरूरी हो गया। निम्न जाति के परिवारों की हालत बदतर थी।