Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fasting without repentance? By Devinder Sharma

TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu's fast to demand higher compensation for rain-affected farmers is being seen as his pro-farmer stance. But can we forget the miseries his faulty agri-policies brought to the Andhra Pradesh farmers?


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Relinquishing its authority By Kanchi Kohli and Manju Menon

MoEF' proposal to set up a new institution to manage the approvals of development projects will bear fruit only if the existing faulty regulatory framework is done away with.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Nuclear bulldozer from Kaiga to Jaitapur By Pandurang Hegde

By agreeing to set up nuclear plant at Jaitapur, the government has shown its indifference towards massive public opposition and environmentalists' concerns for threat to rich bio-diversity of Western Ghats.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Cancun summit fails to mobilise activists By Soumya Dutta

Mexico, the host government of COP-16, has sanitised the tourist resort town of Cancun to such an extent that even public protests are petering out due to thin attendances. Today was the protest march demanding exclusion of World Bank and IFIs from climate finance, and a large no of groups joined in the call for this protest, organised at the Palacio Municipal (Municipal office) at downtown Cancun.
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India comes together for farmers By Rachna Arora Verma

Kisan Swaraj Yatra, after 71-day long bus tour would be reaching its last stop at Rajghat (Delhi) on December 11, 2010. The Yatra, as the travelling farmers and activists found, received enthusiastic response from all over the country. One of them shares her experiences as the Yatra concludes.
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Embankments related compensation to drain exchequer By Dinesh Kumar Mishra

Government of Nepal has asked the Government of India to compensate its citizens badly affected by embankments and other flood control measures taken on river Gandak. Will this not lead to a flood of demands for compensation by the victims of similar problems in other river basins like the Bagmati, the Kamala and the Kosi?

Friday, December 3, 2010

National awakening on farm crisis By Rachna Arora Verma

Kisan Swaraj Yatra, a nationwide mobilization effort to draw attention to the widening agricultural crisis and to campaign for the need for a sustainable agriculture model, began from Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram on October 2 and will culminate at Rajghat on December 11, 2010. After accompanying the Yatra for weeks, a participant shares her experiences.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Beckoning the devil By Surekha Sule

As the developed world is moving away from nuclear energy for its inherent risks and heavy maintenance costs, India becomes an eager buyer of obsolete nuclear reactors and harmful technology to please nuclear powers' business lobbies.