An opinion blog on environmental and social aspects, as looked through the lens of sustainability. Thoughts on policies, practices, institutions and contemporary to traditional science. They are contextual and entail the veracity of on-going development!

Black And White: Carbon

March 25, 2011

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Since over last few months the Black Carbon issue is being highlighted in the Himalayan region by various international and region agencies, with the viewpoint that it will have adverse impact on the human health, air quality and on various ecosystem functions. It is said that, there is urgent need through various local and international […]

Missing Links: Innovations In Sanitation Sector in India

February 11, 2014

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As we go deep in to the story of sanitation promotion in last 60+ years in India, we hardly see well developed and sustaining infrastructure on this front. On closely observing processes and progresses, one will realize that agencies working in rural sanitation promotion are more fascinated by playing with available data, to prepare presentations […]

Poor Leadership-Counting Numbers, Still!

November 19, 2013

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Another ‘day’ for recognizing toilets or ‘boasting ourselves’ ! And by the way, by whom? Also read: Misleading Facts: Still We Can Celebrate World Toilet Day Are not they in the race of promoting, recognizing and proving that their perks are worth spent, and asking for more! They range from corporations and businesses  to  NGOs and […]

Kedarnath Disaster-‘A Scientific & Administrative Failure’

October 3, 2013

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In various reports on Kedarnath disaster, it is said that unplanned development in Kedarnath city led to huge death toll. But, none of the scientific reports like from WIHG (Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, based in Dehradun, India) said that it was scientific failure as well, as they could not inform about slow and abrupt […]

Aggravating-Dilemma Of Reconstruction

July 25, 2013

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Almost one and half month, since the flood led disaster hit mountain state Uttarakhand in India. Rather working on an inclusive model of reconstruction and rehabilitate, it seems the state and national governments are not in sync with local people. The ASI -Archeological Survey of India sends a team in state, that goes back without […]

Relief In Uttarakhand-Avoid Old Mindset And Jargons

July 19, 2013

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In this article it is argued that Disaster Management practice in India need to change the old mindset of disaster relief, to include quick planning and actions, using verifiable space data and avoid delay causing detailed assessments in deciding any government run relief package. We need to be cautions against the current jargons such as […]

Patwari’ Reaches to Disaster Hit Population

July 9, 2013

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Patwari’ Reaches to Disaster Hit Population in Uttarakhand Mountain State of India After almost 20 days, since flash flood disaster hit Kedarnath valley in Uttarakhand, the lowest state level government functionary, responsible for maintaining land, population and other records in revenue villages, could finally reach to the areas assigned to thim. It is supposed that […]

Undefined Role of Regional And National Agencies In Reducing Disasters

June 23, 2013

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The Himalayan region consists of extremely fragile ecosystem, and source to 10 major Asian river systems, on which over 1.3 billion people rely for sustenance, water, livelihoods and prosperity. A recent flash flood on 16-17 June, affected over 50,000 people in the mountain state of Uttarakhand, while it is estimated that over 5000 people are […]