This is an opinion blog on environmental and social aspects, as analyzed with through the lens of sustainable development. They are thoughts on policies, practices and institutions, also include contemporary and traditional science. Writings are contextual and entail the veracity of on-going socioeconomic 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 […]

Defining ‘Green’ In Energy Sector

June 16, 2013

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‘Green’ norms for ‘Green’ Energy, was the title of a consultation workshop organized recently in Uttarakhand mountains by a Delhi (India) based environment organization.   Not able to understand the ‘Green’ norms and energy concept, as our mountains don’t really look ‘Green’!   A so called concept that took 20+ years, since Rio 1992, and […]

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Gender Non-Sense

June 12, 2013

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‘Gender’ to ‘gender based approach’ the buzz words, everyday we learn from humanitarian and right based agencies working in India. A real non-sense, which is beyond in practice, when we count their workforce at state and district level.   The workforce data shows that they are highly gender insensitive in their day to day functioning. […]

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Inept Leading to Bharat Nirman

June 11, 2013

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It seems that the dynasty ruled mindset will not go from Indian minds so easily. A dynasty ruled country still believes in ‘imported’, to keep the momentum. No vision and plans for development! While there are more definitive plans to divide on ‘secularism’ and ‘communalism’ agenda. Those able to lead, were sidelined by hook or […]

Water Of Disasters In India

June 10, 2013

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Officially, 22000 people died during various flood, landslide and cyclone related disasters in India during 2001-2010, lost about 10,0000 cattle, damage to 1.5 crore houses, and lost 425 lakh hectares agriculture land. In a year, on an average Indian economic loss is estimated of Rs. 800 crores due to flood, while 35 crore Indian were […]

Think Eat And Save

May 28, 2013

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Think . Eat . Save : The slogan for 2013’s World Environment Day that is celebrated on 5 June. Save Food Initiative is about ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’ of UN to sustain 7 billion people now (9 billion by 2050), as 3rd of global food production is either wasted or lost, leading to 1 out of […]

Poorly Researched Height and Sanitation Link Study

March 15, 2013

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I was going through an article published in The Hindu, an Indian national daily, based on the study by a researcher from Princeton University’s, titled ‘The long and short of open defecation‘, that correlates height of Indian children with poor sanitation. I have a few quick reflections on this article of Dean Spears, the researcher […]

Livelihood Links to Poor Water Quality in India: Alternates

November 30, 2012

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“We had 200 vacancies, but we could not even fill even 50% of the posts,” said Group Captain T K Singha, Chief Public Relations Officer, Ministry Of Defense. “Most of the students failed the basic medical test because of defects in bone structure,” said an officer. “This was not visible by the naked eye, nor […]

Misleading Facts: Still We Can Celebrate World Toilet Day

November 19, 2012

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Today it’s world toilet day. The monitoring of sanitation facilities globally remained a challenge to the country governments and International agencies. It is sometime said that the cursory assessment reports (e.g. JMP-Joint Monitoring Programme) of the facts about the rural and urban sanitation scenario may lead to pressure on country governments to expedite the process […]

Decoding Corruption At Next Level

July 11, 2012

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We observe a number of cases and movements towards corruption flourishing in government agencies and corporations, as we are struggling and dealing with them for over 50+ years in India. It’s good that they are now knocked around. At next level our awakened citizens should also be concerned about the corruption flourishing in a number […]

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