Browsing All posts tagged under »Himalaya«

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 […]

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 […]

Science Policy Disconnect In The Mountains

July 11, 2012

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It has been learned that in the Himalayan region there is a disconnected between science, policy and decision making. The region lacks coordinated and comprehensive research about the scale and extent of worsening changes, whereas the library of any such research on various aspects, wherever available, remains a great deal academic, while policy implementations on […]

Poor Water Governance and Scarce Water: A Status Quo in Indian Himalayas

January 11, 2012

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This discourse questions the concept of the reform in water sector as described in the constitution of India and the status of drinking water in its eleven Himalayan Mountain states. It talks about the village level governance, their capacity and institutional arrangement that leads to sustainable water supply models to serve the needs of communities […]

Knowledge Disconnect in Himalaya

November 8, 2011

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Much has been said about Himalayas and its beautiful mountains, rich biodiversity and rich culture. But, sometime it seems that the inhabitants in the region are not cognizant about this richness. Are they? Let me take one of the factors that contributed to such situation in Hindu Kush Himalayan region and that is ‘disconnected knowledge […]

Trans-boundary Famine..

August 1, 2011

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We need to understand and acknowledge that when our people at local level are not secure with their livelihood, water, energy and food, it is not going to make difference at trans-national level.  When we consider our efforts in these lines, then only we are going to set our house right, before attempting to help […]