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Insensitive to sensitive zone

Many houses illegally constructed near the river crumbled in Uttarkashi town (Photographs: Pushkar Rawat) Only a month ago, Vipin, a mule herder who ferried tourists and pilgrims from Gangotri to Gaumukh, was worried that a new “government rule” would rob him and his brethren of livelihood. “The rule will kick…

Heaven’s rage

SURVIVORS OF THE UTTARAKHAND FLASH FLOODS SHARE HAIR-RAISING TALES OF THEIR ORDEAL AND YET-TOBE-EXPLAINED FREAK WALLS OF WATER GUSHING DOWN HILL SLOPES. SOMA BASU REPORTS FROM GROUND ZERO HOW THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDED At 7.18 pm on June 16, Ram Singh heard the loudest crack in 45 years of his life.…

Kicking up a stink

Members of SWaCH at a press conference with bags of soiled sanitary napkins addressed to the manufacturers (Photographs Courtesy : SWACH) For two years, a waste pickers’ cooperative in Pune had been trying to draw the attention of sanitary napkin makers towards the woes of waste pickers, who segregate and…

Alienation

Victims of political intrigue and ‘green’ procedures launched in ignorance of an Act that guarantees their rights, tribals finds themselves reduced to a pitiful non-entity, says Soma Basu KANCHAN Bhokta became famous overnight. Several newspapers flashed his name after he was arrested on the suspicion of being a Maoist in…

Salvation for seers, curse for farmers

Practice of jal samadhi makes life hellish for people downstream of Sangam No one in Rasulpur Maryadi, near Bamrauli in Allahabad, dares to visit the village’s melon fields alone. Decomposed bodies, covered in saffron coloured silk, dot the wide expanse of the river bed of Ganga that meanders through the…

Brutal inheritance

Garasagma, a small village in Purulia, seems to be frozen in time since 1871. The difference between primitive tribal Sabars and predominantly land-owning Mahatos is stark ~ symptomatic of a stubborn adherence to feudal ways even as the rest of the country has moved on after Independence, writes soma basu

Water report says little, hides a lot

Even when the coliform count in the Ganga is 500 times more than the permissible limit, a Central Water Commission (CWC) report calls the river clean, raising a clamour that the report says little and hides a lot.
The report ~ Water Quality Hot-spots in Rivers of India ~ by the CWC was released in New Delhi by the Union water resources minister, Mr Pawan Kumar Bansal, to provide the water quality scenario of our rivers.