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How Chipko resonated beyond the Himalayas

The Chipko Andolan lost its ground at home, but its legacy lies in people’s ecological movements that emerged elsewhere in the country

A procession of Chipko activists in Reni village on March 31, 1974. (photo courtesy Shekhar Pathak)
Published on Mar 26, 2024 10:00 PM IST

Recognise the vitality of Indian languages

In our 76 years of freedom, neither the governments nor research institutions or industry have done much for Indian languages

Governments would be well advised to pay those who write stories, screenplays and songs involved to prepare government documents in languages that are not only understandable but enjoyable for ordinary people (GETTY IMAGES.)
Published on Sep 04, 2023 10:40 PM IST

Use data, technology to safeguard environment

Protests have broken out at Barsu, in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district, over a proposed refinery project

Villagers of Barsu and Solgaon of Rajapur taluka in Ratnagiri district of Konkan region stage a protest against the upcoming oil refinery project, in Ratnagiri, India, on Tuesday, April 25, 2023. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2023 05:10 PM IST

Citizens must stand up for environment

Grassroots initiatives by community leaders can make a difference in controlling the quarrying of ecologically sensitive areas and safeguarding biodiversity. In an era of rising climate shocks, this approach holds hope

Mining and quarrying are agents of destruction of biodiversity, precious water resources and the quality of people’s lives (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 26, 2022 09:10 PM IST

We need the voice of locals in preserving the Western Ghats

Every case of a major mishap in the Western Ghats has occurred in a locality identified as high-sensitivity by Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel

The lack of respect for our natural resources has driven India to the bottom of global environmental performance and happiness indices. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Published on Jul 12, 2022 09:29 PM IST

Creating a cadre of barefoot ecologists

Young Adivasi’s In Mendha (Lekha) and Marada of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra are using the internet to develop their own Community Forest Rights management plans and biodiversity registers

In Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, the Adivasi youth have been freed of the stranglehold of a privileged minority over specialised knowledge. They have learnt to use the internet to prepare Community Forest Rights management plans and biodiversity registers (Chandrakant Kichak)
Updated on Apr 23, 2022 06:00 PM IST

Biodiversity is for the people. Protect it

The revisions in the biodiversity Act are anti-people and anti-science. To preserve biodiversity, the government must engage grassroots conservationists

The rules formulated in 2004 nullified the role of biodiversity management committees (BMCs) and violated intellectual property rights. Consequently, BMCs were either never constituted or remained meaningless. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 17, 2022 06:43 PM IST

India’s Western Ghats: Fragile, and wounded

A decade ago, we warned of the perils of ill-advised human interventions. Our warnings were ignored; such activities intensified; and citizens are paying the price

Both the Western Ghats and the west coast are home to highly literate and aware citizens, who have pioneered progressive initiatives. The spirit of such movements should now be restored to ensure that the economy of violence engaged in resource exhaustion is effectively countered, and the ongoing series of disasters gradually brought under control (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 23, 2021 02:26 PM IST
ByMadhav Gadgil

An alternative jobs and skill strategy for India

India needs to think of an alternative economic paradigm to prevent the distress we have seen this year

Migrant workers walking back to their villages, Delhi, March 27, 2020(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 17, 2020 05:53 AM IST
ByMadhav Gadgil

A tale of two development models, writes Madhav Gadgil

Delhi under the AAP, and Goa under successive governments, offer two contrasting stories

AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi, February 16, 2020(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 07:34 PM IST
ByMadhav Gadgil

Preserve nature. It’s our best bet for the future

It’s time to protect water courses, vegetation, and ensure that there are no heat islands, addition of aerosols

People protesting outside MMRCL office against building a making metro car shed inside Aarey Colony, Mumbai, September 13(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2019 07:25 PM IST
ByMadhav Gadgil
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