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Reassuring Guarantee For The People Of India

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (MNREGA 2005) enacted by the Government of India in 34 Indian States and Union Territories aimed at enhancing the livelihood security of people in rural areas…

Limits To Growth And Beyond – Part II

Affluence is a relative term in societal contexts because in each society standards there are rich and poor. But there are few in the world, as many from North as from South, who are rich…

Limits To Growth And Beyond – Part 1

In my post ‘Darker side of growth’ in European Journalism Centre I asked a question: In a pond if lotuses grow such that every next minute they double and if this minute the pond is…

Climate Literacy

It was a rainy afternoon when my friend Anupama Sen and I were stuck in the small coffee-shop in south Calcutta. Anupama is my childhood friend, now a renowned physician in the city with a…

A Truth Of Folly

Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace. Bhagavad Gita ————————————- When Friedrich Max Muller (1823-1900), a…

Will James Inhofe Have The Last Laugh?

So what did the world get out of COP 17 at Durban? And more specifically what did the developing countries, which are just about appearing over the horizon of the greenhouse emissions historically created by…

Can Water Dissolve Geo-Political Boundaries? Part 2

Transboundary Water Conflicts Transboundary Water Conflicts are different from Water Conflicts. Water Conflicts are commonest of social and territorial disputes between ‘users’ of water in history. You can imagine the definition of ‘users’ as extensive…

Can Water Dissolve Geo-political Boundaries? Part 1

Water can dissolve material boundaries – well known Water is known as universal ‘solvent’ as it can dissolve a lot of substances. This is a scientific fact but even if not very clearly realized, this…

Climate Change – A New Narrative

The world is yet again looking at Durban, a coastal city in South Africa as UNFCCC is meeting for COP17. Looking, yet not expecting much. The world is expecting things to change and doubting it…

My Crazy Idea

In a few days from now world is going to witness yet another attempt to address to reduce, mitigate and thwart the impending vagaries of Climate Change in the form of a summit meeting, COP…

To Drink Water From Air

The picture shows an atmospheric water generator, commercially known as Yeti AC-12, which can sit snugly in the corner of a room and generate as much as 10 gallons of pure drinking water per day…

In The Name Of Governance

Admittedly, the social, environmental and developmental scenario in South Asian region leaves a lot to expect despite plethora of NGOs, International funding agencies and individual governments slogging hard. What emerges as a basic question from…

The Holy Grail Of Water Security

Water Security is a situation of reliable and secure access to water. When we project this definition on a national perspective things start to get really complex. Reliability of water source is dependent on few…