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Food Security Bill – Yet Another Bluff?

National Food Security Bill 2012 to be tabled in Indian Parliament would be a big global Inspiration according to researchers from Institute of Development Studies, UK.

“India stands at the threshold of potentially the largest step towards food justice the world has ever seen, as the National Food Security Bill works its way through parliament,” Lawrence Haddad, director of the Britain-based IDS, said.  The bill aims to give legal right to cheaper food grain to 63.5 per cent of the population. Around 180 million households — 65 million below poverty line (BPL) and 115 million above poverty line (APL) category families — get subsidized rations under the public distribution system through the fair price shops.

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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 by guaranteeing 100 days of wage-employment annually to an adult member of a rural household to do unskilled manual work.

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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 as you want. Water is required for consumptive use (drinking, sanitation, washing, agriculture etc.) but it is also required for fishing, drainage, navigation, industry and ecology. The list of beneficiaries can be massive and for rivers at least the context of river basin can extend far from the flowing rivers. It is easy to understand that for such a valuable resource, different groups of people on account of their strategic locations of varying degrees of benefits will have differing interests which may conflict. Read more >>

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 scientific fact works subtly in our cultures and societies since prehistory. The whole idea of cleaning things by washing and letting the dirty water flow into streams or seas works on the idea that given sufficient ‘dissolution’ the ‘dirt’ will be rendered harmless. This is not untrue so to say, as it is easily understandable that when the concentration of a solute becomes negligibly low, the solution is considered effectively harmless and suitable for human use. For less scientifically oriented:

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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 just from atmospheric moisture. It runs on electricity and the power consumption is well within affordability of most people. If you are interested look up Everest Water here .

Though our water planners largely neglected the unseen Green Water (or more fashionably White Water, which is that part of the vertical unseen water that large water bodies evaporate away into atmosphere, you are not stealing from plants’ water so do not need to feel bad at all), human ingenuity saw this source right from antiquity and tapped it with innovation, as and when required. It’s just that this common wisdom was not trumpeted big time in the name of TECHNOLOGY, as our modern planners love to do. Read more >>

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 factors:

  • Population growth
  • Food production
  • Climatic change and variability
  • Land use
  • Water quality
  • Water demand
  • Sectoral resources and institutional capacity
  • Poverty and economic policy
  • Legislation and water resource management
  • International waters
  • Sectoral professional capacity
  • Political realities
  • Sociological issues Read more >>

Don’t Flush It in Leh

Do you guys remember the school in Leh where Fungchook Wangdoo went back to – in the popular movie ’3 Idiots’ by Amir Khan? I am talking about the Druk Padma Karpo School where the movie was partly shot and the school that was devastated in the 2010 cloud burst. I guess you remember, but in case you don’t here is a . Read more >>

Loktak – A threatened ecology at gunpoint

Loktak Lake is God’s own country. Measuring around 287 sq. Km, it is the largest freshwater lake in the North Eastern India, situated in the Manipur state. Loktak means end of stream ( Lok = stream, Tak = end), which it literally is since it is where all local rivulets end. On the south-eastern shores of the lake is situated Keibul Lamjao National Park that houses the 100 odd last Sangai -s (Manipur brow-antlered deer – Rucervus eldi eldi ) an endangered species. Read more >>

From Africa With Love

He rushed through the crowd clutching the cellophane jacketed single cut rose. The bill at the florist burnt a little hole in his pocket, Gosh, a flower costs so damn high, he thought, his mind oscillating between his purse and the face of the lady friend, he was going to meet. They have been working for a year now and it was a pleasant surprise when he received this small note stuck on his work-station. Read more >>

The Question We Do Not Prefer To Ask

Sep 10, 2011   //   by Pabitra // Environment , Featured , Global Issues , Water // 2 Comments

What is the minimum amount of water for personal use? Before I come on to the aspect of looking for the answer, let me explain why I ask the question. I ask the question because it is the single most relevant and necessary question in a water stressed world. Unless we have an answer for it, the questions below (all of them are very popular) do not make any sense. I mean, there is no point asking these questions because we can do nothing with the answers.

  • What is sanitation?
  • What is personal hygiene and what is the function of water in it?
  • How can I contribute to help the water stressed world? Read more >>
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