From field to CFL

Thursday, December 18, 2014
The huge biomass resource of India can overcome the energy deficit. Source: Ramjar/WikimediaCommons

Around a thousand families of Thalangi tribal hamlet in Coimbatore district received free television sets from the Tamil Nadu government in 2006. But these were of no use as the houses had no electricity supply. Kerosene was the main source of...

Death in their breaths

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Sandstone mines of Rajasthan are deathbeds for many. Source:GRAVIS

Though dust is of trivial significance to us, it kills millions of workers in Indian industries and mines. Silicosis, one of the many lung disorders caused by dust, is not only untreatable but also the commonest and most widespread of all...

Nature at my doorstep

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Home strengthens the man-nature bond.

From climate-friendly homes of yore to monotonous concrete and glass structures of today, we are losing out on aesthetics and warmth. Stone and timber houses of Himachal Pradesh, circular bhungas of Kutch, stone buildings of Rajasthan or bamboo...

Forests have got enough food for us

Thursday, November 6, 2014
If maintained sustainably, forest can also be a source of income for the communities. Here villagers packing Sitaphal (sweet apple) in Udaipur district, Rajasthan.

Forests have been serving as food basket of several communities across India. Tribals have been traditionally sourcing their diet from forests. The cultivated lands, on the other hand, face starvation deaths in times of drought or flood as there’...

The RTI story in graphs

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
RTI's implementation has not improved much over the years.

The Right To Information Act has been the only law which allows Indians power to question the government through a simple process. But over the years, several bottlenecks have cropped up.Lack of proactive disclosures, indifferent first appellate...