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26 July 2014
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DISASTER DIALOGUES
In Uttarakhand, yet another chance to learn
Disaster situations in the recent past have only led to sporadic study and discussions but yielded little by way of lessons for the long term; will the devastating North Indian floods this time change that? Kanchi Kohli ruminates.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

ABUSE OF ANIMALS
Is conservation possible without protection of animal rights?
Abuse of animals by humans in various garbs is a sad reality across countries and communities. Deeply moved by an HBO documentary, Malini Shankar explains why the issue of animal rights and prevention of cruelty must be inextricably linked to conservation efforts.
Wild Life Environment
ELECTION SPENDING
Big money seeks common man's blessing
It was once hoped that curbing election expenses would keep the process fairer. Today, the opposite is true, and neither the UPA nor the NDA wants to disturb this comfortable arrangement. Kannan Kasturi reports.
Elections Government Government opinions RTI Law and Policy Urban Poor Creative Media opinions RTI opinions Society Films and Books Women's Representation Agriculture opinions Child health Literacy Education opinions
ENVIRONMENT
Panipat power plant pollutes with impunity
It has been happening for several years under the nose of the Haryana adminstration. The nation's top government auditor has issued multiple indictments. And yet they have polluted recklessly. Himanshu Upadhyaya tells the tale.
Environmental Hazards HARYANA Environment Economic Issues Urban Poor Land Business Finance Literature Women opinions Rajni Bakshi monbiot Media Interviews Health Interviews Live Stock Tourism Environmental Education Profiles Special ED

DROUGHT-PROOFING OLD STYLE
Kokkarni, saviour of paddy
What do you for water when you are a paddy cultivator and a good portion of the hills around you are rocky outcrops, not ideal for catchment? Enter the kokkarni. Shree Padre reports on the revival of the practice in Palakkad, Kerala.
Environment KERALA Economic Issues Government opinions Health Laws and Governance RTI Law and Policy Creative Media opinions Land ORGs Exposes RTI opinions Society Films and Books Women opinions HIMACHAL Environmental films and books Politics Media Interviews People GOA Tourism Education opinions Profiles Environmental Reviews

ENDLESS STRIFE
Awakening the somnolent state
The common thread between our external and internal security predicaments is our approach to time. Most security issues are long-standing and seemingly interminable. If we understood why this is so, we can change it, writes Firdaus Ahmed.
Firdaus Ahmed OP-ED Economic Issues Government opinions Health Laws and Governance RTI Law and Policy Urban Poor Creative Media opinions Land ORGs Exposes RTI opinions Society Films and Books Business Women opinions Women's Representation HARYANA HIMACHAL Politics Health Interviews People Agriculture opinions Literacy Tourism Profiles
ENVIRONMENT REGULATION
Ministry of Corporate Environment?
Thus far, MoEF has only been negligent in safeguarding the environment, but now it proposes to do away with even the need to do so. The new draft notification from the ministry has obligingly confined itself to facilitating new investments, and ignored all other stakeholder voices, writes Kanchi Kohli.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation
Citizen voices, policy choices
It is clear that people across the country are driven by strong environment values. Therefore, without having a policy process that channelises their perceptions and crystallises them in policy statements, it is not possible to sequence and prioritise our environmental problems, says Videh Upadhyay.
OP-ED Videh Upadhyay

Give the environment its due
The Ministry of Environment and Forests is looking away from even the minimal standards of environmental stewardship needed in modern times, asserted citizens and experts in open letter to the government recently. Ashish Kothari and Kanchi Kohli were two of the signatories.
Environment
Weakening the enviro-clearance process
The recent simplifications to the Central environmental clearance process may endup pushing peoples’ participation and transparency to fringes, says Sunita Dubey.
Environment
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