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20 August 2014
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DISASTER AFTERMATH
For distraught Phailin survivors, life is little consolation
Their shelters and livelihoods ravaged by the deadly recent cyclone, many women along Odisha's coastline are are so bereft of any hope for the future that they feel it would have been better to be among the dead. Sarada Lahangir meets some of them.
ORISSA

GENDERED TRAGEDIES
An unequal disaster in the land of Chipko
As Uttarakhand reels in the aftermath of devastating floods, Ammu Joseph underlines the need for greater awareness of the gender dimensions of such calamities and recognition of the special and diverse needs of women and other disadvantaged sections of society.
Ammu Joseph Women

RELIEF CAMPS
Repeated mistakes in relief efforts
Despite years of conflicts and lakhs of people being housed in relief camps, the Assam government is yet to develop a practical policy of responding to the recurring crises. Ratna Bharali Talukdar reports.
Displacement ASSAM Human Rights

POST KARNATAKA FLOODS RELIEF
No home to take them in
Notwithstanding these hellholes called shelters, the state government has been going gung-ho about its ‘swift action’ to resettle the flood victims in North Karnataka. A visit to one such shed revealed the officials’ heartless rhetoric writes Savita Hiremath.
KARNATAKA

KARNATAKA FLOOD RELIEF
The unkindest cut of all
Post October floods in North Karnataka, Dalits find themselves in a greater predicament. A century of struggle for equal rights and worse, fundamental faith in human progress, is at stake, writes Savita Hiremath.
Caste KARNATAKA Society

DISASTER RELIEF IN KARNATAKA
Everybody loves a good flood
Sloppy and biased surveys of damaged houses and paltry compensation have made the flood victims in Koppal and Bellary districts run from pillar to post to get what is rightfully theirs, writes Savita Hiremath.
KARNATAKA

KARNATAKA: SECOND CRISIS AFTER FIRST
Devastated by floods, but drowned by corruption
North Karnataka's flood victims feel that it was relatively easier to run away from raging waters than dealing now with a corrupt bureaucracy and eking out a livelihood fraught with imponderables. Savita Hiremath investigates.
Public Funds KARNATAKA

KOSI FLOODS RELIEF
If this isn't hell, what is?
When Neelam Devi and her children stepped into their courtyard, the sight that greeted them was a painful reminder of the Kosi river calamity that had forced them to leave in the first place. Manisha Prakash reports.
BIHAR

TIGER CONSERVATION
Consent under duress
Consent for relocation given by Jamni village in the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra was obtained under duress. Villagers protest against the manner in which the gram sabha had proceeded. Aparna Pallavi investigates.
Forests Environment MAHARASHTRA

RELIEF/NARMADA SAGA
Scamming the law, pretext of inability
In late August, the Jabalpur bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court ordered a judicial inquiry on allegations of large scale corruption in distribution of compensation to families affected by Sardar Sarovar/Narmada Project. Himanshu Upadhyaya tells the continuing story of a scam.
Government M.P.

FOREST DWELLERS' RIGHTS
Uttarakhand Gujjars being ousted without compensation
A large number of Ban Gujjar tribal families remaining within the Rajaji National Park are facing constant harassment from the state forest department. Their rehabilitation is mired in red tape. Aparna Pallavi reports.
Forests UTTARAKHAND Human Rights
VIDARBHA DISTRESS
'Relief' irrigation increasing worries for farmers
Land acquisition from Vidarbha farmers for irrigation projects is become a case of cure worse than the disease. The new projects are being commissioned over the prime minister's relief package. Jaideep Hardikar digs deeper.
Water Environment MAHARASHTRA
RELIEF PACKAGE AUDIT
CAG report slams Vidarbha waiver package
The Comptroller and Auditor General's audit of relief packages for Vidarbha's farmers finds that they were tardy in implementation, mindless in conceptualisation and "inconsistent with local needs." The state government has skirted debate. Jaideep Hardikar on the indictment.
Public Funds Farmer Suicides Government MAHARASHTRA
 

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