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.
meets some of them.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
tells the continuing story of a scam.
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.
'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.