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Sunita Narain's picture
1 December 2010
Sunita Narain

The definition is contested as the answer has immense economic implications. If bamboo is a tree or timber, it belongs to the forest department and can be auctioned to the paper and pulp industry, often at throwaway rates. If it is a grass, then it would be classified as a minor forest produce and people would have the right to cut bamboo for sale or for value addition by making furniture or baskets.

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20 November 2010
Gita Kavarana

Of the one billion people that defecate in the open in the world, 638 million are found in India alone. In Badasilonia, a Nirmal Gram village, in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh, we inspected the toilet of Punna bai. The toilet or “latrine” as it is called, had only the four walls of the outer structure. On the opposite side of the road, we visited the house of the sarpanch. His toilet was completely and properly built and had an additional twin room for bathing. He also had a water storage tank close to the toilet.

Sunita Narain's picture
17 November 2010
Sunita Narain

There is no doubt US President Barack Obama was in India on a business trip. His recent electoral losses weighed heavily with him when he stitched up deals, reportedly worth US $10 billion, that would create about 50,000 jobs back home.

Sunita Narain's picture
1 November 2010
Sunita Narain

On a brief visit to Pakistan this week I noted that the recent floods have left deep impressions on the country’s policy and political leadership. They spoke about the scale of devastation, human suffering and the massive challenge of rehabilitation. They also noted, interestingly, that in their view there was a link to climate change.

Sunita Narain's picture
18 October 2010
Sunita Narain

The high corridors of the nation are abuzz with talk about how much food should be given to the country’s poor as a right.

Sumita Dasgupta's picture
13 October 2010
Sumita Dasgupta

Visit the website of Gurgaon’s civic authority  and the visual that unfolds on your screen might confuse you.

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Sunita Narain's picture
1 October 2010
Sunita Narain

Our control over our food and our health requires inventive institutional reordering and new ideas about the way food regulations work.

Anumita Roychowdhury's picture
17 September 2010
Anumita Roychowdhury

Our Moms and Grannies will rebel. They have just about upgraded their kitchens from smoky chulhas to clean lpg burners. 

Sunita Narain's picture
15 September 2010
Sunita Narain

They say you are what you eat. But do we know what we are eating? Do we know who is cooking and serving us the food we take to our kitchens and then into our bodies?

Sunita Narain's picture
3 September 2010
Sunita Narain

The Forest Rights Act of 2006—also known as the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act—came after considerable and bitter opposition from conservation groups.

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