Looting The Himalaya – And The Himalayans, The Telegraph [Saturday, July 23rd, 2016]

In recent months, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh have been in the news. In both states, elected Governments run by the Congress have been destabilized by the ruling party at the Centre, and then dismissed by complicit Governors. In both states, the Congress was able to get succour from the Courts, although how enduring their now [...]

 
 
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  A MAN TO MATCH HIS MOUNTAINS, The Telegraph [Saturday, September 24th, 2011]

The importance of the India International Centre (IIC) in New Delhi is gauged, in part, by the number of armed security men who pass through its portals. These come to accompany—and, one supposes, protect—the big shots, the fat cats, the Ministers and MP’s and Ambassadors and Generals who wish to be seen at a place [...]

 
 
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  KASHMIR PAST AND PRESENT, Hindustan Times [Monday, September 7th, 2009]

Sorting out some papers, I came across an old essay in an obscure periodical on a topic of contemporary relevance. Published in December 1973 in the Sarvodaya journal Bhoodan-Yagya, it was written (in Hindi) by Chandi Prasad Bhatt, the pioneer of the Chipko Andolan and, arguably, of modern Indian environmentalism itself. I have known Bhatt [...]

 
 
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  THE RISE AND FALL OF INDIAN ENVIRONMENTALISM, Hindustan Times [Thursday, March 27th, 2008]

Thirty-five years ago this week, a group of peasants in the upper Alakananda Valley stopped a group of loggers from felling a patch of forest. That act of protest gave birth to the Chipko Andolan and, by extension, to the Indian environmental movement. Through the 1970s, other peasants in the Himalya successfully prevented other loggers [...]

 
 
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