The Earth

Seeking Asylum is a Fundamental Right, Granting it is a Fundamental Duty

The best advice people will often impart in India is to avoid being political even though politics runs in practically every corner of this country. Writing, by its very nature is a political act, the moment you express an opinion (no matter left or right) you commit a political act. I may even go on to say that even life is political so more often than not, I have actively ignored this advice. The entire debate around refugees seeking asylum40

Mosquito_Anopheles stephensi

Climate Change Can Make You Vulnerable To Diseases

The earth is 4.5 billion years old. It has seen a lot of changes over the centuries from phases of extremely high temperature to the periods of permafrost, a lot about these climatic changes is known because of the remains found in the corals, rocks, ice, trees and fossils. These climatic changes have brought about wiping out of the most powerful species of those times. Human interventions, increased level of greenhouse gases has accelerated the rate of this change. Carbon40


Homeless, Stateless and Penniless- The Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Syrian refugee crisis has assumed alarming proportions and much of it is the result of the unplanned measures of the west. The refugee crisis has increased because of the massive gains made by ISIS and people who cannot conform to their ideology must now move elsewhere. They have no choice. Thousands of people now find themselves without a roof, without a source of employment and unwelcomed in the west. Europe has had more than a year to plan for40

Jallikattu festival

JalliKattu- How the cultural aspect was spoiled and why the SC had to frame guidelines

Jaliikattu is a bull taming sport that is played in Tamil Nadu during the Pongal celebrations on Mattu Pongal day. The origins of jallikattu are in the world-famous Palamedu, near Madurai on January 15 followed by “Alanganallur-jallikattu” in Alanganallur, near Madurai on 16 January. Celebrations have been carried on since the Sangam age. Some prize such as a bag filled with money is tied to the horns of the animal which is then made to run while the players try40

Geographical Indication Tag

Geographical Indication Tag

Geographical Indication tag is an indicator on a product that a particular item has originated from a particular region only like the Kanchipuram Silk Saree, Alphanso Mango, Nagpuri Orange, Kolhapuri Chappal, Bikaneri Bhujia and Agra Petha etc. So anybody from another part cannot sell an Agra Petha under the name. GI tag helps in increasing brand visibility and increases the price of the product international market (because consumers in first world prefer such “exotic” items), it boosts exports, in certain40

Parliament Of India

What the manifesto of major political parties says about the state of environment

So the great Indian election circus is back and we thought it would be a good idea to go through the election manifesto of major political parties to sift through and find what their stand is on environmental issues. CPIM surprisingly has an entire section on environment and a separate section on water resources. It is by far the most detailed and comprehensive commitment by any political party which is perhaps not surprising because the communists (keeping their faults aside)40

Bio Toilets

Bio Toilets- Towards making India an open defecation free country

Bio toilets have considerable advantages such as being highly suitable for harsh sub zero temperatures of Himalayan Region, Glaciers, Railway coaches, Buses, Highways, Remote areas, sea ports, Mining area, metro cities etc. They are also suitable for mobile applications and are maintenance free as it runs on a continuous biological process. It helps in overcoming the problem of pathogens and is economically viable. Using bio toilets limits dependency on conventional energy sources. The toilet is so light and easy to40


Overview and Progress of Total Sanitation Campaign – Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan

Total Sanitation Campaign is a flagship program of the Government of India. The ‘Total Sanitation Campaign’ (TSC), now rechristened after 2012 as the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA), aims to accelerate the progress of sanitation in rural areas. Under NBA, projects are sanctioned taking the district as a unit. Under the NBA, assistance for Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) projects is available on the basis of total number of households in each Gram Panchayat (GP), subject to a maximum of40