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Is There No Place for the Poor in Dharamshala "Smart" City?

The migration of poor, homeless people in distress from faraway rural areas to upcoming urban and sub-urban hubs is not a new phenomenon. The demolition of the Charan Khad settlement in Dharamshala on 16 and 17 June 2016, is a classic story of slum demolition and the ongoing struggle of displaced people. Dharamshala is one more example of urbanisation where people were rendered homeless in the wake of the city being declared “smart.”

Kinnaur's Curse?

Kinnaur, one of Himachal Pradesh's most ecologically fragile regions, is under threat from widespread construction activity for hydroelectric power projects. Landslides have become a common occurrence putting lives of villagers to severe environmental risk.

Kinnaur's Curse?

Kinnaur, one of Himachal Pradesh’s most ecologically fragile places, is under threat from widespread construction activity in hydroelectric power projects. Landslides have become a common occurrence threatening apple orchards as well as habitats in Kinnaur.

Seeping Through the Cracks

Run-of-the-river hydropower projects dotting Himachal Pradesh are not as environmentally benign as they are touted to be. A report on the impact of the Karchham Wangtoo Project, in the Kinnaur district, on the surrounding areas by a Himachal Pradesh based NGO.

Renuka Dam

Touted as the panacea for Delhi's drinking water problem, this dam can only be constructed by breaking a host of forest and environmental laws and riding roughshod over the livelihoods of farmers in about 30 villages of Himachal Pradesh.

Mine Now, Mine Forever?

nature of crop, its context and intensity of labour. I would like to argue that it is growing certain crops like cashew nuts or cocoon processing that produces discrimination based on untouchability. Dalit women are excluded from these units because they touch cashew nuts. But the subtext is that the upper caste women do not want competition in such sector and that they want to monopolise it. This logic is similar to the one that was used by upper caste textile workers against the untouchables in the textile industries in Bombay during the 1930s and 1940s. Hence, somewhere one gets the feeling that these concepts escape this circle as they often stand in isolation of each other rather than together. The study does not show us as to how untouchability as a concept gets implicated into other concepts. Therefore untouchability seems to appear as mere assertion and fails to empower the argument that is so necessary for developing a dalit perspective.

Steel Not Enough?

Orissa is going through a "steel revolution". In the past three years, the state government has signed more than 40 MoUs with companies, both domestic and foreign, signing off 20 billion tonnes of iron ore that it is supposed to be sitting on. But it has also meant destruction of the natural habitats of people, flora and fauna. The deal with POSCO has been met with protests by the local people, but the government continues to turn a blind eye to the concerns and dangles the carrot of employment generation.
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