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Universal Electricity Access

The National Democratic Alliance government has targeted to electrify all villages by the end of 2018. But simply establishing electric connections does not translate into adequate, affordable and good quality supply. This article examines the possibility of setting up rural electric cooperatives and assesses the successful examples in some other countries.

Withdraw False Charges

We, the undersigned, unequivocally condemn the foisting of a false case on Debaranjan, member of the Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Sanghatana (GASS) in Odisha. Debaranjan has for several years now been deeply involved with people’s struggles in Odisha, first as a full-time activist in Kashipur,...

Greenpeace Ban: Violation of Rights

(The following are extracts from an open letter sent to the Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh, protesting against the decision to freeze Greenpeace India’s accounts.) The move by the central government to freeze Greenpeace India’s bank accounts and block sources of funds, is a blatant...

Employment Outcomes of Renewable Energy Technologies

The terms "green jobs" and "green economy" are in vogue due to the observation that many renewable energy technologies seem to create more jobs per unit of installed capacity and per unit power generated compared to fossil fuel technologies. From a policy perspective, it is not only important to estimate the overall employment effect but to probe further into the nature and distribution of jobs created. This article attempts to characterise jobs created for select RETs as a function of multiple attributes. Further, it estimates the aggregate jobs/MW metric for these RETs using secondary data analysis. The estimates have been used to arrive at existing and projected jobs in India.

Sheer Insensitivity

We are shocked at the government’s sheer insensitivity in announcing on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl catastrophe that it is going ahead with the Jaitapur nuclear power project. This means disregarding the overwhelming opposition to the project by 40,000 local people and the larger public,...

Japan's Nuclear Crisis Is a Wake-up Call for India

We deeply regret the death and devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and are gravely concerned at the disaster at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station. Fukushima’s radiation releases have contaminated drinking water in Tokyo, 220 kilometres away. According to preliminary...

Ayodhya and Archaeology: An Open Letter

The Ayodhya judgment of the Allahabad High Court has relied on a report – submitted to it in 2003 – by the Archaeological Survey of India after its excavations on the site, as ordered by the court. As citizens of India, or persons of Indian origin, or friends of India, we demand that this report...

FILMS-Gandhi Film as Theology

 Assamese people as a whole. Quite on the cards is a plan to further dismember the state of Assam along ethnic and communal lines. If history teaches any lessons
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