ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Resilience, Sustainability and Equity: COVID-19 and Mountain Livelihoods

In the west Himalayan mountain state of Himachal Pradesh where 90% of the population is rural, of which close to two thirds is dependent on land-based livelihoods, we examine the impacts of the initial phases of the COVID-19-led lockdown. Experiences of both horticulturalists and subsistence farmers highlight that challenges rooted in long-brewing socio-political, economic and ecological imbalances were brought to the fore starkly during this crisis. We argue that if the livelihood interests of mountain people have to be protected along with the local ecology, state policies will have to revolve around the principles of equity, sustainability and resilience. */

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?

According to Rich Lands, Poor People: Is ‘Sustainable’ Mining Possible? (State of India’s Environment: 6th Citizens’ Report) published recently by the Centre for Science and Environment, of the 50 mineral producing districts in India almost half are dominated by tribal or adivasi populations with about 28 per cent of their area under forests.

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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