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India’s Second Dominant Party System

The conflation between nationalism and Hindutva has been the backbone of the new hegemony. That is why the Bharatiya Janata Party has been so happy with intellectuals trying to problematise the nation. That particular intellectual initiative simultaneously places the BJP in a position of immense advantage and ensures that “anti-BJP” would necessarily be equated with the anti-national! Independently, both ideas—Hindutva and development—are potent political discourses. By weaving them together with nationalism, Narendra Modi has bound them into an arsenal of his political offensive.

Problems with the Eco-Sensitive Zone

Eco-Sensitive Zones are being touted by the government as transition zones around protected forest areas, that would minimise forest depletion and man-animal conflict. This report, from the Corbett National Park, suggests how ESZs marginalise local interests and would prove detrimental to conservation in the long run.

Passages from Nature to Nationalism: Sunderlal Bahuguna and Tehri Dam Opposition in Garhwal

This paper focuses on the shifting contours of the anti-Tehri dam movement in the past three decades. It examines the changing declarations of environmentalists, especially Sunderlal Bahuguna and other leaders of the movement on the one hand, and the involvement of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in the anti-dam politics on the other. Exploring the evocations of nature, religion and nation in different phases by these two groups of actors, it argues that through a regular use of certain mythical beliefs and simplified dichotomies, there was an inadvertent collaboration between green and saffron. The Tehri dam became a means of combining sacredness with impulse, gravity of high politics with solemnity of daily worship, and nature with nationalism.

Uttaranchal: Assembly Elections: Marginal Difference

The difference in the proportion of votes polled by the Congress which won a majority of seats in the assembly and the BJP which came a poor second is small enough to prompt a more serious inquiry into the voting behaviour of the electorate in this new state.

Uttarakhand: One Year After

One year on, expectations behind the creation of the state of Uttarakhand seem to have been largely belied. However, the emergence of 'popular' candidates, to contest the forthcoming elections, and their promise to set forth a new trajectory of politics - one based on meeting the state's immediate concerns of land, water and forests - spells new hope for the hill state.

Forest Fires in Uttaranchal

Uncontrolled wildfires result in the depletion and exhaustion of natural forests, with permanent loss of biodiversity, soil fertility and sustainable forest-based production. No effort should be spared in modernising fire prevention and firefighting measures, including educating the public on the long-term impact of forest fires.

In the Lap of the Himalaya

This paper looks at Mahatma Gandhi's epoch-making visit to Uttarakhand in 1929 as a crucial link between the nation's struggle for swaraj and the ongoing people's movement in the region. Gandhi's visit kindled the process of giving the freedom movement in Uttarakhand a mass base. Just so, the numerous social activists of the Chipko movement and the anti-liquor protests of today owe their inspiration of Gandhi. In many ways, Gandhi's understanding and analysis of the issues, including untouchability, the flesh trade and the education system, and the prescriptions he suggested for their remedy form a useful basis for a blueprint to solve the region's problems even today.

Uttarakhand - Micro Power: User-Friendly and Efficient

Electric power generation from small 'gharat's built over rivers have for over a century been in operation in the Uttarakhand region. With an imaginative and supportive state policy they could provide electric power in remote areas.

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