Open Forum

Health Busters

The World Cup that made football a global phenomenon turns 80 year this. The quadrennial event has ignited the spirits of millions of enthusiasts, riding high on their passion. Somewhere in a metropolitan highrise apartment, Kunal, Prithvi and Anoushka, three young football buffs got together for watching a magnificent, magnanimous match on the big tube.

Women of Reni - Photo essay

On March 26, 1974, 27 women, living in Reni, a tiny Garhwali village nestling in the hills of Uttarakhand, barred a group of men, armed with axes, from entering the forests near their home. The men were timber contractors, working for a sports goods factory, who had been permitted by the state government to cut trees in that land.

Dead & Forgotten

If you happen to be one of those who pay attention to world health news, then Chagas disease must have caught your attention. And if it hasn’t, then, well, here’s why you can’t let it go unnoticed. Chagas, one of the most deadly parasitic diseases in the world, affects around 14 million people worldwide and kills about 15,000 a year.

Nepal Nama

Nepal has the world’s largest hydropower potential, second only to Brazil. Yet, the whole of Nepal consumes less electricity than Gurgaon alone, and still there’s a huge shortage; 10-12 hour daily power cuts are common. This small, poor country is heavily dependant on biomass.

Scrap Scare

Are nuclear deals just the business of world leaders? Ask the hapless scrap dealer and his men who earned their living from collecting waste in Mayapuri, New Delhi, Asia’s largest scarp market, and who have now been scarred...

Water Wisdom

Do you know the best way to escape from a problem? Solve it! This is what the people of Jharbeda, a small village in Sundergarh; the worst hit district in Orissa as far as water scarcity is concerned, recently proved.

Climate change

Listen to us, for we are more active than the activists, more negotiable than the negotiators. We have our own set of facts and figures for everything. And we are the ones who bring real change in the society.

Fun and Fest

Students gather in the lawns of India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on a sunny winter afternoon.

The Gobar Times Festival is on. As Panditji grins from ear to ear, savouring the buzz.

Fun Feast

Everywhere in the world harvest festivals have a common theme. Food. And in India, where agriculture defines the history, economy, and culture of the land, this season throws up a lavish feast. Every region turns festive in its own special way.

The Road Ahead

Cities, towns and roads in India are teeming with cars. Many more are waiting in the wings. An impressive line up of autos was on display in the  recently staged Auto Expo, 2010, Delhi. Do we really need more of these fossilfuel guzzlers? Not really.