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Comparing Floods in Kerala and the Himalaya

There are important similarities and differences between the Kerala floods in 2018 and 2019 and the Himalayan floods of Uttarakhand and Kashmir in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Most importantly, floods in Kerala are likely to affect the local ecology in some parts of the Western Ghats, whereas floods in the Himalayan regions will affect North India as a whole. However, both the regions have a fragile ecology that is threatened by ecological destruction and industrial development. Thus, the Central Water Commission and other government agencies should take a holistic view towards addressing floods and dam management in these regions.

Kailas–Manasarovar Sacred Landscape

Tracing the journeys of three old travellers—Rahul Sankrityayan, Pranavanand, and Nain Singh Rawat—three study tours to the Kailas region as well as to the adjoining Indian, Tibetan and Nepal Himalayas were undertaken along different routes in the last 30 years. These study tours help in the understanding of the larger Tibetan and Indian frontier history relating to Kailas.

Tehri Dam: Submersion of a Town, Not of an Idea

Despite local protests over two decades, the Tehri dam was finally built. There were people in the area who supported it because of the seemingly attractive compensation that was offered. The completion of Tehri marked the submersion of just a town and not of the idea that big dams are not the only solution to managing water resources. The lesson of Tehri is that any change in the politics of environment must entail a change in the environment of politics as well. We have to develop the art of transforming a movement into a catalyst for social and political change.

State, Society and Natural Resources in Himalaya-Dynamics of change in colonial and post-colonial Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand, which lies in the Himalayan heartland is victim of over-exploitation of its natural resources and of development resulting in socio-economic dislocation, Uttarakhand has witnessed alienation of the village people, increasing workload on women, and cultural encroachment endangering the folk heritage and indigenous lifestyle under colonial and post-colonial systems.

Intoxication as a Social Evil-Anti-Alcohol Movement in Uttarakhand

Anti-Alcohol Movement in Uttarakhand Shekhar Pathak The present anti-alcohol movement in Uttarakhand radically differs from earlier attempts to combat alcoholism. Although liquor remains the primary focus, the movement recognises the social system in which intoxication operates. While alcoholism is the means by which state commercialisation has sapped the vitality of the hill society, it is only a symptom of the deeper malaise of predatory capitalist 'development'. There has been a consistent attempt to understand alcohol as a social phenomenon.

UTTARAKHAND- Anti- Alcohol Movement

FTZs are above all an attack on the potential collective strength and bargaining power of workers be they men or women.
The workshop on Multinational Strategies looked at the games played by the International Boss and concluded that workers in the West must learn from workers in the Third World and acquire an international consciousness Examples emerged of how industrial units are closed down in the rich nations because of trade union strength and labour costs, and relocated in countries where both these 'disadvantages' are easily overcome. "The management technique of 'if you don't like it we'll move our operations elsewhere' has since the mid-1970s been aided and abetted by governments." In the process the exploitation of an 80 per cent female workforce in these 'relocated' units is not just condoned but assisted.

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