Water

Soumya Sarkar

The Great Indian River Trick

While putting dying rivers such as the Shipra and Sabarmati on life support by transporting water at enormous cost from other river basins is measure that's earning populist praise, it raises serious questions on the transparent allocation of this increasingly scarce resource.
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From Roofs To Wells: How Rain Harvesting Can Boost Water Security

The Kerala government in this year's vote on account has set aside more than ₹90 crore for Mazhapolima, a rainwater-linked well recharge scheme. It has worked because it has been community-driven and participatory, planning is bottom-up and led by panchayats, while the state government facilitates. It is a process-oriented programme encouraging innovation and diversity. Setting up a household system is inexpensive. As a result, groundwater levels have improved significantly in Thrissur.
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The Government Can Handle Drought A Lot Better. Here's How

The Central government has released considerable funds towards relief activities, but does the issue get solved there? Certainly not! A disaster like drought is bound to re-emerge if the situation is not handled appropriately. What is crucial is a structured multi-pronged approach towards preventing drought situations before the onset of the short-lived solace of the upcoming monsoon, which till date has been a reason for the loss of vigour in the disaster assuagement process.
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How Vacations With The Who's Who Trickle Down To Villagers

How did the young, glamorous wife of former US ambassador to India, Richard Celeste, step out of the glitzy Page 3 of tabloids to help bring potable water to so many villages in India? "It began with taking our houseguests on field trips across India when Dick was ambassador," recalls Jacqueline. "They would fall in love with India and many of them wanted to give something back."
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Leap of Faith: What A Water Slide Taught Me About Fear

In a queue of about 20 people, six or seven backed out as their turn came, laughing nervously. One woman lost her balance in front of me; thankfully her grip on the handlebar was tight, or she would have hurtled down the vertical slide into god knows what. I grew more and more nervous as I moved ahead, imagining all sorts of scary scenarios, all involving injury or death.
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Why Field Researchers Are Just Like Roaming Mendicants [Part 2]

A week or so ago, I had begun this essay by listing out five different reasons on why I believe that that the life of a field researcher is similar to that of an itinerant mendicant. Today, I will describe how both field researchers and itinerant mendicants use a set of handy tools. While the nature of the tools could vary, the functions that these tools perform in the lives of the itinerant mendicants, is remarkably similar to those performed in the lives of field researchers.

A 6-Step Guide To Detoxing After Diwali (Or Any Time!)

Now that the festive lights have been packed away, it's time for a reality check. It's time to bid adieu to copious quantities of sugar and fats and welcome some real food in our lives. Your body wants to get back to normal and is probably screaming for a cleanse. Below are some simple steps you can use to get back on track. The best part is that you can use these clean eating habits any time of year.
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What It Means To Normalise Relations With Israel

Palestinian voices seem to be relatively absent in India today except when being described in AP reports about "violence" or "terrorism". It makes me think of Martin Luther King Jr.'s aphorism that "violence in the language of the unheard". And yet even with the escalation of violence in Palestine, why is it so hard for us to listen to Palestinians in the India of today?
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What Are You Doing To Make Bharat Swachh?

When I walk down millionaire's row in the seaside town of Drobak outside Oslo where I live in summer, I see the owners of stately mansions and exclusive boats scrubbing their decks, cleaning cars, shovelling leaves from the driveway, conveying trash in top- of-the-line electric Teslas to the neighbourhood dump. They would be astonished to learn this was dirty work meant for underlings or lower caste people. How can ensuring cleanliness be dirty?

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