MYRADA moves a step forward in rural appraisal programmes, emphasising the necessity of involving villagers in their own development.

In 20 years, Chipko has acquired many facets, primarily as a conservation endeavour by the poor, a struggle for local control of natural resources and an effort by women to protect their environment. Chipko influenced the world, but have its local object

REACHING Doongri, a picturesque village perched 1,750 m above sea level in the Pindar valley in Chamoli district, is a daunting task. The nearest bus stand is at Narayan Bagad, 12 km away and at a height of about 1,100 m. From there, a narrow, slippery mo

The planting of commercially valuable chir trees has become embroiled in controversy in Ultar Pradesh's Almora district. But a local schoolteacher has found a novel use for its discarded bark.

A doctor whose aim once was to treat poor patients, now helps Soliga tribals to assert their rights and choose their own way of development.

A voluntary group helps street children by organising them into associations and building a home for them.

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The Centre for Application of Science and Technology to Rural Areas, set up in 1974, was a bold effort at bringing appropriate technology to the people. But the attempt failed to take off because it did not involve the people.

Indian textiles formed an important item in the trade network, the major thrust being on cotton fabrics in vibrant kalamkari patterns. Mastery over the complex dyeing techniques gave India a distinct edge.

Narasimharaju's dream of providing inexpensive cement for rural use will come true when his plant starts production later this year.