This new report on development and ecological sustainability in Uttarakhand by Ravi Chopra, environmentalist analyzes Uttarakhand, India, current development pattern in terms of equity and sustainability in the context of floods and landslides which affected the region. Says that the devastation in Uttarakhand on June 15-17, 2013 was aggravated many times over by the heavy constructions and the model of infrastructure-led development undertaken in the mountain state. It outlines development actions that can enhance ecological sustainability, equity and reduce regional imbalances and argues that establishment of effective disaster management systems and procedures at the community, district and state levels will require good governance, and active engagement of the civil society as an active partner in disaster management

This essay examines India’s position in international negotiations on climate change and domestic mitigation actions, based on scientific evidence and equity. It is argued that India’s stance has largely been reactive to positions taken by developed countries, particularly the US.

This paper presents facts on urban inequalities in the context of certain targets and reflects on the processes through which the agenda of these targets can be met in the future.

This paper is aimed at policy level discussions, as well as an aid to civil society to push for necessary changes to take Indian economy, society, and polity towards the goal of human well-being with ecological sustainability as one fulcrum.

A coherent policy response to the tough social questions raised by compulsory land acquisition is long overdue. Conflicts have escalated, while successive governments failed to enact a law protecting the livelihoods of affected people.

A coherent policy response to the tough social questions raised by compulsory land acquisition in India is long overdue. Conflicts have escalated, while successive governments failed to enact a law protecting the livelihoods of affected people.

India’s natural wealth risks turning into a curse if the proposed Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill fails to address extreme poverty, environmental degradation, and weak rule of law in mining regions.

India’s natural wealth risks turning into a curse if the proposed Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill fails to address extreme poverty, environmental degradation, and weak rule of law in mining regions.

The 2012 floods in June this year because of heavy rains and breaches in embankments of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries have caused colossal loss of life and property across the state. However, there are some districts that have been worst hit namely Morigaon, Sonitpur and Nowgaon affecting more than 13,19,260 people.

This paper examines performance, challenges, and policies in food security in terms of availability, access, and absorption or nutrition.

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