West Bengal is making what could be another step towards village self rule, where villagers, including women, will decide what is best for them, but hunger for power and male hegemony may set things back.

The public debate between Dutch environment minister Hans Alders and Sunita Narain of the Centre for Science and Environment, covering a whole variety of global environmental issues, including the forest convention and the climate convention, turned into

Tubewells installed as a short term measure to tide over droughts in Jodhpur have never been withdrawn. This has resulted in a significant drop in the water table around the city.

West Bengal's villagers will not only set the development agenda they will also correct defects in the panchayat system.

The Indira Gandhi canal is being touted as Jodhpur's hope for water. But in the face of frequent sandstorms that threaten to clog the canal, it is uncertain if it will be able to carry sufficient water to the city

Some villages in Udaipur district have had their groundwater contaminated by industrial units, but authorities say there's not much they can do about it

Pushed out by salt

First, the government shook scientific institutions out of their lethargy by applying the brake on funds. Now, its asking them to tie up with industry and show profits in the global market.

Campaigns by women have been successful in curbing alcoholism among their menfolk in Manipur and Andhra Pradesh, but similar efforts have failed in Haryana and drinking there has increased.

The future of the Taj Mahal is once again at stake because, the environment versus industry debate notwithstanding, pollution levels in Agra are rising once again.