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Rio+20: Listen to communities
By Pandurang Hegde | 20 Jun 2012

We can not save the Mother Earth by allowing the corporate sector to take the lead in shaping the 'green economy'. The green policies must be based on the voices of communities, indigenous people and people's movements. But the question is whether the world leaders are willing to listen and pay heed to the wisdom of common people?

Green ministry or green signal?
By Pandurang Hegde | 05 Jun 2012

During the last eight years of UPA rule, nation's precious natural capital has been exploited at an unprecedented scale on the pretext of ensuring faster economic growth. Now when the GDP growth rate is going downhill, who will compensate the permanent loss to environment for temporary gains?

When the will is weak
By Pandurang Hegde | 04 Jun 2011

Celebrating the World Environment Day is meaningless if political leadership does not back their words with actions. To save our precious natural resources, we need leaders with broader vision and commitment required to protect the environment. Unfortunately, the current lot lacks the vision and strength necessary to act decisively for the cause of Nature.

Forests for People
By Pandurang Hegde | 21 Mar 2011

To bring back the dwindling forest cover, we need active participation of the people, especially forest communities, while ensuring food and water security for them.

Vulnerable wildlife
By Pandurang Hegde | 07 Oct 2010

The current policies to protect wildlife have failed to achieve intended goals. Can we think beyond borrowed concepts of Protected Areas and empower local communities to take initiatives for wildlife protection?

Seeds of hope
By Pandurang Hegde | 05 Jun 2010

Environment protection is more than symbolic celebration once or twice a year. In an individualized and consumption driven society, local communities and grassroot movements are the real champions of environment conservation.

Preserve biodiversity through community initiatives
By Pandurang Hegde | 22 May 2010

The year 2010 has been declared by the United Nations as 'The International Year of Biodiversity'. But the governments in most countries remain indifferent to the massive loss of species of trees, plants, insects, fish, birds and animals that balance the life-cycle on earth.

Reduced to a ritual
By Pandurang Hegde | 21 Apr 2010

The true spirit of Earth Day is to live in harmony with nature as older civilizations have lived for thousands of years.

GM forests or fuel mines?
By Pandurang Hegde | 20 Mar 2010

Enough harm has already been done to the environment under the garb of development. Now, novel ideas like GM forests are being proposed as a new alternative fuel for the automobile industry. It's time for the world to learn from its cyclical mistakes, and fast!

Duties and Rights

Pushing adivasis to the brink
By Pandurang Hegde | 09 Aug 2011

On the occasion of the 'International Day of the World's Indigenous People', the policy makers should realize that unless corrective and protective measures are put in place, the adivasis would soon lose their livelihoods, culture and faith to the mad rush to exploit the natural resources.


Not willing to learn
By Pandurang Hegde | 06 Apr 2011

Are our nuclear power obsessed politicians, industrialists and scientists willing to learn from the crisis in Japan? Or they need more disasters like Fukushima to realize their folly?

Nuclear bulldozer from Kaiga to Jaitapur
By Pandurang Hegde | 15 Dec 2010

By agreeing to set up nuclear plant at Jaitapur, the government has shown its indifference towards massive public opposition and environmentalists' concerns for threat to rich bio-diversity of Western Ghats

Bio fuel or Bio foul policy?
By Pandurang Hegde | 27 Jan 2010

The government has spelt out its intention to encourage bio-fuels but a deeper understanding of energy issues and people’s livelihood concerns is missing.


Food diversity can fight hunger
By Pandurang Hegde | 22 May 2013

Living democracies where farmers make their own decision on what to grow and eat leads to eradication of hunger. It enhances the dignity and confidence of local communities, and teaches them not to become dependent on the government subsidies.

National shame, but who cares?
By Pandurang Hegde | 19 Jan 2012

Successive Prime Ministers and their governments have termed malnutrition as a national shame. But their misplaced economic and agricultural policies have only exacerbated the problem.

The Food insecurity Bill
By Pandurang Hegde | 23 Dec 2011

The populist schemes like the Food Security Bill, without considering the larger issues related to subsistence farming and local food production, would lead to even more food insecurity.

Farmers deserve higher food prices
By Pandurang Hegde | 22 Oct 2011

As agrarian crisis continues to turn bad to worse, policies to suppress food-prices will not help the poor farmers growing foodgrains. How long farmers can sacrifice and subsidise rest of the population?

Food storage or wastage?
By Pandurang Hegde | 25 Aug 2010

To tackle food storage crisis in India, government should adopt two-pronged approach of encouraging large size foodgrain silos in states with surplus production and de-centralised foodgrain procurement and storage in other regions.

Historic decision awaited on BT Brinjal
By Pandurang Hegde | 30 Jan 2010

The public consultations on Bt Brinjal have brought to the fore strong resentment among people against increasing corporate influence over government policy making.

Global Economy

Do you know about Monsanto?
By Pandurang Hegde | 27 Dec 2011

The detailed profile of agribusiness giant, compiled after prolonged investigation by award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin, provides insight into the corporate ways to control the food supply chain.

Seeds under siege
By Pandurang Hegde | 26 Apr 2010

International Seeds Day (April 26) reminds us of concerted attempts by the large seed corporations to destroy seed diversity of the world to expand their markets and profits.

Global Politics

Changing air in Arabia
By Pandurang Hegde | 21 Feb 2011

The overthrow of authoritarian regimes in the Arab world by non-violent people's struggle gives new hope to the humanity. But will these upheavals change the fundamentals of society towards more humane, secular, tolerant of the diversity in ideologies and ecologically responsible behavior?

Global Society

Save languages, save biodiversity
By Pandurang Hegde | 20 Feb 2013

As we celebrate the World Mother Language Day on Feb 21, 2013, it is important to realize that local languages also play a crucial role in sustainable conservation and management of biodiversity.

Losing our language
By Pandurang Hegde | 15 Feb 2010

Every language represents the repository of accumulated knowledge over the generations and defines our relationship within the society and its link to nature. Unfortunately, we have begun to judge a language by only its commercial value in the existing market.


Bhopal re-enacted in Punjab unabated
By Pandurang Hegde | 15 Jun 2010

Bhopal has many lessons for us. The most crucial one is de addict our farms from chemical agriculture and put hold to corporate control over our lives and farms.

Indian Economy

Chasing the mirage
By Pandurang Hegde | 20 Dec 2012

UPA government's decision to constitute Cabinet Committee on Investment will only reinforce the jobless growth at huge social and ecological costs.

If farmers stop growing food?
By Pandurang Hegde | 15 Nov 2011

Paddy farmers of Andhra Pradesh, pushed into corner by rising losses in farming and harmful policies of governments, have decided to take a break from growing paddy. The policymakers must ensure remunerative prices for foodgrain crops, otherwise the farmer unrest could soon result in a major food crisis.

Maize Matters
By Pandurang Hegde | 09 Sep 2011

Backed by government support, maize cultivation has spread to a large area of India to cater to increased demand from the industry. The shift towards maize will not only upset the delicate nutritional balance in dry regions but it will also pave way for agri-corps to push GM maize into India.

Squeeze poor, extract profits
By Pandurang Hegde | 26 Oct 2010

The microfinance companies in India have finally come under scanner for charging exorbitant rates of interest from poor villagers and using exploitative methods to recover small loans, forcing many poor to commit suicides.

Indian Society

Increasing prosperity, disappearing girls
By Pandurang Hegde | 30 Jun 2011

Contrary to popularly held opinion, the female to male ratio is on decline despite continuous economic growth in India. Curiously, the backward regions with poor education seem to be doing better on child sex ratio in comparison to the better-off areas.

Natural Resources

Bamboo for sustainability and growth
By Pandurang Hegde | 18 Sep 2010

While we celebrate the International Bamboo Day, it is essential to recognize and propagate the multiple uses of Bamboo in providing livelihood security to poor, protecting land from degradation as well as in mitigating climate change.

Clouds under attack
By Pandurang Hegde | 02 Aug 2010

As part of cloud seeding technology, rockets and airplanes are being used to target the clouds as if nature can be forced to yield through precipitation. But should we allow these private profit motives to get priority over well-tested methods of drought proofing?

Risks and Hazards

Can we afford to forget Bhopal?
By Pandurang Hegde | 30 Nov 2012

It seems India has forgotten the painful lessons of the Bhopal disaster, as the pesticides usage is on the rise even at the cost of people's health.

Oceans under threat
By Pandurang Hegde | 30 Jul 2011

There are heavy pressures on coastal areas and oceans due to the unregulated developmental activity. To save the oceans, we need to put a check on marine pollution, ocean acidification and over-exploitation of marine life.

Green projects with red results
By Pandurang Hegde | 23 May 2011

Mini hydel projects, initially considered by environmentalists as green alternatives for power generation, have become threat to fragile ecosystems. The lure of high returns on investment, in addition to various incentives, created a mad rush among private players leading to destruction of natural forests.

Climate inaction plan
By Pandurang Hegde | 24 Oct 2009

On the occasion of the Climate Action Day (October 24, 2009), it would be appropriate to evaluate the National Action Plan on Climate Change.

Small farmers can cool the Earth
By Pandurang Hegde | 16 Oct 2009

Industrial farming in the rich countries has led to massive increase in green house gas emissions but the small farmers of developing world can mitigate the global warming through their traditional farming practices.

It is safe to blame climate for calamities
By Pandurang Hegde | 12 Oct 2009

As expected the drumbeaters of climate change have begun to blame every natural calamity in India on global warming, but the fact remains that most disasters including recent floods in south India could have been avoided or minimized with some foresight backed by effective and timely actions.

Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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