Uttarakhand is often referred to as Devbhumi or the Land of the Gods and is known for its scenic beauty and breathtaking landscapes. A Google search for Uttarakhand today, however, throws open images and videos of flash floods, falling mountains and people and property being washed away. Uttarakhand faced flash floods back in 2013 which became a national concern as it was the most petrifying disaster after the Tsunami of 2004. That disaster, it seems, was just a starting point. Ever since then, we hear news of devastations like landslides, buildings collapsing, floods etc. caused due to rains during the monsoon season. This year, yet again, the monsoon is bringing news of devastation across Uttrakhand. In Dehradun, the State capital, the onset of the monsoon witnessed the loss of 7
On June 13 2011, Swami Nigamananda, who was on a fast unto death in Haridwar to protest against the illegal mining, quarrying and defiling of the Holy River Ganga - that he considered as Ganga Maa - passed away. Swami Nigamananda had fasted for more than 3 months and 20 days, staying without water or food all this while, and it is said that he would have continued his fast had he not been forcibly taken to the hospital. Such was the resolve of Swami Nigamananda, who was part of the Matri Sadan Ashram in Haridwar and was working along side Swami Shivananda on 'Save the Ganga' campaign. His death did shake things up, and some provisions were made to stop the mining along River Ganga. However, illegal mining along this Holy River continues to remain a challenge even in the presen...
The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (NMML) invites everyone to weekly seminar on 'Katyuris of Uttarakhand: Establishing food regimes in the central Himalayas from pre-history to circa.14CE' by NMML Fellow Dr. Vasudha Pande. Katyuris are the much celebrated Kings of Uttarakhand. The narrative of the Katyuri state marks the shift from pre-history to history --- with copper plates, inscriptions, architectural works and folklore. Despite the great interest expressed in the Katyuri state system, little attention is paid to the most momentous contribution of the Katyuris—the shift to settled, terraced cultivation and the emergence of petty peasant production. Since Uttarakhand as defined today is a specific construct, the presentation will not restrict itself to this geographical unit
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit Makes that extra effort to ensure the proper plantation of saplings during a Government led tree plantation drive. “Sir santhe rooke rahe to bhi sasto jaan“ (If a tree is saved even at the cost of one’s head, it’s worth it.”), noted Amrita Devi Bishnoi as she hugged the trees to stop them from being felled. Trees have been serving humanity since times immemorial. The very existence of man would not have been possible without trees and other green plants. Trees also play an important role in the achievement of human security. Whether it is through the provision of livelihood resources (e.g. food, medicine, cooking fuel, construction materials etc) or ecosystem services such as water and air purification, climate regulation and erosion control, trees
Delhi Greens Salutes the brave soldiers, para-military forces, NDRF personnel, locals and everyone else who is risking their lives to carry out rescue and relief operations in Uttarakhand. The nation will never forget their brave response.
The past few days have been the most devastating and the most dreadful days for the state of Uttarakhand. The state which is otherwise popular for its scenic beauty and pilgrimage, has been washed away with Nature's fury. What is left behind is completely shattered. Recent flash floods in Kedarnath and in rest of the Gadhwal region of Uttarakhand have not only created havoc but have also resulted in a disaster of an intensity which one cannot think of. Torrential downpour accompanied with landslide has transformed a usually serene area into a powerful river of death within minutes. All those who were are caught unprepared amidst the power and velocity of the flash floods could not survive the catastrophe. The magnitude of the disaster is told to such that villages, people, animals were...
Vijay Jardhari - one among the youth - captured during Dastkar at Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts, New Delhi Vijay Jardhari of the Beej Bajao Andolan from Uttarakhand, was one among the two individuals to be conferred with the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar (IGPP) 2009, declared on 5th June, the World Environment Day 2012. The IGPP Award was instituted in 1987 by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India. This national level prize is named after the former Prime Minister of India late Smt. Indira Gandhi and is given each year to those individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions in the field of environment. It is the highest form of recognition for environmental protection work and is given to those who have made a mea
Vijay Jardhari of the Been Bajao Andolan from Uttarakhand, was one among many to call for action for 'saving the climate' at Dastkar, the Nature Bazaar that recently concluded in the Indira Gandhi National Center for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi Image Credit: Konsam Nirmala
EXPERIENCE the RURAL INDIA!!! CHIRAG is organizing a two week foundation course meant for youth, in the Nainital District of Uttarakhand. The foundation course seeks to provide an orientation about life in rural India. The course will commence with an exploration of issues and tools to understand and analyse life in villages. The course will include sessions on different aspects of village life. The course will be interspersed with visits to villages – including night-stays in homes. Following are the working areas: Primary education, primary health care, rural livelihoods. And an year long opportunity to experience environmental regeneration in village life! Eligibility: Anyone between the ages of 21 and 28, with a graduate degree or a diploma (after 12th standard) and 2 years of w
Even as some of us sit in Delhi and discuss the intricacies of ecotourism and how it’s different from tourism, there are people all over this country who are practicing the former – in the real sense of the word (‘eco’-tourism). Mr. Yashpal Singh Negi One such person is Mr. Yashpal Singh Negi who runs a bird watching camp christened, ‘The Mandakini Magpie Bird Watchers Camp’. The camp is located in Kakragad on the bank of River Mandakini en route to Sri Kedarnath. The Camp Mr. Negi is a wonderful person who is not only dedicated towards his work but also has in-depth knowledge about birds and the Himalayas. He has been running this camp for the past seven years which is wonderfully exemplified by his experience and expertise. Apart from bird watching, Mr. Negi also takes interes