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Why Rivers Need to Flow — High and Low — Again

Restoring Rivers by Restoring Flooding

Dying for the Ganges: A Scientist Turned Swami Risks All

आज सुबह आस्था टी वी पर बाबा रामदेव बजट पर व्याख्यान कर रहें थे उसी दौरान उन्हिने नदी जोड़ योजना कि प्रसंशा कि और इसे  देश हित में बताया .बहुत निराशा हुई ......अब यह बाबा रामदेव कि विषय पर क्म्जनकारी कि वजह से है या ...........निहित स्वार्थ तत्व जो भारत के लूटने कि नई नई कहले चलते रहते है उनका प्रभाव बाबा तक पहुँच गया है .........क्या कारण है कि बाबा रामदेव भारत विनाश और लूट कि इस परियोजना का समर्थन कर रहें हैं ...................... गँगा बचाओं देश बचाओ ................

Former IIT Professor on a Fast unto Death for Ganga

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Bangalore: Hundreds of students mastered the lessons on hydel projects under his tutelage and today this man of science is on a fast undo death to save Ganga.

80-year-old Professor GD Agrawal formerly served as the head the department of civil and environmental engineering at IIT-Kanpur. Hailing from a farming family in Kandhla, Muzaffarnagar district, Uttar Pradesh; he completed his primary and secondary schools from local schools and graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Roorkee, which is now IIT Roorkee. It was with the Uttar Pradesh state Irrigation Department where he began his professional career. Later, he earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from theUniversity of California at Berkeley.

Raised to be deeply religious and educated to be rigorously scientific, GD Agrawal embraced sanyasa and was known Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand ever since.  His campaign is spear-headed by the Ganga Sewa Abhiyanam, an organization fighting to preserve the heri…

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Supreme Court’s assumption of consensus among States for interlinking rivers flawed

Story of networking of rivers case, thus far

Gopal Krishna*

Summary
This paper presents the status of the proposed project on “Networking of Rivers” in South Asia and its relationship with Draft National Water Policy 2012. It showcases ample proof about the judicial role in the revival of a dangerous and disastrous idea, which has been dead for long on the flawed assumption of unanimity among the Indian States. The way even the pretence of democratic process has been sacrificed at the altar of judicial activism is illustrated through Indian Supreme Court’s judgment. It is observed that the very premise of the existence of judiciary is being redefined autocratically which in turn proposes to redefine the eco-system. In the absence of any definite international legal framework although both Nepal and Bangladesh have raised objections against the project, there is no time, space, or process indicated for participation of communities whose riparian rights must be considered, a…

A Burning Issue: The toxic tale of Delhi Waste

Gopal Krishna*
New Delhi

Burning waste for energy? Sounds good? Environmentalists are questioning its efficacy in view of the nature of solid waste in India and the potential pollution this may cause. Recycling materials like organic matter, paper and plastic saves more energy than is produced in the incineration and gasification plants. Recycling and composting of waste costs much less and create millions of jobs, they say.

January 2012. Toxic smoke and soot filled up all the houses in New Delhi's Sukhdev Vihar. The Okhla waste-to-energy incinerator had gone into action. Built barely 150 metres from residential areas, it has a bird sanctuary, a university and three hospitals within a radius of 10 kilometres.

in Narela-Bawana in the national capital are miffed and worried. The idea of waste-to-energy plants based on a tried, tested and failed incineration technology in Delhi's Okhla, Timarpur, Gazipur and Narela-Bawana faces bitter opposition from residents, waste p…