In his recent monthly address on radio, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “there is close linkage between drought and environmental degradation and there is a need for a mass movement to save forests and to conserve every drop of water.” The statement does recognise the problem but do the government policies and its implementation reflect these concerns?

Chipko, the mass movement to save forests, was launched by the hill women in the Himalayas. Following this model, people from forest dwelling communities in many parts of the country launched similar movements. Nevertheless, the pressure on forests is mounting. They are being sacrificed at the altar of development. Read more