Publications

Developing Code of Ethics for Indian Industry

Second decade of this new millennium mega trend is ‘responsible business’. The consumer movement and human rights activists have become increasingly empowered, and they actively publicize news of unethical conduct of companies. These in turn have tremendous political…

Mining Matters

Our country is endowed with huge resources of many metallic and non-metallic minerals. The mining activities are extremely poorly regulated despite the fact that as early as 1948, the founding fathers of the constitution realized this need. Over 80000 mines operate…

Western Ghats – Environmental and Forest Right Concerns

The Western Ghats range extends from river Tapti in Gujarat in the north to Kanyakumari in the  south,  approximately  1,600  km  in  length  and  passes  through  six  states  of  the  Indian  Union  covering an area of about 1,62,000 sq. kms…

Polavaram Dam – A Critical View on Ecological Governance

Seventy years have passed  since  the  first  proposal  to  make  a  dam  on  the  Godavari  in  Andhra Pradesh was conceived. In all these years it has developed more controversies and conflicts. The  project is still a matter of several litigations….

Land and other Resources Requisition and Reparations Bill

It is commonly recognised that the existing Land Acquisition Act and its earlier amendments too are strongly colonial in nature. For  a Sovereign Secular Socialist Democratic Republic the perspective and tone of the bill is incongruent to the current realities. In…

Climate Vulnerability in North Western Himalayas

Global warming induced climate change has triggered events such as melting glaciers, rising sea levels and changing weather patterns.This in turn has lead to storms, droughts, flash floods, cloudbursts, change in vegetation. Growing body of scientific evidence has…

Water in Mining Areas

This paper describes some of debilitating impacts of mining on water resources which have a direct implication on the source, quality and availability of water. The surface drainage patterns are obliterated by every mine and some of the deep opencast and underground…