Nivedita

Two decades of exposure to social issues as a journalist, as a writer and as a socially conscious traveler. Currently working as an independent journalist, I write on water, environment, climate change and interests of India’s tribal population. I have earlier worked with the Press Trust of India, India’s premier news agency, and the Hindustan Times, Delhi focusing on developmental and environmental issues. My special interests include writing about water, rivers, forests and India’s north-eastern states, especially Arunachal Pradesh. A University topper and a gold medalist, I have also won awards for environmental and health reporting. This is my personal space showcasing my professional work and also chronicling my musings and other interests such as photography

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Just few good photos

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Today’s post is going to be just few good photos … Here is a wonderful banyan tree with a massive canopy. This is found at a place called Shukrataal in Uttar Pradesh. So after Shukrataal, I go straight to Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. Such a cute yawn, I just could not resist capturing it. Again I
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Earth Day 2017: Are we doing enough for our Mother Earth?

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This year’s theme is ‘Environmental and Climate Literacy’ which seeks to “empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.” Decide your own contribution when you celebrate ‘Earth Day’ on April 22 Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) institutionalized an innovative system for the betterment of environment in 2016. It officially promoted and
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All rivers require special status

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By Ritwick Dutta If rivers are considered as living beings, we must recognise that in India today, they are an endangered species. In his book, Animal Revolution (1975), Peter Singer popularised a term called ‘speciesists.’ According to him, “Racists violate the principle of equality by giving greater weight to the interests of members of their
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Are Ganga and Yamuna going to be ‘living entities’ only for Uttarakhand?

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Allowing the river to be a legal entity means according it the right to live “While exercising the parens patrie jurisdiction, the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna, all their tributaries, streams, every natural water flowing with flow continuously or intermittently of these rivers, are declared as juristic/ legal persons/ living entities having the status of a
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Indus Waters Treaty must change for environment, not to choke Pakistan’s lifeline

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The pact must bring riparian nations China and Afghanistan on board amid changing climatic conditions. Ten days after the dastardly terrorist attack at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, much water has flown down the Indus. The Indus Water Treaty 1960 (IWT) that governs the water-sharing arrangement between India and Pakistan has suddenly hogged all the
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Arunachal hydropower project halted to save black-necked cranes

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The decision by the National Green Tribunal is likely to lead to more comprehensive impact assessment studies for other hydropower projects proposed in the Brahmaputra basin Hopes have resurfaced on saving the nesting grounds of endangered black-necked cranes in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh after the National Green Tribunal in April suspended the
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More people should use this zero sewage discharge toilet

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The three-decade old ‘Gramkranti Eco-Bio Toilet’ doesn’t pollute or need a septic tank or a sewage network. In fact, its output is a nutrient-rich liquid that can be used as a pesticide! Toilets need a septic tank or a connection to a sewage network, enough water to clean and flush, and regular maintenance to ensure
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Are we going to wait till nature says — ‘I told you so’ !!!

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Amid clamour for development, there are warnings for even the blind persons to see and deaf to hear. But is the government hell bent on pursuing a “wrong model of development”? Garhwal Himalayas witnessed widespread destruction in June 2013 deluge (Photo: www.uttarakhandpanorama.com) Suddenly all the headlines of the stories I had done and read cautioning
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The three wonders of the ancient world solving modern water problems

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In Peru, Kenya and India, NGOs are helping communities overcome water scarcity using wisdom from the past   Across large swaths of the Thar desert in western India, traditional techniques for harvesting the little amount of rain that falls has helped people survive the powerful effects of the sun for centuries. The most beautiful of
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An incomplete and non-updated resources inventory from almost 25 states on IDRN can undo the meagre preparedness and prove hindrance in the daunting relief and rehabilitation work in case of natural disaster in India   “All they needed was a long enough rope to divert the falling tree to the desired spot. But no one
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