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The hapless people of the Kosi flood plain in northern Bihar were told that the Kosi embankment project would usher in a new era of prosperity and hope for them. These areas are submerged under water for many months each year. Suresh Nautiyal reviews DK Mishra's book, which traces the history of this engineered tragedy Even as the relief contributions continued to pour in from the various quarters for the victims of the Kosi floods in the northern districts of Bihar, the spate of horror stories... Read more
On Tuesday 5 August 2008, Ms. Saruul Agvaandorj, Leader of the Mongolian Green Movement, and Mr. Arslan Gombosuren, Leader of the Just Society Front, were arrested while taking part in a peaceful protest. They have been detained for 14 days but what happens after that is unknown. Saruul recently attended the Global Greens Congress in São Paulo, Brazil. Background. The Mongolian elections were held on Sunday 29 June 2008. Violent clashes followed, with protesters alleging fraud, and on... Read more
Ingrid libre! Photo Julian Orgega Martinez
The members of the Global Greens Coordination expressed their joy and relief after learning that Ingrid Betancourt, the former leader and presidential candidate of the Colombian Green Party (Partido Verde–Oxigeno), has been freed after being held hostage by the FARC Guerrilla for more than 6 years. Ms. Betancourt participated in 2001 as leader of the Colombian Green Party (Partido Verde – Oxigeno) in the first ever Global Greens Congress in Canberra, Australia. In Canberra she expressed... Read more
São Paulo, Brazil  3 May 2008 Thank you Global Greens for inviting us to Brazil to take part in this very important conference. Many of you may not know that Brazil does not recognize Taiwan passports, and that our delegation was only able to obtain visas to join this conference on account of the intercession of the Brazilian Green Party. We therefore give our special thanks to the Brazilian Greens and all members of the organizing committee. On account of the efforts of the United States and... Read more
By Thomas Dietz Twenty years ago, in June 1979, the first elections to the European parliament were held. The results for the few, at that time only loosely organised green lists contesting the elections were already considerable, but not good enough to send any representatives to the European Parliament. Ten years later the greens could achieve an almost sensational breakthrough. In 1999, they could even top this success, although, after the mixed results in 1994, almost nobody had believed... Read more
By Suresh Nautiyal TRANSLATING grave environmental issues into ecological democracy movement is an enormous task before us all in the era of forced globalisation and chosen globalised warming. In fact, the subject is already dried out recipe of modern technologising world even as we wish to move forward in search of ecological sustainability that has been the object of fierce debate in the midst of emblematic North seeing nature as an indiscriminately exploitable resource for their consumption... Read more
By: Suresh Nautiyal This monsoon, as we moved closer to Gangotari from the holy town of Uttarkashi, the hum of demon-sized machines, bulldozing sounds of construction vehicles, and dynamite explosions became as perennial as the river Bhagirathi down below the serpentine and muddy road. The dusk was already drawing its dark shades amidst uninterrupted drizzling. The bewildered driver of our vehicle was silently and fearfully negotiating the sharp and unexpected bends even as the friends (two of... Read more
Re-thinking the relationship between Southern and Northern civil societies in enhancing ecological democracy: A case of South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy IN SEARCH OF SUSTAINABILITY Defining ecological democracy is one of the tasks before us in this seminar. The concept is a new one and has to be debated and defined in fora like this seminar where people from different cultures and movements have come together. New concepts such as ecological democracy need to evolve so that we can... Read more
Paper compiled by: Suresh Nautiyal For the Seminar on Uttarakhand Issues Organised by: Centre for the Study of Developing Societies On August 24, 2001 at the Gandhi Peace Foundation, New Delhi Even as the G-8 nations (Russia, France, the US, Japan, Germany, Britain, Italy, and Canada) prepare themselves to meet in Kananaskis, a remote Canadian mountain resort near Calgary, Alberta, for the next year’s Summit after having failed to resolve sharp differences over global warming during this year’... Read more
By Suresh Nautiyal A people with a satisfactory literacy rate of over 70 per cent, a good percentage of them with higher education, do not deserve for themselves the impoverished conditions just because they are placed in a difficult topography and are compelled to bear the hostile geographic characteristics. Even the formation of a new state of Uttaranchal in November 2000 and the BJP dispensation at the helms of affairs in the hill state have failed to effect a spin in the local economy. Also... Read more

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