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No food security without ecological and livelihood security

Providing food for the poor is important, says Ashish Kothari, but the Food Security Bill must also create the conditions under which people can provide food for themselves, or have the means to buy it

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The future no one wants?

Rio+20 is expected to come up with a strong actionable plan towards sustainability, but its first official document is more business as usual than a bold vision of the future, and fails to rein in the irresponsibility of private corporations and profligate consumerism by the rich, says Ashish Kothari

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2012: A year for transformation?

2012 has been predicted by many cultures as landmark for massive transformations. May this be a year when we witness many more alternative grassroots initiatives that will help us push back the forces of destruction unleashed by the blind pursuit of economic growth, writes Ashish Kothari

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Is sustainability truly built into the 12th 5-Year Plan?

Perhaps for the first time, environment and related livelihoods issues figure in several chapters of a 5-Year Plan approach paper. But it is far from achieving the kind of integration of environment, economy, and livelihoods that is required if India is to meet its obligations to its people, to nature, and to international agreements, writes Ashish Kothari

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Can LPG fuel a real consumer revolution?

Does the proposal to limit a family’s consumption of subsidised LPG cylinders to four a year indicate a realisation that we can no longer afford to subsidise the lifestyles of the rich? If the poor can face all kinds of restrictions on their consumption of natural resources etc, why not the rich, asks Ashish Kothari.

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The impending extinction of wildlife committees

Civil society members on India’s most important wildlife conservation committees are mostly rubber stamps, says Ashish Kothari, making these forums so much greenwash for pushing ‘development’ projects that threaten wildlife habitats through

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How not to save wetlands

The Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, notified in 2010, is a recipe for failure and conflict: it is unwieldy and contradictory, it concentrates all power in the hands of state and central governments, and it provides absolutely no role for citizens living around the wetlands to be conserved, says Ashish Kothari

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Conservation suicide

Hostility and anger against authoritarian, conflict-generating conservation is growing amongst lakhs of people across India. Responding in a knee-jerk manner to the tiger crisis, government has facilitated the notification of a spate of new tiger reserves without any consultation with local communities that have shared the habitat with the tiger for centuries, writes Ashish Kothari

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The Forest Rights Act is floundering

An eight-month investigation into the implementation of the Forest Rights Act by a committee that travelled across 17 states has identified several systemic faults. Ashish Kothari reports

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Shine on you crazy diamonds...

By Ashish Kothari

The environment fraternity lost five extraordinary individuals in 2009 -- Ravi Sankaran, Smitu Kothari, W A Alan Rodgers, Narendranath Gorrepati and Edward Goldsmith. All of them had a commitment to a saner world, visions of how this could be attained, and the passion to transform their visions into real action

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