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It is important for India to embrace sustainable development: Swati Sharma

Today India’s metropolitan cities are paying the price of unplanned developments over the years. With no water to drink and no fresh air to breath, the city infrastructure has collapsed completely due to the poor urban planning. Had the authorities focused more on sustainable development, the scenario would have been different completely. It is important for developing economies like India to understand and embrace sustainability at every level. Not only it should practice suitable development, but it should also educate the students about it. Though the government has now shifted its focus towards sustainability now, there are organizations like Future Institute that are working on sustainable development for long. Coming up with Himalayan Institute of Alternatives Ladakh (HAIL), th...

Is Abrogation of Article 370 a Silver Lining for Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh!

by Neeti Raina In the late 1980s, life as I (a junior school student) knew was quite comfortable during the harsh winter months in Jammu and Kashmir. In Srinagar, where I lived with my family (till December 1989), on an average load-shedding for 12 hours a day– particularly covering peak hours, was a norm. Every household would make arrangements to manage this thrice-a-week power cut (called ‘Vaaer’ in Kashmiri literally translated to Turn). From dusk or at night children would study and do their homework, women would cook and finish their household chores under the light of a petromax lamp (a star performer) or the traditional kerosene lamp or even the humble candle. The entire family would huddle around the lamp or the candle (back then one did not have the luxury of having more th...

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