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The Ganga’s Last Roar

Mega dams. Crumbling mountains. Collapsing villages. India’s mightiest river is being chained to kilometres of man-made tunnels. TUSHA MITTAL travels upto Gangotri, tracking a disaster in the making. [more]

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Scars of development

Combat Law, September-October 2007 After getting full statehood in November 2000, Uttarakhand has become even easier target for the vested interests of private entrepreneurs in collusion with the political leadership of the state, reveals Suresh Nautiyal. This monsoon, as we moved closer to Gangotari from…

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Elites and Political Change vis-a-vis Mass Movement Politics in Uttarakhand

At the time of independence, hill region of United Provinces was organised into three districts under Kumaun Commissionary. The districts of Almora, Nainital and Pauri Garhwal were under the administrative control of the Commissioner of Kumaun. Besides this, the Commissioner of Kumaun was the British…

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Tehri Dam: Submersion of a Town, Not of an Idea

By Shekhar Pathak Economic and Political Weekly 13th August 2005, p. 3637 Despite local protests over two decades, the Tehri dam was finally built. There were people in the area who supported it because of the seemingly attractive compensation that was offered. The completion of…

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Slow Boat to Oblivion: The Sinking of Tehri

Photos and text by Rajiv Nayan Bahuguna and Harsh Dobhal In the midst of collapsed houses, corrugated surfaces, tangled wires and heaps of mud, loudspeakers from a dilapidated mosque blare out afternoon azaan. And as we enter the mosque, we meet 5-6 Muslim youth, all…

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Uttarakhand and the human right to development

(Excerpts of the presidential speech delivered by Ravi Kiran Jain, Senior Advocate, Allahabad High Court, and the President of Uttar Pradesh People’s Union for Civil Liberties, at the 24th Annual JP Memorial Lecture, at Rink Hall, Mallital, Nainital, Uttaranchal, on March 23, 2004.) PUCL Bulletin,…

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Mine, not yours

Kanchi Kohli The Hindu, Sunday, Mar 28, 2004 Threatened by limestone quarrying, the people of Hemwalghati launched an agitation to safeguard their livelihood and rights. Kanchi Kohli comments. “Paharh ki haddi tootegi, desh ki dharti doobegi.” (If the backbone of the hills breaks, the plains…

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A Mountain Crumbles

Purnima S. Tripathi Frontline, Volume 20 – Issue 22, October 25 – November, 07, 2003 Uttarkashi is in the grip of fear as the Varunavat mountain on the edge of the town has cracked up and may collapse on it any time. The Varunavat mountain…

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State of limbo

PURNIMA S. TRIPATHI Frontline, Volume 20 – Issue 20, September 27 – October 10, 2003 Uttaranchal’s preoccupation with the October 1994 police firing on pro-statehood activists stands in the way of the State moving ahead and tackling real issues facing it. ON October 2, 1994,…

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Outlook: Oh, What A Racket!

Anupreeta Das Outlook, September 22, 2003 Lush forests are not the only bounty that Uttaranchal got in its kitty after it became a state in November 2000. It also got close to 45,000 NGOs—mind-boggling for a state so tiny, with a population of only 84.7…

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