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Hindu: Lessons from the mountains: The Story of Gaura Devi

C.S. LAKSHMI The Hindu – May 21, 2000 A WISE person once said that forestry is not about trees. It is about people. No one has realised this more than the women of the Uttarakhand region. Everyone by now knows about the Chipko Movement. But…

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The Sahayog affair

By Rajeev Dhavan The Hindu, May 19, 2000 SAHAYOG IS an organisation working on `AIDS’ education in the Kumaon Hills of Uttar Pradesh. In September 1999, it published a pamphlet called `AIDS aur Hum’ (AIDS and us) which described sexual acts explicitly. It also portrayed,…

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Toiling is thy name woman!

GOPESHWAR: Garhwali women – fair, slim, beautiful, literate and ever smiling. Isn’t that the picture that comes to mind? It is amazing how these women carry the burden of running the household single-handedly, while their men idle away their time. A woman’s day in Garhwal…

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Hill culture falling prey to alien influences

Rajendra Bansal/Dehra Dun Daily Pioneer — January 11, 2000 Himalayan Environment Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESCO), a voluntary organisation here, which was awarded the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru award for the year 1999-2000 by the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, at the just concluded National…

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Need to rewrite UP forest rules

Times of India News Service / Aditi Kapoor October 18, 1999 PAURI: The state government and the World Bank would do well to learn the rules of forest conservation from the army of Mahila Mangal Dals (MMDs) – the informal village women’s groups – active…

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Uttarakhand women break new ground

By Aditi Kapoor, Times of India, 23 August 1999 PAURI: In the hills of Uttarakhand, something unspeakable is happening. Fathers are teaching their daughters how to plough! Ploughing is widely considered to be an exclusively “male” activity; there is a taboo on women using the…

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What Elections Are Not About

Niraja Gopal Jayal Seminar, No. 480, August, 1999 As we prepare for the fifth general election of this decade, we also prepare to face the same slogans that are invariably dusted out and aired whenever an election is around the corner. These include Secularism, Nationalism,…

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Fleeing the Mountains: Downhill Migration

With few job opportunities in the Garhwal hills and no other means of income, more and more hill people head downhill towards the big cities in search of a livelihood. By Mahesh Uniyal Time has stood still in Byasi’s roadside market ever since the first…

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Female Foeticide

From Female Foeticide by Madhu Gurung, 1999. C/o Colonel (Retired) R.B. Gurung, Ranjhawala, P. O. Raipur, Dehra Dun. (U.P.). Copyright © Madhu Gurung, 1999. Area Study 4: Uttar Pradesh (Dehra Dun) The road to Kandoli village is ten kms past the impressive Indian Military Academy.…

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Uttarakhand: The Road Ahead

In many ways the last year and a half have been positive for the Uttarakhand movement. The movement shifted its focus from dharnas and agitations on the streets to discussions in drawing rooms and seminar halls. Anoop Kumar Doon City Chronicle, June 1999 If a…

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