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
Part One: Some Facts   General Scenario Water, the finite natural resource, covers more than two-thirds of the earth, but only a small part of it is suitable for drinking and irrigation and is distributed unevenly among countries. According to the UN estimates, the total amount of water on earth is about 1.4 billion (one point four billion) cubic kilometre (cu.km), which is enough to cover the earth with a layer of 3000 metres depth. But, less than three per cent of the total water available on... 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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