Curiously, India is a nation with little regard for structures and monuments, bar its places of worship. But a nation-wide conservation effort can be discerned today, that is reviving useful and proven arts, crafts, practices, resources and systems.
The road from Marx turns right at Gandhi:
Mary and Babloo didn't settle at Timbaktu to retire, but to begin again with the conviction that nature is what really matters.[September,2005]
The Ganga in the sky:
Residents and establishments in Tamil Nadu have taken to rain water harvesting and water recycling proving that local action can alleviate shortages.[April,2005]
Where water flows in veins:
The Smile Index of children and adults here, proves that the networked farm pond idea pioneered by BAIF's branch in Tiptur, Karnataka needs to be spread wide.[July,2003]
Lay naturalists befriend mangroves:
Kerala's mangroves are struggling to survive but faceless Indians with no access to power or wealth are answering the call.[February,2003]
Shree Padre's campaign to save rain water has excited many people into action.
In west Karnataka ,a new, widespread awareness is making people trap and store rain water.[October,2002]
Joint Forest Management [JFM] takes birth in India
Instead of policing people near forests, India has chosen to co-opt them in conserving its biodiversity [Apr,2002]
Self help and community wide action to restore water resources
The village of Baloda Lakha near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh doesn't wait for government aid. [Sep,2001]
Manganiyars and Langas of Rajasthan find a saviour in Komal Kothari.
The timeless desert music is given a new life, even as an audio archive is being created. [May,2001]
The Marwari horse, is making a comeback
This horse, so well adapted to India was becoming extinct, until rescued by some devoted Rajputs [Dec,2000]
The forests have a chance
The biennial State of Forest,1999 report has some news to cheer[Nov,2000]
The drought had it's heroes too!
Several communities in Rajasthan and Gujarat showed that man can influence nature if he works with it.[Aug,2000]
When rulers were visionary....
Anupam Mishra's loving evocation of a time that combined conservation, economy and culture.[Aug,2000]