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Why India Must Submit To King Coal—For Now

Why India Must Submit To King Coal—For Now

Workers at a coal mine in West Bengal.   Second of a three-part series assessing India’s energy options as climate change gathers pace.   Mumbai: Coal generates over 75% of…

Indians, Marginal Polluters. So Why Cut Coal?

Indians, Marginal Polluters. So Why Cut Coal?

Women carrying coal from a mine near Dhanbad, Jharkhand.   First of a three-part series assessing India’s energy options as climate change gathers pace   Mumbai: India’s development dilemma centres…

$94 Billion On Basic Education Doesn’t Address Teaching Crisis

$94 Billion On Basic Education Doesn’t Address Teaching Crisis

  In February 2015, the western state of Maharashtra held its annual evaluation tests for teachers of government-run schools, those who teach (a) classes I to V and (b) classes…

For India’s Farmers, Harder Life Ahead: Latest Studies

For India’s Farmers, Harder Life Ahead: Latest Studies

  The unseasonal rain and erratic weather unsettling the Indian farmer—and the nation’s agriculture, economy and politics—are no aberrations.   Extreme rainfall events in central India, the core of the…

A Farmer’s Life Crisis—And India’s Farming Predicament

A Farmer’s Life Crisis—And India’s Farming Predicament

Ramlal, 35, of UP’s Rajwada village, could not escape the effects of India’s increasingly uncertain weather, despite being part of India’s farming elite and its middle class. His wheat farm…

A Bangalore Neighbourhood’s Toxic Air Portends India’s Future

A Bangalore Neighbourhood’s Toxic Air Portends India’s Future

  On the day this story was written, April 10, 2015, the area with India’s most toxic air—among 10 cities where a new National Air Quality Index functions—was south Bangalore’s…

Keeping Chicken Healthy Threatens India’s Health

Keeping Chicken Healthy Threatens India’s Health

  Outside the northern city limits of Bangalore, in a commercial poultry farm, cages packed with screeching chicken, sit on metal stilts. In a corner of the farm, men pack…