Life versus Livelihood: Is there any Choice?

The same question haunts the people, who live in Kolkata slums as well as in the Indian Sundarbans: how do we save our lives without protecting our livelihoods? They are asking this question at a moment when the government prioritizes the life over livelihood as part of combatting measures against the Covid-19 advising the people

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On Kings and Invaders: Kolis, Jellyfish, and Climate Change

Jellyfish are gelatinous animals that are brainless, boneless, and bloodless. They are among the oldest animals on Earth, having been around for at least 500 million years. There are roughly 10,000 species of this uncanny animal, most of which inhabit ocean waters. They range from the commonly sighted, bell-shaped moon jellyfish to the ghostly and

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Living with climate change in Sundarbans, India

Sundarbans, the mangrove delta area, which belongs to both India and Bangladesh, is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change. Erratic weather, storms, and the rising seawater have already been contributing to a steady flow of migration from the area to the megacity Kolkata and even cities further away. In 2009, the

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Reflections from the Bonn Climate Change Conference 2019: Transparency in Climate Actions

I obtained a lofty chance to participate in the Bonn Climate Change Conference 2019 organised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) thanks to the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), Finland. The Bonn Climate Change Conference is meant for organizing meetings and negotiating sessions which, as the conference organizing committee informs,

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Education for All! How far are we from the goal posts?

How does the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE), progress in India? Have the RTE Act begun to realize the goals that it set to achieve within a stipulated period? The answers seem to be not so optimistic as far as the education of the children in Sunderbans is concerned.

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Is rural economy thriving in post-Aila Sunderbans, India?

This question began to haunt me since a doctoral student who himself is from the Sunderbans told me that the cyclone Aila (2009) had helped their economy to prosper. Hearing this I was stunned. I never imagined that the cyclone Aila, which had devastated the economy of Sunderbans and uprooted thousands of people from their

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