Latha Obitrz 

 Latha Anantha, one of India's most untiring activists against the madness of 'development' and for alternatives, undoubtedly one of the main voices for saving rivers, especially in Kerala, against dams and other destruction, passed away on 16 Nov. 2017. She had set up the River Research Centre, and the Chalakudypuzha Samrakshana Samithi, the latter to struggle to save the Chalakudy river from damming. The Samithi recently became a core group member of the Vikalp Sangam process. Our deep condolences to her family and friends

Learning from Grassroots Transformations: Blogpost on a workshop KV and others organized on the 29th of September 2017 at the University of Dundee, Scotland, as one of the five T-Labs that took place prior to the Transformations Conference 2017.

Sarmolibirdfestpics

A four day (23-26 April 2017) event, the Himal Kalasutra Bird Festival, concluded yesterday at Sarmoli village, above Munsiari, Uttarakhand. An annual event, this was organised by Sarmoli village (in whose van panchayat forest, and that of Shankhdhura village, quite a bit of birding took place), Maati Sangathan, Himal Prakriti, Jungli School, Kalpavriksh,  and Himalayan Ark. Most participants were villagers from the area and surrounds in Kumaon, some from outside the state; on the first day several schools (with kids of various ages!) also took part. In total, we saw 125 species. Some images can be viewed here at Ashish Blog

More than 75 organisations and movements, and another 50-plus individuals have written to Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, asking him to use his position to safeguard the rights and interests of the Dongria Kondh adivasis and other local communities in Niyamgiri, Odisha, against attempts by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India, to link their organization NiyamgiriSurakshaSamiti with ‘Maoists’ in its 2016-17 Annual Report.

Please read the Petition