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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Gram Sabha... And Were Afraid to Ask!

Blog entry by Sridevi Padmanabhan | July 31, 2014

What is a Gram Sabha? The Gram Sabha (elected every five years) is a meeting of all adults who live in the area covered by a panchayat. Anyone who is 18 years old or more and who has the right to vote is a member of the Gram Sabha.

First-Hand Account of Crackdown & Arrest of Activists

Blog entry by Vivek Goyal | July 30, 2014

It was a serious case of déjà vu! The knocks on the door of the guesthouse after midnight began just like the last time on May 8 when police barged in to arrest my Greenpeace colleagues on false pretexts. This time around there were...

Changing the status quo in Dharnai!

Blog entry by Avik Roy | July 28, 2014

It is inspiring when you see happiness touching every aspect of life in front of you. One tends to feel accomplished to be a part of the carnival of human emotions. Something similar happened when I travelled to Dharnai last week to...

Dharnai – The (Sun)light at the end of the Tunnel !

Blog entry by Rahul Prasad | July 24, 2014

We all have been hearing about the solar micro-grid in Dharnai, Bihar, which will provide electricity access to the village deprived of power, for the last 30 years or so. It gives a sense of fulfilment and great accomplishment to us,...

Is This What Development Is?

Blog entry by Ardhra Karayil, Ajay Arockiadass & Rizwan Zubair | July 21, 2014

The controversial IB Report that demonizes many NGOs and targets Greenpeace India has been in the news a lot. It is clear to us that the report is biased and totally misleading. Having worked with Greenpeace on various issues including...

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