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From Womb to Tomb: Can Microgrid Alter the Fate of Women in Rural India?

Blog entry by Neha Khator | July 21, 2014

Women in Dharnai, like Soni Devi, struggle every day to fulfill basic necessities of food, water and fuel, often risking their health and saf ety By Neha Khator Dharnai, Bihar — Till back in November last year, meeting...

Power from the Sun: A new life for Dharnai, India

Blog entry by Neha Khator and Ruhie Kumar | July 20, 2014

In this world where we seem surrounded by news of gloom and doom, we don't often hear stories of positive change. But here is one: a story of a village that has unshackled itself from darkness, after 30 years of having its energy...

Dharnai Goes LIVE Powered by Greenpeace’s First Solar Microgrid

Feature story | July 20, 2014 at 11:00

The miracle wasn’t caused by any divine intervention but by the sheer determination of Greenpeace India and the residents of Dharnai who came together to make the impossible happen.

The Blame Game Over The Power Crisis

Blog entry by Nandikesh Sivalingam | July 19, 2014

It's that time of the year again- when the buck gets passed! Every summer when the power crisis hits hard, the whole rigmarole begins with the power companies blaming coal mining companies for fuel scarcity, mining companies blaming...

Gunjan Devi: “This light has been our liberation!”

Blog entry by Somdatta Sengupta | July 18, 2014

Women can move around without fear and socialise after dark since the solar-powered microgrid has started operation in the village Dharnai, Bihar — It was a moment to remember. The local panchayat bhavan was buzzing with...

Lights! Dharnai! Action!

Blog entry by Somdatta Sengupta | July 18, 2014

After sunset, the stage is set for all Dharnai folks to come together for a chat, friendly banter or neighbourly meet-up Dharnai, Bihar — Times are changing. No longer do women in Dharnai rush to get dinner ready before dark. No...

Say Hello To Green Teams!

Blog entry by Kanchi Dave | July 18, 2014

Green Teams is a project by Greenpeace aimed at educating students under 16 about the environment and the issues it's facing. Our first program was at Shama Vidya Shala. It was a week-long awareness session for students from 1st to...

Quality Defines Success in Dharnai

Blog entry by Anand Prabu Pathanjali | July 16, 2014

The success of a microgrid largely depends on the quality of components used right from the generation, transmission and storage. For example, in the microgird installed at Dharnai, we have used a grade A solar panel with the...

Forged Gram Sabha Complaint: Jabalpur HC Takes Singrauli SP to Task

Feature story | July 16, 2014 at 16:06

The issue of the forged signatures in the Gram Sabha resolution has received a boost from the Jabalpur High Court. The HC has pulled up the Superintendent of Police of Singrauli for not taking action on the complaint filed by the villagers on the...

Voice of the Environment!

Blog entry by Manish Kumar | July 16, 2014

Over the past year, I have been working as a face-to-face fundraiser at Greenpeace. I am part of a passionate group of people, both young and old, men and women, who spend day after day on the streets of India, speaking to strangers...

Stop Muzzling Voices of Dissent!

Feature story | July 11, 2014 at 14:07

It has been said that dissent is the highest form of patriotism. However, the arbitrary manner in which the government has attempted to muzzle voices of dissent in democracy in the name of financial scrutiny seems to indicate the exact opposite.

Dharnai: Going LIVE on July 20

Feature story | July 10, 2014 at 17:15

Several decades have passed since India became an independent country, but several million of its citizens still live in darkness. The centralised grid system has failed to live up to the hopes and aspirations of the people, with those in rural...

Is this The New Normal?

Blog entry by Divya Raghunandan | July 9, 2014

To get away from the madness of trawling through a never-ending stream of emails, debates on the implications of the looming threat of shutting down Greenpeace and answering endless inane questions from 'concerned' journalists on how...

Should we become thugs to deal with bullies?

Blog entry by Nagesh Anand | July 7, 2014

Should we become thugs in order to deal with bullies? It is a question that I have been struggling with for the past few days. Today Greenpeace is being bullied. The kind of baseless allegations and rhetoric that some media outlets as...

Finding Hope!

Blog entry by Ruth D’Costa | July 4, 2014

The sleepy Coimbatore Express finally decided to crawl out of Lokmanya Tilak Terminus at 04:20 this morning. The 5-hour, 45-minute delay doesn't seem to work against the engine driver's conscience, who makes lasting stops at every...

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