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Nitish Kumar visits solar village of Dharnai!

Blog entry by Pujarini Sen | August 4, 2014

The small village of Dharnai was firmly in focus today, as eminent JDU leader and former Chief Minister of Bihar, NitishKumar visited the small village to witness first hand Greenpeace's decentralised renewable energy project there.

All You Wanted To Know About The Gram Sabha

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.

A New Dawn At Dusk

Feature story | July 31, 2014 at 16:24

Before Greenpeace India installed the solar microgrid in Dharnai it was a struggle for people to have access to energy for the basic necessities of life and livelihood -By Arvind Kumar

Crackdown on Forest Rights Activists Escalates

Feature story | July 31, 2014 at 11:35

Do the constant bids to silence and threaten the people's movement in Mahan ever stop? The police in Singrauli stooped to a new low. Barely two months after four forest rights activists were arrested from Greenpeace's Waidhan office, local police...

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...

Police Seize Communication Equipment in Mahan: Mahan Gram Sabha to be Held ‘Behind a...

Feature story | July 29, 2014 at 18:37

The latest in police excesses in Amelia village, Singrauli district- Madhya Pradesh took place today when a Greenpeace mobile phone signal booster was confiscated by local police today, along with other communication equipment. This is especially...

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,...

The People of Mahan Have Prevailed

Feature story | July 23, 2014 at 17:27

The oft-repeated quote by Mahatma Gandhi, "First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win," is extraordinarily apt for the heartening news for people's power in Mahan.

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...

For Dharnai Youth, Solar Fires Up Passion, Local Pride

Blog entry by Somdatta Sengupta | July 21, 2014

Growing up in an era of darkness, Santan dared not believe that things could change for the better, until one day it finally did! By Somdatta Sengupta Dharnai, Bihar — Santan Kumar, 19, is shy, likes to keep to himself and a...

The Power of One

Blog entry by Somdatta Sengupta | July 21, 2014

It is not easy to believe that change is possible or change is good without conviction and a vision for the future By Somdatta Sengupta Bishunpur Tolla, Dharnai, Bihar — During the day, he is busy managing his business. At...

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.

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