Neeraj Kumar Pandey

Depleting Forest Cover & Rising Air Pollution

GUEST COLUMN In the contemporary global order more than fifty per cent of the world population is already urbanised and this figure is expected to touch 68 per cent by 2050. Alongside such high margin of industrialisation and urbanisation, there has been a disproportionately massive surge in the global air pollution levels as well. While air toxicity levels frequently...

The Ban on Single Use Plastics : Towards Gandhian Ideal Of Clean India

GUEST COLUMN The Gandhian model for social and economic development of Indian society was eclectic and reformtaive in essence. It was a mix of motley principles and values which combined to form a holistic approach towards social, economic and political empowerment of each and every individual in society. For Gandhi no social institution could exist in isolation. Growth of...

Torching of our forest resources

GUEST COLUMN The ongoing forest fires in Amazon rain forests in Brazil which are also known as the “lungs of the Earth” and yields more than 15 per cent of the world’s oxygen, is a testimony to the devastating plight which the forest and grasslands have met. Similarly in 2016, the wild fire which had set ablaze the California...

Rain Water Harvesting: a Sustainable Solution to Water Crisis

GUEST COLUMN Particularly in cities like Shimla, Chennai and Bengaluru, several residential localities have been experiencing interruptions in regular supply of water for weeks altogether. Even in Uttarakhand’s provisional state capital Dehradun, disproportionate rise in the population and decline in cyclic rainfall are the two dominating factors which have contributed to shortage of water, especially during the summer months....

Saving ecology is saving life

GUEST COLUMN Human civilisation dependent on ecology Each year the world environmental day comes as a reminder of how profoundly the human civilisation is dependent on its ecology. Although every year the unique themes fixed by UN focus on various global environmental concerns, the theme for 2019 namely ‘Air Pollution’ holds an exceptionally special relevance. The last couple of...

Increasing Traffic Woes in Dehradun

Guest Column Gone are the days when Dehradun held the pristine charm of being one of the most verdant and serene hill towns in India. Fast forward to 2019 and pedestrians are seen struggling to walk on the roads which are perpetually jammed due to vehicular overload. Since becoming the provisional Capital city of Uttarakhand in 2000, Dehradun has...

Insight into the Burgeoning Migration Menace

GUEST-COLUMN       Neeraj Kumar Pande   Historically, migration has been an all pervasive phenomenon that has occurred parallely in all urbanising societies across the world. Indian society gradually drifted economically as well as socially towards a post-liberalisation and industrialisation era. The archaic social institutions like joint family, collective asset generation and female exclusion from economic activity outside...

Increasing vulnerability of our wildlife heritage

Guest-Column         Neeraj Kumar Pande Wildlife tourism has always been an integral element of the travel industry of almost all the countries whether developed or developing ones. The richness of the natural heritage of any destination is defined by the variety and uniqueness of flora and fauna which it is bestowed with. Indian wildlife tourism has...

THE IMPENDING WATER DEPLETION CRISIS

GUEST COLUMN Thursday, 30 August 2018 | Neeraj Kumar Pande | Dehradun– We live in a world where climatic changes due to rising global pollution, deforestation and other factors are affecting the developed and ‘third world’ countries alike. The recent forest fires in the USA and the unprecedented temperature rise in several countries of Europe, is testimony to the vulnerability of even...

A VOICE AGAINST ECOLOGICAL MUTILATION

Thursday, 19 July 2018 | Neeraj Kumar Pande | Dehradun– The Government’s resolution of axing down thousands of trees in Delhi came at a juncture where most residents already had cold feet in anticipation of the impending smoggy and incommodious winter. Similar is the scenario in Dehadun, the eco-sensitive provisional capital of Uttarakhand, where several magnificent trees have been razed to the...