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Will the Real Montologist Please Stand up?

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
Vinay-in Lumgaundi 2011

‘Since its dictionary existence hasn’t caught on, expecting ‘montology’ as a possible new academic discipline to work its way through could only be preposterous. Isn’t it risking one’s own career path in already established disciplines in favor of a yet-to-be-created discipline? Will it not subsume some of the current dominant areas of ‘expertise’ concerning mountains?There

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Need to Rewrite the Mountain Perspective!

Jul 1st, 2014 | By
Dhol-Keshar singh Bisht-a

Tagged as fragile, remote and marginal, these three aspects have featured prominently in discussions and deliberations concerning development in the mountains in our part of the world. Retired but active academician N S Jodha, a former senior staff with the Kathmandu-based Integrated Center for International Mountain Development, has been credited for using these three features

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No End To The Himalayan Blunder?

Jan 6th, 2014 | By

The response to recent Uttarakhand disaster is seemingly inadequate, writes Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma. It has not only been a policy failure but institutional inadequacies lie exposed too. Mountain peculiarities have remained an exercise in academic deliberations. Often piecemeal and repetitive, several high level committees of the state have neither been able to foresee latent threats

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Mountain Perspective Framework In Post Rio+20 Scenarios: A Discussion Paper

Mar 18th, 2013 | By
Mountain mix farming Dr. Karki

Dr. Madhav Karki discusses about sustainable mountain development- SMD agenda that was adopted during 1992 Rio Earth summit, and how the socio-economic and environmental issues were taken by countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan- HKH region during last 20 years in terms of achieving the goals as envisioned in SMD document. He argues that mountain

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Framing Sustainable Development Goals With Mountain Perspectives: Post Rio+20 Actions

Mar 7th, 2013 | By
Rio-CHI-The future of mountains

Dr. Madhav Karki writes about the commitments made by the member countries during Rio+20 summit on various sustainable development goals (SDGs) on low carbon green economy principles and good governance practices, in socio-economic and environmental perspectives. He argues that post Rio+20 actions should be more cohesive, participatory, multi-disciplinary and simple in approach, so that they

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Safeguarding The Sanctity Of Developmental Aid

Feb 22nd, 2013 | By

Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma’s opinion piece on an an ongoing discourse on ‘Flaw of Big Aid‘ at Climate Himalaya’s discussion platform . There are reasons why James Rinaldi article ‘Flaw of Big Aid’ did not provoke strong emotions from either those who provide ‘aid’ or those who are its recipients. Most of those to whom the

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Mountain Perspective: Monism Of Ideas And Actions To Alternatives

May 7th, 2012 | By
Rudranath Dwar-Ved Badola-featured

Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma: I’m indeed grateful to all the members who made written submissions to the discussions on ‘rewriting mountain perspective‘. At bilateral level, many others have contributed their unwritten thoughts and reflections. While many have gone public with their inputs, others have restricted themselves to drawing-room conversations such that they remain ‘unidentified’ in the

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Costly Chocolate, Dearer Diapers And The Durban Dilemma

Jan 2nd, 2012 | By
Green Ghanaian

Sudhirendar Sharma: By strange coincidence two unrelated developments had surfaced at the time when environment ministers from several countries were mulling over reams of text to resolve the climate conundrum at the port city of Durban in early December  – one, that the branded chocolates were getting costly and two, diapers sales were plummeting across

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Watch The Shades Of `Green Economy’

Oct 27th, 2011 | By
window-Dr. Piyush

Sudhirendar Sharma: Writes about the potential of mountain states in India in terms of their natural wealth and kind of benchmark for the services provided by them. By taking examples from developed countries his doubts are about insignificant valuation of tangible ecosystem services, therefore the unlikely transaction of such payments in near future. His discourse

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Black Soot Aerosols and Water Storage Concerns in Himalaya-Tibetan Plateau

Oct 6th, 2011 | By
Photo by Dr. Hasnain in Sikkim Himalaya

Syed Iqbal Hasnain:Climate change and black carbon are causing the glaciers in the Hindu Kush-Karakorum, Himalaya, and Tibetan plateau to melt.  Their waters feed the river systems throughout South Asia and Southeast Asia, and are essential for drinking water and for irrigating wheat, rice, and other crops throughout the region on which the local populations

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Does Green Matter?

Sep 16th, 2011 | By
Niyamgiri-Green economy

Sudhirendar Sharma:  Why is the developed world, that is obsessed with the idea of `greed economy’, thrusting its new capitalist variant – green economy – on the growing economies? Is it a calculated move to pin down the growing differences between the north and the south with a green business model?  Henk Manschot, a Professor

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A Carte Blanche To China In Gilgit-Baltistan

Sep 13th, 2011 | By
K2-Baltoro Muztagh, Central Karakoram, Pakistan

Syed Iqbal Hasnain: China’s high-stake poker game in Gilgit-Baltistan, a mountainous area that is part of the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, will have disastrous environmental consequences for the entire South Asia region and beyond. Reports in the local and international media indicate that, over the past few years, Beijing has been steadily undertaking

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Cultural Conundrum of Climate Change

Aug 22nd, 2011 | By
Cultural conundrum

Sudhirendar Sharma: Even at the cost of being refuted, it wouldn’t be out of context to prophesize that globalization of climate change will convert the Himalaya into a new playground for capitalism! Not only will the Himalaya get converted into a repository of carbon to counter what others have voluntarily emitted but will charge for

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More Sign of Warming, but Cold Negotiations

Aug 1st, 2011 | By
Prof. Syed Iqbal Hasnain

Syed iqbal Hasnain: The world seems to have taken a step backward in combating climate change in the past year, even though more signs of warming are evident across the globe. In the roughly 12 months between the two United Nations climate change conferences, the Copenhagen summit in December 2009 and Cancun 2010, regrettably the

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Cleansing Ganges

Jul 28th, 2011 | By
Dr. Shankar Sharma

Shankar Sharma: As per media reports Indian officials have recently signed an agreement with the World Bank (WB) to use a $1 billion loan to finance the first major new effort in more than 20 years to cleanse river Ganga. While the decision by the concerned authorities to cleanse river Ganga is wholly welcome, what

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Carbon Crunching At Low Price For The Benefit Of Advanced Nations

Jul 25th, 2011 | By
Dr. Sudhirendar Sharma India

Sudhirendar Sharma: Tucked up in the middle Himalayas, farmers in the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh will crunch atmospheric carbon to help rid the Spaniards of their climate woes. Over the next two decades, over eight lakh tons of carbon dioxide equivalents are likely to be sequestered in over 4,000 hectares of variedly degraded agriculture

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Asymmetric Security Challenges

Jul 24th, 2011 | By
Prof. Hasnain

Syed Iqbal Hasnain : The predominance of bureaucracy and coalition politics in India since 1989 has stunted the growth of strategic thoughts in India. As a consequence, the country does not have a grand strategy or template for its security. That is precisely the reason India is pursuing a highly reactive foreign policy Whenever it

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