When Media and Money Collide
In 2003, Bennett, Coleman Company Limited (BCCL) came up with a unique offering to its legions of clients – a ‘paid content’ service called Medianet, which would send journalists to cover product launches, events and other ‘news-worthy’ happenings and generously feature the same in their newspapers as long as a hefty fee was paid. In other wor
Where Is This Useless, Meandering Talk on Sustainability Taking Us?
I am making this attempt despite the [not fully articulated] belief that since nobody can sustain life – cannot live forever, then why all this hue and cry about sustainable living. Is it an effort to live longer, to add a few more years in our planet’s life cycle, or is it just an effort to make our own life a bit more easy and comfortable?
Things NGOs do for the sake of religion, in the name of religion
To be sure, there are many who are mighty suspicious or plain contemptuous of these NGOs. The fear is that they are fronts for continuing Western imperialism (especially when it comes to Christian organisations) and/or religious conversion. Not all such concerns are valid, of course, but...
Interlinking of rivers, or the fallacy of development agendas
Take a cursory look at the numbers: 3,000 storage structures, a canal network stretching almost 15,000 km and transferring 174 billion litres of water a year, 34 GW of hydroelectric power generated, 87 million acres of land irrigated, and over 500,000 people facing displacement. No surprises for guessing that most of those people will be the already poo