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Dr Nachiketa Das Guest Columns : 1

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Eastern India must not become a desert
Just about a quarter of a century ago, in December 1985, I had disembarked at Palam Airport of New Delhi from a flight from London to board an Indian Airlines plane to Bhubaneswar, which is the capital of my state of Orissa, and also my hometown where my parents lived. The three hour long domestic flight was scheduled to depart around the mid-day with a stop over at Raipur in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. After an early morning fog the sky over New Delhi was all clear and a brigh...
N Das Soumya Ranjan: Feedback sent to Author: Eastern-India-must-not-become-a-desert

Dear sir,

Read your article on the alarming level of deforestation and desertification in parts of Odisha and Bengal. It was thought-provoking and very insightful. I al.... [2 comments]
First Military Assault on Tibet - Part I
Anytime the present Dalai Lama, the Fourteenth one, is discussed in western media, China is mentioned in an accusatory tone, and blamed for committing all the horrendous crimes in Tibet. The news items give the impression that the bald and cuddly Dalai Lama is the sweetest darling second only to the teddy bear to the western hearts, which are bleeding incessantly ever since he fled Lhasa - on the 17th of March 1959 - and took refuge in India. Politicians of the West, and western media reinforce...
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First Assault on Tibet - British plans - Part II
In the mid-nineteenth century Britain made repeated overtures to Tibet to open a land route for trade purposes, essentially a covert design to expand the plunder of China. The Tibetans were fearful of Britain, so they always rebuffed British offers. In the first two years of the twentieth century the British made up their mind to force open Tibet, instead of waiting for Tibetan consent....
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Sea level rise: Inundation of coastal India
Global warming is making sea level rise. Sea level, however, will not rise appreciably overnight, not in months, not even in years. The rise will assume dangerous proportions only over a substantial length of time, perhaps over decades. The assertions are not designed to make you complacent my readers, but you need not panic either. The sensationalist movies and documentaries that you have been watching show the sea invading deep into eastern India, inundating the capital of West Bengal Kolkata,...
N Das Dr. S K Mukhopadhyay: I am very happy that Dr. Das has written such a good and informative blog. The content helped me a lot to elaborate the slogan of the World Environment Day 2014, "Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level" to the common people. Thanks and regards [10 comments]
Global Warming to Make Ganges Run Dry?
Global warming, now in 2008, is real, and upon us. How will global warming affect the rivers in India; will they all dry up? Can the holy Ganges, the river that has shaped and sustained Indian civilisation through the ages, who we Indians revere as the life-giving mother, run dry! Many climate experts and environmentalists, in the last ten years, have been making dire predictions of the Ganges becoming seasonal. Some doomsayers have even gone to the extent of boldly predicting the river to be ep...
N Das ratan kumar jain: Feedback sent to Author: Global-Warming,-Ganges,-Himalayas-and-Erratic-monsoon

Great ! relly great !!

I have all the gratitude and regards to you for all your such indepth study on Indian environment , global warming , future seaso.... [2 comments]
Orissa: Fight poverty, not each other
I have lived and worked in 6 countries, including India, and visited dozens more. I am purposefully harping on my cosmopolitan experience to add authenticity to my observations that have an important bearing on the subject matter of this article. I have seen quite a few Oriya cultural associations in foreign lands and have participated in some, either as a member or as an invitee. The single most noticeable feature of Oriya associations abroad, regardless of their size: be they tiny with 10 memb...
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Remembering the Horrors of Nuclear Attack
Hiroshima Day is not a day of celebration; it is a day of remembrance. This sombre observance is a reminder of a quarter of a million souls who have perished due to a single catastrophic explosion on a bright and beautiful sunny Monday morning of the 6th of August 1945 in Hiroshima, brought about by an American nuclear attack. The uranium fuelled atom bomb detonated at 8.15 am, 600 meters (2000 feet) above the ground surface, in a calculated devilish design to maximise the devastation, reduced t...
N Das Sanya: Good Article man.It is one of the most memorable articles i have ever read.
But that prayer was not required at the last........................ [3 comments]
Kaya Yoga: Road to happiness, health& long..
Kaya Yoga is a holistic system for health and well-being that lays emphasis on the proper intake of air, right consumption of water, and a balanced diet in addition to the practice of the very best few postures of asana, praanaayama, bandha, mudra, and internal cleansing. The choice of this narrow range of techniques is deliberate, and is designed to effectively serve the time-poor of the twenty-first century. Kaya Yoga does not advocate the mastery of the entire array of yoga and praanaayama te...
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Proper Management of Largest Dam in..
The largest dam of the country, Hirakud that was inaugurated in 1957 continues to be the single most important piece of infrastructure of the state of Orissa. The multipurpose Hirakud Dam was built primarily for flood-control, and the two secondary functions were irrigation and power generation. Hirakud has been irrigating around 155,635 hectares of land for Khariff and 108,385 hectares for Rabi crops every year, and generates about 300 MW of electricity per year. Hirakud has been largely succes...
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Caring For The Rivers In India
Vyaasadev who composed the Mahabharata and Durga Saptasati, towards the end of his life while still engaged in intellectual pursuits by the banks of the venerable Saraswati, observed that the magnificent civilisation that stood beside, and is nurtured by, the life-giving Saraswati, will disappear due to the moral decline of the citizenry. His observation, nay prophecy, came true. What he was referring to was the greed of the citizenry and their blatant disregard for, and rampant abuse of, natura...
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Awareness of Water Quality
Water is the prime limiting factor for the sustenance, growth and development of human civilisation. From a human perspective, the planet earth has no dearth of land, but has a serious shortage of fresh-water that makes large areas of the earth uninhabitable. This precious natural resource and its quality must be managed carefully, simply for the very survival of our human species. Fresh-water for human consumption is obtained from rivers or lakes, and from the ground below.Contamination of fres...
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