ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Restoring Normalcy in Uttarakhand

In their anxiety to restore normalcy in Uttarakhand, both the central and state governments are refusing to face the real reasons behind the devastation caused after the recent floods. These include misplaced development priorities that ignored the ecological fragility of the region. To reduce the possibility of such disasters repeating themselves, the entire Himalayan region needs to adopt a different developmental model that is sensitive to the environment and the survival needs of its people.

Year after year the floods in the North of India seem to be getting worse, and this year they have been absolutely devastating. This means there is something radically wrong in the Himalaya, and that ‘something’ is without doubt, connected with the forests.

– Mira Behn, Hindustan Times, 5 June 1950

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