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Ecologies of Hope and Transformation: Post-Development Alternatives from India (2018)

The stories in the book challenge inequality, ecological damage, centralised governance, and the currently dominant model of development.

Case Studies of Alternatives (2014 - 16)

These case studies are in pdf file format.

We need to go beyond self-interest or we’re doomed: Jean Drèze

There is a natural complementarity between research and action which means using non-violent, democratic means to bring about change.

These Two Friends Started Goa’s First Zero-Waste Store To Beat Plastic Pollution At Its Root

How a zero-waste store can actually substitute conventional departmental stores.

Gutter gas fueled tea boosts chaiwala's livelihood

Can a Chai stall be run with Zero expenditure on Energy?

E-rickshaws in Jaipur: Freedom on three wheels

Housewives and young girls from slums in Jaipur are finding their freedom on three wheels

A pond, a community and a forest fair - The story of Mesar Van Kautik

Food festivals, trail running and mini-marathons, yoga camps, story-telling sessions and bird-watching walks lead up to Mesar Van Kautik.

Sundarbans women lead the way in making dairy farms organic

"The herbs that go into herbal concoctions used as as insect repellents and for veterinary purposes come from our own herbal gardens."

Dryland farming revolution by dalit and adivasi women … and some men!

DDS has helped achieve food sovereignty and security for several thousand families, as also empower these women towards autonomy

How one woman reached out to 500, raised an agro company

“From housewives, they have become farmers, entrepreneurs and decision makers of their company.”

बच्चों की फुलवारी (in Hindi)

फुलवारी में बच्चों को स्वादिष्ट, गरम पतला और मुलायम भोजन के साथ उनका खास ध्यान रखा जाता है।

Ambrosial nectar for malnourished children

Milk with ashwagandhadi churnam and loha bhasmam showed excellent results in a month; children in good health over the last four years.

Tribals urge parties to ensure food security

"Tribals have an enormous storehouse of knowledge on food gathering, shifting hill cultivation, pastoralism, labour and handicrafts,”

A Kerala Botanist's Affair With an Unlikely 17th Century Book

Of all the plants of Malabar, what is it that “if applied on the left toe improves the clarity of vision in the right eye”?

बच्चों की फुलवारी (in Hindi)

फुलवारी में बच्चों को स्वादिष्ट, गरम पतला और मुलायम भोजन के साथ उनका खास ध्यान रखा जाता है।

Meet Taukeer Alam, the school dropout who has become one of Uttarakhand’s top birders

He handles field equipment with ease, enters field data in computer, analyses video footage of woodpeckers, initiates nature clubs in villages...

Dryland farming revolution by dalit and adivasi women … and some men!

DDS has helped achieve food sovereignty and security for several thousand families, as also empower these women towards autonomy

How one woman reached out to 500, raised an agro company

“From housewives, they have become farmers, entrepreneurs and decision makers of their company.”

Engaging Communities in Resource Monitoring: The Political Ecology of Science as the Language of Power

Community-based monitoring can play a critical role in the empowerment of local communities and their engagement in conservation.

Kashmiri Pandit, Muslim Artists Come Together to Promote Harmony Through Their Work

Unique exhibition aimed at promoting the ideas of harmony and togetherness through the medium of art

Reviving Naulas, The Ancient Water Temples Of The Kumaon Himalayas

Naulas are fine examples of dry-masonry, stone architecture as well as the art and science of water purification

Bhimshankar village makes the most of nature’s trail

While promoting ecotourism, the villagers try to maintain a balance between conservation, livelihood and convenience

बच्चों की फुलवारी (in Hindi)

फुलवारी में बच्चों को स्वादिष्ट, गरम पतला और मुलायम भोजन के साथ उनका खास ध्यान रखा जाता है।

How one woman reached out to 500, raised an agro company

“From housewives, they have become farmers, entrepreneurs and decision makers of their company.”

More Videos for Vikalp Sangam, by Video Volunteers

Short videos by community members on alternative initiatives that attempt to integrate ecological sustainability, economic democracy, social justic...

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