In Memoriam : Remembering Pushkin and Trilok

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Dehradun. As our new state completes fifteen years of its creation and continues to battle with an ever growing development agenda, all unique to a small and mountainous region long under a quasi-internal colonial of a far bigger political entity – which could hardly ever assign any priority to its mountain-specific problems – the past four months have been witness … Read More

Dr Pushkin Phartiyal

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We are sorry to convey the news that Dr Pushkin Phartiyal, Executive Director CHEA and Governing Councillor IMI passed away earlier this morning. Dr Phartiyal played a pioneering role for IMI, having convened the very first Sustainable Mountain Development Summit in Nainital in 2011.  It was this Summit which first gathered all mountain stakeholders together to discuss the creation of … Read More

K. S. Fonia writes telling Political Biography

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Dehradun. Completion of fifteen years of Uttarakhand in November 2015 has already seen some daily newspapers’ editions coming out with special issues commemorating this major milestone of Uttarakhand history ( Uttarakhand Udai of Amar Ujala ) and some more events are expected to be organized before the end of fiscal year 2015. Documenting current events and history is a process … Read More

Team India @ Work

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It is now more than a year that the nation received a new modus of working, variously called Team India, Co-operative Federalism etc and switched-on its new instrument to take it forward, the NITI Aayog. It would be quite in order to review it’s functioning, particularly its effectiveness in strengthening of the Federal structure in decision-making. As certain apprehensions were … Read More

Triggering Mountain Studies

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This writer recently received proceedings of the second meeting of the Policy Planning Group (PPG), a kind of think tank, consisting of public representatives, former academics and civil servants, to advise the government on major public issues that confront this emerging state. Even though the frequency of meetings of the PPG and especially the follow-up that ought to support this … Read More

Year of Indian Mountains

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As the Gregorian calendar year races to complete its current cycle and turns into the 16th orbit around the Sun during the current millennia it’s time to reflect on the major events that left their imprint on the lives of the people. While the end of the year peaked with the news about the successful COP 21 at Paris signed … Read More

NITI Aayog Creates Separate Cell for Mountain States

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In a Consultation held with the States on the 30th November, 2015 at New Delhi the participating States were informed about the functions of the NITI Aayog, and its underlying concepts of Co-operative Federalism, Innovation and Knowledge Hub, Policy/Programme Inputs, Capacity building and Monitoring & Evaluation as it is going to pan out for the new institution which replaced the … Read More

RTI Forum of Uttarakhand

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Munsyari. The first fortnight of October, away from Munsyari, packed by the Fourth Sustainable Mountain Development Summit ( 7-9 October, 2015 ), at Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, followed by the Decade of RTI celebration in Dehradun and Birthday celebration of former President, the late, APJ Abdul Kalam, the Scientist-Saint, meant virtually meeting of intellectual-technical-development cream of Indian mountain … Read More

A Brighter Diwali for Mountain States

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Munsyari.  The festivities of Diwali every year become special, for some reason or the other. As far Uttarakhand is concerned, this Diwali brings quite a few reasons, to increase happiness for its citizens. On the 9th November the state completes its 15th year as the 27th state of the Indian Union. There are indications that the ensuing weeks would bring … Read More

Who Migrates to High Himalayas?

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  Munsyari: Come September and its Annual Migration time for those who went up in May-June, both humans and their domestic ‘wealth and food -on- hoof’! As this writer rushed to complete his own preparations for, both, the Uttarakhand delegation that is going to take part in the Fourth Sustainable Mountain Development Summit taking place in remote north-eastern state capital … Read More