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The glacier break in Uttarakhand, which resulted in the loss of lives, is a tragedy beyond words. Down to Earth analyses why the Himalayan state is time and again hit by natural calamities and argues that the state policies, aimed at manipulating nature without considering the ecological and human cost, have inadvertently played a part in scripting such disasters.

And, Suno India's timely podcast series ‘Climate emergency’ delves into how climate change is impacting India’s glaciers.

On the vaccine front, The Caravan examines the inequities in the global order between the countries who have access to the Covid vaccine and those who do not. It points out that it is the rich and the developed who are standing in the way of universal access to the vaccine.

Meanwhile, Live History India has launched its new video series on the milestones in India’s history, which covers issues and events between the years 1900 and 2000, in a series called ‘The making of modern India’.

And lastly, The Wire speaks to independent journalist Mandeep Punia on his ordeal following his arrest by the Delhi Police from the Singhu border while covering the farmer protests.

For more stories from our grantees, which explore the news and events of the week gone by, please read on.


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Chamoli glacier break: It is time to learn from our mistakes

In the wake of the Chamoli glacier break in Uttarakhand, Down to Earth points out that experts feel that reduced snowfall this winter in Uttarakhand may have played a major part in the glacier bursts and that this calamity is a wake-up call against unsustainable development. Specifically, it calls into question the Uttarakhand government’s unbridled pursuit of hydroelectric projects in the Himalayas.

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When the Ice Melts

In light of the glacier burst in Uttarakhand, Suno India brings you a deep dive into the issue in a series of podcasts on its special show “Climate Emergency”, about India’s glaciers and how climate change is impacting them.

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India And How We Got Here

Live History India begins its new video series “India And How We Got Here” which goes beyond our history textbooks and dwells on the developments in India between the years 1900 and 2000 with fresh perspectives. LHI’s panel discusses the critical events in India’s modern history and how they shaped today’s India.

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WTO dithers on TRIPS waiver even as global gaps in COVID-19 vaccine access grow

The glaring global inequity between those countries which have access to the Covid vaccine and those who do not is sharp and alarming. Since October 2020, the WTO has been debating a proposal initiated by India and South Africa to waive obligations under TRIPS, so that vaccines can be available to the world. However, the developed countries continue to oppose the proposal. The Caravan reports.

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Journalist Mandeep Punia Speaks to The Wire After Being Released |Tihar Jail|

On January 30th, journalist Mandeep Punia was detained by the Delhi Police at Singhu Border. A case was registered against him under various sections, including assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty. After protest by journalists he was a granted bail by a Delhi court. The Wire spoke to Punia regarding the circumstances that surrounded his arrest and the events that unfolded.

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