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Parts of India went dark in the last week of April as the daily peak power shortage rose to over 10,000 megawatts, with power deficits reaching a steep 15 per cent in some states, impacting economic activity and productivity apart from adversely affecting citizen’s lives. The India Forum analyses the causes of this power shortage and traces the structural anomalies and aberrations that continue to plague the power sector.

In 2020, 14 million Indians became climate refugees as a consequence of extreme weather events, and by 2050 climate change is slated to displace 45 million citizens. India Development Review asserts that policymakers need to plan and build a climate refugee framework, including innovative adaptation models and provision of climate refugee funds, if we are to salvage the situation.

Almost two decades after the iconic people’s movement and protests led to the closure of the Coca Cola factory in Palakkad’s Plachimada village in Kerala, the affected are yet to be compensated, even though successive governments had promised relief and compensation. TrueCopy Think reports from the ground.

And, Main Media narrates the intriguing case of a bridge too far. As river Bakhra in Araria in Bihar changes course time and again, multiple attempts to build a bridge across it, with crores spent, have proved futile.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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Band-Aid Solutions Won't Staunch India's Power Crisis

The India Forum analyses the reasons behind the power crisis in India and asserts that short-term fixes are not the solution to the transition to a modern energy system.

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India needs to recognise the rights of climate refugees

Can India develop a climate refugee policy framework, build climate adaptation plans and create climate refugee funds? India Development Review examines.

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പ്രകടനപത്രികയില്‍ പ്ലാച്ചിമടക്കാര്‍ക്ക് നല്‍കിയ വാഗ്ദാനം ആറാം വര്‍ഷവും സര്‍ക്കാര്‍ മറക്കുമ്പോള്‍

TrueCopy Think reports from Plachimada in Kerala's Palakkad, on how the people who led the fight against Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, have not been compensated despite winning the battle against the company almost two decades ago.

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पुल कहीं और, नदी कहीं और... अररिया में सरकार को चकमा देता विकास

Main Media reports from Araria in Bihar on how the river Bakhra refuses to be bridged, changing its course several times over the years, with several crores of investments lying waste.

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More from the grantees
Out of the Woods: How Mother Nature as a Legal Being Can Help Attain Ecological Justice
With the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court recently declaring “Mother Nature” to be a “living being”, The Bastion analyses the implications of giving nature the status of a living entity and translating the judgement into public policy execution.
Assam: Two years after oilfield disaster, bitter harvest in Baghjan
Two years after Oil India Limited’s oil rig blew up in May 2020, releasing vast amounts of condensates into water bodies and farms nearby, EastMojo reports from Baghjan village in Doomdooma district of Assam on how the accident continues to impact lives and livelihoods.
This Tamil Nadu man turns 100 acres of barren land to an indigenous forest
One man’s effort over 30 years has transformed a barren land of over 100 acres into a flourishing forest in Poothurai village in Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu – now home to 700 species of plants, six water bodies and visited by 200 species of birds. Down To Earth tells his story.
Lack Of Charging Infra: Will E-Mobility Partnerships Be The Answer To India's Woes?
The electronic mobility space in India is being strengthened, with service platforms and electric vehicle manufacturers joining hands to bolster and expand the public charging network, thereby increasing the adoption of EVs. Swarajya looks at the state of play.

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