Urban Ecology

Specific focus on citizens, municipal corporations and governance in fast-growing cities; rapid diminishing of urban ecosystems and the impact of natural resources. Emphasising the environment as the pivot in urban planning.

Shrinking Commons Amidst Delhi’s Unplanned Urbanisation

Ram Kumar Roja, 76 years of age, is standing on a ground, bordered by a few trees and a wall. This one acre piece...

Are Residential Welfare Associations the Missing Key in Urban Governance Models?

There are a few characteristics becoming increasingly common across Indian cities. A deluge of a couple of hours can end up flooding a city....
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The Ecological History of Delhi’s Ridge with Thomas Crowley

Interviewed by Aarathi Ganesan; Edited by Nidhi Rejithlal. There are history books written on pretty much everything in India--be it kings, kingdoms, cultures, or even...

The Fight for Clean Air in the City of Joy

Over the years, Kolkata has celebrated Diwali and Kali Puja—which fall between October to November—with religious vigor, accompanied by the carefree bursting of fireworks....

Demolishing Nurseries to Plant Trees on the Banks of the Yamuna

Every year during the monsoons my social media blows up with reports of the Yamuna floodplains brimming with water, closely followed by stories on...

In Southwest Delhi, Fields Have Been Underwater for the Last Two Decades

In Raota, a village in southwest Delhi, a blue wooden canoe floats. Four feet below the canoe is this year’s kharif paddy crop, now...
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What’s wrong with the EIA 2020?

Research by Charith Reddy & Isha Malaviya Edited & Presented by Sumit Krishna Yadav The draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) 2020 has garnered a host...
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Post-COVID Era: Redefining Urban Planning

Research by Bharath Pottekkat Edited & Presented by Sumit Krishna Yadav Why is it that just 5 cities in India account for about half of the...

Monsoon Mayhem: No Rehabilitation for Evicted Residents of Himachal’s Chetru

Photographs by Yogesh Upadhyay Come June, the monsoon ventures into the subcontinent and India welcomes it with open arms. But for Najuki and her husband,...

The 2020 Delhi Riots: The Anatomy of Violence in the City

In what already seems like a lifetime ago, Delhi was burning. This was before the country went into a lock down in an attempt...