23rd An­niver­sary Is­sue

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

To celebrate Down To Earth's 23rd an­niver­sary, we held an online con­test

ask­ing our read­ers to vote for their favourite cover story out of the 23 short­listed by the ed­i­tors. Here are the top two cover sto­ries that got the max­i­mum num­ber of votes and com­ments

16-31 OC­TO­BER, 2014

The ar­ti­cle deals with the burn­ing is­sues of the most ne­glected re­gion of In­dia: the North­east. This is one of the idio­syn­cra­sies of mod­ern In­dia that although it is blessed with an abun­dance of nat­u­ral re­sources, very lit­tle ben­e­fit per­co­lates down to the peo­ple.

AB­HI­JEET HAL­DAR The story posed a cru­cial ques­tion: de­vel­op­ment at what cost? Are we los­ing our iden­tity in the name of de­vel­op­ment?


1-15 NOVEM­BER, 2010

The dark re­al­ity of tribal peo­ple in In­dia should shame us. They are de­nied liveli­hood, home and the right to ques­tion those in power.

SHUBHADA DUBEY This is the first-of-its-kind in-depth cov­er­age of the For­est Rights Act and the ground re­al­ity of its im­ple­men­ta­tion.

GAU­RAV MADAN The dig­nity and liveli­hood of for­est dwellers can be pro­tected by en­sur­ing their rights. This is also the crux of the fight against Nax­al­ism.

AMAREN­DRA Trib­als should not be de­nied their rights. In­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion that uses farm­ers and tribal peo­ple as guinea pigs should not be al­lowed by our law­mak­ers.




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