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Chaitanya Kumar
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Chaitanya Kumar works as the South Asia campaigns coordinator for His work primarily involves designing and executing educational and political campaigns around climate change and major environmental issues in the region. He works out of New Delhi, India and can be reached at chaitanya at

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Modi's Oxymoronic Stance on Climate Change

(7) Comments | Posted April 11, 2015 | 2:35 AM

At the State Environment and Forest ministers conference in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the world has very little reason to pressure India to cut its carbon emissions. "The world will lay down the parameters for us and we will follow them, it cannot be. India should...

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Reality vs. Rhetoric: NamObama on Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:03 AM

Image credit: PTI

President Obama said in his address to young Indians in Delhi today:

I know the argument made by some that it's unfair for countries like the United States to ask developing nations and emerging economies like India to reduce...
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Development, Corruption, Hindutva -- Indian Elections 2014

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 12:01 PM

The bread of life bakery is quite a popular place in Benaras. Opening its doors to its patrons by 7 a.m., this quaint restaurant will indulge a weary traveller in delicious pancakes and French toasts. But if you are lucky, you will also get to meet Ramesh Singh. For a...

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India's Coal Imports Face a Bleak Future

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:27 PM

The US Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), an independent analyses and research institute on energy and environment has come out with a bleak future outlook for India's coal imports, primarily from Australia. The new report undermines the economic and financial assumption that India can afford...

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7 Arguments for Coal Gone Bust

(2) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 2:39 PM

I had written an article last week on ABC online as a rebuttal to Brendan Pearson, chief executive of the minerals council of Australia, who claims that coal is the answer to energy poverty. I tried to reason that coal does not alleviate but aggravates poverty. Now I...

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A Coal Struggle in the Heart of India

(2) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 10:33 AM

A rousing struggle is underway in the heart of India against dirty and environmentally destructive coal mining. The villains and victims are those who we all know too well. Big industry backed by state machinery pitted against the lives and livelihoods of thousands of ordinary citizens.

Mahan (translates to...

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Moily Madness in India

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 10:20 AM

In 2011, India witnessed unprecedented scenes of protest against what is undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges facing the worlds largest democracy: corruption. Angry citizens were up in arms across the length and breadth of the country, demanding widespread reforms through a bill in the parliament titled the Jan Lokpal....

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Phailin and Climate Change, Connecting the Dots

(3) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 2:43 PM

Over the past two days, I was glued to my television screen as one reporter after another stood in the rain and braved gusty winds to give the world a very detailed account of the cyclone Phailin that hit the eastern sea coast of India. Such reportage was unparalleled especially...

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Bangladesh Power Plant Struggle Calls for International Solidarity

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Marzia Izrat, a young activist from Dhaka started an online campaign, calling for cross-border and international solidarity for an ongoing struggle against a coal plant in Bangladesh. The story of this struggle comes from a country that continues to face a series of cyclones and floods in the...

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Australian Coal Is Not the Poverty-fighting Saviour for India

(4) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 5:53 PM

On August 12th, I stood with dozens of young Indians at the Annual General Meeting of the Indian-owned infrastructure company, GVK, in protest of their plans to dig up millions of tonnes of coal from Queensland's Galilee Basin and ship it to India. We are not fighting the...

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