KumKum Dasgupta is with the opinion section of Hindustan Times. She writes on education, environment, gender, urbanisation and civil society.
Articles by KumKum Dasgupta
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:43 PM IST
In the discussions on air pollution, IAP often loses out to outdoor pollution. But as the extent of the challenge shows, IAP is an equally big problem. Let’s not brush it under the carpet.
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 07:44 AM IST
To tackle the climate crisis and make cities liveable, invest in energy-efficient buildings and microclimate
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 01:41 PM IST
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed an ugly reality: Migrant labourers live in slums and informal/unauthorised colonies that are congested, lack basic sanitation and water services, ventilation and green spaces. As a result, they are at a far greater risk of contracting the virus, along with other illnesses.
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2020 08:54 AM IST
As the number of coronavirus cases detected in India rises, health professionals have suggested frequent hand-washing as a precautionary measure. But getting people to do this may not be easy as many households across the country do not have adequate hand-washing facilities, according to the National Family Health Survey (2015-16).
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2020 04:29 PM IST
UPDATED ON MAR 02, 2020 05:11 PM IST
In-migration states must take an anticipatory approach to include migrants in growth and development strategies
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2020 01:57 PM IST
Linking sustainability with quality rather than pricing can create opportunities for upcoming housing projects, especially since India’s socio-economic milieu warrants different perceptions of affordability.
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2020 03:30 PM IST
India has witnessed a rapid degradation of its wetlands. In the last three decades alone, nearly one-third of natural wetlands have been lost to urbanisation, agriculture expansion and pollution.
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2020 06:16 PM IST
As the Constitution completes 70 years, its stirring Preamble continues to inspire Indian citizens
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2020 07:45 PM IST
The decision to focus on building community-managed decentralised water supply systems in rural areas is a welcome move
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2019 08:13 PM IST
To appreciate the work of the guards, one needs to understand the why forests are important. A report by the ministry of environment says India’s forests absorb 11.25% of greenhouse gases, which are responsible for the climate crisis.
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2019 01:45 PM IST
Cities in India are the largest consumers of resources, including energy and water. They are also large generators of waste. As climate change impacts are now more pronounced through increased droughts and floods, cities are now facing a visible brunt of it. Moving to renewable sources of electricity reduces their reliance on fossil fuels — is something now that is now well-embedded in the Indian electricity sector.
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 12:04 PM IST
Despite its impact on every facet of our lives, from social to economic, the issue is still languishing on the margins of our lives. The general public is still not talking enough about what we can do at a personal level to tackle the climate’s challenges
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2019 08:35 PM IST
India’s city governments are weak, and departments work in silos. To tackle climate change, this needs to change
PUBLISHED ON NOV 04, 2019 04:49 PM IST
The University of Chicago’s Water-to-Cloud (W2S) system provides for high-resolution spatial and temporal monitoring of rivers to gain insights that may be missed with the traditional approach.
PUBLISHED ON OCT 25, 2019 05:43 PM IST
Indians have celebrated Diwali with lights, but also with art of all kinds (from folk art to miniatures), reflecting the different forms the festival takes in the country
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2019 06:40 PM IST
To focus on foundational learning, the draft National Education Policy proposes new curricular and pedagogical structure, with 5+3+3+4 design, covering the children three-18 years. Under this, pre-primary and grades 1-2 is considered as foundational stage; grades 3-5 as preparatory stage; grades 6-8 as middle stage and grades 9-12 as secondary stage.
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2019 04:54 PM IST
What is most troubling is not the plastic challenge in cities because they would still have the first access to information, technology, funds, and expertise to tackle the problem. The real challenge lies in smaller towns and kasbahs
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2019 10:24 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2 said rural India has declared itself defecation free. In the past four years, India has built 100 million toilets in about 0.6 million villages, and another 6.3 million in its cities. The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) is now in its second phase, and there will be a new set of challenges that it needs to tackle for its long-term sustainability.
By KumKum Dasgupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 05:44 PM IST
Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee, the eldest of four children of Devadas and Lakshmi Rajagopalachari (the daughter of C Rajagopalachari), spoke about her father’s stint in Hindustan Times, her grandparents, and the changing face of Delhi.
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 04:27 PM IST
Companies need to look at their SDG strategy because there has been an increase in regulatory pressure, push from investors and banks, and media to align their polices with the global goals
PUBLISHED ON AUG 30, 2019 09:55 AM IST
The ‘development-at-any-cost’ model doesn’t work. There is a growing urgency to protect this ecological heritage.
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2019 07:23 PM IST
There is a strong link between scents of food and emotional memory. And so, our learning history predisposes us to enjoy certain food that improves the mood and produces feelings of social connectedness, say experts.
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2019 08:31 PM IST
The people of the brand new Union Territory are happy. But they should be apprehensive too. The Indian tourist army may ravage the ecologically fragile region
PUBLISHED ON JUL 18, 2019 08:14 AM IST
India’s welfare delivery system has improved. But, as the corruption controversy in Bengal shows, it’s not foolproof.
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2019 04:13 PM IST
A better way to engage with the private sector would be to make the youth of a state employable with proper investments in education, health and skill development
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2019 11:32 AM IST
In a report released in June, the World Health Organization defined burnout as a chronic process of exhaustion, cynicism, and inefficacy due to an imbalance between job demands and the resources available to meet them
PUBLISHED ON JUN 21, 2019 06:31 PM IST
Dogs are good for our well-being. For doubters, here’s scientific evidence
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2019 08:17 PM IST
This water emergency, however, is not just about the lack of availability of the natural resource. It is much more severe than that: Our rivers are polluted, traditional water harvesting systems are gone, catchments are deforested, groundwater water levels are depleting and ponds and lakes are disappearing at an alarming pace.
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2019 05:12 PM IST
This will be a very heavy cognitive burden on a young child of five to seven years as each of the Indian languages has a very large number of visual units (aksharas) between 400 and 700, to be mastered in two to three years’ time. This formulation is developmentally inappropriate for young children and cannot be allowed to form part of the final policy.