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India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists 
August 09, 2017

Every July, thousands of buses, trucks, cars, mules, and palanquin bearers crawl up 12, 768  treacherous feet of mountainous terrain to reach the Amarnath cav..

 
Caught In The Legal Mesh 
July 05, 2017
The Access to justice study was conducted in 2or6 to assess the ability of sexually exploited children to access the criminal judicial process in India...
 
The Report Documents How Amarnath Yatra is Used As a Right-Wing Nationalist Battle Cry By the State’ 
June 10, 2017

I remember as a kid in the month of August a few dozen buses full of Yatri

 
Amarnath Yatra Clashes With Burhan Wani Death Anniversary, Forces Anxious 
May 29, 2017

In exactly a month from now will begin the annual pilgrimage to...

 
Mahesh Sharma's performance as a minister for culture doesn't match up to his achievements as a tourism minister. 
May 18, 2017

In the budget for 2017-18, five ministries - tourism, culture, sports and youth affairs..

 

EQUATIONS (Equitable Tourism Options) is a research, campaign and advocacy organisation. We study the social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts of tourism on local communities. We believe that tourism should be non-exploitative, equitable and sustainable. A question that has been central to our work and directs much of it is ‘Who Really Benefits from Tourism?’.  

Tourism impacts on:

 Our work across thematic areas is guided by the impacts that tourism has on these areas. We research, campaign and advocate on issues that then emerge and this helps us as an organization to understand tourism’s impacts more comprehensively. The themes we work across currently are:
 

  • CHILD AND TOURISM
    We work with local communities, concerned groups, the tourism industry and other players to ensure that the rights of children are protected in the context of tourism. We endeavour to influence central and state governments to incorporate, implement and monitor child sensitive guidelines in their respective policies and legislations.
     
  • ECONOMIC IMPACTS AND TOURISM
    We provide a developing-country perspective at the national and international fora on the impacts of trade and economic policies on tourism development and community benefit. We work on influencing the national government's trade and economic policies related to tourism to prioritise community rights, benefits and local regulation.
     

  • ECOSYSTEMS, COMMUNITIES AND TOURISM
    We work on international, national and local level policies and processes to build an understanding of environmental impacts of tourism. We critique current models of tourism; all which have a bearing on ecological sustainability, biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.
     
  • GOVERNANCE, LAW AND TOURISM
    We work with rural and urban Local Self Governing Institutions (LSGIs) to exercise their rights and to develop guidelines and mechanisms to strengthen local regulation of tourism and to ensure that they play an active and decisive role in tourism development.
     
  • TOURISM EDUCATION
    We aim to influence how tourism is taught in India by mainstreaming critical perspectives and attempt changes in tourism curriculum. We engage with students, teachers and tourism institutions by building awareness on tourism impacts, encouraging research and welcoming interns.
     
  • WOMEN AND TOURISM
    The tourism industry claims to be a major employer of women globally, but this is an industry that is far from gender just. Our work examines ways in which women can have greater access, control and ownership over livelihoods and natural resources as well as access to the benefits in the context of tourism. We endeavour to influence policy makers for evolving greater gender-sensitive models and policies for tourism.
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Campaigns
Goa Tourism Master Plan and Policy, 2016: Annihilation of people and Sale of a state 
April 14, 2016
On 26th April 2016, key newspapers reported that the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa had invited views and suggestions from various stakeholders...
 
AVIATION, TOURISM & CHILDREN’S RIGHTS: A GLOBAL EMERGENCY 
December 07, 2015
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) which celebrates International Aviation Day on...
 
Events
Talk on Amarnath Yatra Event 
August 05, 2017

"Amarnath Yatra: A Militarised Pilgrimage" (a detailed report jointly researched and released in April 2017 by the Jammu Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society and EQUATIONS, Bangalore)..

 
Public Lecture on Are “Non-Performing Assets” Of The Rich And Powerful Financial Frauds Disguised? A Case for Enhancing Banking Transpa 
May 13, 2016
The issue of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) in the banking sector has...
 
TOURISM IN THE NEWS
Stage Set To Allot 1,000 Acres For Reliance Shipyard At Rambilli 
July 29, 2017
Nearly a year and a half after signing MoU with the Andhra Pradesh Government for its ₹5,000-crore naval shipbuilding facility at Rambilli..
 
MoT to Create a Dedicated Investment Desk in the Ministry 
July 28, 2017
Ministry of Tourism(MoT) as a prelude to the first ever Incredible India Tourism Investors Meet scheduled in Delhi between September 21 and 23, will set up..