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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..

 
Goa's slums are full of Karnataka migrants: Study 
May 15, 2017

A study, conducted across 14 slums in Goa, found that the largest number of migrants..

 
Amarnath Yatra A Militarised Pilgrimage  
April 19, 2017

Amarnath Yatra: A Militarised Pilgrimage is a documentation of all facets of the Amarnath Yatra

 
RESOURCE CENTER
Welcome to our Resource Center! Here you can find all the ‘Papers’, ‘Publications’, ‘Newsletters’ and ‘Presentations’ published by us. We have made all our early work accessible publicly. Some of the digitised versions are scanned from hard copies and might not be searchable and sometimes not very legible. You could visit our office to read the hard copy.. Different ‘Galleries’ of photographs related to our work in tourism are also available. The section called ‘EQUATIONS in the Media’ indicates media reports related to our work or impact. The ‘Related Links’ section provides links to the websites of other organisations who, like us, work specifically on tourism critique and impacts.
 
LATEST PAPERS
UNDER THE GARB(AGE) OF TOURISM 
March 21, 2017
Majestic mountains, thick forests, an unmatched biodiversity- all of these make the Western Ghats very popular among tourists. But tourism, if not done sustainably, could also bring with it a host of issues which lead to degradation of the environment.



Sustainability in Tourism: A Time to Walk the Talk 
January 19, 2017
The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The resolution, adopted on 4th December 2015, recognizes “the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”.



Equations Submission To 'State Policy For Transgender in Karnataka, 2014 
March 31, 2016
In April 2014, Supreme Court recognized transgender as the third gender and subsequently Karnataka was the first state to constitute committee to frame a policy for transgenders, in line with the Apex Court order.The Karnataka government is ready with the final draft of its policy for transgenders and circulated it to all departments for comments and suggestions. the interests of the transgender communities in tourism and awareness of the tourism industry towards issues of transgender people is critical. We have made some comments and suggestions from the tourism perspective to the Karnataka Transgender Policy-2014.



LATEST PUBLICATIONS
Amarnath Yatra A Militarised Pilgrimage  
April 19, 2017
Amarnath Yatra - A militarised pilgrimage

 Amarnath Yatra: A Militarised Pilgrimage is a documentation of all facets of the Amarnath Yatra, an annual pilgrimage in Jammu and Kashmir. The report studies the history of the Yatra and stages of its evolution while examining its different motivations. State institutions involved and their role – especially the administration – armed forces nexus has been explored. Other groups of people and organisations providing services in the Yatra including unorganised labour and the formal sector are assessed to understand the emergent power dynamics including the relationship between the socio-religious institutions and the State. The Yatra being conducted in high altitudes has serious environmental impacts, which is also studied in detail. The Yatra is fraught with controversies and conflicts and some of the more critical instances have been documented in this report.The Amarnath Yatra is one among several others which are receiving State patronage. The other upcoming Yatras and their implications has also beendocumented. The report concludes that the Yatra is really being conducted on the might of the Indian armed forces along with socio-religious and langar organisations mobilising people to participate. We believe that each of these aspects may be further studied for nuances which will also throw light on how religious tourism / pilgrimages are being used by the State to *exercise control in areas that are in conflict with the State.




Corporatising Tourism in Manipur 
April 10, 2017

Corporatising Tourism in ManipurThe Government of Manipur in its endeavour to provide job opportunities and overall progress in the State, has been pushing tourism industry as the key source of economic growth. In the process, infrastructure development has been given prime attention. In order to facilitate the boost of tourism, the Manipur Tourism Policy 2014 which claims that Manipur with its inherent tourism potential, rich cultural heritage and vibrant pool of youth, with excellent grip over english language is an ideal place for promotion of Tourism as its main industry and sector to generate employment substantially.







Walking the Tightrope - Exploitation of Migrant Children in Tourism in Goa 
April 01, 2016
  Walking the tightropeGoa, since the late 1980s has been a popular destination. A harsh reality that came to light was the involvement of a few tourists in the exploitation of children. With the growth of tourism, there has been a steady increase in the migrant population from other Indian states and neighbouring countries (Nepal), who come to Goa in search of employment. This research explores the inter-linkages between three areas: children, tourism and migration.









LATEST NEWSLETTER
ANLetter Volume 7 Issue 1 
November 30, 2000
ANLetter is EQUATIONS’ newsletter, which was produced until the year 2000. The  central aim is to increase awareness on the impacts of tourism, especially on local communities at tourism destinations, and the necessity to make tourism development non-exploitative, equitable and sustainable. The articles , contributions both by EQUATIONS staff team as well as relevant articles commissioned or featured articles provide a basis for action and change at both policy and implementation stage.



ANLetter Volume 6 Issue 2 
August 31, 1998
ANLetter is EQUATIONS’ newsletter, which was produced until the year 2000. The  central aim is to increase awareness on the impacts of tourism, especially on local communities at tourism destinations, and the necessity to make tourism development non-exploitative, equitable and sustainable. The articles , contributions both by EQUATIONS staff team as well as relevant articles commissioned or featured articles provide a basis for action and change at both policy and implementation stage.



ANLetter Vol 5 Issue 4 & Vol 6 Issue 1 
December 31, 1997
ANLetter is EQUATIONS' newsletter, The  central aim is to increase awareness on the impacts of tourism, especially on local communities at tourism destinations, and the necessity to make tourism development non-exploitative, equitable and sustainable. The articles , contributions both by EQUATIONS staff team as well as relevant articles commissioned or featured articles provide a basis for action and change at both policy and implementation stage.



LATEST PRESENTATIONS
REDD Realities in India: Will the forests and forest people survive? 
November 25, 2010

Exploring the Road to REDD in India-25 November 2010

Forests and Implications of Climate Change in Arunachal Pradesh-25 November 2010

EQUATIONS in partnership with Global Forest Coalition (GFC), with Mr.Souparna Lahiri, as Principal Researcher, in 2009-10 completed a brief study on the implications and impacts of strategies of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) on biodiversity and rights of forest communities in India.  REDD has raised deep concerns amongst the forest groups, movements and indigenous communities on the implications of REDD on the traditional rights of indigenous forest communities over land and resources, their culture, identity and livelihood.

With Government of India pushing strongly for REDD in United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), the concerns intensify. As an important step towards generating awareness, raising concerns and facilitating a discussion on the issue of REDD, we want to share the contours of the study with representatives of the forest movements and civil society with the specific objective of receiving responses to these issues. The major outcome expected from this discussion is to develop strategies to generate a campaign on the implications and impacts of REDD as a climate mitigation scheme on the forests and forest communities.

India Submissions on REDD-25 November 2010

UNDRIP & Rights of Forest People in India-25 November 2010





An Overview on Tourism Trends and Policy Perspectives in North East India - Talk For Change for Making Tourism Sustainable, Equitable and Just 
August 27, 2010
An Overview on Tourism Trends and Policy Perspectives in North East India-27 Aug 2010-EQUATIONSIn August 2010, Impulse, Shillong in collaboration with EQUATIONS, Bengaluru and Sikkim University, Gangtok organized a “Regional Consultation on Responsible Tourism in the North Eastern States of India”. This was aimed at initiating a process of dialogue and perspectives on Responsible Tourism for the North Eastern Region to influence tourism policy and practice in the region.

This presentation explored the dimensions of sustainability and responsibility in tourism, understanding tourism within the context of Northeast region development, tourism trends in the Northeast region and a look at the Vision 2020 and State tourism policies.



Canopy Tourism: Concept and Practices in the Indian Context 
October 30, 2009
Canopy Tourism Concept and Practices in the Indian ContextThis presentation was made at 5th International Canopy Conference (2009), 25-31 October 2009 Bangalore, organised by Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment. EQUATIONS was one of the presenters at their Symposium on ‘Conservation, Community Development, Rainforest Experience: The Environmental, Social and Economic Values of Forest Canopy Based Ecotourism’ on 30 October 2009. The presentation shared information on canopy tourism initiatives in India. These tourism initiatives have been analysed from the perspective of people’s participation in decision making, project planning and implementation and their contribution to conservation. Case studies on the initiatives in Kerala, Elevated Walkways in Thenmala and Tree Houses in Waynad, provide an insight into this emerging form of tourism.



LATEST EQUATIONS IN THE MEDIA
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 Yatris would arrive at Kishtwar from Bhaderwah and Jammu. The Yatris would pitch their tents in Chowgan (a big ground/meadow in the centre of the Kishtwar valley) spend their night in Kishtwar and then next morning continue their journey onwards to Machail (a small village in the tehsil Padder).





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 Amarnath cave.

This year’s 40-day yatra, starting from June 29, will be held in highly charged atmosphere — a month after Hizbul commander Sabzar Bhat’s death and nearly a week before July 8, the day Burhan Wani was killed last year.




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, environment and climate change and social justice and empowerment - were allocated a total of Rs 16,104 crore, just 1.51 per cent of the Rs 10,62,751 crore allocated for various sectors. This number is some indication of the Modi government's emphasis - or lack of it - on these ministries. According to a March 2017 report by the World Travel and Tourism Council, the tourism industry in India directly supported 25.3 million jobs, which is 5.8 per cent of the country's total jobs.




LATEST GALLERY
Habitations close to sea, Mayabunder, Middle Andamans
Habitations close to sea, Mayabunder, Middle Andamans


Andamans: Coastal Area Assessment
This gallery contains photographs taken while conducting the study ‘Andamans: Coastal Area Assessment - A Post Tsunami Study on Coastal Conservation and Regulation’, February 2006.

We would like to thank Ms. Aarthi Sridhar, ATREE for the photographs.

  

Total Pictures in gallery: 18