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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..

 
EVENTS

These are workshops, conferences, meetings, seminars and consultations organised or co-organised by us. Details of the events are accessible on clicking its title.

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Talk on Amarnath Yatra Event 
August 05, 2017 to 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) is based on a study on the Amarnath Yatra, an annual pilgrimage in Jammu and Kashmir, between 2014-2016. The report is based on data collected from RTIs filed on multiple departments, interviews with government officials in Kashmir, all concerned authorities and organisation, and people in Kashmir, Jammu, Delhi and Ludhiana and secondary sources.




Public Lecture on Are “Non-Performing Assets” Of The Rich And Powerful Financial Frauds Disguised? A Case for Enhancing Banking Transparency and Accountability of Public Lending 
May 13, 2016 to May 13, 2016
The issue of Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) in the banking sector has become a critical public concern, especially when we consider the volume of money forfeited: Rs. 400000,00,00,000 (Rupees Four lakhs crores per some conservative estimates = $ 6 billion approx). This is our money banks and large public insurance companies lent to large industrial houses, for projects that were not really viable. And now they are failing to recover the loans as projects fail. The matter has now reached the Supreme Court through various cases (Subroto Roy and Vijay Mallya to name but two).



HIDDEN VOICES AND HIDDEN REALITIES 
May 14, 2015 to May 14, 2015
There is significant lack of understanding of transgender people as human being whose lives include a difficulty which goes beyond the normative connection between biological sex, gender identity and sexual orientation. The heterosexual norms of the society is institutionalised through the process of socialisation by various social institutions. This binary concept of gender leaves no space for people to understand that the linkage between sex and gender is socially constructed and not the natural one.



In the Heart of incredible India 
May 07, 2015 to May 07, 2015
Madhya Pradesh is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the country known for a range of attractions spanning religious, nature-based and cultural tourism, attracting lakhs of foreign and domestic tourists. In 2014 6.31 crore tourists visited Madhya Pradesh. Tourism is considered to be one of the major sector generating employment opportunity for the people but tens of thousands of people continue to remain unemployed in Madhya Pradesh More over only recently has there been some acknowledgement by the tourism industry and the government of the socio- economic, environmental and cultural impacts of tourism on the communities, especially women and children. However this is very peripheral and a more pro-active role and engagement is needed.



Consultation on Panchayati Raj Institutions and Tourism  
July 14, 2014 to July 14, 2014
Centre for Responsible Tourism (CRT), Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) and EQUATIONS collaborated on a study on Panchayati Raj Institutions and tourism with the objectives of studying the role of Gram Sabhas and Panchayats at every stage of tourism development, to identify gaps in functions, functionaries and funds (Fs) and to examine role of elected women representatives (EWRs) in tourism. This study was conducted in Agonda and Candolim. Initial findings of the study in Goa indicate the lack of awareness among people about Panchayati Raj as an institution, the link between PRIs and tourism, lack of devolution of 3 Fs and lack of social and political support for EWRs. 



Southern India Regional Conference on Engendering Tourism: Work, Opportunities & Dilemmas 
June 14, 2013 to June 14, 2013
The last decade of tourism development in the national and international arena has undeniably placed a much greater emphasis on women. The tourism sector claims that it generates significant employment opportunities for women. The UN World Tourism Organisation dedicated World Tourism Day 2007, to women, “Tourism Opens Doors for Women” and followed it with its Global Report on Women in Tourism 2010 highlighting the role of tourism in empowering women politically and economically. The National Tourism Policy, 2002 recognises enhancing women's participation in tourism. For instance, the National Tourism Policy, 2002 recognises tourism as a priority sector; and also identifies rural and ecotourism as a means to poverty reduction, creating new skills, enhancing participation of women in tourism and thus, facilitating growth of a more just and fair social order.



Regional Consultation on Status of Forest Governance in Nagrhole, Bandipur, Mudumalai and Wayanad 
December 21, 2012 to December 22, 2012
Over the past 2 years, the All India Forum of Forest Movement (AIFFM) and EQUATIONS (in partnership with the Global Forest Coalition) has been involved in studying the implications and impacts of current Indian forest legislations, policies and governance, status and implementation of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIPS) in India and India’s compliance on the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). An outcome of a consultation we conducted in Bangalore in 2011 was the need to study the status of forest governance in the forest areas of South India as well as that of the implementation of the FRA, based on which a strategy could be developed at the regional level to take this work forward. AIFFM and EQUATIONS conducted this work in Nagarhole, Bandipur, Mudumalai and Wayanad.



Round Table On Tourism Skills and Local Engagements 
September 25, 2012 to September 25, 2012
The City & Guilds Centre for Skills Development (CSD), an international not for profit research and development organisation which focuses on improving social and economic prosperity through skills development has been working with EQUATIONS, India to conduct research into effective approaches to developing recruitment and training programmes for hotels working with local communities.



Tourism in Wildlife Areas:Debating Practice and Policy 
August 04, 2012 to August 04, 2012
The Students Conference on Conservation Science is being held between August 2 – 4, 2012 at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.



Consultation on People's Vision for Tourism in Uttarakhand 13th & 14th June 2012 
June 13, 2012 to June 14, 2012
Uttarakhand became an independent state in November 2000. One of the first polices to be announced by the government was the tourism policy in 2001 and the setting up of the Uttarkhand Tourism Board. The intent to focus on this sector was set through the vision statement stating “...to make Uttaranchal synonymous with tourism.” Tourism in the region has existed for time in immemorial with several areas of Uttarakhand already established as centres of pilgrimage and with tourists frequenting forest areas like Jim Corbett National Park, Valley of Flowers, Nanda Devi NP, Rajaji NP, etc. The state is also known for attracting enthusiasts of mountaineering, hiking and rock climbing and recently other adventures ports. Rural tourism is a new trend in many villages of the state.



National Consultation on “Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in India” 
April 27, 2012 to April 28, 2012
This National Consultation on protection of children from sexual exploitation in India marks the completion of fifteen years of the 1st World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) held in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden. During the consultation the “Report on Global Monitoring on the Status of action against commercial sexual exploitation of Children: India” will be launched. Though India has made progress in child protection, the 2nd Edition Monitoring Report reveals that it continues to face high rates of both traditional and emerging forms of child sexual exploitation. Research reveals that child sex tourism is rampant in popular destinations among both foreign and local tourists and that boys may be especially vulnerable. The problem is reported to be escalating due to the non-implementation of policies and inadequate provisions within the legal framework. Additionally existing regional mechanisms in place for exchange, coordination and monitoring progress on child protection need to be followed in order to strengthen follow-up on the implementation of the laws at the national level.



Consultation on People's Vision for Tourism in Himachal Pradesh 
March 10, 2012 to March 14, 2012
The growth of tourism as perceived in today's context in Himachal Pradesh's can be traced to the eighties. However, tourism has existed long before with many pilgrims visiting sacred spots, the popularity of Shimla as a hill station and the early adventurers to the Himalayas. Many factors have also contributed to the growing number of tourist arrivals to the state - improved accessibility, growing interest in different types of tourism, the international popularity of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as the political instability in Kashmir among others. Tourist arrivals have soared from 16,01,500 domestic and 51,360 foreign tourists in 1996 to 1,28,11,986 and 4,53,616 respectively in 2010 which is almost double the state population however tourism's contribution is to the GSDP is only 7%.



Consultation on People's Vision for Tourism in Himachal Pradesh 
January 06, 2012 to January 09, 2012
The growth of tourism as perceived in today's context in Himachal Pradesh's can be traced to the eighties. However, tourism has existed long before with many pilgrims visiting sacred spots, the popularity of Shimla as a hill station and the early adventurers to the Himalayas. Many factors have also contributed to the growing number of tourist arrivals to the state - improved accessibility, growing interest in different types of tourism, the international popularity of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as the political instability in Kashmir among others. Tourist arrivals have soared from 16,01,500 domestic and 51,360 foreign tourists in 1996 to 1,28,11,986 and 4,53,616 respectively in 2010 which is almost double the state population however tourism's contribution is to the GSDP is only 7%.



Southern Regional Consultation on GIM and REDD+ 
December 28, 2011 to December 29, 2011
The issues of carbon offset, related market mechanisms, United Nations Declaration on Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIPS), FRA and the rights of the Indian forest communities, GIM, commodification and privatization of forests, India’s position on REDD and the issues that the REDD Scheme has thrown up globally were discussed and deliberated in a National Consultation in Delhi in November 2010.



Northern Regional Consultation on GIM and REDD+ 
December 06, 2011 to December 07, 2011
The issues of carbon offset, related market mechanisms, United Nations Declaration on Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIPS), FRA and the rights of the Indian forest communities, GIM, commodification and privatization of forests, India’s position on REDD and the issues that the REDD Scheme has thrown up globally were discussed and deliberated in a National Consultation in Delhi in November 2010.



Sustainability in Tourism 
November 04, 2011 to November 06, 2011
The 3-day workshop, from Nov 4-6, 2011, is being held at Sirsi, a picturesque town in the Western Ghats, in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. The nearest train junction is Hubli and the closest airport is Goa. From both locations, one would need to take road transport/taxi to reach Sirsi – a journey between 2 to 4 hours. On Konkan Railways (trains coming from Delhi. Mumbai, Mangalore & Trivandrum) Kerala) the nearest stations at 2-4 hours road distance are Karwar and/or Kumta.



National Consultation on “Street Vendors and Tourism: Right to Livelihood and Space” 
September 15, 2011 to September 16, 2011
In India, the informal sector contributes significantly to the expanding tourism economy. Hawkers and street vendors, wayside dhabas and eateries, vendors selling handicrafts, trinkets and other items for tourists all represent a part of the informal labour force in the tourism sector. With tourism providing a seasonal nature of occupational opportunity, it attracts many people, especially women to join the vending business. However, current and past tourism planning processes have not taken the informal sector into consideration and they have not been considered as stakeholders in tourism despite their significant contribution to the economy and services to the tourists. There is a dire need to recognise this linkage between tourism and vending within the larger framework of the informal sector.



Inhuman and Illegal Eviction and Demolition at Hampi Bazaar 
August 29, 2011 to August 29, 2011
This discussion is towards expressing strong disapproval of the inhuman and illegal eviction and demolition of Hampi Bazaar which took place on 29th July 2011. Hampi is a part of the historical and ancient city of Vijayanagara. It is an important tourism destination, where visitors (domestic, foreign, pilgrims, researchers etc) experience the dynamism and colour of a vibrant bazaar. Today the Hampi Bazaar is facing a crisis, with it having been illegally demolished on 29 July 2011. Eviction notices were issued a few hours before the demolition, giving no time and opportunity for people to respond and react to them. Neither alternate housing nor clear guidelines for conducting business were issued prior to the eviction. This discussion is also being called as an act of solidarity towards the people in Hampi who have faced the injustice of forced evictions.



State Consultation on “Protecting Children in Tourism Role of the Goa Children’s Act 2003” 
July 08, 2011 to July 09, 2011
The Goa Children’s Act 2003 came into effect on 8th of July 2003, with 2011 marking the completion of 8 years of the Goa Children’s Act. Children's Rights in Goa (CRG), Centre for Responsible Tourism, Goa (CRT) and EQUATIONS, have come together to organise a two day consultation on “Protecting Children in Tourism: Role of the Goa Children’s Act” to take stock of experiences, roles, responsibilities and implementation of the Goa Children’s Act 2003 and Rules 2004.



Critical Aspects of Tourism in Manipur 
May 13, 2011 to May 13, 2011
Tourism in Manipur and in the north east states is being promoted aggressively by the government at the centre and state levels. Recent development pointing towards this trend include the lifting of the Protected area permit (PAP) and Restricted area permit(RAP) from Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur as well as several investors’ meets in the several of the north east states which have discussed tourism infrastructure development in the region.



REDD Realities in India: Will the forests and forest people survive? 
November 25, 2010 to November 25, 2010
EQUATIONS in partnership with Global Forest Coalition (GFC), with Mr. Souparna Lahiri, as principle 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 UNFCCC, 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.



Talk for Change for Making Tourism Sustainable Equitable and Just 
August 26, 2010 to August 27, 2010
Impulse, Shillong in collaboration with EQUATIONS, Bangalore and Sikkim University, Gangtok organised “Regional Consultation on Responsible Tourism in the North Eastern States of India”. The regional consultation was organized with the objective of initiating a process of dialogue and developing a perspective on responsible tourism for the North Eastern Regions in order to influence tourism policy and practice in the region.



Report Release and Press conference 27 July 2010 Delhi: Implicating Tourism in the Commonwealth Games 2010 
July 27, 2010 to July 28, 2010
On 27th July 2010 EQUATIONS (Equitable Tourism Options) will release a report titled “Humanity – Equality – Destiny?” Implicating Tourism in the Commonwealth Games, 2010.

Mega events have little to do with bolstering tourism, and in fact can have a negative impact. The report investigates the links between mega-sport events, tourism, and notions of development.



Follow-up Workshops on Child Protection 
June 07, 2010 to June 09, 2010
Over two million children are the victims of sexual exploitation around the world every year. It is a crime that is also facilitated by today’s tourist travel and infrastructure. It is our shared responsibility to protect children and adolescents from sexual exploitation in tourism. Towards this is the 'Follow-up Workshop on Child Protection - 2nd Workshop on Child Protection: Organised by Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd and supported by EQUATIONS, the local affiliate of ECPAT International in India.' They are held on 7 June 2010 at Cochin and 9 June 2010 at Goa.



Climate Justice and Tourism 
October 02, 2009 to October 02, 2009
Workshop on "Climate Justice and Tourism” facilitated by the Ecumenical Coalition on Tourism (ECOT) under the People’s Action on Climate Change (PACC) during the Bangkok climate talks, 2009.



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