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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..

 
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”.



EIA and Tourism Diluting Environmental Safeguards 
August 26, 2016
The ‘Environment Clearance’ process is a critical regulation to evaluate environmental impact of large development and industrial projects. An important tool in this process is the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA). “EIA is a planning tool that is now generally accepted as an integral component of sound decision-making. The objective of EIA is to foresee and address potential environmental problems/ concerns at an early stage of project planning and design. EIA systematically examines both beneficial and adverse consequences of the project and ensures that these effects are taken into account during project design.” (Govind Singh, 2007)



LATEST PUBLICATIONS
Caught In The Legal Mesh 
July 05, 2017
Caught in the Legal Mesh
Children have a right under Article 34 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child to live a life free of sexual abuse and exploitation and to access justice when this right is violated.
 
Access to justice for children is defined as the"the ability to obtain a just and timely remedy for violations of rights" under international law.For sexually exploited children, the criminal justice system is an important way to secure legal remedies, including the compensation and services they need to recover and return to healthy lives. Indeed, participating in a criminal case against their offender is sometimes their only avenue for redress, as it can be costly and impractical to seek damages through separate civil lawsuits, and aid from state compensation funds, when available, is usually minimal.
 
To secure remedies for the violation of their rights, sexually exploited children must be able to engage effectively with the criminal justice system. States have a duty under international law and standards to help child victims participate in criminal cases against their offenders without being exposed to additional harm in the process, such as threats to their safety, privacy, health, or well-being. This "child-friendly" approach to justice recognizes therights of child victims and witnesses and balances them against those of accused offenders.



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.







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
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 cave, where a smooth ice stalagmite dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva reaches up from the cave floor. The devotees heading for this linga (a Hindu term for venerated, somewhat phallic objects) are making one of the most dangerous pilgrimages in India — not just because of the height and harsh weather, but because the cave is slap-bang in the middle of the divided, and violent, border state of Jammu and Kashmir.



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.




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