The Betwa was a natural succession from walking the Ken river. Part of Veditum’s ‘Moving Upstream’ series of projects which aims to walk along Indian rivers to document & understand them, we initiated a fellowship to expand our perspective. A beautiful collaboration materialised with the Out of Eden Walk as partners for this fellowship
When heading out on an adventure like walking along a river, it is standard practice to look at satellite imagery (topographic map prints till very recently) of the area of interest to chart out an informed plan of action. In preparation of our walk along the River Ken, we decided to do the same but couldn’t access a reliable map of the river all the way from source to mouth.
In January 2018, I was invited to TEDxLNMIIT to share my story. The talk was designed considering the immediate audience of young college students, and the general distancing we observe from the cause & effect of human induced climate change. I presented ‘A case for slowing down – Walking along rivers in India’ and the idea behind Veditum.
The talk included a few stories I encountered in different states of India while walking along River Ganga and River Ken. These
It’s sad to see a river being called ‘Gutter Ganga’. I’m on the banks of river Vishwamitri, a river which flows through the city of Vadodara in Gujarat. Originating from the Pavagadh hills, Vishwamitri is a small (135km) but an important river, like all natural water bodies. Some 30km downstream from Vadodara, I’m in Medhad, Virpur village where Vijay, a young boy is guiding me to the river bank. There are sign boards warning people about the possibility of crocodiles.
SANDRP & VEDITUM
Press Note : 19th April 2018
The Ken is considered to be one of India’s cleaner rivers. It is part of the Ganga basin and meets the Yamuna at Chilla Ghat in Banda District, Uttar Pradesh. To closely understand the Ken, this walk along the Ken was organised by SANDRP – South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People from Delhi and Veditum India Foundation from Kolkata. In the past, these organisations have also undertaken long
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In my head my legs are the extreme ends of a swinging pendulum, repeating the same movements, but surely getting somewhere. In that sense walking long distances is like a physical metaphor of time passing. And when walking in India, you pass through space and time while passing through spaces and times.
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Yes, at moments your feet, as with time, will stop at something. A person,
The Pancheshwar dam is proposed to be taller than any dam currently standing on earth. It also happens to be the dam that might impound the still free Mahakali river, the last Himalayan river that still flows free from source to confluence. There have been various reports about the many technical issues with the construction of the dam including the fact that it is unsuitably placed in the highest seismic activity zone.
Emmanuel Theophilus, who has extensively documented the Kali
The Moving Upstream: Betwa program is a new addition to our Moving Upstream project series. This open call is for applicants interested in tracing on foot a certain section of the Betwa River, documenting various facets according to the brief given to them.
The first phase will cover the stretch from the confluence with River Yamuna at Hamirpur upto Orchha. This activity can be undertaken by an individual or more (2 at maximum), keeping in mind the limited
Call it the Tao of Manimahesh, call it the duality of life; a trek to Manimahesh lake at 4080m is bound to shake a few foundations.
I have been exploring the Himalayan mountain range from the past five years and have ventured out on multiple treks, mostly in the Dhauladhar ranges. Crossing the Dhauladhar and heading over to Manimahesh Peak (5653m) is something I’ve wanted to do but till that happens, I found myself in village Chobia near Chamba.
(Guest blog by Vikram Goel, an Antarctic Glaciologist. He has been studying Antarctica while living in The Arctic for the past 3 years.)
Recently, a very big chunk of ice broke off from an ice shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula. This iceberg (named A68) is 5,800 sq. km in area and weighs more than 1 trillion tonnes . This event was widely reported across the news media. But there seem to be some differences in the