Stories By Category

Environment and Ecology
Bamboo forest regeneration efforts planned in Chhattisgarh

The forest department has identified three types of bamboo forests to increase productivity and regenerate degraded forests.

Livelihoods
Herding On The Brink: Why India Needs To Support Its Pastoralists

Traditional pastoralism is facing an existential threat. Decades of neglect require more cohesive efforts to be put in for their conservation.

Perspectives
The development plan that could end up sinking Lakshadweep islands

Why cause irreparable damage to the ecology and generate large-scale livelihood pressures?

Society, Culture and Peace
On the path to reclaiming their land: the story of Banni and its Maldharis

Encroachments over Banni grassland to be removed, reinforcing Grazing Rights of Maldharis.

ABOUT VIKALP SANGAM

The name ‘Vikalp Sangam’ is Hindi for “Alternatives’ Confluence”!

As the world hurtles towards greater ecological devastation, inequalities, and social conflicts, the biggest question facing us is: are there alternative ways of meeting human needs and aspirations, without trashing the earth and without leaving half of humanity behind?

Across India (as in the rest of the world), this question is being answered by a multitude of grassroots and policy initiatives: from meeting basic needs in ecologically sensitive ways to decentralised governance and producer-consumer movements, from rethinking urban and rural spaces towards sustainability to struggles for social and economic equity.

Unfortunately, documentation and public awareness of such initiatives in India is poor. There are very few attempts to consolidate and present in cohesive manner, the range of these alternatives.

We offer this website as one response to these gaps. It hopes to feature alternatives in the full range of human endeavour as they take place in India, and through this to help build bridges amongst them, learn from each other, and together present a challenge to the mainstream system. This is part of a larger process in which the co-host organizations are involved, at networking alternatives in India and internationally…. Read More