Amid data black hole that surrounds Joshimath’s sinking, a minister’s clean chit

In his rush to absolve NTPC of blame, power minister R.K. Singh ends up adding to the confusion over the reasons behind the subsidence of the Himalayan town.

Two weeks in and the year has already been busy on the environment and climate change front. The environmental release of genetically modified mustard continues to rake up controversy; India announced the issue of its first ever Sovereign Green Bonds; and the World Economic Forum kicked off at Davos, Switzerland, with climate and sustainability high on the agenda. 

The big news, though, continues to be Joshimath as the pilgrimage town sinks under its own weight. But, it’s a tragedy about which we will know even less than we do, thanks to an unprecedented gag order on government agencies. …


Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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