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Wainganga basin: Strengths ignored & Weaknesses misunderstood

Part 2 of a 3 part series on the Wainganga river and learnings from a research project conducted in 2011. Written by Rashmi Mahajan.

Soundscape – Upstream along the Betwa

A soundscape by Ishan Gupta, created from field recordings made while walking along River Betwa on Veditum’s Moving Upstream Fellowship.

Wainganga: A lifeline of Central India

Part 1 of 3 articles on River Wainganga, a tributary of River Godavari that flows through the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra.

Betwa in Shade and Line

A set of zines from walking the River Betwa, created by designer Kabini Amin, part of Veditum’s Moving Upstream fellowship program.

Walking Along River Ken – Webinar | Veditum x SANDRP

Webinar recording and reading links from Walking Along River Ken in Bundelkhand by Veditum India Foundation and SANDRP

Cultural Geographies of River Narmada at Mandla

From walking the ghats of River Narmada at Mandla, Sneha Khulge writes about cultural geographies- an interplay of space, identity & function

Creativity and Flow along River Betwa

Two designers on the Moving Upstream fellowship reflect on a house of art along River Betwa & the life of the woman who has made it into a charming example of up-cycling

Seeing, feeling and discovering River Betwa and its people

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3436″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]There was trepidation and a sense of foreboding that usually g…

Walking to River Betwa’s source – Moving Upstream

Over the past few years, as part of the Moving Upstream series of projects at Veditum, we have been diligently walking along rivers in India and documenting the socio-ecological situation that exists.…

Birdwatching along the Betwa: Abundance threatened by Developmental Activities, Sand Mining

Birdwatching while walking along the Betwa: Abundance of resident and migratory birds stands threatened by Developmental Activities and rampant Sand Mining.

Moving Upstream: Betwa – Her people and their stories

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Meeting the River [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Day 1, 11 January: Its 1 pm and we get our first sighting of the river. We have finally reached the banks of th…

Application call 2.0 – Betwa :Moving Upstream

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”The Challenge:” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left”][vc_column_text]The?Moving Upstream:?Betwa?program is part of our?Moving Ups…

Walking along the Betwa – Moving Upstream

[vc_single_image image=”3139″ add_caption=”yes” alignment=”center”] The Betwa was a natural succession from walking the Ken river. Part of Veditum’s Moving Up…

Tracing origins – Walking along the Ken

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 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…

A case for slowing down – Walking along rivers in India [TEDx Talk]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 …

What’s downstream? Documenting Vishwamitri

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My first visit to Medhad, Virpur just downstream of the city of Vadodara on the Vishwamitri river sparked the thought of documenting this river that bears the brunt …

On the banks of Vishwamitri River in Gujarat

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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 …

Press Release: Ken Yatra – Moving Upstream

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] SANDRP & VEDITUM Press Note : 19th April 2018 [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The Ken is considered to be one of Indias cleaner rivers. It is part of the Gang…

Walking, Stopping, Painting – Moving Upstream: Ganga

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Left, right, left, right, left, right In my head my legs are the extreme ends of a swinging pendulum, repeating the same movements, but surely getting somewhere. In…

Downstream Extinctions – Mahakali River

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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…

Application call – Betwa – Moving Upstream

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”The Challenge:” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left”][vc_column_text]TheMoving Upstream:Betwaprogram is a new addition to our…

Moving Upstream : Betwa – Introduction

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”About Moving Upstream:”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]The Moving Upstream series by Veditum is an attempt to document the rivers of India, b…

The Sacred Landfill at 4080 metres

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Foundation:” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left”][vc_column_text]Call it the Tao of Manimahesh, call it the duality of life; a t…

Of Icebergs and Climate Change

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text](Guest blog by Vikram Goel, an Antarctic Glaciologist. Hehas been studyingAntarctica whileliving in The Arctic for the past 3 years.)   Recently, a very big …

Tragedy of Media Errors – Ken Betwa River Linking Project

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”What is happening?” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left”][vc_column_text]News reports with updates on the government’s plan…

Mumbai Rains, Floods and the Mithi

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]One of the biggest challenges that Mumbai has faced in recent times is the issue of water-logging after heavy rainfall. Following the deluge and standstill of 2005, …

Walking across India as a Woman – Moving Upstream

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This is a guest blog by Nupur Agrawal. She had joined our Moving Upstream project andwalked with us for almost400kms fromBijnor, Uttar Pradesh toGangotri, Uttara…

Tuberculatus trees, Rain Forests and Cauvery

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]To do or not to do? There are few things in life that leave me utterly fascinated. When you step into the world of forestry, you realize that the world of ecology &#…

Resting Spots – Walking across India – Moving Upstream

This post is in continuation to: ‘Finding shade – Walking across India – Moving Upstream‘.These posts attempt atanswering oneof the most common questions that peopleask in …

Finding shade – Walking across India – Moving Upstream

How did you manage? One of the most common questions that peopleask in relation to the long walk along the river Ganga is, “how did you manage your stay while walking?”. It is a legitimat…

Chennai City Water Walks – The Canal Tale

  Can you imagine a city of villages? How would it be to have a cluster of villages with the right amount of open spaces, right amount of built and the water in the purest form? Well, Chennai or …

Open well in a river, the story of Semara

Open wells and society: The well has been celebrated as a place for social interactions, encouraging people to share their daily lives with each other while they draw water. At times, a sight of relie…

Ahmedabad City WaterWalks – Of Water, Birds and Beings

(This is a guest blog byDipani Sutaria and Renu Desai with inputs fromMansi Shah and Vrushti Mawani, who are taking the lead for the Ahmedabad leg of our City Water Walks initiative) Maps and graphi…

Ahmedabad City WaterWalks – Sabarmati beyond the Barrage

(This is a guest blog byVrushti Mawani with inputs from Renu Desai, Dipani Sutaria & Mansi Shah, who are taking the lead for the Ahmedabad leg of our CityWater Walks initiative.) Maps by Mansi S…

Ganga: Moving Upstream – Second Leg

Rewind: Last June, as part of ourMoving Upstreamseries of projects,Siddharthstarted walking along the river Ganga from Gangasagar, West Bengal. Moving from the ocean to the glaciers at 14000 feet,…

City Water Walks Mumbai

The first edition of the Mumbai walks saw us visiting Powai lake as permissions for our visit planned for Vihar lake didnt come through. Conducted with the support ofSanctuary Asiaand led by Dr. Pa…

Chennai City Water Walks

(This is a guest post by Prithvi Mahadevan,who istaking the lead for theChennailegof ourCityWater Walks initiative.)   I was strolling on one of the beaches in Chennai, when Akshay got in …

City Water Walks – Ahmedabad

(This is a guest blog by Renu Desai, Dipani Sutaria, Mansi Shah &Vrushti Mawani, who are taking the lead for the Ahmedabad leg of our CityWater Walks initiative.) When Akshay got in touch with…

The Price of Exclusivity

This post was written a few weeks ago and the experience still relays the same story. What has become clearer is the politics of water and the river, a long term political play. This article first app…

Walking from Varanasi to Allahabad: Moving Upstream

This is a guest blog by Ankit Batheja. He had recently joined our ongoing Moving Upstream project for a week and walked alongside Siddharth from Varanasi to Allahabad. The journey would have taken mer…

City Walks – An Introduction

(This is a guest post by Akshay Roongta) Hello! As I begin writing this post, Siddharth has just hit the road again after a brief hiatus. He’s making his way through Bihar at the moment. The ide…

The Story of an Island – Part 2

Read Part 1 here: The Story of an Island. Walking through the island i came across a hand pump in front of a mud house in the village of Idrakpur, filled myLifeStrawand took a sip. My confidence in…

The Story of an Island

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The questions kept coming in like a continuous ambush, curiosity further aroused with each answer. The crowd thinned out, leaving behind the keen ones to further con…

What it Means to Walk Across India

Smiles disappear, conversations die out, huddles form and eyes widen with amazement, such is the welcome that i receive often. Welcome to my journal of personal experiences about what it means to walk…

Finding Oneself in a Prawn Pickle

Once the monsoon has receded, rice harvested and the currents in the river turned, salt water permeates into the river, the khaals and adjoining fields. Suitable fish are grown and harvested in these …

Tides at Play

The season for closed schools, rumours of monsoon and kids at play. As we begin our journey, balancing notions and curiosity, we find ourselves learning from the company of masterful children. The ini…

Moving Upstream Press Release

Sagar Island – June 6th 2016 – Veditum India Foundation announces the start of Moving Upstream, an almost 3000km walk along the length of the Ganges, starting from the sink at Sagar Island…

Call For Action – Volunteers and Organisations

Call for Action – Volunteers and Organisations Hi, Im happy to introduce you to our ongoing project, a 4 month walk along the main branch of the River Ganga, roughly 3000 kilometres, Moving Ups…

Walking Partner – BheemStyx

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] A little late than promised, but were starting to talk about our associations for the trip.In India, someone walking long distances is generally classified into a…

Walking a few thousand kilometres

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] We launched our latest project, Ganga: Moving Upstream, a few days ago, with the basic facts that were going to walk 3000kms from the seas to the glaciers in sear…