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Equations Submission To 'State Policy For Transgender in Karnataka, 2014 
March 31, 2016
In April 2014, Supreme Court recognized transgender as the third gender...
 
New Tourism Policy Will Harm Local Communities and Environment, Say Activists 
March 25, 2016
As many as 51 civil society organisations working across a range of fields linked to...
 
Draft National Tourism Policy, 2015: A Mockery of Democracy 
March 09, 2016
Tourism is not just a holiday, it changes the entire social, cultural and economic nature of...
 
EQUATIONS submission to the Right of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015 
January 20, 2016
The legislation is modelled on the private members’ Transgender bill moved by Rajya Sabha MP...
 
A Tale of Trans-ition 
November 23, 2015
Suma M recoils with fear as she reminisces the horrors of her past...
 
RESOURCE CENTER
Welcome to our Resource Center! Here you can find all the ‘Papers’, ‘Publications’, ‘Newsletters’ and ‘Presentations’ published by us. We are trying to make 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. Please excuse this. 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
Equations Submission To 'State Policy For Transgender in Karnataka, 2014 
March 31, 2016
In April 2014, Supreme Court recognized transgender as the third gender and subsequently Karnataka was the first state to constitute committee to frame a policy for transgenders, in line with the Apex Court order.The Karnataka government is ready with the final draft of its policy for transgenders and circulated it to all departments for comments and suggestions. the interests of the transgender communities in tourism and awareness of the tourism industry towards issues of transgender people is critical. We have made some comments and suggestions from the tourism perspective to the Karnataka Transgender Policy-2014.



Draft National Tourism Policy, 2015: A Mockery of Democracy 
March 09, 2016
Tourism is not just a holiday, it changes the entire social, cultural and economic nature of the place where it thrives. There are social costs: abuse of women, children particularly those forced into sex work, trafficking and child labour because of tourism. Ministry of tourism announced Draft National Tourism Policy of India in May 2015 and given only 10 day for public comments. The draft NTP 2015 echoes much of BJP's position on tourism since 1998. While it is the prerogative of the elected governments to form policy based on its promises as articulated in its manifestos and other documents, it is equally important to ensure that the process of policy formulation in the country is transparent and democratically decided. For tourism, the only directive giving document is the National Tourism Policy. Therefore, we believe that this document needs to be given the same consideration as the passing of any legislation and therefore brought to the Parliament for a discussion and a wider consensus. The government's attempt to scuttle this process by introducing it in the Cabinet is a manifestation of its autocratic nature which will affect millions of people whose homes have been turned into products to be traded in the tourism market.



EQUATIONS submission to the Right of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015 
January 20, 2016
The legislation is modelled on the private members’ Transgender bill moved by Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi Siva and passed by the Upper House on April 24, 2015. This was the first time in 45 years that a private members’ Bill had been passed by the House, forcing the government to assure the House that it would bring it’s own law in Lok Sabha after “correcting infirmities” in Siva’s Bill. The Social Justices Empowerment ministry had several rounds of consultations and has finally moved a Cabinet note. Many provisions of Transgender Bill have been accommodated in the government legislation except for provision for exclusive transgender rights courts, reservation in primary, secondary and higher educational institutions, incentives to employers in private sector, special employment exchanges and national and state commissions for transgender persons. Sources said the Social Justices Empowerment Ministry has asked for comments from different ministries in two weeks after which it’ll take the Bill to the Union Cabinet for its nod. specific mechanisms to protect the interests of the transgender communities in tourism and awareness of the tourism industry towards issues of transgender people is critical. We have made some comments and suggestions from the tourism perspective to the Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2015. We request to take these into consideration fill finalising the Bill. 



LATEST PUBLICATIONS
In the Heart of Incredible India: Exploitation of Children in Tourism - Child Sexual Abuse & Child Labour in Tourism in Madhya Pradesh 
November 30, 2014
Exploitation of Children in Tourism - Child Sexual Abuse & Child Labour in Tourism in Madhya PradeshMadhya Pradesh is considered one of the prime tourist destinations of India attracting foreign and domestic tourists. The status of children in the Madhya Pradesh presents a grim picture which unfortunately has been worsening over the years. How does the government of Madhya Pradesh and its officials feel about the shamefully increasing statistics on crimes against children, missing and trafficked children, child labour and child sexual abuse and the extent to which they believe they are responsible for this sorry state of affairs is questioned?









Local Hospitality: Developing Local Employment In India's Tourism Sector 
June 01, 2013
Local Hospitality Developing Local Employment In India’s Tourism SectorThe report explores the potential opportunities that exist to improve the involvement of employment in tourism for local and marginalised communities. Four hotels in Kerala and Karnataka in Southern India that implemented recruitment and training programmes which target local individuals were studied. The research aimed to identify good practice as well as to understand the challenges and benefits of implementing the programmes.







 



On The Brink: The Tragedy Of Forest Governance 
December 31, 2012
On The BrinkAIFFM and EQUATIONS present a documentation on the status of forest governance and tourism in Nagarhole, Bandipur, Mudumalai and Wayanad, with the objective of creating an understanding of systemic processes that impinge on the rights of adivasi and other traditional forest dwelling communities. We hope that this will also help concerned groups and activists in developing a regional strategy for intervention.








 



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
New Tourism Policy Will Harm Local Communities and Environment, Say Activists 
March 25, 2016
As many as 51 civil society organisations working across a range of fields linked to travel and tourism have expressed fear that the central government’s draft National Tourism Policy (NTP) 2015 will “autocratically centralise” the sector and leave no room for local communities in the decision-making process. They allege that the policy has been drafted keeping only the interests of foreign tourists and corporates in mind.



A Tale of Trans-ition 
November 23, 2015
Suma M recoils with fear as she reminisces the horrors of her past life. Tortured by her family for being a transgender, she had fallen victim to the vicious world of the flesh trade, which in turn exposed her to three traumatic years of physical abuse and rape. Until she decided to fight back and start life afresh. 



Flights of Fantasy 
July 14, 2015
Seaplanes are being used in tourism in the state of Maharashtra, about to be launched in Goa, and have been proposed in other coastal states as well. The service was introduced, opposed by local communities as well as few NGOs, and stalled in Kerala in 2013. The seaplanes bring along a wide range of social, environmental, and ecological issues and affect nature and local communities and is therefore objectionable.



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