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December 22, 2017

The Government of India’s recent “in principle” clearance to the international airport at Jewar, off Delhi, 16 years after the idea was first floated, is one of the sever

Sustainability is a choice – if we have the courage to make it 
September 27, 2017

Declaring 2017 as the year of Sustainable Tourism has once again served to highlight how unsustainable mainstream tourism..

India Is Weaponizing its Spiritual Tourists 
August 09, 2017

Every July, thousands of buses, trucks, cars, mules, and palanquin bearers crawl up 12, 768  treacherous feet of mountainous terrain to reach the Amarnath cav..

Caught In The Legal Mesh 
July 05, 2017
The Access to justice study was conducted in 2or6 to assess the ability of sexually exploited children to access the criminal judicial process in India...
The Report Documents How Amarnath Yatra is Used As a Right-Wing Nationalist Battle Cry By the State’ 
June 10, 2017

I remember as a kid in the month of August a few dozen buses full of Yatri

We initiate campaigns and support people’s struggles, against unjust, undemocratic and unsustainable forms of tourism. We advocate people’s concerns with the local, regional and national government and lobby for change.  Our advocacy aims for decentralised democracy and believe that communities should have a decisive voice in the access, control and ownership over their livelihood, natural resources and common resources. We try to ensure people’s experience influence changes in tourism policies.

Find below our Campaign Letters and Statements in the context of tourism development. On clicking a Title, you can read online and download the respective campaign material.

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EQUATIONS Comments to MoEF on Draft Summary Report of the World Bank assisted Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project 
December 28, 2009
This is our letter to Shri. Senthil Vel, Additional Director, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), demanding that  proceedings on Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZM) should stop until the public consultations on Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification are completed. The public consultations were started by the MoEF to strengthen the CRZ Notification following the lapse of the draft Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) Notification, 2008. The MoEF had invited public comments on the Draft Summary Report of (ICZM) Project to be piloted in three states of Gujarat, Orissa and West Bengal.The backdoor entry of the ICZM is unethical.

Letter against railways plan on exclusive coaches for foreigners 
November 02, 2009
The Economic Times, dated 27.10.09 and Times of India, Bangalore edition, dated 29.10.09 reported that the Ministry of Railways plans to add exclusive coaches for foreign tourists in normal trains. The idea of ‘exclusive’ coaches for foreigners, in our opinion, is deep rooted in imperialism, racism and casteism. We do not object to better facilities in general, but object to exclusive facilities on the basis of nationality and citizenship.

Demand for improving availability of information on environmental clearance letters on the Ministry of Environment & Forests website 
September 30, 2009
This is our letter to Shri. Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State, Ministry of Environment & Forests, demanding transparency and public access in environment clearance process. Media reports that the MoEF revamped its website in July 2009 to improve transparency in the environment clearance process. Reasons raised are: unavailability of  environmental clearance letters of projects cleared by the Ministry, data deficiency on ‘new construction projects and industrial estates’ project category on MoEF’s revamped website as on July 2009, no data on projects denied environmental clearance and inaccurate listing of projects cleared.

Our Culture is not for Sale! 
September 27, 2009
On World Tourism Day 2009, we call upon global tourism institutions like the UNWTO, National and State Tourism Boards and the Industry to comprehend and accept the existence of the negative impacts of tourism on host cultures. We urge bodies like the UNWTO not to so quickly celebrate tourism’s role as protector of culture…tourism has some serious soul searching to do before it awards itself that accolade!

Zones of Contestation - Call for a Moratorium on Mega Resorts 
February 24, 2009
Not only do "land grabs" by resort and real estate developers pose a rampant problem the world over, "sea grabs" for the development of commercial water-based tourism activities such as cruising, boating and diving, have also become common place. The rapid proliferation of mega-resorts that often include hotels, residential housing, golf courses, marinas, shopping centres, entertainment facilities and even landing strips for private jets, wreaks havoc on the natural environment, affects the lives and livelihoods of millions of small-scale farmers and fisher-folk around the world. It is time to demand an end to the global mega-resort and real estate boom. Land and natural resources are part of our collective commons and should belong to all people in a country. They must be preserved and used wisely to benefit local communities.

Demand for Public Hearing before Commencement of Work on Artificial Reef at Kovalam 
February 16, 2009
This is our letter to Shri. N. Mohana Kumar, The Chief Engineer, Harbour Engineering Dept., demanding a Public Hearing before commencement of work on artificial reef at Kovalam. Reasons raised are: inappropriate use of funds from Tsunami Rehabilitation Plan to promote a tourism product, loss of fisherfolk livelihood, and the basic question as to whether an artificial reef is of any protection against a Tsunami.