Behind the image, May 2015: Indian Himalaya

Behind the image, May 2015: Indian Himalaya

Gopeshwar

The district centre of Gopeshwar in the Indian Himalaya.  The image picks up a number of things – the town itself, which is attracting more people; the forest cover, a result of many years of social action and conservation efforts from local people and various civil society groups; agricultural fields, which, in these areas, are increasingly being tended by women as men leave in search of daily wage labour outside the district and the next generation leave in search of life and education in cities.  It is, perhaps mostly, an image of continuity and change. Significant changes are afoot in the mountains and our challenge is to ensure these are sustainable and equitable and occur with local people as the main actors.