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Sayanangshu Modak

Affiliation’s : Research Assistant at Observer Research Foundation.

Brief Profile : I am a researcher currently working at Think Tank and I am based in Kolkata, West Bengal. My current research focus is on transboundary rivers, hydrodiplomacy and flood governance. I also track issues related to natural resource management and environmental sustainability.

Publications :

Long-forms
1. ‘From Policy to Practice: Charting a Path for Floodplain Zoning in India’; Observer Research Foundation’; 25th May, 2020

2. ‘China-India Data Sharing for Early Flood Warning in the Brahmaputra: A Critique’; Observer Research Foundation; 4th December, 2019

3. ‘An eco-hydrological perspective to monsoon high flows in the Ganga-Padma system: Imperatives for flood management’; Observer Research Foundation; 30th September, 2019

4. ‘Water Commons: Influencing Practice and Policy – SROI Report 2016-17; FES/Publications/Internal Reports

5. ‘Water Commons: Influencing Practice and Policy – SROI Report 2017-18; FES/Publications/Internal Reports

Short-forms
1. ‘The Indian Government’s Flood Insurance Packages Can Do Better. This Is How.’; The Wire; 14th September, 2020

2. ‘A Panacea for India’s Flood Woes – Lost and Forgotten?’; Observer Research Foundation; 1st September, 2020

3. ‘Choking the Brahmaputra’s flow – Much ado about nothing?’; Observer Research Foundation; 11th August, 2020

4. ‘South Asia’s Floods Don’t Have Borders – So Why Does Flood Governance?’; The Wire; 19th July, 2020

5. ‘The Dibang Debacle: Hydropower and Altered Flow Regimes in the Dibang Basin’; The Bastion; 6th July, 2020

6. ‘Should rivers have legal rights?’; Observer Research Foundation; 16th June, 2020

7. ‘Amphan, Sundarbans and an agenda for reconstruction’; Observer Research Foundation; 25th May, 2020

8. ‘Telecommuting to a green future’; Observer Research Foundation; 21st April, 2020

9. ‘A perilous bundling: global response for COVID-19 and climate action’; Mongabay-India; 26th March, 2020

10. ‘Why India needs to buy better water data from China.’; The Third Pole; 10th January, 2020.

11. ‘The Paddy Paradox: A cauldron of flawed practices and faulty measures.’; Mongabay-India; 26th November, 2019

12. ‘Reimagining Floods: Reviving Nature-based Solutions for Flood Mitigation’; The Tilak Chronicles; 16th August, 2019

13. ‘Mt Everest: Overcrowding at the top of the world must be regulated’; Down To Earth; 9th August, 2019

14. ‘India needs to keep the Indus Waters Treaty intact’; The Diplomat; 20th March, 2019

15. ‘Riverbank erosion no less a disaster than Assam floods’; Village Square; 6th September 2017

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