Assam crippled by lack of development and ethnic tensions

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On this week's South Asia Wired, we report from Assam (north east India) and London, where the annual Ashden Awards for sustainability were presented last week.

The north east Indian state of Assam is largely known for its famous tea. Less well known are the ethnic insurgencies, the fundamental lack of development and the shortage of infrastructure that continue to plague the region. Assamese University professor Rakhi Kalitha (pictured above) talks to South Asia Wired about how the decades of conflict have affected (and continue to affect) the region, especially the women in one of the few matrilineal societies in India.

We also speak to two of the winners of the Ashden Awards, given annually to small scale, local projects in developing countries to improve the use of sustainable energy. An energy loans system in southern India and a hydropower plant in north Afghanistan were among the winners this year. You can hear their stories on this week's programme.

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