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Ranjit BarthakurOctober 2007: Born in 1954 in Jorhat, Assam, to a family of lawyers, his childhood was imbued with Indian values and regular exposure to international issues. His father abandoned the legal profession in favour of planting tea. Ranjit Barthakur’s life has been viscerally influenced by Kaziranga, the Brahmaputra, Assam’s floods and the fierce pride that Assamese everywhere are known for. He founded the Balipara Foundation and is the Chairman of Globally Managed Services (GMS). He speaks to Bittu Sahgal about Naturenomics™ and his personal dream to see his home state lead India towards more productive, more ecologically-sensible ambitions. 

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Lester Brown with Prime Minister Manmohan SinghAugust 2008: Agricultural scientist, prolific author, winner of innumerable international awards, one-time wrestler, long-distance runner and founder of the Earth Policy Institute, Lester R. Brown is, above all else, an original thinker. He met Bittu Sahgal in New Delhi during the launch of the Hindi edition of his path-breaking book, Plan B 3.0 and spoke about the future of civilisation and more specifically, about India’s ecological security and what we can do to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

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Dr. Rajendra Pachauri

August 2007: Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the head of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) was born in Nainital and studied in Lucknow. Trained as an engineer with the Indian Railways, he did his Masters in Industrial Engineering and subsequently obtained a Ph.D in Industrial Engineering and then a Ph.D in Economics at the North Carolina State University, U.S. In a freewheeling discussion with Bittu Sahgal on climate change, he discusses how this could affect India and suggests steps to adapt to and mitigate climate threats.


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Shekar DattatriJune 2005: Born in Chennai, to a supportive middle-class family, Shekar’s first tryst with nature began in his backyard. It was a tiny garden that housed a large neem tree, which attracted Rose-ringed Parakeets and a Tecoma, whose flowers lured sunbirds. Influenced by Gerald Durrell, he took to birdwatching and the study of nature at a very early age and today, he is recognised in India and overseas as a world-class wildlife and conservation filmmaker. He speaks here to Bittu Sahgal about filmmaking, the many awards he has won and saving wild nature.

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Fateh Singh RathoreMore than almost any other person, the life of Fateh Singh Rathore is synchronous with the lives of tigers. Having saved a place – Ranthambhore – when everyone believed it was no longer viable for tigers in the 1970s, Rathore found his life’s work in protecting a species with which he fell hopelessly in love.

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Prerna BindraApril 2008: Prerna Bindra is the quintessential woman in a man's world.  A dogged wildlife journalist, she was presented with the Sanctuary-ABN AMRO Wildlife Service Award in 2007 for her contribution to the protection of wild animals, including the tiger. Born in Ahmedabad, her father was part of the Indian Police Service and her mother, a teacher. They gifted her with an ethical streak that has stood her in good stead all her life. She speaks to Bittu Sahgal about her passion for wildlife and her frustration with a system that seems unwilling to protect the natural heritage she holds so close to her heart.

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