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Balancing The Extremes: People, Forests & Wildlife

August 2011: Forest land makes up more than 20 per cent of India's land mass, therefore it should be one of the vital priority areas for both governments and people in order to keep the forests safe and secure for the future. The Forests Rights Act completely polarised all the key players that engage with forest India, be it for the benefit of people or wildlife.

Naturally Selected

Credit:Dr. Anish AndheriaJune 2011: Magnificent. Totally magnificent. There is something about objects crafted by nature that stirs the senses. And no, it’s not this Kanha tiger that has me spellbound... it’s the entire system!  I…

Condemned By Government Policy

Photo Credit:Arnold NoronhaThe National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has in the past had some of the most illustrious names serving on it. People like E. P. Gee, R.S. Dharmakumarsinhji, Anne Wright, M. Krishnan, Sálim Ali and Kailash…

Odd, Different, But Not Peculiar!

Credit: Sanjayan KumarApril 2011: Strange looking sambar? For a micro-moment that’s what I thought too… until I noticed the horns and body shape; at which point I did a double take! The image, sent to us by Sanjayan Kumar, Deputy Director…

National Shame

April 2011: My friend Belinda Wright who heads the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) sent me these two horrific images on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. It seems a leopard mauled three people from the Dhamdhar village in the Adnala Range of the Kalagarh Forest Division in the Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand.

Guarding The Realm

Credit:Dr. Anish AndheriaFebruary 2011: These armed guards in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh and their compatriots across India, risk life and limb daily to protect our wildlife from poachers, encroachers, forest fires, illegal…

Baubles, Beads And Carnivores

February 2011: When the colonisers of yore reached the far corners of our planet centuries ago, they plundered lands in exchange for baubles and beads. Communities that resisted were brutally subdued. What single-minded GDP-seekers are doing today to natural India and its human and wildlife communities in the name of development is similar.

Dust To Dust

Credit:A. Christy WilliamsDecember 2010: These Asian elephants Elephas maximus, seen kicking up so much dust in Corbett, were a mere possibility on the evolutionary horizon when the dinosaurs died out. Fossil evidence suggests…

Monkeying With The Planet

December 2010: Companies that enrich themselves by selling packaged drinking water, flavoured or unflavoured, in plastic bottles are significant contributors to global climate change.

On Parasitism

Credit:Yuwaraj GurjarOctober 2010: It’s been over 150 years since Charles Darwin’s seminal work, On the Origin of Species. Yet, the molecular foundation for natural selection, a key driver of evolution, continues to elude us. When…

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