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Dangling Conversations

Credit:Dr. Anish AndheriaAugust 2010: When city claustrophobia closes in, and an escape to one or another natural wonderlands is not written into my fate, I turn to my friends, the thinkers and poets who give voice to my deepest contemplations.…

It Is Easier To Build Strong Children Than To Repair Broken Men

August 2010: That stark sentence from Frederick Douglass more or less sums up the raison de etre of Cub magazine, launched soon after Sanctuary Asia began publication in 1981.

The Poetry Of Nature

June 2010: Why do so many of us believe that this Bengal Florican Houbaropsis bengalensis might survive despite the double dose of bad news that confronts us daily from grassland habitats such as Kaziranga… and Manas where Ramki took this incredible series of images?…

Budh Singh’s Tree

June 2010: Meet Budh Singh, an Ahir cowherd. If he is lucky he will be contracted to stand watch all day, 20 m. above the ground, to give park authorities an early fire warning. For his 12 hour service he will be paid about Rs. 100 per day. And that often is all that keeps hunger at bay for his family. He gets no meal allowance. No subsidised transport. No gratuity. No medical benefits.…

On Our Last Legs

April 2010: If Jairam Ramesh had not kick-started the climate debate in India, we would probably still be sitting around waiting for money to reach us from “rich” countries before embarking on a journey toward climate security. As things stand, we have been slow off the blocks, but at least, thanks to Ramesh, we have officially registered India as a participant in the race to fight…

Save Our Tigers

April 2010: … and our dholes, and our birds and termites and…

 

I have seen tigers, lions and leopards just metres from me while walking wild India. I once found a snake in my sleeping bag. I have been chased downhill…

The Skeptics Tea Party

February 2010: Good news for climate skeptics. Membership to the Flat Earth Society, with whose members they share a penchant for delinquent denial, is still open. This might be particularly fortuitous for those who were drowning in the rising ocean of evidence that climate change is real and human-triggered.

Home

Credit:Dr. Anish AndheriaFebruary 2010: What is it in our rootedness that virtually forces us to stay fixed to what has been ‘home’ long after the qualities that define home – comfort, safety, security – have vanished? Why do we…

Living Together

Credit:Baiju PatilDecember 2009: “Believing as I do that man in the distant future will be a far more perfect creature than he now is, it is an intolerable thought that he and all other sentient beings are doomed to complete annihilation after…

Gandhian Grasshopper

Credit:Sachin RaiOctober 2009: The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

 

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