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The War Dogma

July 25, 2011: Reporter Javed Iqbal debates the meaning of neutrality, objectivity and truth in the conflict zone of Dantewada, where everything seems to depend on where you stand. Are you standing between a crying mother and the barbed wire across which state officials are conducting an autopsy on her son whom they shot dead? Or across from a young boy whose leg was…

What Jairam Did And Didn't Do As Green Minister

July 20, 2011: "Kicked upstairs" is how many lobbyists gleefully describe Jairam Ramesh's removal from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests in the cabinet reshuffle on July 12.

The Unraveling Of Nuclear Energy

June 27, 2011: About three decades ago, the Swedes considered the risks of nuclear energy, added up the costs and did the math. What they found was that the astronomical amounts that the Swedish economy was paying in subsidies to produce electricity from nuclear energy far exceeded what they were getting out of it.

The Element Of Doubt About Jairam Ramesh

June 25, 2011: Is India’s environment minister Jairam Ramesh a smooth, cunning and crafty fox? That’s what he claimed to be at a journalism school convocation in Chennai on May 3, 2011. Invoking philosopher Isaiah Berlin’s spin on an ancient parable called The fox and the hedgehog, the minister used the metaphors to explain his stance on the environment-growth debate.

The Impending Extinction Of Wildlife Committees

June 2011: Civil society members on India’s most important wildlife conservation committees are mostly rubber stamps, says Ashish Kothari, making these forums so much greenwash for pushing ‘development’ projects that threaten wildlife habitats.

Comments On Critical Wildlife Habitats

May 25, 2011: Background: The Ministry of Environment & Forests (MoEF) first formulated Guidelines for notification of Critical Wildlife Habitats (CWH) under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA) on 27th October 2007.

A New Publication On Tiger Conservation

May 15, 2011: Dear colleagues: Some of us jointly published an analysis on the most cost-effective and optimal global tiger conservation strategy in the present context. This paper just came out in the prestigious journal PLOS Biology.

Of The 1%, By The 1%, For The 1%

April 13, 2011: Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a quarter of the nation’s income—an inequality even the wealthy will come to regret.

The World Bank Has No Place In India's Tiger Recovery Plans

February 2011: (This letter, dated January 14, 2011, was written by Sanctuary’s Editor, Bittu Sahgal to the Minister for Environment and Forests in response to a recent announcement by the MoEF that the World Bank is being approached to ‘strengthen partnerships’ to advance India’s green-growth agenda.)

Bird Playback – Reflections on Audio Technology and Birding Practices

February 2011: Jiw-jiw-jiw-jiw… “Cutia calling,” exclaimed our guide reaching for his MP3 player attached to powerful Sony micro-speakers. The Cutia’s distinctive call blasted out beside me as we searched the mossy branches of a small stand of trees at a bend along the track.

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