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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.

Acknowledging The Importance Of Nature And Tribal Cultural And Religious Traditions

January 30, 2011: The natural world and ourselves – One of the defects of the printed word has been the changing of human perception of the natural world from a cyclic to a linear phenomenon, in fact too much printed information has removed us from the experience of meaning to the understanding of words which are supposed to create ideas related to meaning.…

Reflections On The Jaipur Literature Festival

January 20, 2011: Incest is a reality but perhaps all civilizations have been wary of it. Jaipur Literature Festival that began as ‘civil society’ initiative in 2006 has developed into a DSC Limited sponsored festival of literature for the last five years.

Talkers Or Doers, It Helps Staying Grounded

December 9, 2010: Ultimately the system decides if it will allow one to be part of it, but it cannot really stop one from trying to reform it.

Saving Tigers In St Petersburg?

December 5, 2010: Even as governments, conservationists, scientists, economists converged in St Petersburg for a Global Tiger Summit last week in an ambitious plan to ‘reverse the decline and double tiger numbers’; on the ground, the  star of the show-the tiger was otherwise engaged,  in a particularly embittered battle.

The Making Of ‘The Wild Meat Trail’

December 2010: Tai set down his backpack of cane and bamboo at the base of the tree. Barefoot, he clasped the trunk with his arms and legs and climbed up to about nine metres high. Swiftly he slid across a thick horizontal branch and extracted a dead red-bellied squirrel out of the hand-made trap he had set two days earlier.

Nature Needs Half

December 2010: We have one life, you got to do what you should.
One life, with each other… sisters, brothers.  
One life, but we’re not the same, we got to carry each other, carry each other.
(One, U2, 1992)

My Husband And Other Animals — The Endangered Scrub Jungle

November 19, 2010: I often wonder what the forests around Chengalpet looked like before they were cut down to make way for agriculture centuries ago. When we first moved here, botanists from Auroville drew up an inventory of the trees and plants found in the adjacent forest.

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