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At last it has rained in Madurai.

 

The year has been unsually dry, the climate hot.  The chanrges of canned water have increased. The low water table  has gone dry at places. Its been months since I have seen a trickle in Vaigai river. The irrigation tank has been reduced to a puddle. The Cranes and Cormorants did not come this


Mumbai's Miracle Forest

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

On Sunday, September 2, 2013, a GreenKarbon team from Deutsche Bank and Sanctuary Asia, undertook a study trek in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park where the Director of the Park, Mr. Limaye, began  by explaining that along with the scores of other problems, this city forest was being choked by plastic being thrown by careless

Ambitions Blacker than Coal

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

So the Prime Ministers Office is catching stick for coal block allocations. But its not merely how coal was allocated that is the issue, its also the very fact that it is being allocated from forests and other ecosystems without which India has no future.

 As a long time member of the Central Government's environmental expert


 

Nature and its creatures must make dollars for humans?How many

Wild animals we should have in India?

May be I am a little outdated for I don't subscribe to the utilitarian view of the world. I believe in a world created by a power that human mind cannot comprehend. Earth is the only planet known till now to harbour life and


So, after giving the Supreme Court faulty advice, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) realises that it acted in haste, but it will nevertheless be forced to repent at leisure... at the expense of a nation riven with quixotic planning, short-term goals and insensitivity to the environment that support us all.


I miss Mahatma Gandhi

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on

Many of us who served India for decades on Environmental Committees mandated to protect our natural resources have tried without success to convey to planners that they cannot so ruthlessly destroy life-support infrastructures -- forests, wetlands, coasts, rivers, lakes -- to create infrastructures of commerce -- mines, dams,


One decision, too many ???! :-

Posted by: Sameer K S on


July 24, 2012, can be said to be a red letter day for various conservation efforts within the country, not simply because it is regarding, the pride of the nation, our national animal ,"The Tiger"..! This because on this day the countries highest judicial organ spelled out it's stiff stance on what reverence it gives to it's


The news came in three days ago about the Supreme Court of India banning tourism in the core areas of national parks and sanctuaries in response to a Public Interest Litigation filed. While everyone waits for the text of the final ruling, clearly this is a case where the law has confused the current impact of tourism (negative)


As the editor of Sanctuary Asia I have been asked this question by hundreds of young persons down the years.  Here is the advice I gave to Sutirtha Lahiri, one of our brightest young wildlifers from Guwahati Assam:

 Your personality must determine what you do in life. And making turning your passion into your work should be a


DIVIDED AND RULED

Posted by: Bittu Sahgal on


The greatest environmental tragedy, in my view, is that even as the development brigade purposefully and effectively divided (and thus ruled) wildlife and tribal groups, they managed to sell the Trojan Horse of consumptive development to influential tribal leaders who are currently conspiring to open gate after forest gate from