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I oscillate between elation and despair as I write of an exquisite nation, blessed with an embarrassment of natural riches, which is steadily being brought to its knees by relentless politicians and planners who find no pleasure in birdsong, or forest smells, or pure rivers.

I wrote this piece  in my GreenTalk column that used to be published in the Deccan Herald, Bangalore's leading news paper in 2003. The 'Vanishing Wildlife' I wrote about is vanishing even faster today. 

Virtually nowhere in India is our wildlife truly safe. Our national parks and sanctuaries provide some very welcome respite for


PRIME (MINISTER) PARALYSIS

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This is a letter I wrote as long as 15 years ago, on July 11, 1997, to Mr. I.K. Gujral, who was then India's Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Indian Board for Wildlife.

 I could write almost the exact words today to Dr. Manmohan Singh and they would remain valid.

No action was taken then. Little has been learned since.


Real Conservation in Action

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Check out this url: http://vimeo.com/38211597
 

NGOs working with the Karnataka Forest Department removed over 100 wire snares from Bandipur-Nagarhole using the simplest of devices... a magnet attached to a stick to find the snares.

What a solid initiative. It is time that such quiet work was taken up by more individuals and


HORROR IN REAL LIFE

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HORROR IN REAL LIFE

In all my 40 years of working to protect wild India I have never come across a story as horrific, as tragic, as utterly depressing as this. Cut and paste the url given below to see an image and read the story of a living rhino with half its face cut off by poachers. It brutally encapsulates the horror and


Wildlifers Must Fight Pesticides

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When birders, butterfly watchers, parents with young kids, kids with elderly parents and all those who enjoy visiting wild places begin to understand that the pesticide and chemical agriculture lobby is stealing our future, killing the joy that comes from celebrating nature, ruining our health, eroding even our food security...

How to Drown Mumbai!

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"Be careful what you wish for because it might come true!" After obliterating wetlands, coasts, gardens, mills and virtually every other open space, "Free the salt pans," has become the battle cry of builders and politicians who wish to turn public spaces into private cash. Even ten-year-old kids know today that sea levels are


BROADCAST NEWS

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At eight the other morning, over the professional, jaunty sound of the news, I heard what must be one of the natural world's most accomplished broadcasters -- a whitebreasted kingfisher, better known to ornithologists as Halcyon smyrnensis. Jubilant and persistent, the brown, white and turquoise bird, sporting an extravagant

The Budget Naturally!

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It's budget time for India and every industrialist is in Delhi, lobbying for tax benefits, sops and policies that can be reflected on their balance sheets. This has been the pattern for six decades now. It's how most fortunes were accumulated by the largest Indian corporations.

If short term economic gains are not replaced by a


SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL

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A very solid conservationist, Nirmal Kulkarni has just been re-apointed to Goa's Wildlife Board. He and other fighting for Goa's wildlife have consistently been saying that the most difficult task before us all is to fight the mining lobby and curb the enthusiasm of those seeking to destroy wetlands and coasts for one

KIDS FOR TIGERS ZINDABAD!

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Sanctuary's incredible Kids for Tigers walking the walk for the tiger in Kolkata. Over 200 kids from Kolkata's Saifee Hall School led by their amazing point teacher, Ms.Farida Alam, took part in a Save Our Tigers Rally in Kolkata just two hours ago today. This is one of almost 250 large and small events that Sanctuary organises